Below is a photo illustrated basic tutorial on using and applying our Full Color Full Size Track Plan Prints produced by AffordableModelRailroads.com to your baseboard or sub-roadbed material.
We are in the process of preparing a video instructional on how to apply prints for larger layout using our preferred method of wallpaper paste or liquid contact cement.
If you want a temporary placement you can always use thumbtacks, tape of staples.
|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 a foam compatible contact cement 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 permanently glued the print in place you can skip this step and the rest of the steps and simply lay your roadbed directly over the template and glue in place.|
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.
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