Just wanted to inspire others on how I made my inclines for my layout on a 6’x4’ board. Might be nothing new but here goes.
First I made a hot wire cutter out of scrap wood, nichrome wire and a 4.5 Volt rechargeable battery pack. I used this to cut the incline to the gradient I wanted.
The result of the cut inclines.
For the next step I used a woodlands scenic incline to act as the template for cutting the slots in my inclines. I use a sharp fillet knife as I’ve found it very good for cutting and shaping polystyrene. Note that wide slots only have to be cut on the inside of the radius. A simple cut is required on the outer radius
Finally I use silicone sealant to fix the incline in shape on the mdf board
I used this process to create my layout on a 6’x4’ mdf board. The layout is basically a figure of 8 with the cross over placed to the rear. The two loops run side by side at the front at a height of 2”. The inclines to the crossover have a 1” rise and a 2” drop giving a 3” clearance with a rise gradient of 1:40. This doubles the length of track on a single controller and enables me to run two locos at a safe distance between them.
My theme is steam on a 1930’s inland water way with barge dock and town. The photos show the finished base before the scenery covers it up.
Hope you like it.
Thanks to Chris – a nice ‘how to’.
And when it comes to inclines, you’ll probably find Lawrence’s post very helpful too.
Please keep them coming!