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 Posted: Sun Nov 1st, 2015 03:44 pm
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Daniel Osvaldo Caso
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Yes, I love modelling tools.
With a low-low budget as mine buying the nice expensive ones is not an option. In compensation life has given me the marvelous gift of enjoying making my own.
I had 3D printed (yes, of course, Shapeways) some 'metal' sleepers which, because the minial thickness could only be printed in FUD. They look great but the problem with FUD is small details are much too brittle to take any tensions.
Indeed, also if using the 3D printed sleepers for making straight portable track wasn't a serious issue ( I did broke a dozen until I've got the skill) but making curved track is a different story: the tiny (even for 1/32 scale) track bolts are not strong enough to take even the minimal lateral tension so the rails MUST be pre-curved exactly to size.
Even more: the inner radius must be smaller than the outer and both must be axactly in their final shape before sliding the sleepers in place.

I have been on FAST TRACKS site plenty of times dreaming with their very good looking bender but it was much too pricy for my budget not counting a more than 50% price increase for posting costs to the Netherlands.
So I decided to make my own.

Here the story in images:

(I used good hardwood)

Afbeelding 284 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 290 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 291 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 297 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 298 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 285 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 286 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 288 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 373 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 374 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 300 by d.caso, on Flickr

More in next message.

Daniel



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Afbeelding 295 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 295 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 303 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 305 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 370 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 369 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 307 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 307 by d.caso, on Flickr

More in next amessage.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 1st, 2015 03:49 pm
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(Sorry, I am doing again and again something wrong and some photos appear twice.)

Afbeelding 299 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 372 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 793 by d.caso, on Flickr

Afbeelding 794 by d.caso, on Flickr

(Later I added a handle to the end of the thread rod)

Daniel



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That's a nice little machine. Looks like a turntable rail you made.



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Hi Ken

Nice to meet you here too. :wave:

I was just seeing how good it works for bigger and smaller radiuses than what I need.


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great design never thought of doing it that way



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Charles

Thank you.
It came to my mind just after 60 years modelling urged by my ageing eyes.

There is no better teacher than the need!:us:


Daniel



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3) Calm down.
4) first calm down."
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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2015 05:07 pm
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i agree with the ageing eyes getting harder to drive at night in the rain



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It is not eyes going weaker, light is older. Jose.



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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2015 07:18 pm
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Well, it is worse than I thought: I posted my previous message convince I was at the riveter thread!!!:old dude:



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2) Calm down.
3) Calm down.
4) first calm down."
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