UMG Module Connection Test

I’m trying a new module connection method that I saw in Springfield and read more about on the internet.

It’ll gets it’s first real test when we set up for a Boy Scout fundraiser in a couple weeks.

What do you think?

12 Responses to “UMG Module Connection Test”

  1. Ric says:

    Good for modules owned by one person but as an interchangable standard for all club modules (think three fingers of one side of the hinge vs two)…I think unless you have a master jig set up and a placement standard I think it could be a whole wack of problems

  2. sajay says:

    Agreed. That’s what I thought as well. It seems to hold pretty strong but we will see how well it lasts over the next couple of setups.

  3. Doug says:

    Scott

    What modications have you done to pin to make it easily removed and or install. I have had to use a hammer at times to install and remove pins. Then there is the issue of the expandation of the wood.

    Good luck with the experiment.

    Doug

  4. Scott says:

    Yes, that wood expandation can be a killer! Ha.

    The pin on the straight side comes out with only a little bit if effort. On the inside of the 90 degree corner it’s a little more difficult but I think manageable. Time will tell on the expansion issue.

  5. Chris Mears says:

    Hi Scott. I like the use of hinges to join modules together. Dad and I have both used these to connect layout sections together. I like how they keep things tight together and really like how they control vertical alignment.

  6. Scott says:

    Great! Someone with experience!

    Did you ever have problems removing or inserting the hinge pins?

  7. Ewen says:

    Hi Scott:

    I agree whole heartedly with Chris. I have used them on past layouts too that would get moved and they did hold things together and aligned well every time.

    I also used large latch snaps. They worked well too.

    Cheers,
    Ewen

  8. Scott says:

    Yes, latches look like they would work very well too but they wouldn’t work in a 90 degree corner. You would also need something else to garauntee vertical alignment.

  9. Ewen says:

    True for an ordinary latch, but a locking snap latch you will give you vertical alignment because they are locked in place. The 90 degree corners would be tricky but there are solutions in the design of the actual module….. Good discussion

  10. sajay says:

    Hmmm…. I’ll have to have a look for a locking snap latch.

  11. Doug says:

    Ok Scott

    How did the test go on the weekend ?

    Doug

  12. Scott says:

    It went well. It actually made a more solid connection than clamps. Alignment of the hinges and insertion of the pins was quite simple. The part I was most concerned about was removing the pins but they came out quite easily. I should have taken pictures. Oops.

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