LEUVENSE SPOOREEN VRIENDEN

MODEL RAILROADING  IN  1/32 scale  (GAUGE ONE)

CONSTRUCTION OF THE CURVE


September 2020


8 modules form the curve.

Each module is 500mm deep, the front is about 760mm, the actuator side 955mm. The height at the front is 650mm and at the back 800mm.


Poplar plywood (12mm) is used. As the landscape progresses, the modules will become stronger because of all the styrodur that is glued in the modules.


A difficulty will again become the catenary. When the track is finished we will give you all the details.



The roofs of the modules are inclined upwards and this is so that the lighting would be less visible. There will also be other modules in the middle behind the modules that form the curve.


The track height will be about 13cm. On a double styrodurplate we glue a thin plywood plate. On top of this comes the track bed. The tracks are supported in total with 12mm thick material, including a cork layer. The track bed has a height of 22mm (this is up to the top of the track).


November 2020


After several weeks of working on the modules, we came to the following state: the modules are painted on the inside and on the outside. In this way they are already a bit protected against a humid environment.


There are 4 openings in the ceiling so we can attach the modules to each other at the top. Access to the mounting bolts at the bottom of the modules will be through the back wall. This is necessary because the modules will rest on other modules later and if we make the openings at the bottom, we can't get to them. Since the openings are at the back side, we have to take into account when placing the track bed that we keep an opening free to get to the bolts.


The next step is now to apply an ALU foil to the ceiling and the sides of the light box. This creates a reflection of the light. We also need to attach a short cable duct to both sides of the ceiling that will lead the RGB cable to the rear openings. The lighting (5 wire cable RGB+W) and the current of the tracks (2 x 1.5mm²) will be connected between the modules through the rear openings with 2 x 6-pin plugs.


The LED strips (2400K)  will be fixed on the aluminum strips with their double sided adhesive tape. Because in the past these sometimes let go, we will put a transverse reinforcement every 10 to 15 cm over the LED strip in transparent silicone.


Then it will be time to cut the plastic cover to size and screw it on the 4 sides.



Once the lighting is installed in the modules, we can start laying the tracks. 2 layers of styrodur of 6cm form the basis of the landscape. They are glued to the wood and to each other with acrylic caulk.


On top of this, a plywood of 2 to 3 mm forms the base of the track bed. On top of this comes a layer of cork of 8 mm. The tracks will be temporarily fixed between the sleepers until it will be definitively fixed by the shotter.


But before we start fixing the tracks, each individual rail still needs to be provided with a flexible current wire of 1.5mm². As already mentioned, the current wires must be brought to the upper rear opening, both on the left and right side. It must be ensured that the current flows through the module, so the wires of all rails must first be connected to each other (E.g. the wire of inner rail is red, the wire for the outer rail is black), and then left and right 2 current wires (red-black)  each go to the upper openings in the roof of the module. To do this, we are going to attach a small cable duct in both rear corners of the modules.


When all tracks are fixed over the full 180 degrees, we start shottering parts to fix the rails. After drying, we can cut the tracks at the transitions of the modules.


Then we are going to see if the rails are nicely aligned when we connect 2 modules to each other. If necessary we use connectors. If there still should be problems, we will fix the rails with 2 components epoxy glue.


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