Frequently Asked Questions Index:
Free-mo FAQ 1.1 How can a module have one or three ends?
Free-mo FAQ 1.2 - Shall, Should and May
Free-mo FAQ 1.3 Is
Free-mo a Concept or Standard?
Free-mo the Concept - Double sided modules that can be
swapped end for end with no problems, Designed to be operated. The Free-mo
concept was developed to get away from the standard two track oval display
with orbiting trains.
A Free-mo module is a free form module that conforms to the Free-mo standards as outlined below. A Free-mo module can be any length and the endplates can be at any angle to each other. A Free-mo module can be one section or a set of two or more sections that forms a module. The Free-mo standards govern the ends of the module and basic track requirements. Most Free-mo modules have two ends, but modules can have one, two, three or more ends.
Free-mo FAQ 1.4 What Scale is
Free-mo FAQ 1.5 I like the
standards all but...
As Free-mo has grown lots have people have asked this question. We are open to change, but a standard that changes too easily or fast cannot be followed. Many groups are following this standard and it works. When there has been a real need to change, it has changed.
Free-mo FAQ 2.1 - Why not use Pine 1X6 lumber?
Free-mo FAQ 2.2
- Nominal and minimum rail height is 50 inches above the floor?
The 1" leg adjustment is a minimum. We've encountered many floors where a 1" adjustment wasn't enough.
Free-mo FAQ 2.3 Can I put a backdrop on my module?
This precludes the use of sky-boards on a Free-mo module. Since sky-boards are usually placed on a non-viewing side, by being visible from both sides, a Free-mo module shouldn't have a sky-board.
Free-mo FAQ 2.4
- Can I build a double track mini-mo that is 8" wide?
Free-mo FAQ 2.5 - I do not understand why a mini-mo needs legs "if it does not need
to stand on its own"?
Free-mo FAQ 2.6 -
What is Nominal Mean?
In addition to this the standard does require that we be prepared to put 3/4" shims under our modules to raise them as high as 62" (again plus or minus 1").
This is also the reason for the requirement that grade modules change elevation in some even increment of 3/4"s. Technically, a 61" height is not compliant--but 61 1/4" is.
Free-mo FAQ 3.1 Why does the centerline of the all tracks have to be
4 inches or more from the edge of the module?
Free-mo FAQ 3.2
- Why the 1 inch set back on the rail, why not take the track all the way
to the edge of the modules?
Both conditions are moderated by the addition of filler pieces.
Free-mo FAQ 3.3
- Code 70 to 83 transitions on the module ends?
If two branchline modules are both made with code 70 on the through route, code 70 joiner rails can be used and it is not necessary to transition to code 83 at the joint between the two modules.
If two branchline modules are joined and one has code 83 on the through route and the other has code 70 on the through route; It is the responsibility of the owner of the module with code 70 rail to supply a solution to transition up to the code 83 rail, (i.e. code 70 to code 83 fitter rails or code 70 fitter rails and code 70 to code 83 rail joiners).
Free-mo FAQ 3.4 - What does a Single Track Endplate look like?
Free-mo FAQ 3.5 - What does a Double-track endplates look like?
Free-mo FAQ 3.6 - I do not
understand how grades work.
1 and 5: the Free-mo Ends
2 and 4: the Easements
3: the Grade
Only concern is meeting the 3/4" incremental height requirements at the module's ends. You can either take your grade (plus easements and 6" Free-mo ends), and work out how long the module would need to be so that it would end up at one of the approved heights (50.75", 51.5", etc). Or, you decide how long a module you want to build, subtract the 6" Free-mo ends and easement lengths, which then determines how steep a grade can fit within that space. You can stretch the grade through the entire length, or run your level sections longer than the min. 6" required, or have an even longer/smoother easement. As long as the math works out so that at the end of it all, you meet the incremental 3/4" specs.
Note: Using some general numbers for the lengths of the different sections and assuming a 2% grade. The lengths of the different section 1 to 5 would be:
Using the low end of the scale for 2 and 4 of 18 inches. A module will take 24 inches on each end to get into the grade. This gives us the following:
Module length to lift:
This puts the whole grade issue into perspective.
Free-mo FAQ 4.1 Where can I get Cinch Jones Connectors, Radio Shack is not caring
them any more?
- Which pin in the connector is pin 1, the wide one or the narrow one?
Free-mo FAQ 4.3
- Don't you mean AC & DC for the accessory buss?
Free-Mo FAQ 4.4 - It seems like the track buss
wires are crossing from end to end, what is up with that?
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