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 on: October 16, 2018, 10:38:03 AM 
Started by Len - Last post by Len
As a courtesy, Metcalfe Models provides a sheet with OO, HO, and N scale rulers that can be glued to cardstock, or thin styrene, for use when model building on their web site:

They are intended for printing on A4 size paper (210◊297mm/8.27◊11.69in), which is available on Amazon if you can't find it locally. In a pinch you can print them on regular 8.50x11.0in letter size paper. Just be sure your PDF viewer and printer are set to 100%, not "Scale to Fit".

What I like about these is it's very easy to make multiple rulers so you can make measurement notes about specific buildings and structures directly on the ruler itself, e.g., tick marks a certain distance apart with a note "Window spacing" for a factory wall. I have one set I rubber cemented to some old steel rules for drawing straight lines and as cutting guides.

Almost forgot to mention, if you reduce the print size to 73% the HO ruler will become a TT scale (1:120) ruler, and the N ruler will become a Z scale (1:220) ruler. Just be sure to mark them so you know what they are.

I hope you find them useful.


 on: October 15, 2018, 09:33:07 PM 
Started by WoundedBear - Last post by Terry Toenges
Wow! What a great  job so far. I doubt that I  could do that good.

 on: October 15, 2018, 07:34:22 PM 
Started by infamouselijah - Last post by Flare
I know that Bachmann's standard turnouts have the same curvature as their 18" curve tracks, but are a little longer than an actual 18" curve.

I don't know if Atlas is the same way, might be an idea to compare some used pieces at a hobby shop.

 on: October 15, 2018, 07:15:38 PM 
Started by infamouselijah - Last post by infamouselijah
Thanks, I'll go ahead and get it then. Are their turnouts compatible with the 18' radius curves?

 on: October 15, 2018, 07:12:19 PM 
Started by infamouselijah - Last post by WoundedBear
Yes to the first part, no to the second part.


 on: October 15, 2018, 07:07:37 PM 
Started by infamouselijah - Last post by infamouselijah
Hi, I'm considering buying some Atlas Code 100 track to use with my EZ Track. Are the two compatible? Will I need to use a different power pack/speed controller?

 on: October 15, 2018, 05:06:39 PM 
Started by GEverestB - Last post by GEverestB
Wow!  This has all been very helpful.  THanks.

 on: October 15, 2018, 04:10:16 PM 
Started by WoundedBear - Last post by WoundedBear
Once you are satisfied with the fit of the substructure, attach it to the main walls. Allow the glue to set. The tools set vertically into the holes are there to help coax a small warp out of the wood while it sets.

Fit the panels that make up the porch roof ceiling.................with these, the critical alignment points are the post holes.

Once that is all glued, clamp it securely and let set. The siding and any sheet material has a bad tendency to warp when using white glues. My choice is the E6000 solvent based glue. Apply with a round toothpick and slap the pieces together. You have a couple of minutes to positon things before it cures. Strip wood gets white glue.

When attaching the siding panels, I mentioned the alignment at the windows is critical. Here I have used a piece of 1/32nd inch plywood spacer to help hold things in position. Even the laser guys have tolerances. Roll Eyes Grin

And on the other wall, the siding comes down flush with the porch roof and is aligned with the window openings.

Finally, this is the mornings work. Most of the blue siding panels are installed. I got other stuff to do now lol. Cheesy

More soon!


 on: October 15, 2018, 04:10:02 PM 
Started by WoundedBear - Last post by WoundedBear
This morning I got to spend a good four hours at the bench with tunes and morning refreshments Grin

Today's task was the blue siding and the accompanying trim the goes around the panels. This is tedious, and requires a lot of delicate sanding to ensure everything lines up nicely. Test and check and test and check before gluing anything. I like to mark the backs of the pieces too so I readily know their position and orientation.

Begin with one wall and work from center outwards.

And in a couple hours you have the ground floor all done. Alignment of the panels to the door and window openings is critical at this step. Don't rush it.

Then the porch roof gets built up. It is an inner plywood core with engraved pieces for each side. Fit the core pieces to the main walls carefully. Sand slowly and carefully and check the fit often.

 on: October 15, 2018, 03:25:29 PM 
Started by 56Claes - Last post by Trainman203
Look at the 2-6-6-2 drawings on the website.  The headlight LED looks like it has a little flange at the back that holds it in, if you can believe the drawing.  That may be why you canít get it out.  A good backward push may get it out.  There may be a ring of cement around it that needs cutting with a no. 11 blade.

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