primarily designed to be used for portable & exhibition
layouts, this system lends itself ideally as the basis
of a permanent layout, with potential for expansion
by adding further modules.
module is constructed from 1/4in. (6,3mm) birch plywood,
the components being CNC machined to a high degree of
accuracy. Slot & tab construction is used throughout,
and when glued together, each module forms a rigid,
lightweight unit on to which a choice of surface material
(not supplied) may be attached. Adjacent modules are
held in perfect alignment by brass dowels and sockets,
which also serve to provide electrical continuity between
boards (DCC bus, for example). Quick-release screw clamps
provide additional rigidity.
back board and one end board are offered separately
- their use enables two similarly sized modules to be
transported easily, by inverting one module and securing
it on top of the other.
modules can be provided in any size, to suit individual
requirements. However, with portability in mind, the
initial design concept was to introduce a size which
would fit comfortably into most family-sized cars.
This 1/4 x full-size model was
produced to prove the tab & slot design, and
to establish the sequence of assembly.
Thin stripwood is inserted between the double-thickness
side and cross beams, to provide a fixing
for the baseboard material.
Holes in the cross beams and the longitudinal
central beam allow for electrical wiring, and
the slots in the end section provide for ease
in machining, results in accuracy of assembly,
and the sections fit together perfectly.
(not supplied) may be applied during or after
assembly. Any type of wood glue is suitable, but
quick-setting adhesives should be avoided, as
several joints may have to be assembled simultaneously.
use of a rubber-faced mallet is recommended to
tap home the joints, as they are machined to a
very tight tolerance.
is not necessary, although a coat of clear varnish
should be considered if it is likely that the
modules may be affected by changes in humidity
top photograph shows the locating pins, which
ensure accurate alignment between modules, and
provide electrical continuity between boards.
llower picture shows the two separate busbars,
situated inside the end panels. If required, each
busbar can be split in half, thus providing four
separate electrical paths between boards.
note that the following price is for our Standard
Module, measuring 5ft. x 2ft. 6in. (1500 x 750mm).
is supplied as a "flat pack", and includes
2 busbars (as shown above), and screws for attaching
pack length is acceptable by UK Post Office and
most parcel carriers
Other sizes are available to order, but longer
lengths will require special delivery arrangements.
||Modular baseboard 5ft.
x 2ft.6in. (1500 x 750mm)
||Back board & end board pack