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Oval

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:56 pm
by Dgp1957
Hi guys
I am going to try and build a small laout using the P4 flexi track, I like watching trains go round (tail chaser) and plan on having a small station on an oval of track.
I am thinking 1000mm bends is that about correct? Is ther anything along the lines of tracksettas for P4 track?

David

Re: Oval

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:23 pm
by jim s-w
Depends on your couplings and the size of the stock. 1000 mm will work in p4 but it won't look good. I'd say 2000mm as a minimum for visible track but even then it's tight.

HTH

Jim

Re: Oval

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:33 pm
by Tim V
1000mm is cutting it fine. Recommended is 1200mm. OK, so I have used 920mm, but I was building stock to fit on it.

There is no Tracksetta for 18.83, you could use a trammel to set the curves out.

Re: Oval

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:08 pm
by QuentinD
I would only echo above sentiments on radii--the tighter you choose the more you'll have to accommodate. As Tim says, his stock is built for the layout on which it runs, and I don't believe I've seen photos of Mk1s on Clutton. Not saying it isn't do-able, it just takes care and planning.

As for tracksettas--you can use Peco tracksettas or similar. Set one of the two rails using the tracksetta, and then triangular gauges to set the other rail--taking care you use them the right way 'round. Given the nature of your curves, it might be wise to avoid regular 18.83 mm flextrack. Though you could use 19.03 mm Exactoscale bases by cutting the inside web.

Quentin