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03.01.2015
I know there have been some older discussions on this subject, however I would like to see photos of your panels with a discription of how it was constructed and wired.
This one was built to try out Atlas's new Code 55 switches.I used Tortoise Switch Machines with indiacator lights.
Hi, Here is a panel made much as PAL describes,with dry transfer lettering on the front of the panel and light overspray of clearcoat. An older iteration of the panel for my hidden staging yard when I was planning on using a mixture of 2-cab DC plus Dynatrol Command Control (before DCC came on the scene).
Is it better to use the LED plastic holders or just glue the LED directly into the hole in the panel? Brendan (bdennis) didn't mention how he made his Delanson panel, but it is a very elegant solution (IMO). There isn't any one particular way to build a control panel nor is there any one particular material to build one out of. Once you have decided on the size, get a piece of paper the size of the control panel and draw a schematic of your layout on it and mark the schematic as to where all of the holes for the switches etc. When you have your schematic drawn to your satisfaction to the size of control panel you want, build a frame to mount the control panel to in the location you want the panel. Now purchase a sheet of sheet metal, the type used for heating ducts, cut to the size you need for the finished control panel to fit over the mounting frame. When the base color paint has had a couple of days to dry completely place ? inch wide masking tape on the panel in the same place as the lines of your schematic drawing..
Other materials other than sheet metal can be used, but you must be sure it isn't so thick that the mountings for the electrical switches to pass through and enough length left for the washer and locking nut to fit.


Now mount all of the electrical apparatus to the panel, do your wiring and install the finished panel on to the frame you built.
Another method is to use either material and mount a computer printed template over the supporting panel. The panel is printed on paper, which is then laminated and affixed to a sheet of MDF board. Control panels can be very plain or ornate, depending on the wants and desires of the person who is building the panel.
Most frames are built out of 1 inch thick wood, so you will need to make your control panel about 1? inches wider on each side so you can fasten it to the wood frame and so none of the electrical switches strike the wooden frame. File off any sharp edges and slightly round the corners with the file so you don't have any spots where you could cut yourself on the finished panel.
Again as an example, mini switches such as those should be Radio Shack are very good for power control and reversing. IIRC, the LED indicators are made by punching holes in the printed panel artwork before it is laminated, and then drilling small holes in the MDF below the hole, and press-fitting the LEDs in the holes in the MDF from behind. Here is a description of a relatively easy control panel to build and some techniques to follow in building it.
A schematic is a drawing that represents the track work of the layout and does not need to include curves nor the exact shape of the layout. Lay your schematic on top of the sheet metal and drill all of the holes for the electrical switches right through the paper drawing so they will be in the proper place. You will probably need to apply two coats of black paint to completely cover the lighter color you chose for the track color.


This isn't quite as permanent as the above method but does offer the possibility of making changes without repainting the entire panel. Both metal and plexiglas both will handle the mini switches and small push buttons with ease.
The LEDs sit flush behind the laminated artwork, so the finished product has a very smooth look to it.
For the basic beginners layout we talk about here, the schematic can be drawn as a single line with the sidings coming off that line, as long as you remember the spot on the layout where both ends of this line actually join together.
One the final coat of black paint is dry, remove the masking tape and your schematic will show up very nicely.
You don't want the panel to be so small that every thing is pushed together and you can't understand it, nor do you want it to be too large. You could also draw the schematic as a rectangle, representing the oval, with the sidings shown in roughly their real world position and the block boundaries indicated where they actually are. Then paint the panel the color you want the track representation to be, yellow is used quite often.



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