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First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« on: November 10, 2007, 05:10:14 PM »
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Took about two hours and went together much more easily than I anticipated. I used no guides or jigs; everything except gauge (which I used a piece of M-T flex to establish) was eyeballed. But rolling stock passes through like it wasn't there. All done except the throwbar, which will not be soldered in place.



More pics and full description of construction here: http://jamesriverbranch.net/part_10.htm
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2007, 06:13:58 PM »
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I'm impressed!...and jealous.

I should try your drawbar method and see how it works.

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007, 06:29:35 PM »
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Here's a startling contrast: handlaid Code 25 track versus Märklin sectional (which has the same overall dimensions as Micro-Trains flex). The finished Code 25 track is shallower than just the Märklin rail alone.



This is one of four transitions from the hidden sectional track to the visible handlaid.

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007, 09:59:04 PM »
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Amazing, just freakin' amazing.  Now, we need z finescale wheelsets. ;D

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2007, 11:09:16 PM »
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Now, we need z finescale wheelsets. ;D

Agreed. The semi-pizza-cutters are looking pretty bad when sitting on this track--

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2007, 09:39:09 AM »
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So is that give open area around the truck mount  ;)

Yeah, that's one of my (many) next projects...
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2007, 10:07:59 AM »
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Took about two hours and went together much more easily than I anticipated. I used no guides or jigs; everything except gauge (which I used a piece of M-T flex to establish) was eyeballed. But rolling stock passes through like it wasn't there. All done except the throwbar, which will not be soldered in place.


Insane.  You're completely insane   ;D ;D :D

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007, 10:56:58 AM »
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Now, we need z finescale wheelsets. ;D
this is as "fine" as I've gone so far:


Marklin, MTL, fineZ (all shown on code 40)

the difficulty is getting somebody to do the production  :-[
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007, 03:54:11 PM »
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First, the handlaid code 25 turnout looks great! Seeing a layout done in code 25 will be a real treat.

Second, the Finescale Z wheelsets also look great! 3rd, I would like to replace all my wheels with finescale Z wheels.  I wonder if whoever made the Nn3 26" wheels sold at RLW would make Z Scale finescale wheels for us? If minimum order is required, I would want about 1000 to start.

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2007, 10:15:54 PM »
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Second, the Finescale Z wheelsets also look great! 3rd, I would like to replace all my wheels with finescale Z wheels.  I wonder if whoever made the Nn3 26" wheels sold at RLW would make Z Scale finescale wheels for us? If minimum order is required, I would want about 1000 to start.

Why not send Fox Valley an email?

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007, 10:37:15 AM »
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Here's a startling contrast: handlaid Code 25 track versus Märklin sectional (which has the same overall dimensions as Micro-Trains flex). The finished Code 25 track is shallower than just the Märklin rail alone.
this is indeed startling (and amazing effort) - I have always admired your work :)
and here to further illustrate the point you are making, I have drawn (to scale) options available to us versus real rails scaled 1:220

what this picture also shows is the problem with the rail head width - because we mostly view our models from above,
the visual impact it has, is worse than (or at least as bad as) that caused by rail height (in my opinion at least  ::) )
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2007, 12:19:23 PM »
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Here's a startling contrast: handlaid Code 25 track versus Märklin sectional (which has the same overall dimensions as Micro-Trains flex). The finished Code 25 track is shallower than just the Märklin rail alone.
this is indeed startling (and amazing effort) - I have always admired your work :)
and here to further illustrate the point you are making, I have drawn (to scale) options available to us versus real rails scaled 1:220

what this picture also shows is the problem with the rail head width - because we mostly view our models from above,
the visual impact it has, is worse than (or at least as bad as) that caused by rail height (in my opinion at least  ::) )
Chris

Chris--

Thank you for the kind words. And, I agree with your point on the visual impact of rail width. This is truly serindipity, as I am currently drafting an article on this subject (I was about to publish it this afternoon). To save me the trouble of drawing what you have already just drawn, may I use your illustration in the article? I will of course provide credit.

Edit: I just measured M-T flex, and it is Code 60. I assume they use Code 55 for their raodbed sectional?
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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2007, 12:22:25 PM »
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of course  :)
you are welcome
Chris
ps if you need better quality I can send it to you privately

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Re: First Z Scale Code 25 handlaid turnout
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2007, 12:24:34 PM »
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of course  :)
you are welcome
Chris
ps if you need better quality I can send it to you privately

Thank you, but what's here is fine--it will be reduced and the captions re-rendered.

BTW--your last name...?
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