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cteno4

Hey good start Jimbo! Soldering like that is practice, practice, practice! 
 

always best to pre tin (solder) each piece so joining them is just a quick melt of both sides and fusion. Much better control of where the solder goes than trying to solder the joint all at once. Most all the time one of the sides of the joint behave differently on how the solder initially takes the solder on so you end up keeping it hot much longer trying to get both happy at once
 

one trick to hold wires next to pieces is to tape a piece of blue painters masking tape sticky side up to the bench. Then stick the parts next to each other so the solder joints are touching on the tape and then solder. The tape singes some but the painters tape adhesive doesn’t tend to melt.

 

if you want more that the two clamp fingers you can make your own easily. Just get some 14g solid core wire at home despot (or strip apart some old romex house wire if you have it) and Cut into like 6” lengths. Then you can strip a small bit of insulation off one end and solder/crimp on alligator clamps of any kind (they make some with flat jaws, small ones, big ones etc). Then take a chunk of 3/4” plywood or board and drill a grid of holes (just the size of the wire with insulation to fit snuggly into) in it going about 90% (not all the way thru) thru the board. You can then stick little bendable clamp fingers where you want them and use multiple ones if you need to support thing better. If you can’t get the drill size to make the wire fit snuggly you can try some heat shrink on the wire insulation to find a snug combo.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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lol I hate painting track!!   I have a airbrush, The compressor drives the dogs nuts,, so been doing it by hand yes with a brush, 

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some more work done today,, plus Tomix corner stores.. an my MicroAce that didn't like to run but now does well on the outer circuit ?? an two new wagons for my rock train,,

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couple of new buildings, an lighted now, I need to figure out something for sidewalks??   I know I made some mistakes,, stations not on the main line an such, after watching enough vids,, I knew I was wrong, ,oh well,,, thanks

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cteno4

020 or 040 styrene works well for sidewalks, you can get fancy and score some paving lines into it if you want to. The craft 1mm “fun foam” also works pretty well and is easy to cut with scissors, but you can’t really score pavement lines into it but you can paint it with craft acrylics and press down on it a little later and create cracks in your sidewalks!
 

no worries Jimbo there’s a prototype for everything in japan somewhere!

 

cheers

 

jeff

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21 minutes ago, cteno4 said:

020 or 040 styrene works well for sidewalks, you can get fancy and score some paving lines into it if you want to. The craft 1mm “fun foam” also works pretty well and is easy to cut with scissors, but you can’t really score pavement lines into it but you can paint it with craft acrylics and press down on it a little later and create cracks in your sidewalks!
 

no worries Jimbo there’s a prototype for everything in japan somewhere!

 

cheers

 

jeff

I got thinking out side the box an just laid down a paint stir stick,,, you know its about the right width an thickness?? fairly easy to cut an shape hum ?? 

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Curbs are usually 4-6” 8 or 10” are super high ones. 6” scale is 1mm.

 

sidewalks are one of those odd scenery things at times you have to fudge a bit as we are use to looking at them pretty close in and like 50’ away max, that’s what’s in our memory. But on a layout you are looking at things like 300’ plus away in most cases and 1mm at 2 or 3 feet away kind of disappears in the vertical. Some exaggerate the height to make it look better but then figures near the curb can have the sidewalk be a jump to get up. Coloring the sidewalk a different color from the road helps then doing the curb edge a tad darker to give some shading contrast can help a prototype 1mm high sidewalk look a bit taller.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Jeff the stir stick wont work lol it makes it about a two foot drop to the building in scale,,   But the width is good an just what I was looking for,,   So I will check out your suggestion an go from there, Thanks

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if you have a local craft store try the 1mm fun foam cheap and easily cut.

 

pm me your mailing address and i can pop some in an envelope to you to play with.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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tried to install the yellow lines on the platform,, didn't look right, didn't work out so just painted the edges yellow, not correct but what the heck,, waiting on the lights,, some pics latter,,

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'Close enough' gets model railroads up and running, and that is a very good thing.

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i like to experiment with different track also

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