The two main curves are 30" and 36" (the latter on a slight gradient) whilst the points were deliberately arranged to give me a set of doubled reverse curves - the idea is that if things work on here, they should work anywhere. It is wired up with all lines constantly powered and switched vees using slide switches that also throw the switchblades. It can be used for DCC as well as DC which is why there are just two wires to connect.
I sunk the magnets from the MSE starter kit into the cork roadbed, cutting the holes slightly undersize with a knife to ensure that the cork gripped the magnets - easy to remove and put somewhere else then. With the wagon, coach and Pannier, I discovered just how strong the magnets actually are
I have some tidying up to do of those loops too...
It gets a bit boring playing with just a couple pieces so another wagon has had the S&W couplings installed and I made a front loop for the Pannier too. In keeping with the rear loop, this one is demountable as well.
I started by filing a taper into a 1/8" square section of brass.
A length around 1/8" was cut off - this can then be inserted into the hollow section of the front sandboxes.
An offcut of scrap brass was cut to make an L shape bracket and soldered to the tapered section.
They both fit neatly into the sandboxes
The view from underneath
A coupling loop was folded up from 0.5mm brass wire and then soldered into place, I used a toolmakers clamp to keep the bracket and tapered section together.
The assembly was given a good scrub in Viakal with a toothbrush, cleaned off, burnished with a fibreglass brush and then chemically blackened.
I gave it a minor tweak to set the alignments then dropped it into place in the Pannier chassis.
With the body on