>From: Tim Maxwell <tmaxwell@...>
>Subject: [z_scale] Re: Laying Cork
>Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 01:41:43 -0500
>Is there anyone with either info. or a webpage on
>how to do cork on foam? Specifically how to do
>those tight radius curves. Do I soak the cork?
>How best to hold it down to cork, and still keep
>the curve. Does wet cork ruin the adhesive
>Any step-by-step info. is welcome
Here is an exerpt from my Ztrack Magazine article about track laying
techniques. I have used cord strips and cork sheets as Rob Kluz suggested.
Strips are easier to work with if you are not too handy carving cork from a
sheet. The following text applies to laying cork along curves as well as
Whatever you do, do NOT wet or soak the cork. No adhesive will stick to it
and it is likely to swell. I have had good success with Rubber Cement (not
Contact Cement which will attack the foam). It is important to finalize the
placement of your track and to mark the center of the right of way. The
first section of cork is placed along the center line. It is also a good
idea to stagger the cork so that you don't have 2 strips ending at the same
A. If you are laying a cork roadbed, use rubber cement as a contact cement
to glue the first half strip of cork over the track tracing. Note: Here I
assume that you are using commercial cork strips that come in two halves
with beveled edges.
If possible try to start and end in a straight section, not in a curve.
Using straight pins, pin the end in place and bend the cork around the
curve. Pin the opposite end in place. Repeat with the other half of the
cork strip. As a final touch, using the paring knife, follow the angle of
the bevel in the cork to carve a ditch into the styrofoam base. You can
angle the second cut to remove a strip of styrofoam to produce a shallow or
deep outside edge to the ditch depending on the geography of the track right
of way. If you like, finish the roadbed with a coat of black acrylic paint
straight from the tube.
Copyright 2000 Jeffrey MacHan
Have fun laying trackm ;-)
Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.
Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at