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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1005 on: December 07, 2017, 04:12:52 pm »
Have some how missed this thread, so posting in order to keep aware.

Progress looking good - in the new year will resolve to take the plunge

Regards

Iain

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1006 on: December 30, 2017, 10:58:39 pm »
Wayne, your photos seem to show the crossing castings as almost as silver as the rail, but in the hand they appear a pale gold.. Do you finish or polish the castings in some way ?
Clive

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1007 on: January 07, 2018, 09:50:03 am »
Happy New Year everyone!

Hi Clive,

Yes, castings take on a matte/dull finish but its very easy to polish them. This is what I do and only takes about 10 minutes:

1: Use a tiny brush and chemical blackening fluid, brush into the entire flangeway area between the rails to blacken it. This looks much better and hides the fact that it is a solid casting.

2: Using the same file I use to file the switch blades, lay the file flat on a work surface and then lay the casting upside down with railhead in contact with the file. rub the casting on the file using light pressure. Keep checking until the rail tops are shiny.

3: Polish the visible sides of the rails (casting) with a glass fibre scratch pen to brighten it up and match (closely) to the actual code 40 rail.

4: Last step is optional but I also chemically blacken the very bottom of the casting.


You will notice that the casting blends in with the actual rail much better this way.

Hoping to receive revision 3 of the slip castings this month :)


Thanks,
Wayne.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1008 on: January 11, 2018, 11:41:26 pm »
Clifton and Lowther in the February Railway Modeller looks very good with fiNetrax :thumbsup:

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1009 on: January 15, 2018, 06:31:47 pm »
Hello :) Finally making the switch over to fiNetrax as I cant resist the look anymore :) I'm all sorted for the front of the layout, but are there any plans to add a curved point in the future? No rush as it will be off scene and I can add it in later. I just don't want to have to graft your track to code 55 in the fiddle yard.

As an aside... Has anyone tried a newer union mills loco on code 40 track?
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1010 on: January 20, 2018, 04:44:28 pm »
Clifton and Lowther in the February Railway Modeller looks very good with fiNetrax :thumbsup:
I agree - it looks fantastic. I would struggle to tell the difference between that and 2mm finescale as far as the track itself is concerned - the only giveaway being the wheels.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1011 on: January 21, 2018, 12:02:47 pm »


As an aside... Has anyone tried a newer union mills loco on code 40 track?
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Depends on the term "newer", my J 39 and B12 (both about 3years old) run through track and what point work I have laid, OK.
Richard


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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1012 on: January 24, 2018, 01:58:07 pm »
Clifton and Lowther in the February Railway Modeller looks very good with fiNetrax :thumbsup:

Oh nice, I didn't know about this, must grab a copy of RM.

I found a video of it here (Go to 12 minutes 30 seconds):


I am not sure if I will do curved turnouts. The standard kit bases can be cut along the webbing and subtle curves introduced.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2018, 01:56:35 pm by Wayne Kinney »
Thanks,
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1013 on: January 24, 2018, 02:54:31 pm »
Hello :) Finally making the switch over to fiNetrax as I cant resist the look anymore :) I'm all sorted for the front of the layout, but are there any plans to add a curved point in the future? No rush as it will be off scene and I can add it in later. I just don't want to have to graft your track to code 55 in the fiddle yard.

As an aside... Has anyone tried a newer union mills loco on code 40 track?

Hi doing a join is "easy" file the foot off a section of code 55 so you have just the upper rail bit, then tad more- to 40 thou. Use copper clad sheet  gaped and with section of code 40  on sleeper sections butt both track sections on the pcb and solder. I used some thin card to slope code 40 track to match but I expect by messing with base levels a no slope solution can be achieved.
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1014 on: February 02, 2018, 12:27:49 pm »
Hi Guys,

Unfortunately, we have hit a bit of a brick wall with my lost wax casting supplier (Just Like the Real Thing).

They have been making the fiNetrax castings for about 4 years now, but they have just told me that they are no longer providing this casting service for the foreseeable future.

So that now leaves me with trying to find a new casting supplier that can cast in Nickel Silver! There aren't many out there I think.

So this has obviously thrown a spanner in the works on the single and double slip castings. I have limited supply of the other frog castings 1:5 through to 1:10, so will need to find a new supplier, pronto!

Sorry about this guys!
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Wayne.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1015 on: February 02, 2018, 07:26:09 pm »
That's bad news. Good luck with finding a new company.
Richard
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1016 on: February 02, 2018, 07:27:02 pm »
That's definitely put a spanner in the works ! I hope you can find another supplier. I've been hanging on and hanging on, ( for the double slip) everything is worked up on the layout, can't do anything more without the slip. Looks like I will have to get on with the decorating. She will be pleased !
Fingers crossed
Richard

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1017 on: February 03, 2018, 10:00:37 am »
Thanks for your patience!

I have already found a potential supplier, they actually specialise in casting model train and ship parts in Brass, Bronze and Nickel Silver.

I am waiting to get all my moulds back from JLTRT next week, I will then forward them to the new supplier so they can run some samples for me.

I am optimistic! :)
Thanks,
Wayne.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1018 on: February 03, 2018, 11:02:12 am »
Hi
Just a thought Shapeways 3D  print folk offer a metal "printing service" I wonder how conductive it is and would it make an alternative?

Robert

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #1019 on: February 03, 2018, 06:20:56 pm »
Hi Robert,

I used Shapeways lost wax casting on some frogs a few years ago, the quality was :censored: :D

I do use Shapeways a lot for my camera accessories business, though.
Thanks,
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