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Author Topic: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?  (Read 249838 times)

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #90 on: January 23, 2012, 05:12:24 PM »
I mean matching as in if you have points at 15 and 20 degree angles, you need crossings etc to match.
Thats what I meant by like Peco. I didn't mean copy them, you want prototypical after all!

Square holes is a good idea but would it not make inserting the rail harder on bends as round holes give a little 'pivotable' movement I'd have thought. Not that I'd know as I've never built track from parts before!
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #91 on: January 23, 2012, 05:19:09 PM »
Sorry! Forgot to mention, with regards to the 'like Peco' thing above, I meant as in lengths of items too.
So that you know things will fit.

What I meant by fussy is the people to whom even a complete, new system like Wayne is proposing will not be good enough!
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #92 on: January 23, 2012, 07:50:58 PM »
Thanks for the input guys, lots to think about.

The good thing is the only part in the kit that determines the geometry is the base, so I can get both types machined to cater for all needs.

@ Red Death, a sqaure hole can not easily be milled @ this scale, and the flow of the rail on its 'path' will determine the chairs angle.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 07:53:53 PM by Wayne Kinney »
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #93 on: January 23, 2012, 08:07:24 PM »
What sorts of intructions will these come with? Can you supply a wiring diagram that will show clearly how to wire them for polarity switching?
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #94 on: January 23, 2012, 08:22:13 PM »
Hi Mr Chapman,

I am glad you have pointed this out. I will provide full assembly instructions and wiring ( I am used to manual writing from my camera accessory company). I also want to have video tutorials on the website.

Here are a few manuals I have written & illustrated:

http://www.shoot35.com/downloads/pdf/SGblade%20Instruction%20Manual.pdf

http://www.shoot35.com/downloads/pdf/Shoot35%20CINEbox%20Matte%20Box%20Instruction%20Manual.pdf

http://www.shoot35.com/downloads/pdf/CINEfocus%20r2%20Instruction%20Manual.pdf

http://www.shoot35.com/downloads/pdf/FLEXIgear%20Instruction%20Flyer.pdf
« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 08:25:08 PM by Wayne Kinney »
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #95 on: January 23, 2012, 08:41:02 PM »
Top stuff. Well thats kept me happy  :thumbsup:
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #96 on: January 24, 2012, 03:03:59 PM »
Hi Guys,

I have trimmed back the webbing, is this any better?

« Last Edit: June 24, 2013, 10:54:10 AM by Wayne Kinney »
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #97 on: January 24, 2012, 04:54:40 PM »
Hi Guys,

I have trimmed back the webbing, is this any better?




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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #98 on: January 25, 2012, 04:31:39 PM »
OK Guys, good news and bad.....

Good news: Today I went up to London to meet Alan Smith (designer of Easitrac) & the toolmaker behind the mould. I had an interesting time; Alan is a very helpful and knowledgeable fellow. He told me how the Easitrac project began and progressed, and I got to see the active parts of the mould, including the teeny tiny inserts that make the 'Dow Mac' branding on the concrete sleepers! The toolmaker also made the mould for the 3mm Scale version, and I see this also.

Bad News: The toolmaker is very busy right now; he advised that he could not start work on making the tool for 6 months :( So unfortunately this part of the project will be on hold until then. He said the actual lead time once he starts work is about 4 weeks.

But this does give me ample time to perfect the rest of the design, the turnout bases & geometry and the etch frog assemblies.

So, a little disappointing with the lead time, but he is most certainly the man for the job!
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #99 on: January 26, 2012, 12:28:43 PM »
This is my first post on this forum so firstly "hello".

I've been watching the progress of this product with interest. To me, whilst its a shame about the delay but not the end of the world.  One thing that would be really helpful for us potential customers would be if you were able to produce a parameters file for your track for XtrkCAD and similar software. That way we can start to think about how we would use FiNetrax.  Obviously you would need to finalise your geometries etc first.

Just a thought

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #100 on: January 26, 2012, 01:24:41 PM »
I believe that the consensus was that he should follow Peco, so you could draw your plan using Peco-55.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #101 on: January 26, 2012, 01:37:14 PM »
I believe that the consensus was that he should follow Peco, so you could draw your plan using Peco-55.

Consensus implies an agreement - I don't see one at all to I would disagree with you.

We shall see what comes out - he who pays gets to decide what is made. One of the good things about running a kit business - the one you want is always available 8)
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #102 on: January 30, 2012, 04:38:58 PM »
Hi Guys,

Good call. Providing software files to match the fiNetrax bases is a great idea and something I believe I can do once I decide on the geometry. As 'EtchedPixels' suggests, I have not completely decided on this, but I will probably produce turnout bases to match Peco code 55 geometry, and also more prototypical bases, so that I have covered all 'bases' so to speak :)

Good news is that I have now had quotes back from the toolmaker, and they are within budget (YAY). I have even managed to negotiate a 'family tool' for the turnout chairs, visions with a location pin, and without - again within budget. The chairs without pin will be great if you wish to create turnouts to your own geometry and templates (with the aid of gauges).

So onwards with the project - I should have milled base samples this week, still waiting for quotes on the etching company for the frog assemblies (been nearly 3 weeks).
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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #103 on: January 30, 2012, 04:45:33 PM »
I believe that the consensus was that he should follow Peco, so you could draw your plan using Peco-55.

Personally I don't think there is consensus (or if there is not in the way you mean!) - I am with Alan on this as I would disagree with you as well.

As I said earlier I don't see the point in a me-too copy of Peco geometry unless they actually match something in the real world - I just don't see that being the target market.

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Re: 'Gauging' Interest- New fiNetrax code 40 N Gauge Track System?
« Reply #104 on: January 30, 2012, 05:03:39 PM »
I only meant for the purposes of track planning in XtrkCAD.

 

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