Bulding your own turntable?

Bulding your own turntable?

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:16 pm

I posted the Roco turntable to the new models thread and it made me wonder if any of you have built your own and what it involved?
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby areibel » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:04 pm

Diamond Scale makes a nice turntable in HO that can be regauged to TT. It's a 65' one, so it comes out at roughly 90' in TT. They're a little expensive for the whole package with a motor and indexing but really nice!
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:40 pm

What's the price of the Diamond scale? Do you have a link? Euro Train has the Roco one for $350.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby areibel » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:46 pm

http://www.diamond-scale.com/
The whole kit is about the same price as the Roco once you buy the motor and indexing kit.Plus you do have to modify it slightly, so the Roco would be easier.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:16 pm

I have been doing some tinkering with converting an Atlas HO scale turntable to TT scale. The geneva movement would make control and alignment easy, and having spent $20 on the one that I am working on, if it does not work out, it would not be too big of a loss.

If it works out, I will post pictures.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby member13 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:25 pm

If you can post pictures of the progress that would be great.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:45 pm

I need to find a way to shrink the size of the pictures that I have.

Now I am working on filling in the grooves on the turntable so that I can paint it grey to resemble concrete.

The track itself will be attached to a "bridge" based on the turntable at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, as much as I do not want to model anything from connecticut, I can justify this by the fact that the bridge at the museum was made in New York. I am trying to figure out how to attach a rail to simulate the circular rail that the turntable bridge rotates on to the table.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:53 pm

I know Peco makes a turntable that can be found on HobbyLinc for $78. I do not know if a motor is supplied, but I think that one would have to supply the motor and indexing mechanism themselves.
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:07 am

AngrySailor302 wrote: I am trying to figure out how to attach a rail to simulate the circular rail that the turntable bridge rotates on to the table.


Use a rail from some flex track (or buy a piece of "raw" rail). Once it's in the "well" of the turntable it's natural tendency to want to straighten itself out should push it snug against the walls. At that point, add a few drops of super glue and voila! At least it sounds that simple..... :mrgreen:
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Re: Bulding your own turntable?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:47 pm

The problem with that idea is that there is a gap between the rail and the pit wall of the table. Spiking the rail is out of the question due to the thinnness of the Atlas turntable.
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