Dale Arends <Dale...@sbcglobal.net
> on Mon, 17 Jan 2022 13:28:30
-0600 typed in rec.models.railroad the following:
>pyotr filipivich <ph...@mindspring.com
> wrote in
>> New Train Club & Coffee drinking Society
>> While most of the guys want to make a rail road, I want to make
>> the models. So, trying to figure out scale layouts and the like.
>> Confusing a bit, what else is new.
>> Any suggestions?
>> pyotr filipivich
>> Rock is Dead! --- Long live Paper & Scissors!
>Not sure exactly what you're asking.
What I am seeking is some kind of scale 'template' for road, the
"footprint" for the Bank, court house, "Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel for
Single Girls", etc, etc.
>Most of us either build from kits or scratch-build.
>Kits, of course, generally have pre-cut pieces.
They also tend to be "more expensive". Time is money, so what you
save on one, you make up on the other.
>For scratch-building, your best tool is a scale ruler (and a sharp Xacto
>knife). The scale ruler lets you measure in your chosen scale as if you
>were doing prototype measures, so you don't have to do the conversion
>math. If you're actually into the math then you need to know the
>HO scale is 1:87 (3.5mm = 1 foot)
>N scale is 1:160 (1.92mm = 1 foot)
.075 in is 1 scale foot.
Are there rulers in N-Scale? I haven't chance to see if any of my
drafting rules can map easily to 1:160. Metric 300 can be use as
1:150 "double". ("Just remember which way you're converting...")
Otherwise, I have spreadsheets starting at 1" = .00625" up to
12" (or one foot) being .075" and then foot increments as convenient.
Or I can plat the city as 1 chain front to back and 1/3 chain side to
>so if you are building in N scale, for example, an 80 foot boxcar will be
>around 6 inches long.
I'm working on the "model" side of the rail road club. The other
guys want to do the choo-choo, I just want to build the town. I think
I may have bit off more than I can handle. B-)
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