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Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:31 pm
by jim s-w
My only real question is how strong would it be if a loco slips while trying to pull away. Would you get grooves like the real thing can in extreme circumstances?

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:58 pm
by Rod Cameron
I've recently been building some very nice French laser-cut building kits. In one of them, everything was laser-cut - including things with cylindrical sections like drain pipes, which just proved to me that just because a certain technology allows you to try to do something, it doesn't follow that it should. Same thing with 3D-printing, which can we're told be made to make almost anything, but that doesn't mean it's the best solution. IMO rail is one of those things where it isn't. Experience will in time allow this all to settle down ...

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:22 pm
by Martin Wynne
Rod Cameron wrote:Same thing with 3D-printing, which can we're told be made to make almost anything, but that doesn't mean it's the best solution. IMO rail is one of those things where it isn't.

Hi Rod,

Whether it's the best solution doesn't really come into it. Almost certainly it isn't.

The question is, is it a feasible way for someone who hates track-building to get say, a curved outside-slip in 5.5mm/ft scale for Irish 5ft-3in gauge?

cheers,

Martin.

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:04 am
by Martin Wynne
Thanks to those who expressed an interest in this. I can report some progress -- plastic rail: Image

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Quite a long way from a proper BS-95R section, but probably as close as is feasible on home filament printers. It looks better at normal viewing distance than this cruel close-up.

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More info on all this at:

http://85a.co.uk/forum/view_topic.php?i ... 012#p29012

cheers,

Martin.