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Offline Cstewart0809

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Total beginner project
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:35:39 PM »
Hello ladies and gentleman,

I am a complete novice.

But I am going to give an N scale project a go.

Anyway, I've got a large styrofoam sheet (blue colour), pretty robust, will this be ok for building on or should I buy a wooden base or anything?

Cheers guys,

Cameron





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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 01:03:57 AM »
If it's the product I'm thinking of, a timber frame would be required, with bracing, depending on area.

More information, please?  :thumbsup:
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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 02:14:04 AM »
What information do you need? Depth etc?

I have quite a few modelling kits, such as the road kit. Will these work directly onto a foam base?

Cheers,

Cameron

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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 03:16:14 AM »
Dimensions of the sheet. 3 feet by 2 feet? 6 feet by 4 feet? Thickness?

You also refer to the road kit. What kit is that? Could be anything.

In order to get help on the forum (and you most certainly will - we're a helpful lot), you will need to be more specific.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 04:42:40 PM »
Hello, Cstewart0809.

How are you doing?  :wave:
If it's a extruded styrofoam, my opinion is support it with wood or something solid.
I guess that is depending on the size and how light weight you want to be.
At least cover the sides of the sheet with something. Other wise, you'll damage the foam when you bump into it.
Nevertheless, having a good solid foundation would make things easier later.
And yes, I'm rebuilding my benchwork now because I didn't have a good solid foundation.  :'(

Please let us know how you are planning your modelling Empire!!  :headbang:

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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 12:25:36 AM »
At least cover the sides of the sheet with something. Other wise, you'll damage the foam when you bump into it.
Nevertheless, having a good solid foundation would make things easier later.

The styrofoam sheet will also be prone to crumbling and compression, and you'd be likely to end up with an uneven surface which will be unsuitable for laying track on. I know this because my first layout attempt was on styrofoam sheets, and the track ended up with some unplanned rises and falls.

I do have some elevated sections of track supported by blocks of styrofoam, but they're surfaced with some nice flat plywood.
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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 07:50:24 PM »
The blue foam is probably the same as the pink stuff we use here in Canada, its high-density foam much better and more stable than the white beady stuff.  I would still have a wooden frame, or depending on the size, you could put a hollow-core door or two underneath the foam (thats what I've done).  Basically, you buy / make some legs, attach them to the door, then glue the foam to the top of the door.  This is now my preferred way of doing things as its quick to get going and is pretty stable

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Re: Total beginner project
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 05:12:40 AM »
Here's a solution that worked for me and this was my first venture into the land of N scale. (BTW - I have the same color foam as Grumbeast - pink... Then again I'm just south of the Ontario border so maybe it's the cold weather that has something to do with it.  :D)

I went to the local home improvement store / lumber yard and picked up a pair of folding legs for a DIY portable table or workbench. I attached them to a hollow core door, also obtained from the same store, and then glued on a layer of the 2" insulation foam.

This was the method that I used to construct the three modules making up my N scale railroad. Module 3 is a bit smaller, but I used the same type of legs for that one. Module 2 drops in between modules 1 and 3.

Here's a link to some photos that show the assembly process for Module 1:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/M5tuhYFrrvEmnz433

If anyone is interested, here's a link to my documentation about the research, design, and construction of the railroad:

http://new-ulm.us/?q=node/6

Module 1 is about 80% complete. It only requires some scenery work where it meets Module 2. Modules 2 and 3 are still awaiting attachment of their foam and that is waiting for the rest of the track to arrive so that I can verify elevations, grades, etc...

Tom Edwards
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