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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2020, 09:32:24 PM »
Dennis,


I glued 1" foam on top of my plywood for just that reason.  The good:  easy to cut or carve away foam to add creeks, rivers, ponds, or just have some terrain below the track level.  The bad:  foam does not hold track nails well.  I glued cork roadbed on top of the foam with latex caulk (do not use latex with silicone added, it will eat the foam) and glued the track to the cork.  I used track nails to keep everything in alignment until the caulk dried.  The other issue I found is that the foam has a slight taper at the edges of the sheets.  I used some light weight spackle ( the kind that turns color) to smooth and level these spots.  It worked well for me after working thru these issues.  I did use homasote where my yard is located because it will be one level and the homasote holds the spikes much better.  HTH
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2020, 09:39:52 PM »
Jerry, That's perfect advice. I was thinking of gluing the foam and as you say use it to my advantage. They sell foam chalking at HD it should work for applying the foam to plywood and whatever build up I need for all the other foam build's. I was told to use glue for track in case I need to remove it in the future. I'm Glad your HTH. I will have lots of questions, Thanks.....Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2020, 09:58:23 PM »
I use Liquid Nail Projects as it is made for foam.  I have found that foam dimensions will vary, so two 1" thick pieces are thicker than a 2" piece.  What I have been doing,, is using 5/8" plywood as a base (sitting on 18" Fast Track shelf brackets) and then use 2" thick foam only at my town sites.  I cut 1/2" thick foam into 2" wide strips, using a jig saw, and make spline roadbed.  Four pieces make 2" roadbed, perfect for my HO branch line.  Everything is glued together. 

I have found that Glidden Gripper works with foam as a primer and can glue flat sheets together.
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2020, 10:19:41 PM »
Thank you Bob.... I have much to investigate....Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2020, 09:47:48 AM »
Dennis,
Quick question: how are you handling your layout edges? Is the plywood/foam going over the top of the edges or is the plywood/foam dropped below the edge?
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2020, 12:43:40 PM »
Chip, The plywood is over the top even with the edge. I'm not sure if that's right?....Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2020, 02:01:56 PM »
Here's my technique.  I use a grid of 1x4 underframing.  The track is on 3/4 inch plywood raised to the appropriate height (4 inches in some areas).  Foam is used to bring the "scenery" to the height of the track.  This allows 4 inches under the track for rivers, etc.  My two yards are homabed over plywood as they are flat.  Just another technique to confuse you.  ;D


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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2020, 08:18:49 PM »
Hello Dennis, good luck on your layout project. It looks like you are learning as you go, that's a good thing. You will gets lots of help and advice from the forum members. Have fun.     Jeff
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2020, 09:30:51 AM »
Thank's Jeff and Jeff F. I been doing all my light in the ceiling yesterday and today.. Picture's to follow tonight. Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2020, 08:03:12 PM »
Dennis


I just looked back at the pictures of your benchwork - my recommendation is to decided the level of the landforms all around the perimeter of the layout.  You can use foam, wood, plaster etc.  Once you know what level you want your facia to be you can add it and cut it to match your landforms. You will want to have access under the layout from the front until you get all of your track work including turnouts and controls installed.  If you are using touch controls put in temporary pieces of facia to hold them. As always, my 2 cents.
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2020, 03:33:45 PM »
Ok Guy's I been busy with the lighting Jeff asked about. I cut 19 holes and ran all the wiring and LED Recessed lighting. I went with 1200 Lumens lights instead of the 650 lumes lights I had, Finished ceiling had no power close except the main ceiling light. I Ran power in the wall and ran 3 separate switches for each run of layout. Let me tell you if I ran all on one switch I think it would be to bright while working on the layout? 1200 X 19 = about 22,00 Lumens. but anyway I have to figure where to start. Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2020, 04:29:50 PM »
Nice job on the lighting.
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« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2020, 07:06:12 PM »
Thank you Curt for following....Dennis
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Re: Lake's Region RR Part 1
« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2020, 07:29:33 PM »
Dennis


The lighting looks great.
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2020, 08:06:47 PM »
Thank you very much John..... I can't wait until I lay track :) ....Dennis
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