Pacific Central & Eastern Railroad
HELIX BUILD
1st Helix
Use Master to
set radius
Lay out
sections
Rings
glued
Clamped for
hole drilling
Holes
drilled
Glue used
for the track
Holes
drilled
1st Ring
sections glued
Lay and spread the glue
Relieve the outside holes
Mark holes
with washers
Solder
tool
See track
line through
glue
Check
gauge
Track clamped
while glue dries
Tools
2nd Helix
I built both helix using 1/8 inch thick Masonite cut into quarter
circle sections and then glued these sections together at 1/8th
circle positions.I used standard wood glue and clamps for this
process. I made a master from the Masonite to use for a pattern for
the 4' x 8' sheets. This allows the Masonite to be 1/4 inch thick for
the road bed. Seems flimsy until you have it all put together and
then the helix will be very sturdy.I glued the track down with
standard caulk/adhesive (picture below). The helix levels are
supported with 1/4 inch drill rod. See pictures for details of this
process. I used a piece of 1/2 inch plywood for the base of the
helix and used the center hole cutout to help make the patterns
and to mark the track centers.
Make, mark and glue the individual rings.
All rings
glued
Clamp rings together to drill holes for drill rod and
wires as needed.
Glue the track to the first ring and solder the track
sections together. Check gauge at joints as you go.
Add feeders as required.
Continue gluing rings together, laying track and
soldering feeders.
Install the drill rod and adjust for height.
I cut the excess drill rod with a set of bolt/lock cutters.
The rod is pretty soft. I protected the rod ends with screw
protectors from the local big box store.
Ready to
install
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