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fockewulf37
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Posted - 07/14/2013 :  9:14:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The turnouts From Switckhey are really nice. I bought the weathered rail turnouts. They are werthered with a dark charcoal color rail. Bruce at Switchcrafters said that looks like the rail near where he lives. I just like the rusted look . So I masked off all the turnouts and hit them with a little rust color..














Edited by - fockewulf37 on 07/14/2013 9:15:31 PM

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 09/29/2013 :  08:05:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Wow,
Its hard to believe that it has been 2 months since my last update. I have been really busy with family stuff and catching up on orders for my plane stuff.
When I ordered the Spider Bearing from Pacific Coast Garden Railway Supply. I had asked them about there Turntable also. They said they had a 9 month waiting list. So I had planned on doing the work myself.
Then I was looking through Garden Railway Magazine and found an add for Fall Creek Railroad Structures. I was just needing a turntable and they usually just sell turntable and pit together. I talked them into building just the turntable. It took about 6 weeks but when I got it in i am very pleased.
I ordered it unstained so I could weather it myself. Here are a couple pic's of the turntable..

Ty













Edited by - fockewulf37 on 09/29/2013 08:06:25 AM

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/29/2013 :  10:20:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ty, that's a great looking turntable and those switches really look like they have smooth transitions. What # is that long one?

Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 09/29/2013 10:23:42 AM

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 09/29/2013 :  1:52:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
The long one is SwitchCrafter's #6 turnout. They are really nice and work very well so far. http://www.switchcrafters.com/
They are very reasonable in price to be hand made...

Ty



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fockewulf37
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Posted - 09/30/2013 :  09:00:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I am trying to get all the track laid so the next thing to go in is the turntable itself. So when I received the turntable it was prewired for me because I am using DCC. It had 2 lead soldered to the rails and cam off the bottom of the turntable but they were to the side. To make the turntable able to fully rotate I needed to get the wires down through the pivot point.

The Spider bearing had a brass plate with a centering tube all ready in place. Inside it was another tube that ties the turntable and the bearing together. I soldered the tube that ties them together into the brass plate . I then drilled holes into the tube to allow the wires to go in and out the bottom of the tube...










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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/30/2013 :  10:21:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ty, go to battery power and leave the wiring to someone else!

Frank

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 10/01/2013 :  8:08:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Frank,
I really wish I had gone battery power. But I am just Too much invested in Dcc to turn back now. I have a small fortune in decoders installed..

Ty



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fockewulf37
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Posted - 10/02/2013 :  03:54:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I Have been working on cutting the benchwork for the turntable. I added 1 inch to the diameter to allow for the retaining wall on the inside of the pit. First I marked the area and then cut it out with a skill saw.
I then went back and added 2 layers of 3/4" ply to the area...

Ty














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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 10/02/2013 :  10:02:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ty, I like the idea of having the turntable partially off the layout. Itís a huge space saver and it's easier to get to for those armstrong models.

Frank

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 10/02/2013 10:03:40 AM

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 10/02/2013 :  10:17:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I got that idea from ya'll at SD. It does save a lot of space. Real estate gets eaten up quickly in this scale...


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fockewulf37
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Posted - 10/04/2013 :  03:58:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Next I added the floor. Once floor was in i was able to figure how much I need to raise the turntable to make it level with the rest of the track.


















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brownbr
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Posted - 10/04/2013 :  05:05:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't get over how nice that turntable looks.


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Rick
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Posted - 10/04/2013 :  09:53:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is a fine looking turntable.
And I also like how it extends from the edge of the layout.
Very nicely done.



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 10/04/2013 :  4:35:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very well engineered table.


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fockewulf37
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Posted - 10/05/2013 :  05:00:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks For the comments. Fall Creek did a really nice job on the turntable.

To get the turntable to the correct elevation to match the rest of the lay out I had to add a 1/2 foam circle and then a 1/4" piece of plywood.













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