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Modular System Joining 7 years 4 months ago #1

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Hi Guys
I'm an newbe to HO modular model rail roading and was wondering if there was any hints or tips for seamlessly joining the rails?
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i will be joining the base with locating Dowels and bolts but am unsure about the actual track and landscape

My Thoughts
1 Track} Soldering Rail jointers on one rail and sliding the other base in to meet it (Easy to bend the rail?)
2 landscape} strategically placed hedges?
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Any help and ideas would be greatly recieved
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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 4 months ago #2

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Ask and ye shell receive Model Railroader mag just put this on YouTube


is this the best way you think?

I guess my timber dowels could wear down if it is taken apart too often

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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 4 months ago #3

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I'd use aluminium rod, Bunnings do it at a reasonable price, if you want to get extra fancy you could use the Aluminium tubing in conjunction with the rod, drill a hole big enough to take the tube in one side and the rod in the other. To align the holes there are some little spike locators you can get in the woodworking section, basically you drill a 6mm hole in one side, slot this little round thing with a spike on and push the two sides together, the spike then makes a mark in the opposing side that you can drill.
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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 4 months ago #4

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Smithy wrote: Hi Guys
I'm an newbe to HO modular model rail roading and was wondering if there was any hints or tips for seamlessly joining the rails?
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Hi, welcome to the board. I personally think that most people put too much thought and effort into this. I don't think locating pins are actually necessary. On my first modules I soldered the rails to screws located beneath the rails, and the models were joined by bolts. The rail was laid with the modules connected, and connecting them back up again was simply a matter of lining the rails up by eye. This was in N scale too, and I had no problems with the connection. If the track across the connection is straight then I've found that trains have no problem crossing a small gap. HO will be more tolerant again.

I'm using bolts again for my current layout, but it is sectional rather than modular so it is not intended to attach to other modules. If I was going down the modular route again (as I might) I would forgo the bolts completely and use a couple of quick-grip clamps to connect the modules.

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Smithy wrote:
My Thoughts
1 Track} Soldering Rail jointers on one rail and sliding the other base in to meet it (Easy to bend the rail?)
2 landscape} strategically placed hedges?
:dunno:


1. This sounds like a recipe for frustration in trying to join the modules, especially if you have more than one track running across the join.
2. Just try to make the scenery match as much as possible. I've found that static grass and bushes an be used to hide the joins. But mostly I'm just not worried too much about seeing the joins.
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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 3 months ago #6

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And now with a picture to explain. I've taken these apart and rejoined on several occasions now, and everything lines up easily. If you were doing a modular design where the boards were going to be shifted around a lot in cars etc., I would probably solder the rails to a screw driven in underneath, but I didn't bother here. :)


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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 1 month ago #7

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Hi Everyone B)

Modular railroading on a $0 Budget ;)

3 particle board cover sheets from my place of work, then after Laying polystyrene I guess I'll Put a 3mm MDF surround on



still to decide on Casters or adjustable feet on the legs


Modular sizes at 600mm x 1800mm (Most optimal cuts from 2400x1200 Sheets)


I'm Trying to decide on a good track plan that can be rearranged in different ways (to suit my changing moods?) :unsure:


any ideas anyone? :dunno:

Thanks Steve

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Looking really good. :cheer:

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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 2 weeks ago #9

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Very nice! Keep up the good work.

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Re: Modular System Joining 7 years 2 days ago #10

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Saw this on YouTube What are your thoughts?


Also saw something on Installing a turntable which said they Shave off the inside of the track so if it isn't lined up proper you have a little more tolerance

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Re: Modular System Joining 6 years 9 months ago #11

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Moved the Tables into the hobby room :P

A change of plans with the 4th side :dunno: , thinking of cutting it shorter and putting in a lift up bridge

What happens when i shove everything over to one side of the room
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