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Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:32:13 AM »
Has anyone got any experience of this company ?

Hand Laid Track

Then do N and NN3 as well as a load of other scales.

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 08:53:39 AM »
Seems very expensive, even a basic point is $225 unless I'm misreading the page.

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016, 09:01:31 AM »
From what I've read that price includes all jigs.
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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 10:09:15 AM »
But you'll only need one set of those. Seems extortionate frankly!

Obvious US prototype too, but I presume that's what you're after.

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 10:12:51 AM »
Yes and no to the US prototype.

I just found it interesting that there is a flat bottom rail set of jigs out there.

Could the straight and curved jigs be used for British outline?

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 10:18:39 AM »
Why pay huge amounts for inaccurate track? I'd sooner use Peco!

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2016, 01:08:56 AM »
Fast Tracks have a very high reputation in the USA.  The jigs and templates are expensive, but become cheap when factored into a basement sized layout.  The end result looks very good (albeit USA sleeper spacing).  So an excellent product, but not suited to the UK small layout (unless we are talking about a group of USA modellers investing together?)

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2016, 11:36:29 AM »
They will do UK N (or 2mm FS) as well IIRC - a friend of mine has a series of jigs for 2mm FS FB track.

Not particularly cheap, but the products look excellent.

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2016, 12:44:53 PM »
Wait for FiNetrax.  ;)

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2016, 03:35:58 PM »
2mm Scale Association have flat bottomed track and jigs etc...

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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2016, 11:26:13 PM »
2mm Scale Association have flat bottomed track and jigs etc...

but not for N gauge.
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Re: Code 40 Flatbottom Hand made track
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2016, 07:02:55 PM »
Have used these products in the past while in Canada and yes the investment in the jig sets are expensive on the face if it but if you are going to be making a lot of one particular type, say 50+ for a large layout the price begins to fall in line with ready made shop bought items.

The jigs are very well made and simple to use,  the forming tools similar but can be fiddly until you get the hang of it, there is a full series of 'How too' videos on you tube and there site and once bought and used can be sold on to recoupe some of the costs involved if your sure you will never need them again

However there is a far cheaper alternative, Use there free to download templates, just check the print out dimensions, then with rudimentary tools and some practice you can hand build turnouts to order.

This method also lends itself to liquid solder which can be cured with a small heat gun, alongside the adhesive used for attaching the sleepers meaning bespoke point work can be built to match original installations to order.

Horses for courses I would say on this one, a fully operational point set can be created in around an hour or less which to be honest look far better once painted in my view than shop bought and the restrictions ready made place on builders are negated.

 

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