“I am sending you some photos of some of the details that we have come up with at the TVMR.
This is a new layout after our move from an old location that was sold causing us to have to relocate. We have a COMPLETE NEW HO layout going in and are going to be adding our N Scale layout on the right hand wall from front to rear of the facility.
These photos are of the details of the buss installation for the track power and accessory power.
There are also details of the leg design I came up with to replace the 2×2 square legs that are so incredibly unsteady. These legs are so strong that it is hard to believe the benches are not anchored to a wall.
I will be sending more photos of the members working like santa elves making the legs and assisting in the manufacture of the bench work.
We are a small club but since our move we have had people join the club in anticipation of our great new layout. It is an exciting time for us at the TVMR Club.
Enjoy you’re emails and info. Like you, I’m restarting the trains a bit later in life.
Just read the soldering tips email (good stuff) and I would suggest two other tip. It’s a good thing to have a wet sponge around to clean the soldering tips especially when you’re doing a lot of soldering.
For de-soldering w/o destroying small parts, I suggest copper braid, 0.050 inch & 0.100 inch. The braid wicks up the solder really good. Sometimes, you may need to add solder to make the wicking process work better.
Personally, I have 2 soldering means; 1- a soldering gun (150Watt) for those larger jobs, and 2 – a temperature controlled soldering station (Weller WESD51) with a 0.039 inch tip. This lets me solder parts as small as 0806 onto PC boards.
“Hope you like my layout is 10ft x 24ft not a RR club, my own.
The building is a puzzle of the Lincoln memorial which was close to HO scale , the 2 soldier figure monuments on left and right were pieces I had in glass display domes that I cleaned up to stand free , the helicopters and the F-17 are 1/72 scale model kits , all the vehicles are HO scale as well as figures in the scene .
It is built over the top of a mountain which the trees and the shaped styrofoam gives the region effect , I’m glad you like it and I’m sure others will too , I’m very proud of it and it’s a great conversational display .
You being in the magazine business is there any way to get this to Washington DC in the VFW magazine , I am a veteran from the Vietnam era , I was a volunteer and went over 1967 – 1968 in Siagon , I was in the USAF and most proudly a Bronze star recipient, very proud to have served.
Love my hobby and have been doing it for more than 55 years, just love it and how it relaxes me, always coming up with things to make or do.
Thank you again, hope it can go further.
A huge thanks to everyone, especially Peter. I would love to see more pics of your layout – be great to see all of it too.
That’s all this time folks. Thanks for all the comments on the Beginner’s Guide. Course, I’m biased, but if you want to get going on your layout after a few decades off, it’s a great place to start.
Keep ’em coming.