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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2019, 08:02:17 PM »
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Kato already sells 19" radius track.  I don't remember them selling 21" radius, though.  I think their next step radius is 28".

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2019, 07:34:06 AM »
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I'm making a basic oval,if I used the 19 inch radius curves Atlas Code 80 pieces would 1 pack of 6 pieces make a half circle?Stupid question,sorry but I can get it at a better price on line.I'm thinking of using flex track as my straight sections with my bridges.

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2019, 08:51:01 AM »
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It’s not a stupid question.  I just looked at the snap track curves and nowhere can I see what degree of a circle they are.  They have a full and a half section of curves. But, and I’m guessing here, it does appear that the full sections are 30 degrees and the half’s are 15 degrees.  If I’m right on this assumption then a six pack of the full sections would make a 180 degree turn or half a circle.
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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2019, 08:58:20 AM »
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It’s not a stupid question.  I just looked at the snap track curves and nowhere can I see what degree of a circle they are.  They have a full and a half section of curves. But, and I’m guessing here, it does appear that the full sections are 30 degrees and the half’s are 15 degrees.  If I’m right on this assumption then a six pack of the full sections would make a 180 degree turn or half a circle.

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2019, 09:02:10 AM »
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Thank you for you're answer.I believe they are about 5 inches long per piece.I'm going to use the string and pencil method and draw the radius then go from there.There was another answer backing yours so I can place my order.

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2019, 09:20:00 AM »
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I'm going to use the string and pencil method and draw the radius then go from there.

An easier and more versatile way is to get a big piece of scrap card board and make a template (180 degrees) of the radius(i) you are planning on using.  Much easier to position and play "what-if" than a string and pencil method.

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2019, 09:58:12 AM »
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Yep. That’s a good method too that I have also used in the past, but I still needed the string/nail/pencil to draw he template. 😁
Steve
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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2019, 10:01:05 AM »
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Thank you for you're answer.I believe they are about 5 inches long per piece.I'm going to use the string and pencil method and draw the radius then go from there.There was another answer backing yours so I can place my order.

Hold up. Just found this.   https://support.modeltrainstuff.com/hc/en-us/articles/202970193-How-many-pieces-of-track-do-you-need-to-make-a-circle-

For the 19” radius code 80 it appears you need 24 pieces for a circle.
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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2019, 11:04:37 AM »
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Download the free version of AnyRail. It will precisely show you what every track part is like.

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Re: N scale layout
« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2019, 03:33:44 PM »
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Thanks everyone :D