Howdy there, I finally began the train track install on my platform.
I am using the instructions from this link:
http://olszewskistudios.com/MainStre...structions.php on the Olszewski website.
I have also posted all the pictures in this post (and some) on a website:
So far I have set down the first cork layer. I will try and document what I found and any issues I've encountered.
I removed the "fake" track and found the two track power holes:
one by adventure land gateway and the Orbiter.
When I removed the track I found some high spots in the casting and major height changes between segments. This first pic is behind the castle and hard to tell. But, there was a couple big bumps. From what I recall small trains like things smooooth..
Castle Bump and sectional bump:
So, I took out the handy Dremel and ground away...
After all the high parts were ground down next was to get the cork ready.
The cork is cut at an angle down the middle. You separate the cork so and re-align it so that it has a bevel on the outside (wider at the bottom) The middle edge is straight.
After I separated the cork I placed it down to figure out where it is along the corners. On the corners I used scissors to snip 1/4" cuts on both outer edges of the cork every 1 to 2 inches. This allows the cork to bend around the corner and still lie flat.
This pic shows holding down the cork and the black line marking the end of the curve. I then cut in about 1/4 inch on the outside of each cork to allow it to bend.
Next, with a curve the cork becomes uneven. The instructions say to fit your other pieces to that. I preferred to make them even. So here I will cut off the inside cork at the black line to make it straight.
Now, with the cork prepped (snipped and trimmed) it was time for glue.
Smoothing the glue out with a 1" brush
An important ingredient at this time...
Laying the first / inside cork. Again, straight edge to center, beveled edge to the outside and the widest side down.
Both halves down now
After I did both curves on the castle side I went to the train station. This is to line up the edge to the station. I had to mark the angle. No, I can't draw straight I had to trim a couple times to get it just right.
After I did both sides of the castle and train station I had a small gap in the middle. Since, I made clean edges it was pretty easy putting a small piece in.
East side completed (yes thats the instructions out...) And, the West side.
Now, I will have to deal with a height level problem on the train station. My train station has the standard "kit" black knobs attached to the bottom.
This is the East side. (the cork is supposed to be at the same level as train station)
West side level difference (not so bad)
A conductor waiting for a track and a train...
Well, as I was doing the above pictures I also got a bit side tracked... some of my signed pieces:
And, a Marque, trying to get one of them to work (until I got the updated instruction...)
Well, I hope this helps anyone else attempting the track project. I will update as I get further along.
And, before we go - a quote from the artist... (from his website)
This is not just a collection. This is an awesome interactive experience for the true Disney and Olszewski fan.Soon you will begin to assemble your Main Street Platform. To make this experience as positive as possible, each of you will need to change from being a collector and cross over to becoming a hobbyist. Understanding this statement and embracing it, will enable each platform owner to enjoy this project in a way that they could never have imagined.
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I will add questions/problems as I come to them here - and hopefully my solutions - so they don't get buried in the thread.
- Cork layout at the Castle
I didn't know if that meant one piece centered at the Castle so both ends curve or, the end at the straight part of the castle and curving one way or the other.Do the curves first. Start with the curve by the Sleeping Beauty's Castle. What you learn here will make the Train Station curve easier. Take one complete strip and lay the cork in the straight section directly behind the castle. Do not use glue yet.
I chose to put the end at the center of the straight section so I could deal with one curve with each cork piece.
- Cork staggering. I actually bought a book today on track laying. (still worried about the whole ballast thing). Anyways, the book recommended "staggering" the cork underlay. Hm, I should have done that vice trying to keep the lines straight.
- Track "detailing." In researching ballast instructions I found some info about detailing the track to make it more relistic. And, I saw a book about it so I got it. I did detail the track a bit (rustish red on the track and brownish ties). It looks amazing. I will post pix and instructions later.