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Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:36:26 PM »
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Had anyone made them and have a plan? I guess you start laying out the ties
after being filed (spikes and sprue sprigs) horizontal and vertical?
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2016, 12:07:50 AM »
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I doubt that anyone has.  It's easier to build stacks from wood ties, if for no other reason than they're easier to glue.

That said, your method sounds like the way I'd do it.  Clean up the ties and start stacking.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016, 10:19:30 AM »
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Or buy some stacks.
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016, 01:03:03 PM »
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It seems like a waste, honestly.

If you really want to DIY, I'd just go with some plain stock (either wood or styrene).

But yeah, there are some decent commercial versions out there. I do miss DKS and NZT at times like this. His were really good.

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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2016, 03:03:46 PM »
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A bag of pre-stained Micro Engineering ties (meant for handlaid track) has met my detail needs for a decade and there are still tons left.
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2016, 03:32:28 PM »
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Had anyone made them and have a plan? I guess you start laying out the ties
after being filed (spikes and sprue sprigs) horizontal and vertical?

The other issue is that the ties are going to have draft angle on them.  This isn't noticeable when buried in ballast, but when you try to stack them, you'll notice the faces aren't square.  The other options presented will look best.
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2016, 03:32:58 PM »
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A bag of pre-stained Micro Engineering ties (meant for handlaid track) has met my detail needs for a decade and there are still tons left.

I wish they were still available!  Somewhere I'm missing the last half of a bag...
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2016, 03:44:22 PM »
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I wish they were still available!  Somewhere I'm missing the last half of a bag...


You mean they aren't?  Argh!   :facepalm:
I've got a MT jewel case full still and a few of the switch ties left.
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2016, 01:39:30 AM »
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No, ME has quit making ties.  Kapler Mill and Lumber has N scale ties, and tie stock, but not stained ties.  http://www.kapplerusa.com/y2k/kp-main.htm

I've never bought from them, but have a few bags of their stripwood from various shops, and it seems to be good quality.

I also like their disclaimer:
"Please note that we are not a supplier of lumber for the building industry, so if you are looking for cedar decking to finish your home project, we are not the ones to call."
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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 03:12:39 AM »
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Fine N Scale Products makes very nice tie stacks in resin.  If you follow their instructions for painting they come out very well.

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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2016, 01:23:29 AM »
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Fine N Scale Products makes very nice tie stacks in resin.  If you follow their instructions for painting they come out very well.

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Re: Tie Stacks From Plastic ATLAS C-55 Ties?
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2016, 12:14:38 PM »
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This sounds like a made to order introductory project for someone interested in exploring resin casting.

Make up a couple of tie stacks from strip wood. Seal the stacks with a sealant so the mold rubber won't stick to the wood (I use diluted white glue), make rubber molds, cast, and paint. Within a a few days you'll have enough tie stacks for you and all your friends.

I made some stacks of 'used ties' by distressing the individual ties and impressing tie plate marks and spike holes into the ties on the tops of the stacks.

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