Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by oldtanker, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    And if a yardstick isn't long enough (or too long or too cumbersome), you can always use a pre-measured length of string and tie the pencil at the end. :thumb:

    Homemade solutions ARE best!
  2. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Thanks Tom, just got back from the hardware store where they laughed at me for asking for a wooden yardstick.....something about showing your age.....

  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If you can't find a wooden yardstick, a 1x2 board 36-48 inches long with a few holes drilled in it will work just as well.
  4. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Russ I kinda figured that myself, center to center holes for pivot and pincel one could be done in 18" 22" and so on.


  5. fseva

    fseva Member

    Yes - just because you're an "oldtanker" doesn't mean you're stupid! sign1
  6. Illus

    Illus Member

    Go to a JoAnns or Micheals, or any big craft/material store, they have wooden yadrsticks, I got one for my wife not too long ago. She uses it for sewing...
  7. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    sign1 uses it for sewing????? OK I believe you......sign1

  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Rick, I didn't mean to insult you or cast aspersions on your intelligence regarding getting a board if a yard stick isn't available. Sometimes my brain engages and my fingers start typing without thinking about how simple & obvious something i'm suggesting really is.
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Russ no problem, I think it's better to make sure someone understands something than to leave it to doubt.

  10. fseva

    fseva Member

    announce1 She probably uses it to lay out material, measure and cut it...
  11. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    fseva, yea my wife explained that to me last night....after she rapped my fingers with a ruler for being rude....

  12. fseva

    fseva Member

    Well, look at it this way... at least she didn't use that new yardstick! Ouch! That could hurt! And think of the reach! sign1
  13. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    sign1 Yea that could be bad!

  14. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Rick, I recommend browsing a copy of Linn Wescott's 101 track plans. Linn was (or is?) probably the best model railroad planner. He typically suggests using single track mains to double track because it makes the railroad seem larger and, if you add passing sidings, running your trains more fun. But! since you are setting it up for your grandkids to run it too, a race track might be best.

    When I was a kid, I always seemed to think that having the train go somewhere was extra could keep the powerloc track around for when they want a simple oval, but build something slightly more elaborate...and still kid friendly...on your layout. LGB around the couch was one of my favorites in kindergarten.

    Fseva, I used thick OSB board and I haven't had a problem with it yet.
  15. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Here are a couple of articles that may help you. Model Railroader magazine. September 2006, page 66. Layout Planning Fundamentals. This is the ruler, compass and graph paper approach. No computer involved.
    Model Railroader magazine, August 2006. Build an Adjustable Liftout, Page 28.
    Hobby shops sometimes have back issues available.
    By the way, I spent my Army time at Camp(nowFort) Irwin) That was back in the M48 era.

    Oop's! Just noticed that your wife used the ruler on you. Hope she didn't break it. You'll need it for layout planning.
  16. Illus

    Illus Member

    There was no insult there, I got your meaning. But instead of the yardstick, she has one of those mini baseball bats she uses on me when I get out of line...:)
  17. fseva

    fseva Member

    Track Planning


    Remember, you've already chosen your table. So, you're going to be restricted to what can fit on it. You can start with a book on the subject, and I recommend "The Classic Layout Designs of John Armstrong". No sense listening to anyone but the master of layout design!

    Or, you can invest in some graph paper and an HO scale template by CTT, Inc., which is helpful when drawing a track plan - it provides all of the curves and turnout diagrams you will need, and because it's clear plastic with slots for these, it allows you to draw them right on your graph paper.
  18. dsfraser

    dsfraser Member

    Another very good book is "Track Planning for Realistic Operations" by John Armstrong, also available from Kalmbach. Certainly the best money that I ever spent . . .
  19. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Jim I'll look at the train show this weekend.

    I served on 48A5s, 60A1s, A1RISE and A3s, M1s and M1A1s at Ft Riley(3 times), Ft Bliss, Ft Knox (taught Armor tactics there to new Lt's), Germany(3 times) and Korea. Ft Irwin is now the National Training Center and has OPFOR guys there who you fight in the maneuver box with MILES (laser tag). I retired out of Ft Riley, was a PSG in 1/4 CAV.

    Illus, the wife wants to know if the bat works????

    I think I may go the template route, thanks fseva!

    dsfraser, I'll check the train show for books too.

  20. Illus

    Illus Member

    It only needed to work once...sign1

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