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Offline Zwilnik

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Ivebridge
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:20:56 pm »
Added a short album showing the pilons I'm making to build the inclines on my layout. Inspired by the threaded bolts used to make helixes :)








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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 07:53:15 pm »
Got all the incline boards in place roughly. Bit of fun testing different glues to bond the plastic blocks to hardboard, but the good old hot glue gun did the job.

Ran a test on the main incline up the back left of the layout where the HST was struggling originally and it's now hardly breaking a sweat. Having the incline constant appears to be the most important factor as I was noticing it was struggling whenever any coach was on a steep bit before.

Being able to adjust each part of the hill to flatten those bumps out definitely helps! Even my knackered old Poole Farish Hall can pull 5 mk3 coaches up the hill now :)

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012, 08:05:46 pm »
Congratulations on your progress and for posting some very useful information about your inclines  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 08:17:23 pm »


Being able to adjust each part of the hill to flatten those bumps out definitely helps! Even my knackered old Poole Farish Hall can pull 5 mk3 coaches up the hill now :)

Result! Well done :thumbsup:

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 08:51:30 pm »
Ingenious solution! Thanks for the posting  :thumbsup:

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 11:57:54 pm »
Like it - great idea  :thumbsup: :thankyousign:

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 08:08:49 am »
Nice one. Can't wait to see the finished layout.
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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 09:20:35 am »
Thats a great idea.. I'm about to start putting the inclines on my layout (when I get some time!!) and I might use this method.  Can't wait to see how it proceeds

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 10:10:13 am »
One slight tweak I'm doing after placing the first inclines in is adding another coin washer underneath the board and drilling the holes out to 8mm (the threaded rods are 6mm) to make it easier to adjust the boards as the threads tend to grip the edge of the holes in the board. The extra coin washers should make them a lot more stable too.


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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 12:54:19 pm »
One slight tweak I'm doing after placing the first inclines in is adding another coin washer underneath the board ..

I was thinking that might be helpful too. Great idea and as you mentioned, it's so adjustable.

Please keep us posted with developments.


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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2012, 01:56:10 pm »
Another quick video now I've got the incline boards laid out. They're still being tweaked, but with the viaduct a little lower now, it's nearer the final gradients. As mentioned before, the Kato track is temporary to test the run. I'll still be using it for the hidden area on the left but the rest of the layout will mostly be Peco.

The two boards at the back are for a branch line which will run along the back (connecting to the main lines via points just after the viaduct at the top) and will connect to a small shunting yard that will sit over the top of the right hand curve (the yard section of Ives Yard is going to be recycled for this as it turns out it fits :) ).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xey4p_3tyBg#
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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2012, 11:11:52 am »
Sensible chap - planning and testing can save so much heartache later on :thumbsup:

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2012, 12:24:51 pm »
Enjoyed the shot of the train going over the viaduct.... :thumbsup:

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2012, 12:54:14 pm »
Enjoyed the shot of the train going over the viaduct.... :thumbsup:

Glad you liked it. The plan is for the viaduct to be one of the scenic features of the layout. I was hesitant to cut it down in height, but having learned the problems that too steep a gradient can cause in my previous layout it had to be done. Fortunately not too low though :)

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Re: Building Inclines
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2012, 06:58:58 pm »
Genius idea!  That's completely changed the plan in my head for my layout!!!!   :doh: ;D

 

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