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Craig H
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Posted - 01/22/2020 :  10:53:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dan, Sent you a PM want to ask how tall was your backdrop ...top to bottom... and the width you made the alum frame.... talked to the company this morning that makes all the framing and asked me more questions Before they make up the order and priceing


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BigLars
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Posted - 01/25/2020 :  11:33:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Craig, I am in the exact same boat you are in and ready to start benchwork. Curious on pricing and going to the site for parts cost.

Link to Dolly Varden build which I have seen and it is impressive.
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15424



Edited by - BigLars on 01/25/2020 11:52:45 AM

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Craig H
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Posted - 01/25/2020 :  5:07:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, Yes I'm curious to on what it will cost me but what ever it is I want it They said from NY it should only be 2 or 3days for shipping. I will be calling then Monday Morning. Just got the final measurement from Frank Palmer today which I needed to give me a idea on what length's to order Larry sent you a PM


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danpickard
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Posted - 01/25/2020 :  5:27:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit danpickard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Craig, just sent you a PM. See how close Franks measurements are to my memory guesses :)

Cheers,
Dan Pickard


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BigLars
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Posted - 01/25/2020 :  6:26:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Craig,
Thanks for talking with me tonight. Looking forward to your thoughts after you receive your order.



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BigLars
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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  10:32:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is the sample from the Dolly Varden thread


Craig,
Most of the parts are available on ebay and my local lows claims to stock the tubing. I will be investigating further. Plus the light bulb went on for me and my daughter runs the office for a fencing company and they cut aluminum all the time. I have asked her to see if they can order the stuff.



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BigLars
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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  10:44:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here goes




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Craig H
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Posted - 02/01/2020 :  11:47:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, What have you been up to been doing some homework I see.


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BigLars
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  09:59:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Craig H

Larry, What have you been up to been doing some homework I see.



Yes, placing a test order of parts from eBay today and heading over to Lowes to buy some tube.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  12:25:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Craig H

Larry, What have you been up to been doing some homework I see.



I hope your taking notes Craig you started this thread lots of good info from Larry!


Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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danpickard
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  3:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit danpickard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just a note for you guys looking to work with aluminium framing and the plastic corner joiners...make sure the aluminium wall thickness matches the size of corner joiners you select. The tubing can come in different wall thickness (1.2mm, 1.5mm, 1.8mm etc). I usually get my supplies of both plastic and aluminium from the one metal supplier. The last time I bought the two components from different sources (aluminium from metal supplier was half the price of the local hardware store, but needed a couple of extra joiners from said local hardware), the internal friction connection didn’t match...ie the joiners were loose in the tube, so not a solid join. I normally use 1.2mm tube, and joiners must have been for 1.5mm, which was enough for them not to hammer lock in position.

Larry, also note with the photo of the Dolly Varden module you have drawn your parts list over, it was the centre trestle bridge module which dropped down below the standard base level of the other modules, so with normal module for us, the riser pieces you have recorded as “brown” were not required for the module.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard


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BigLars
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  3:42:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dan,
Thanks for the advice. I was going to order a few connectors as a test for one piece of Aluminum tube that I can source locally.

Is this is what the rest of the modules were designed like?
Picture deleted to reduce confusion



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Neil F
Engine Wiper

Posted - 02/02/2020 :  5:40:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Larry, Have you looked at transport this is a major cost for us as we have to hire a van or trailer, we worked out what each costs and how it would stack. Some boards go on there bases and some on end, the trailer is cheapest but takes longer to get and return, but is cheapest when going abroad when we went to Germany France and Holland.



As you can see we have room in the van, but when we have the trailer its full, we take pictures with us for Customs to see what' in the van.
Another thing to think about is storage we store boards on top of each other to reduce the floor area when not in use. Make sure the ends can take another board on top.
Best of luck with the new build.


Neil F in Stockport

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BigLars
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  6:06:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Neil,
I have thought about transport. My guess is this layout only goes to one or two shows then ends up my home layout. The first show in Hickory is 1.5 hours away and I will rent or borrow a box truck to move it. After that possibly only one module and a loop around the back will fit in my SUV for small shows.



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Craig H
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Posted - 02/02/2020 :  9:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes Jerry I talked to Larry today.


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