Free-mo Tools and Techniques
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Standards and Guidelines
Module Curve Tool
This is a jig
to make multiple curve modules the exact same.
building legs that adjust by 12 inches, part of the free-mo standard. Multiple
As members of the
group start to think about building modules with grades, I figured I should
design a system to raise a module up in 3/4 inch increments. Here is my
Crate" Module Construction
Here is a technique from Bruce Smith of Auburn, AL on light weight "Egg
Crate" module construction.
Fold Up Legs
Fold Up Leg Brackets.
Cheap quick and easy Skirt Hangers.
How to fix ends that are not "square"
Here is a technique I use to squre the ends of modules that are not quite
Internal Joint Pins
Here is how I make internal module joints line up perfect every time with very
Cinch Jones Plugs
The standard connection for Track Power on the end of a module is the Conch
Jones plug and socket, Series 300, two connector, round. Part Numbers P-302H-CCT
and S-302H-CCT. These are available at many online stores like:
I have included the part numbers for each site. On other
sites you will have to vary your search to find the parts. Search by the part
Cinch Jones Parts Numbers P-302H-CCT and S-302H-CCT, or "Cinch Jones".
Anderson Power Pole Connecters
These are some modern connectors I am using on my modules. I also build Power
Pole to Cinch Jones adapters so that I am compliant with the Free-Mo standards
Mounted Turnout Controls
Here is a simple easy design for a flush mounted
(recessed) push button
on-on push button switches
I have found a good source for the push button switches. Action Electronics in
Santa Ana California,
http://www.action-electronics.com/. Search on part number 35-405, select
the link for switches, this should take you right to the part. Here is a
direct link to the switches,
Minute Man Electronics Miniature & Standard Round Push Button Switches
Movable Throttle Mount
Here is a design for a throttle mount that is moveable. Put a throttle jack
where you need it today and move it tomorrow.
Tortoise Switch Machine
Here are some shots from NorcalF on how they install Tortoise Switch Machines,
this works great.
Conductor 8 Position Module Connectors
Most of use call them RJ-45, but they are 8 position 8 conductor (8P 8C)
Modular connectors. RJ-45 is a defines both the connector, the wire and what
kind of equipment it is connected too. In Free-mo we are using the RJ45 wiring
schema. Here is a good web site that explains the wiring,
JaySafe Systems -
Technical - RJ45 PinOut,
In Free-Mo SLO, Norcal and Free-Mo LA our
standard frame color is Glidden Great Desert. Others report getting this from
I have had trouble finding Glidden Great
Desert and found this a a replacement.
ACE Hardware. Card number 4-2R color 4-0209D. It was mixed with
-95 Deep Base, Flat, 1 gallon. (Note: that was in 2005)
The mix on the top of the can says:
Life Paint Corp. LIFE INTERIOR FLAT 4-0209D
B Shots 11
C Shots 27
L Ounces 1, shots 36, 1/2 shots 1
2009, ACE no longer carries the Life
Interior brand of paint. I matched that paint I had up to this:
Pratt & Lambert, PRO-Hide Gold, Interior Latex Flat, Base 2
Color Card 14-26 Edmund's Beige (was 2204)
The mix on the top of the can says:
Can Size: Gallon
Color in in Ounces, 1/48, and 1/96
B, 0, 38, 0
C, 1, 36, 0
V, 0, 14, 0
KX, 3, 12, 0
Norcal Free-Mo bought the vinyl skirting from:
Check out the "bargain corner". Look for vinyl in rolls, 54" width. We use the
"brown" color. Otherwise, click on "fabrics", scroll down to "embossed vinyl
sheeting" and click it. This page shows all the colors, and if you scroll down
it gives more info.
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