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Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:55 pm
by royjess
I recently found on Youtube, possibly the worlds smallest working model railway. Jess wanted one, so I was up for a challenge and I decided to have a go at making one

The biggest challenge was to take the photos as the railway is very tiny and the photos don't do it any justice especially trying to get the camera to focus on any closeup of any details

Starting with some scrap styrene plastic sheeting, I drill some small holes

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Squares were cut out and glued together to form the basic structure

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This was covered in filler

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This was painted and I added some buildings to the layout. The buildings took me several attempts considering these were smaller than a grain of rice, I even put roofs on the buildings. The layout was painted

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To give you a sense of scale, here is a pic of it next to an OXO cube

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The drive mechanism was made from a geared motor and attached to a straw using the brass connecting and screws form a plastic wire connecting block

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So why am I calling it the Cocktail Junction box? Well I'm fitting the layout inside a plastic container that once housed cocktail sticks. Fitting all the electrics inside along with a directional switch and a potentiometer/pot trimmer

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Unfortunately I couldn't fit the AAA batteries inside the cocktail stick container, so these were attached housed in a separate battery box

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Finished

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One last challenge and that is for me to take a video of it for you to see it in action. The only problem is, that it is so tiny, that it was difficult to get the camera to focus on the train moving, so I had to employ the use of a magnifying glass to help.

Enjoy


Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:57 am
by casper
wow Roy fantastic :shock: :o :clap: :clap:
sooo teeny weeny. I love it :D
casp

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:15 am
by Mark
Wow, I think the King of Tiny Crown will be yours for some time now !

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:27 pm
by number1
Thats incredible! Think I might have the space for a layout like that :laughing-rolling:

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:26 pm
by wingnut
Hi Roy and Jes, Roy I have to say not the best use of your so many skills, sorry I don't get it ! :(
Cheers Mike.

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:37 pm
by royjess
Thanks for all your kind comments.

wingnut wrote:Hi Roy and Jes, Roy I have to say not the best use of your so many skills, sorry I don't get it ! :(
Cheers Mike.


It was a challenge and a half. Like I said in my original post, the photos and video don't do it any justice

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:44 pm
by wingnut
Hi Roy ! no offence intended mate.
Cheers Mike.

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:51 pm
by royjess
wingnut wrote:Hi Roy ! no offence intended mate.
Cheers Mike.


No offence taken mate, just for you I should have called it the Marmite layout, you either love it or hate it ;) :laughing-rolling:

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:34 pm
by steve131
Very good K awarded :clap:

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:36 pm
by wingnut
royjess wrote:
wingnut wrote:Hi Roy ! no offence intended mate.
Cheers Mike.


No offence taken mate, just for you I should have called it the Marmite layout, you either love it or hate it ;) :laughing-rolling:

:laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: ;)

Re: Cocktail Stick Junction box ~ The Forum smallest railway

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:34 am
by royjess
Just added a turn knob to the potentiometer/pot trimmer, this was shaped from some scrap plastic and super glued in place. The potentiometer/pot trimmer control the speed.

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Here is a better video of the working model. It took me a while to set it up, using several lenses, magnifying glass to obtain a clearer image. The first and last finger in the video is my little finger, to demonstrate how tiny this is




The video still don't do it any justice,