Mimic Boards

Help with designing your track work
Richard
Posts: 65
Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:14 pm
Location: Chichester
Contact:

Mimic Boards

#1

Post by Richard »

Well, I took the plunge and am making my own mimic board using 2.5 by 1.0 cm soft wood from B&Q and some 3mm hardboard I had hanging around.

I made the track plan on light coloured graph paper, added the lines with black felt tip, printed the numbers and cut them out and stuck them on the paper with Pritt. I then photocopied the whole, tippexed out shadows and other extraneous marks, photocopied it again and then laminated the final result.

Now I have to stick the plan to the surface and drill the holes for the LEDs and switches.
Image
User avatar
RogerB
Site Admin
Posts: 976
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:17 pm
Location: Dorset
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#2

Post by RogerB »

Well done, that’s as good as any I’ve seen. R-
All pets are therapy pets. Most are just working under cover.
User avatar
teedoubleudee
Posts: 901
Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:53 pm
Location: Downham Market
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#3

Post by teedoubleudee »

That looks very good.
Most people are shocked when they find out how bad I am as an electrician
User avatar
Brian
Site Admin
Posts: 1574
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:49 pm
Location: SE Kent
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#4

Post by Brian »

looking good.
Do take it careful when drilling holes as its all too easy to tear the paper or laminations, I speak from previous experience and have the Tee Shirt too :o
Image << Click the Icon to go to my website
Richard
Posts: 65
Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:14 pm
Location: Chichester
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#5

Post by Richard »

Now with added switches and LEDs. But not yet connected up so I don’t know if it actually works!
Image
User avatar
RogerB
Site Admin
Posts: 976
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:17 pm
Location: Dorset
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#6

Post by RogerB »

Well, it looks very neat whatever the outcome. :D R-
All pets are therapy pets. Most are just working under cover.
User avatar
teedoubleudee
Posts: 901
Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:53 pm
Location: Downham Market
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#7

Post by teedoubleudee »

Of course it will work, keep the faith. Look v good.
Most people are shocked when they find out how bad I am as an electrician
Richard
Posts: 65
Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:14 pm
Location: Chichester
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#8

Post by Richard »

It works, and all the points and crossings routes are aligned with the mimic board lights.
For those interested I’ve been using Cobalt iP Analog and Omega Switch pack with LEDs.
Image
User avatar
darkscot
Posts: 318
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:03 am
Location: West Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#9

Post by darkscot »

That is looking good. I need to get around to a mimic board sooner or later. In previous layouts I used the 'electric pencil' type of control and never bothered with LEDs, but I will probably go for the LEDs this time.
Many times the wrong train took me to the right place.
User avatar
RogerB
Site Admin
Posts: 976
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:17 pm
Location: Dorset
Contact:

Re: Mimic Boards

#10

Post by RogerB »

Good job Richard, that looks very good indeed. R-
All pets are therapy pets. Most are just working under cover.
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests