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 Posted: Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 07:04 am
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Well as the title says, its my first ON18 layout and its in of all things a cigar box! I got some old cigar boxes from my grandmothers house and couldn't get out of my head the idea of making a layout that fit inside one so some time and acquiring some N-scale equipment later I decided to give this a shot.

The design is a simple 2-turnout crossover design with a track in the back. 2 cassettes will feed the tracks and will be detachable to feed the track in the back. I didn't take a ton of photos in the beginning but you can somewhat get the idea.


After a little pondering I decided to slide the track forwards and add a track in the back. Idea is the track in the back runs between 2 buildings and has a loading dock the middle. It serves as the "run stuff between buildings" and offers more operational fun.


The chassis is I believe a B-train chassis I got from Japan on Ebay for cheap... runs pretty good and for what I want it to do, it is perfect. The locomotive design is loosely based off the work of "Junior" and his amazing models. Drew the design up and cut it out of cardstock and fell in love really fast.


Being the machinist I am I couldn't help but try making the "shell" out of .02" 360 brass sheet. Machining was the easy part, assembly was a little tricky but I managed. Biggest difficulty was keeping the solder in one spot from un-doing another. My dad had a handy trick to place the model partly underwater and it worked great. I cleaned the joints up better...



Using one of the underframes of the rail cars I had, started fabbing up the Boxcar and a few of the "pallet" cars I plan to make. A pallet car is a train car the same size, and capable of holding a shipping pallet. Makes it easier for everyone :P. For now the pallet car is an idea. What you do see is the boxcar design in cardstock



As of earlier today I decided to add a tiny canvas roof to the train. Sure i maybe jumped the gun and need to paint the model but hey, its only Kleenex and super glue (:sad: my eyes BURNEEEDDDDDD after putting that on!)


over labor day weekend I hope to fabricate up the loading dock and at least get some kind of prep work done for painting the model... all in all I have till next Friday to finish the model and it is going in a box ahead of me to a friends house. Oh well it can be done... to some extent! Biggie is I can run trains on it without issue, scenery can always wait :)

If anyone likes the locomotive design let me know. I can easily scale it for ON30 or keep it On18.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 3rd, 2012 04:46 pm
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Nice one Calvin.

Mr. Shannon seems to aprove !
Getting his sweet deliverys sorted on the clip-board.

Cheers

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Si. wrote:
Nice one Calvin.

Mr. Shannon seems to aprove !
Getting his sweet deliverys sorted on the clip-board.

Cheers

Si.

Technically its a girl :) she forgot to make it into the photo shoot...

Last night I did a little re-wiring on the switches. Ive had problems in the past with the HO switch points not powering the rest of the switch so I ran some jumper wires. Should fix any problems! Now I just have to cut the box more and position my ground throws :bg:



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Absolutely first rate! I find it hard to believe you managed to 'stuff' that much track into such a small space. Keep us posted.

Ray (one of Carl Arendt's fervent acolytes)



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CNE Runner wrote:
Absolutely first rate! I find it hard to believe you managed to 'stuff' that much track into such a small space. Keep us posted.

Ray (one of Carl Arendt's fervent acolytes)

Thanks Ray. I will admit I am an obsessive fan of Carl's site. I can thank it for getting me into On30 and eventually On18. The layout is more whimsical than it is realistic but I want it to be an inspiration to people who say "Aint got no space for a layout" to realize... gee I do!

Goal is to make a series of 12x12" and 12x6" "modules" you can fit together to make an extremely portable, yet fun, layout :cool:



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All I can say Calvin is; "Thank you for your efforts." Maybe our efforts will encourage others to get out of their armchair, stop the excuses, and begin enjoying model railroading. I would (also) not have a layout without Carl's inspiration. My Monks' Island started as a 11" x ~5' module. I then added another 15" x ~5' section to it that resulted in as much operation as one could desire (check out the Gallery for some images).

I strongly urge interested parties to become frequent visitors to Carl's website, Free Rails (well...if you weren't a visitor you wouldn't be reading this would you?) and the Bachmann Trains forum. These websites are informative and non threatening.

Keep up your good work Calvin. I am going back to work on my harbor/ferry slip extension project (started because the @#&*% Artitek car ferry won't fit my old slip...of course that isn't surprising as my old 'ferry' was an extended Peco Loco-Lifter cassette).

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Calvin-wonderful little layout! It says "no excuses" to all who don't have "any room". Keep it going! I am glad that you haven't been influenced by Muggle Rollroader's "more is better, expense and space" philosophy.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2012 03:15 am
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CNE Runner wrote:
All I can say Calvin is; "Thank you for your efforts." Maybe our efforts will encourage others to get out of their armchair, stop the excuses, and begin enjoying model railroading. I would (also) not have a layout without Carl's inspiration. My Monks' Island started as a 11" x ~5' module. I then added another 15" x ~5' section to it that resulted in as much operation as one could desire (check out the Gallery for some images).

I strongly urge interested parties to become frequent visitors to Carl's website, Free Rails (well...if you weren't a visitor you wouldn't be reading this would you?) and the Bachmann Trains forum. These websites are informative and non threatening.

Keep up your good work Calvin. I am going back to work on my harbor/ferry slip extension project (started because the @#&*% Artitek car ferry won't fit my old slip...of course that isn't surprising as my old 'ferry' was an extended Peco Loco-Lifter cassette).

Best wishes,

Ray

Thanks! My hope is that if the site is still taking photos and stories that somehow I may end up in there to show that the micro layout is not dead and gone but still alive and well! I chose a switching layout over a pizza for one simple reason: Pizzas are boring after 30 seconds... switching layouts you can be running indefinitely with a modified game using dice and cards. A little like monopoly.



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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2012 03:48 am
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W C Greene wrote:
Calvin-wonderful little layout! It says "no excuses" to all who don't have "any room". Keep it going! I am glad that you haven't been influenced by Muggle Rollroader's "more is better, expense and space" philosophy.

Woodie

Thanks woddie! I have to say micro layouts are fun for so many reasons. Price is CHEAP... super easy to take care of. Heck even makes a cool little conversation piece on say a desk... In today's "Sub sub compact" society why not make the most of a few square feet at most and have some fun!

The really cool bit is the details you can pack into such a tiny space! Really makes it fun when people come over to go "OH LOOK AT THAT!!! OH MY GOSH!" I know I was doing a good job when I had track in a box and my mom looks at it and goes 'OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO CUTE!!!" :P (joys of being almost 21 and living at home :dope:)



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great job
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