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Author Topic: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips  (Read 20089 times)

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #45 on: December 27, 2015, 03:13:30 pm »
I put a small loop in the cable under the board, just under the point. Then if you accidentally pull the lead, you have some slack before it pulls the plug out.
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #46 on: December 28, 2015, 09:46:14 am »
TylerB

If the point is being laid permanently why not  glue the plug in place either with superglue or better still 2 part epoxy.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #47 on: January 01, 2016, 11:15:45 am »
Installing the Kato Turntable

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My family recently bought me a Kato Turntable for my 70th. birthday. it was an ideal answer for me as there isn't enough room for a control mechanism under the area of the layout where it was to be located. I made a video of the installation which may be of use to others, so have included it here. This video (number 16) shows the installation and video 17 shows it fully weathered and in operation.


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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #48 on: January 02, 2016, 06:58:39 pm »
Making Kato track look more realistic

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2016, 07:45:39 pm »
Installing the Kato Turntable

Posted by: lee_ged
Hi All


My family recently bought me a Kato Turntable for my 70th. birthday. it was an ideal answer for me as there isn't enough room for a control mechanism under the area of the layout where it was to be located. I made a video of the installation which may be of use to others, so have included it here. This video (number 16) shows the installation and video 17 shows it fully weathered and in operation.


Cheers,
Ged.


http://youtu.be/PFVA71afo_Y https://youtu.be/PFVA71afo_Y


 :hellosign: Thanks for posting Ged, most informative.
regards Derek.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #50 on: January 02, 2016, 08:12:45 pm »
This is the link to using the weathered turntable to create a Steam Special

 

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #51 on: April 15, 2016, 09:53:20 am »
One note of caution:  I'm finding anything pre-China Farish does not particularly like unitrack rail joiners.  They're not as flat as peco joiners are and the pizza cutter wheels tend to ride up (even though the rail tops are level).  Looks like I'll need to re-wheel some of my stock :doh:
No pre-China Farish (so far), but an old Lima Mk1 coach I picked up really bounces about over Unitrack points. (Not that I intend to run it, it was going cheap and I was curious about olde N-stuff).
I find that new Farish stuff and Kato bounces over some joints. The unijioners dont seem to hold the rails level even though the unitrack is on a level flat surface.
On a permanent layout I would consider replacing with peco joiners to hold the rails level. I think that I will make up a wooden block with rail depth cut in it to gently tap them straight?

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #52 on: April 15, 2016, 05:50:04 pm »
Gentle pressure from a small screwdriver on the rail top seems to work here.
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #53 on: May 12, 2016, 07:34:55 am »
connecting Unitrack to Code 50 Peco from @Zwilnik

The conversion track isn't needed for Kato - Peco track (actually it makes the connection harder as it's got bumps on the rail that make the fishplate harder to get over the rail).

The only issue getting Peco track connected to Kato is just matching the height, so a spacer of some sort under the Peco track will sort that.

Just took a quick photo of some Code 50 points connecting to a section of Kato track using the normal fishplates.



You can even use the Unitrack joiners if you want to have a more temporary connection where it's easy to take the Kato track away.


The conversion track is of debatable use , and just needs 3mm cork underlay (Home base)under the flexitrack. However at 1.49 for 2,  its worth a try.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #54 on: May 14, 2016, 11:54:48 am »
UNitrack programming track for DCC with LED indicators (they flash when programming)

-Don't forget the resistor!

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #55 on: June 19, 2016, 05:11:08 pm »
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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #56 on: June 19, 2016, 09:45:12 pm »
If you are worried about access to the point wires etc you can cut a hole under the point !

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #57 on: June 19, 2016, 11:52:25 pm »
Easybuild cassettes for a layout fiddle yard

you need 25mm intl width plastic/aluminium channel (seen at Hillingdon MRS open day)







http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;su=user;cat=1956;u=941

if you fit 2 unijoiners to the connecting section and cut the springs off, its easier to slide in and out.

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Re: Kato Unitrack - Hints and Tips
« Reply #58 on: June 20, 2016, 07:28:00 am »
The coding you are using has  the image size set to width=133height=100






Or I suppse any size you want!
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