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7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 11 months ago #15519 by
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I've started working on scenery for the modules. It's all made out of 2-inch foam carved with a hot knife. One hill has grass applied to it and the tunnel is still under construction. They are both removable and interchangable. I installed brass tubing into the module and smaller brass tubing into the hill and tunnel.




Enjoy,
Thom
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7 years 11 months ago #15524 by
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This is how the scenery connects to the modules.

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7 years 11 months ago #15525 by
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I like that concept Thom. Just fit inside each other or are there screws to hold the two together? Magnets would also do the trick.

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7 years 11 months ago #15526 by
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tealplanes wrote: I like that concept Thom. Just fit inside each other or are there screws to hold the two together? Magnets would also do the trick.


Oh, Loren! You and your silly magnets! ;-)

Seriously, that tunnel isn't going anywhere!

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7 years 11 months ago #15527 by
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No Mike,
That's silly rabbit. When I get rich, (IF), I'm going to buy some very fancy, (expensive), Velcro, pleated skirts to make my modules look nicer. That could be a few millennial. I think what Thom has done from where I sit is just a cylinder inside of another one. Well Thom?........give us the skinny.

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7 years 11 months ago #15528 by
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How about some Velcro strips that would hold.

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7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 11 months ago #15529 by
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Now to solve the mystery.........

The hill and tunnel only need to be held in place once the modules are set up so I used 2 different sizes of brass tubing that fit one inside the other. There's no need to secure them since they won't be attached during transport. They don't even have to be on the modules once they're set up....you could make any scene and place it on a base with brass tubing in the right places to keep it from being moved too close to the tracks by little fingers during a show. I'm attempting to make the whole system as flexible as possible. If mountains and tunnels don't fit with what you want to display, you could exchange them with other scenes. I'm only trying to prevent the scenes from getting too close to the tracks and causing a derailment. Magnets in the module and a metal base for the scene would work but the scene would still be able to be moved around too much. You could also make the tubing in the module go all the way through the foam so you could run wiring for lighting or animating the scene.

Did I clear up the mystery ????
Thom

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7 years 11 months ago #15530 by
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Good explanation Thom. Great ideas.
Thanks

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7 years 11 months ago #15533 by
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Thom, good solution. How long did lining up the tubes take? Jim :laugh:

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7 years 11 months ago #15534 by
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Jim, it went pretty quickly. The hill and the mountain are 3 layers of foam tall. I aligned the edges and corner of the first layer of the hill with the edges and corner of the module and poked the smaller diameter tubing all the way through the hill piece into the module making holes in it. I pulled the tubing back out of the module and did the same thing to the other module and the first layer of the mountain. After that it was a matter of cutting 4 pieces of smaller-diameter tubing and 4 pieces of larger-diameter tubing and glueing the smaller tubing in the holes in the hill and tunnel and the larger ones in the modules. Then I glued the second and third layers to the hill and tunnel first layers. I try to make things as simple as possible and as fool-proof as possible for myself. If I need to duplicate the holes again I would just align the edges and corner and press the hill onto the new location or first layer of the new hill.

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7 years 11 months ago #15535 by
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Sometimes the solution to a problem is profound in some ways when you look back on how it came to be. This is a good technique for aligning items. Almost fool proof.

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7 years 11 months ago #15541 by
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ooh, That's pretty smart thinking. Jim

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7 years 11 months ago #15542 by
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:blush: awww....thanks guyz :blush:

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7 years 11 months ago #15549 by
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What a great idea. Really looks nice. :)

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7 years 11 months ago #15566 by
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I've got the scenery done on 2 more modules....the pond module




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7 years 11 months ago #15567 by
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.....and the stream module.



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7 years 11 months ago #15577 by
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The pond looks great!!! The landscaping looks quite natural.....wish I could get my pond to look that great...

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7 years 11 months ago #15593 by
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I finished the scenery on the hill module and the tunnel module.
Enjoy,
Thom





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7 years 11 months ago #15606 by
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I got 8 of the 10 modules sceniced. The layout will make it's debut this Sunday in Indianapolis, IN. We'll only have room for 8 modules, that's why I only got 8 done. I'm looking forward to giving it it's shakedown cruise. Come by and see us if you're in the area.

Enjoy,
Thom


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7 years 11 months ago #15608 by
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Looks great Thom, Just waiting for the train to arrive!!

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