Below is a photo illustrated basic tutorial on using and applying our Full Color Full Size Track Plan Prints to your baseboard or sub-roadbed material.
|Step 1: Lay your Full Size Track Plan Print on your baseboard or sub-roadbed panel to|
|Step 2: Tape or pin the print to your baseboard or sub-roadbed material with easily|
removed painters masking tape or T-pins.
|Step 3: Starting from the untaped end, carefully roll the print straight back to the beginning|
and tack it in place with easily removable painters masking tape.
|Step 4: Spray your baseboard or sub-roadbed with spray adhesive. Follow the spray adhesive directions for producing a TEMPORARY removable bond as you will be removing|
the print in later steps.
If you want to permanently install the plan and simply place your roadbed and track over it
follow the instructions on your adhesive for a permanent bond.
If you want a permanent bond you can also apply the print by "painting" the panel with a
paint roller and standard white glue such as "Elmer's" and then laying the print in place.
|Step 5: Once the adhesive is properly set, carefully roll your print back to its fixed position.|
Use one hand to roll out the print while using the other hand to smooth the print to make
sure of a wrinkle free, secure and even bond with your baseboard or sub-roadbed.
|Step 6: You may want to squeegee the print to release any air bubbles and make sure the|
bond between the print and the baseboard or sub-roadbed is smooth, even and free of
wrinkles or distortions that could cause inaccuracies in your layout. A roller is not required,
using your hand, a window tinting squeegee, a dry sponge or a kitchen rolling pin also
|Step 7: Once the print is applied you can set structures directly on the plan to check|
positioning and clearances and make any adjustments that may be required. At this point
I noticed to the right of the coal mine I had enough space for an additional holding track
so I made that modification on the completed diorama.
|Step 8: If you applied your print directly to your baseboard you can now cut out the|
roadbed area with a sharp hobby knife or retractable blade knife. For best results use a straightedge on the straight sections and carefully freehand the curved and turnout section.
If you have applied the print to a sub-roadbed material such as plywood or homasote you
can easily cut your sub-roadbed pieces with a jigsaw or router using the print as your guide.
The sub-roadbed lines were not printed on this pattern as it is a flat shelf diorama and the
foamboard base acts as the sub-roadbed.
If you permanently glued the print in place you can skip the rest of the steps and simply lay
your roadbed directly over the template and glue in place.
Step 9: If you properly set your adhesive to have a temporary bond you can now remove
|Step 10: Be sure to include the benchwork edges on your layout design and then you can|
use those guidelines to cut your panels to perfect size.
|Step 11: You can skip this step if you want and simply lay your roadbed between the lines, but as a final step I like to trace cut lines with a grease pencil so my guidelines are directly on|
my baseboard or sub-roadbed material allowing me to remove the rest of the layout print immediately.
You are now ready to proceed with building your diorama or railroad.
|Below are some pictures of the print templates in use.|
|Overview Of Custom Layout Builder With Template Laid|
|Picture Of Underconstruction Layout|
Video Of Completed Layout