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Hand Laid - Double Slip - In 'Z' Scale
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 Posted: Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 11:12 pm
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Everyone who hand lays track says the best way is to just jump in.
I've been wanting to give it a go.
My current layout is a Z scale variation on the Gumstump and Snowshoe with a continuous run loop added.

First up were six #6 turnouts, followed by one #4.5.
I learned a lot in the process and had a great time doing them.
After the first one they turned out to be much easier than I anticipated.

The layout needed a #4.5 double slip to do away with the last store bought switch.
It seems to be working okay.
I would not recommend it as a starting point but it can be done with patience and a good bit of fiddling.
Materials costs are very low but labor costs are probably best not mentioned.

Here it is in operation.


Video of a 'Z' Scale #4.5 Double Slip in action !


Thanks for reading.
If there is interest I took some pictures during the fabrication.

Take care,

Brent


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 Posted: Wed Apr 4th, 2018 03:39 am
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Yes, everyone WOULD love to see the "under construction" photos!
Surely, you must have the patience of Jobe and the skill of Leonardo to do this work!
Very cool and very nice. I, for one, would love to see much more.

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Here are a few photos taken during the construction of the switches.
Using pieces of mica laminate to establish rail spacing.




A close up of the switch connection.


Some parts for the Double Slip.


A close up of the double slip.


The current state of the layout.


Thanks for reading.

Take care,
Brent

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 Posted: Thu Apr 5th, 2018 02:39 am
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Thank you Brent,
That is microsurgery type stuff :apl::apl::2t:
Truly deserving of :moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:
Well done and please keep us all updated of your progress on the layout overall,



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Ah-h-h yes, basket-weaving in nickel silver. Wonderful stuff.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 10th, 2018 08:41 pm
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Four-mooser for certain!
:moose::moose::moose::moose:
If someone had said they knew of someone hand-laying Z scale track, I'd have told them they were lying. Surely nobody would go through that much work.
Clearly, they would.
Very impressive!



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Lee,

I had always planned to try a turnout but managed to keep putting it off. When I finally decided to give it a shot I was working on a Z scale layout so it just made sense. The turnouts themselves were actually much easier than expected.

After the first one I realized there were only 8 pieces of rail involved. Two of those get joined together before you start anything else. Two more are just small guard rails, so you are left with just 4 fiddly pieces and one of them is straight. It just didn't seem as daunting then.

I'm sure I'll incorporate something beyond a turnout when I get ready to start another HOn30 micro layout. Maybe another double slip or a three way.

Take care,

Brent 

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WOW! That slip is a fine piece of work Brent and you're a very brave man for going at it!



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Doug,
Thanks for the kind words. One of the best lessons I learned from building these is that a failure doesn't involve scrapping everything and starting fresh. As long as you use a well gauged set of trucks to test frequently it is often just a case of moving some soldered pieces around. Worst case you might have to fabricate a new small part but rarely would you need to toss any of the larger components.
In the beginning, on the turnouts, I was actually trying to work to tolerances that were too tight. After about four of them were done I went back and opened up the spacing a few thousandths. They became much more car friendly.
The double slip is a different animal as so many of the pieces interact in multiple ways. Sometimes I'd find I'd placed a guardrail too close to the main rail and that caused it to be too far from the frog point etc.
Take care, 
Brent 

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Hand laid Z double slip? Am torn between thinking this is impressive and This Is Nuts! Am totally Not torn between thinking SR green F-units look good. Along with the green, if there were awards for railroad liveries I'd give Southern the one for best use of black on a locomotive.



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