How do I use undertable switches with that 2 in. foam? TIA!

How do I use undertable switches with that 2 in. foam? TIA!
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Kevin Miller
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KM> How do I use undertable switches with that 2 in. foam? TIA!
*I* solved this problem with a small piece of 3/8" plywood. I cut a square hole in the foam with a 1/4" lip to support the plywood. Mounted the switch machines on the plywood. I ended up with a cross-section something like this ASCII drawing:
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Reply to
Robert Heller
I see, so you basically cut a "hole" in the foam, just not all the wayy thru.... right?

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Kevin Miller
I covered the entire bottom of the foam with 3/16" plywood on my new portable layout. I plan on gluing a wooden or masonite switch machine "holder" to the thin plywood.
Your method would work fine with motor driven switch machines, but I've got a plethora of old twin coil machines I might want to use. I thought my method would better resist the forces they generate.
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Larry Blanchard
KM> I see, so you basically cut a "hole" in the foam, just not all the KM> wayy thru.... right?
The hole is completely through the foam, but there is a lip at the top. The piece of plywood is larger than the through hole.
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Robert Heller
If the operating pin is long enough and you don't want to fit the plywood directly under the track you could dig a cavity under the turnout and glue a piece of plywood or thick styrene to the bottom of the cavity and fasten the motor there (or glue it to the underside o the blue foam stack, but 2 in is a long way for operating pin (may bend if so long resulting less force at turnout blades).
Tapiola club is experimenting with blue foam, our project is shown at:
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Pekka Siiskonen
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Pekka Siiskonen

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