Thank you all so much for your kind mails after the last post. I really do appreciate them.
There were more comments about Stephen than Todd’s question, so I thought I’d lead with this today:
I endorse the multitude of comments that were posted in support of your emails. However in looking through them I did not see a complete answer to Todd’s questions.
Q1 How do I know if a curve is too tight?
A. Experience of rolling stock de-railing.
Tips form others who model in your scale.
Q2 What’s too tight?
See answer to Q1. The consensus of results from the emails on Al’s site would suggest a minimum radius of 27 -30 inches or 70 – 75 cm for the metric minded.
Q3 How do I measure the radius of a curved section of track?
Regards Rev John.”
I’ve attached a photo of a simple conversion to turn an ordinary wooden clothes peg into a really useful clamp.
I know this has been around for a while but there’s always new people coming in to the hobby and also those who’ve forgotten this simple tip. The main problem people have when the try is that they change the position of the two peg halves. If you look at the photo you can see that the peg itself hasn’t changed, but the spring has been reversed and moved to the middle notch. Although its not necessary you can make two little grooves for the repositioned spring and enlarge the middle notch. Even without this the clamps are very effective and useful model building tools.
“hello – here is some pics of my layout im working on i have actually 3 tables linked altogether the first one is a mountain table i converted to a army base theme then the second table was created for passenger trains and residential theme basiclly i have some big boy trains and needed to create a layour they would run on the radious of first table was too tight so then i started the second table.
i have built a suspension bridge to link the mountain table to the yard table (almost completed)
then i will finish up with ballast and street lamps with telephone poles on middle table
i get great ideas from other peoples pics and layouts so i hope everyone can give me some feedback or any helpful hints my project has been on the works now for about 8 months and work on it in my spare time
thanks again for looking
And have you been on the ebay cheat sheet lately? It’s still going strong – have a look – latest one is here.
Keep ’em coming.