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making radius bend with flextrack

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Posted by railandsail on Saturday, April 07, 2018 10:52 AM

RibbonRail,  Heat Sink while Soldering

Interesting,...I think I need to get some of this stuff

TBat55

My vote is for Ribbon Rail. 

It acts as a heatsink when you solder so ties don't melt and make accurate curves where strings or trammels won't fit.

Also keeps the curve when a heavy weight is put on top for caulk to dry.

 

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Posted by bogp40 on Sunday, April 08, 2018 7:59 PM

Doughless

Randy,

Good point about working with ME track.  I never have used ME and was making an assumption.  I think bending Atlas flex into a sharp radius is a pain, which is why I use sectional track for long 90 degree curves, or 180 degree or longer turnback loops; without easements.  I assume his question was intended for laying a long span.  I just solder 3 or 4 pieces of sectional track together to form a large section to work with, then trim to fit if needed before installing it on the layout.  Fewer joints to kink when installing. and 3 or 4 pieces of sectional track equals 1 piece of flex, but pre-curved consistently.

 

A hint to working flex into tighter radius (Atlas, Walther's ,Picco) is to over flex a few times and increase the pressure as you do the over flexing. this will start to bend the rails making it a bit easier to pull around the tight turn. T pins are a life saver when laying out the turns.

Modeling B&O- Chessie  Bob K.  www.ssmrc.org

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Posted by railandsail on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:59 AM

Making Ribbonrail Type Gauges

I've found a great supply of reality thin alum sheet material at my metal scrap yard.

With a good bandsaw or jig saw I should be able to make a good selection of Ribbonrail type gauges.

Anyone done this, and/or suggestions??

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Posted by railandsail on Sunday, May 06, 2018 8:05 AM

Has anyone had experiences with these track laying tools??

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