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Part 68: Control panel


M Graff

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Hi all, I've made a control panel for my layout.
I used 10 mm thick MDF.
It's 18" x 6.5" in size, which was the minimum I wanted.
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I drew the plan and then drilled all the holes for the LEDs and push buttons.

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I counter drilled the holes from the backside to make it possible to add the LED and the nuts for the push buttons.

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I primed it with cellulose first and then black Badger Stynylrez primer.

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I then airbrush painted white where the track lines were going to be.

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I masked the lines with 1/16" automotive masking tape. I painted over the tape with white to minimize the risk of bleeding.

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The panel was then painted with dark green acrylic paint. Around the tracks I shaded with black.

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This is how it looked when I removed the masking tape.

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I added texts with Microscale decals.

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The panel is clearcoated with Alclad matte.
Now it's the fun part; installing all the electrical bits.
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I use the panel control system from MGP Here in Sweden, a very competent system with its own programming app and uses Loconet for communication.

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This is one of my next jobs so I shall follow this with interest.  Nice work on the graphics.

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