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 Posted: Fri Nov 6th, 2015 10:25 pm
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Thats a very neat solution for someone with limited machinery. The commercial ones are very expensive and its most satisfying to DIY.
I made a metal one very similar in design but I found I had to make up profiled rollers to keep the rail from "pig tailing"...



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

Yes its a scientific fact the light takes longer to get to us from the sun these days because the earth is moving further away from the sun, or it takes it longer to get through the atmosphere.....



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I used a set of appropiate thickness washers smaller than the bearings so the foot of the rail can get under. I checked carefully for distortions but there is none.
I used it for code 100 and code 83 rail without problems.
If I would be using normal plastic or wood sleepers a simple wood block with three screws would have been enough, but the 3D printed 'metal' sleepers can't take any side tension so the rail must be bended exactly at the requiered radius. Once built and painted the pieces of track are strong enough to takemore abuse than needed.
I have a bunch of such track sections in a box that have been shaking a lot (because the box has the talent of getting in my way all the time) and none was damaged.
The design of the bender is not new but I thought it would encourage others without a milling machine to make one themselves in a simple way.

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Hi Dan

Great idea and built out of just wood, think I be building one of these.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 8th, 2016 05:55 pm
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Thank you Dan.

Yes, it is a very effective tool,
I'm glad I made it.

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That is really awesome. I forked over the coin for one from Handlaidtrack.com but whenever you can DIY it is worth it :2t:



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 Posted: Sat Aug 27th, 2016 09:21 am
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Thank you Calvino.
I've never heard of Handlaidtrack.com before. I have been dreaming on a FastTrack's one that seems to be an excellent one but the posting costs to Europe being higher than the price -and I am talking before the mayor increases- I decided to make my own. And am very happy with the result.



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