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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 09:59 am
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Bob D
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Yep...The Dremel tool is our friend [toast][toast]

I'm actually making moves to start the remodeling of the layout. I plan on using the Mianne benchwork, if the price is near what I think it will be. It's expensive, but my carpentry skills (not to mention my back and hands) aren't what they use to be (plus my dad had all the carpenter genes). I sent an email to them last night so hopefully I'll get an idea this week.

I just hope I can remember how to build the rest of the turnouts :dope:



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Once you get "the hang of it", it all comes back. I dismantled my layout when I moved to a new home and now have a great, insulated garage for it. I fretted over how to put things back together and settled on a track plan using most of the old layout (built in sections on 2" blue foam) but I had to make the track line up in a different way since I changed the design. Anyway, I had this one turnout that had given me fits over the years...it was in an almost inaccesable place before but now, after about 2 hours of "fiddling", I got mad and tore it out. I went into "switch mode" and built a new and correctly functioning turnout (I use the word switch VS turnout...) in about 30 minutes! So, after several years of no track laying, I jumped back in and built what was needed almost on "auto pilot". So, the deal is to get into building these things, use some old rail and that Moto-Tool & some small files and just DO IT! Jigs are OK but they cost mucho moolah and once you have "the knack", you won't look back!
Now, get to work and build one turnout...and another...and another...on and on.
After all, this ain't rocket surgery!
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I built my first O scale turnout over the weekend. Including HO scale turnouts, this is the 4th one I've ever made, ever.

It's really not that hard with a little practice. I don't use jigs, I just used Fast Tracks printout templates.

Tools I used were... a dremel, soldering iron, solder, flux, and a small flat file.





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There ya go! Just a bit of filing and it should work as advertised! See, it ain't that hard and the satisfaction is hard to beat. You won't be held to using "off the shelf" expensive turnouts which usually need to be modified to fit in certain plans.

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Tony, Bob & Gents All,

Common crossing vee (or "frogs" to RR modellers, Why ?) jigs aren't worth the money IMO. How you going to vary crossing angles ?.

This jig cost nowt and is infinitely variable by altering the pivot point :





It also acts as a filing jig by sliding the rails together, measuring, filing then fitting together as a test assembly before soldering up.

Incidentally, in prototype practice the diverging rail (the SPLICE rail) is planed off to fit the 'straight' rail (the POINT rail) but it makes no difference in our gauges how you fit them together.

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:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:



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I swear I've seen that on 'Blue Peter' ... L:

... or somewhere  .  .  .



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Correct Craneman Si !.

But their "empty plastic bottle" version melted every time & fortunately they forgot to Patent it.

Regards,   Michael

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DAMN ! :f:


Washing-up liquid bottles, corn flakes boxes & sticky back plastic ...

... along with Vals surplus undergarments, not suitable Eh?


Gawd save the Queen ! & long live Salada Wagon Works superior materials !! :Salute:



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I'm gonna make one BTW ! :brill: :thumb:



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 Posted: Mon Oct 9th, 2017 09:55 pm
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The S.W.W. Stores Dept. still has some of Val's old knicker elastic in store somewhere.

Might yet be recycled as their 'new' switch rail mechanical rodding spring return system.

"Val's Quick Rodding System (TM)"  ????.
 
"Keep your point in constant contact with Val's"  ???

Cheers,   Michael

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