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entry 22 Jan 2012, 08:57
So this weekend, in between inevitable sidetracking social commitments, it has been all about finalising the angles, cutting out the appropriate tracks support boards and cutting some underlay. I must say it's starting to actually look like it might turn into something that almost resembles a railway... Now the inclines are pretty much fixed (says he hopefully) and the support boards are laid, it is time to seriously consider the point work. I have a few double slips to allow the double main line to traverse the other lines and continue on its way, but otherwise simple turnouts. Oddly most are right hand turns. I wonder if this is a common phenomenon? If I am lucky my plan will work without too much adaptation.

Trackrite is so pliable, makes it so simple to lay down. Test fit and run a pencil along an outer edge. Drop a bead of PVA glue onto the support board, then press down the underlay and simply slide it around until it is in final position. Even some steepish corners can be done without cutting. I just lay down some heavy items (eg. tape measure, pliers, snippers) onto the underlay once it is in position and 30 mins later all is good to stick down the rails. Similar process with PVA and the rails. Unfortunately my supply of Trackrite is now exhausted and I haven't found anyone with the correct profile in stock. May have to look further afield.

Spent a hour or two soldering droppers on track lengths last night in preparation for laying. I am beginning to get relatively quick at getting a firm joint now, although managed to grab hold of the tip somehow in the excitement and will find it hard to write for the next day or two with an incapacitated thumb; Doh! - Hot iron, don't touch.

After lunch in the City I took a drive down to DCC Concepts in Naval Base to pick up a box of Cobalt Digital motors. Can't wait to hook a couple of these up and see how the whole ECoS touch screen vision comes together with its snappy on screen, interactive track diagrams. Hard to believe it will be as simple as three wires and adding the switch to the ECoS. Of course, doing the math suggests it may take a while to get as many as I need. As usual Richard had plenty of good tips freely handed out with the purchase. Very lucky to have the shop here in Perth but why can't it be a closer to the City? I need provisions and full water bag to get there and back. But I shouldn't complain, it's probably for the best, else I would be down there more often, no doubt spending money I don't have.

Ah well, back to the boards.
TC

 
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