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Author Topic: Aluminium Right Angle strip  (Read 307 times)

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Offline Paulpp

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Aluminium Right Angle strip
« on: June 19, 2019, 07:42:23 PM »
Am about to start modelling again with a small layout as the only space I have is 40" x 20".  Have thought of using 9mm MDF with aluminium right angle strip (25mm x 25mm) as the frame as that would give the additional advantage of lightness.  Obviously one 25mm side fixed to the mdf.
1.  Does that sound feasible?
2.  Would Peco point motors fit in a 25mm depth?
Any thoughts appreciated.

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Re: Aluminium Right Angle strip
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2019, 08:39:21 PM »
Yes, this is really practical.
The last hobby show we had, showed an N gauge layout, built exactly like your idea.
Also, you can use chunks of the stiff foam to build up scenery. We have found that it is easy to do, and glue the hills etc down with full-strength water based carpenters glue.
The wiring can be popped through to the underside, and also glued to the foam. :D

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Re: Aluminium Right Angle strip
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2019, 08:50:51 PM »
Personally I'd use 9mm ply rather than MDF, it's easier to work with, takes screws, pins and glue better.

25mm depth WON'T be enough to accommodate a Peco point motor on an under-board mounting plate, especially if you plan to use accessory switches.  Going by the dozens I've installed over the decades, you need 40mm.

You might as well use ply for the frame as well, and create a "box".  That's how I build boards these days.  That way you can cut down the front a little if desired, to give some scenic variation.

Here's the underside of one of the boards I'm currently working on.  It's 38" x 19" so quite similar to your space. 6" deep.  You can see I've run stripwood frame around the bottom edge, I do that for protection as the boards go to shows and get dragged around a lot.

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Re: Aluminium Right Angle strip
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2019, 09:46:02 PM »
I would just think about whether you really need point motors on such a small layout; Wire-in-tube would be simpler, cheaper and ....better.....in my opinion anyway!!  :D

Cheers Jon  :)
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