Posts Tagged ‘Build’

Pt 1, Build an Electric Heli Training/Test Stand.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Heli Test/training stand. by Dave Herbert. Parts Required: 1, 24″x 24″ plywood to make base circle. 1, 24 ” long by 2×2″ wide foam insulator strip (cut to 2x2x2″ squares 1, ¼ x 21″ round Ramin Wood sliding rod. 1, ¾” x 24″ threaded galvanized pipe (Needs to be heavy), so the reason. 1, ¾” floor flange with 4, 1 ½”x 3/16″ long nuts and bolts to attach it to Ply base. 1, 3/8″ x 2 ½” Stove bolt (round head, no slots), 2 large 3/8″ washers and 2 3/8″ Nuts 2, 3 ½” long x ¾” wide, light weight compression springs 1, ½” Long x 1/8″ wood screw 1, 5/16 small holed (1/4″) washer for spring contact point on the bottom of the rod. 1, 3″x 8″ x 3/16″ ply or other strong material for helicopter base mounting plate. 2, ¾” Hose clamps for Ramin wood rod. 1, 1″ Hose clamp for galvanized pipe 1, ¼” x 2 ½ ” long Flat Headed shoulder bolt for holding mounting plate to Ramin rod 1, 12″ long mini bungee cord 8, # 60 rubber bands, 4 each side to mount heli landing gear to plate. 1, 12″ long nylon “chalk” string to make safety harness. Loop over heli frame and mounting plate. Take your time and follow these instructions carefully. 1. Measure for exact center of the 24″x24″ Plywood base and cut out as large a circle as there is wood. Sand and paint or stain as desired. 2. Drill out the center hole to 3/8″ and bolt in the 3/8″ x 2 ½” stove bolt, (round head down towards floor). Use wide washers and nuts on both sides to adjust the length on the bottom to be 1 ½” out from wood, if using 2 x 2 x 2
Video Rating: 4 / 5

About how much space would I need to build a model HO scale railroad hobby of the U.K. or most of California?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Question by : About how much space would I need to build a model HO scale railroad hobby of the U.K. or most of California?
I would love to do such a model railroad hobby but I’m ONLY GUESSING that would take up half a city but I’m hoping someone might know how I would figure out such a question

Best answer:

Answer by Boyaki
HO scale is 1:87 scale size.

The UK has a total land area of 241,930 sq km.

So, the UK in HO scale would be around 2781 sq km.

The state of Rhode Island, if I’m figuring correctly, is around 1700 sq km.

What do you think? Answer below!

how do i build a platform for my model railroad? details?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Question by cgal8990: how do i build a platform for my model railroad? details?
im building in a sparebedroom.never done this do i make the platform or are there other ways to do this please help

Best answer:

Answer by kendylface
wood + some nails.
hammer may be of use.

Give your answer to this question below!

How to build a model railroad

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

How can I build an operating HO scale model train conveyor belt to feed coal to a coal tipple?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Question by ace: How can I build an operating HO scale model train conveyor belt to feed coal to a coal tipple?
Hi,i recently got into HO scale model railroading. I would like to add action to my layout. I already have the life-like brand coal tipple ( and was thinking about running a conveyor belt to feed it so I wouldn’t have to refill it all the time. I have never tackled a project like this one before, so any help at all would be great! thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Turtle 6
Try this:

First, purchase the conveyor belt [of course]
Then, browse through the Model RR catalogs or websites to obtain a small electric motor. Hook up the motor shaft to the conveyor belt and wire it to a switch on your control panel.

If it doesn’t work; well, at least I tried.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

THe Norfolk County Model Railroaders Marklin Division build a layout

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Marklin division of the Norfolk County Model railroaders are building a display layout for North Attleboro Hobbies In Massachusetts. The layout is 5ft by 12 ft and fetures automatic operation. For more information visit
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Part 9 – DIY How to Build Scale Model Railroad HO Building – DPM Front Street

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This is the Final Video in this series. In this series I give you step by step instructions on how I build my model structures. The parts are primed, airbrushed, glued and then finishing touches are applied. I hope you enjoy this video. Please feel free to comment and rate the video and subscribe to my channel. Thanks for watching. ~Wakis85
Video Rating: 5 / 5

model trains? Looking for a way to build my own HO scale house,?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Question by moostang67: model trains? Looking for a way to build my own HO scale house,?
I am looking for a way to make my own layout from scratch. Houses and stuff. and good sites to find maybe where you can try out a few set ups before getting the board ready so you know what you need track wise. Please help
Hey Mike where might I find that software?

Best answer:

Answer by mike_chs
Atlas model RR has free software for track plans on their site. Woodland scenics for scenery, I do not know any for buildings

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how do i build a platform for my model railroad?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Question by cgal8990: how do i build a platform for my model railroad?
what kind of designs do you recomend? never done this before, im turning a spare room into a train room

Best answer:

Answer by Mark
Plywood is a good choice for building a platform because it’s easy to cut and drill. Be sure that the platform is sturdy and braced to avoid swaying.

Give your answer to this question below!

Model Railroad Layouts: How to Build a Masterpiece

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Building a model railroad is a classic hobby that continues to grow in popularity year after year. High-end model trains actually end up becoming heirlooms that are passed down from one generation to the next. What sets a model train owner from a master collector is the model railroad layout.

Once you have determined the scale and make of model train you intend to collect you will then need to focus on designing a layout for your collection. It is important to do your due diligence when it comes to selecting the model railroad and scenery you wish to use within your layout. Getting these elements right may make a profound determination in how you layout your railroad. If you are a novice in building a model railroad system it is highly recommended that you purchase a kit for your first layout. Creating a layout from scratch should be left to the veteran collector since it is a very tricky job and one that should not be ventured into lightly. A model train kit will come equipped with the model train scale of your choice, railroad tracks as well as some minor landscaping, equipment and accessories. Kits are easily available in specialty model train shops all around the world and it is the best way to start off from scratch.


For you seasoned collector there is plenty of room for experimentation. An experienced model train collector should stay away from the simple and yes boring circular tracks. Begin to push the envelope with your layout and go for a railroad that offers a more exciting and dramatic route. Ask yourself what do you find interesting about trains in general and build on that thought. The masterpiece comes from your imagination. Put your civil engineer hat on and begin to see the layout as a passage through time. See the terrain with rivers, gorges, mountains, deserts, bridges, highways, etc. The layout should be a growing organism. It can start very small, however the layout should be set up to be expandable beyond the space you have available. Over time you may wish to move the entire layout to a new location and the layout should be able to grow into the new location.

For a true masterpiece you will want to incorporate various track designs. You may want to use a continuous loop with an out and back setup. A continuous loop on its own is monotonous and boring but when you add a variation to the setup it becomes part of a masterpiece. The out and back will allow you to incorporate tunnels and bridges, turning circles and even train stations.

Another option that you can explore is that of point-to-point model railroad layout. Although this is of a simple design where the model train has to go from one end of the track on the way to the other, they tend to be far more exciting yet simple to work with. Most of the times you find these tracks accompanied with a train station.

In conclusion the kind of custom model railroad that you choose to build should reflect your character and passion. This is what will make it unique and allow it to become a masterpiece. You should also consider the availability of space and the level of experience that you have in setting up a model railroad. However, do not limit yourself to a short-term situation when you may have more available space in the future. Be sure and visit model railroad shows and comb through model railroad magazines for ideas. The sky is the limit!

Michael Weston is a Model Train Expert. For great information on model railroad, visit

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