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Micro Engineering 0n30 flex-track

Postby Longvallon » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:23 pm

Did someone try the Micro Engineering 0n30 flex-track ?
It looks better than the Peco track.
Thanks for all your answers.

http://www.microengineering.com/products_ft.htm

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:27 pm

As I've no idea as to where you are located I'm unable to answer. Why well import duties can make such a purchase out of the window for many regardless of the looks.
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Postby Longvallon » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:47 pm

I found one UK shop who sells it: NGTrains

http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/Track/track.htm#ME0n30
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:51 pm

OK Chris so duty applies to you and price reflects that, however biggest disadvantage with these points is their size being 3" longer than the Peco equivalent.
Completely unsuitable for any layout that I've built.
They also do not offer an equivalent to the Peco 'Y'.
I certainly wouldn't buy them regardless of any atheistic appeal.
I think any visual + is likely to be lost once the track is ballasted.
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Postby KEG » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:00 pm

The Micro Engineering track comes in Code 83, which scales out to a very, very light track in Gn15.

http://www.ks-modelleisenbahnen.de/html/microengineering.html

It is sold cheaper than Peco Code 100 (0-16,5) in Germany, I sold mine again, since larger Gn15 rolling stock tended to fall off the track.

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Postby Longvallon » Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:12 pm

Thanks for your advices. I'll never buy this kind of track.
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Postby Artizen » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:18 am

I made my own from Peco code 100 flextrack. Not too hard but somewhat labour intensive. At least you don't have to worry about gauge and it still maintains its flex until you delete the plastic after it is laid. Try to get some at a bring and buy - using brand new lengths only to butcher it completely is an unnecessary extra cost.
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Postby Mike Lee » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:58 pm

Chris

Below is a draft scribble of an article I am doing, hope this might help?

The following description was for an Oe, 7mm NG layout. The track and points/turnouts are Peco 0-16.5 crazy track however these have been modified to make them less toy like and look more like standard track.

The track was disassembled, the web between the sleepers was removed and the crazy track jagged ends of the sleepers were trimmed off (approx 0.5mm), they were then painted Humbrol Matt Enamel #66 ‘Olive Drab’ and left to dry. When dry they were dry-brushed very lightly with Humbrol Matt Enamel #34 ‘White’ to highlight the grain, and the chair tops were painted Humbrol Matt Enamel #113 ‘Rust’ and left to dry. The track sides were painted Humbrol Matt Enamel #113 ‘Rust’ and when dry the sleepers were threaded on and reassembled squarely with the spacing between sleepers set to 18mm centres.

I made a jig from very wide lollipop sticks, these were cut to 13mm wide, that being the distance between the sleepers. The jig was then assembled like a combe. First a 13mm wide lollipop stick prong, then a gap the width of a sleeper (approx 5mm), then another 13mm wide lollipop stick prong, then another gap, then another 13mm wide lollipop stick prong, then another gap etc until I had 5/6 prongs. These were glued at 90 degrees to another lollipop stick. To line up the track all I did then was slide the prongs between the sleepers, pin them down, then move the jig along, slide the prongs between the next 5/6 sleepers, pin them down etc etc. I found that a jig with 5/6 prongs was the optimum number.

The points/turnouts were treated in a similar fashion, however they were not disassembled, the web between some sleepers was removed and the sleepers squared up and the crazy track jagged ends of all the sleepers were trimmed off (approx 0.5mm).

The webs that were cut were, counting from the heel end of the point, were:
- between sleeper 6 and 7 and between 7 and 8.
- between sleeper 10 and 11 and between 11 and 12.

The track and sleepers were then painted the same as noted for the track above.

I thought that the above made the track and my layout look a lot better.

For Gn15 or any other scale I would just experiment with a different sleeper spacing. Disassemble a piece of track by cutting the web between the sleepers, then reassemble it until it until the spacing between the sleepers looks right. That is how I came to the 18mm centres for my track spacing!

Hope the above makes sense????????
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Postby Artizen » Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:21 am

Here is my track being created from Peco flextrack:

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Here is the track on the layout:
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Postby Longvallon » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:21 am

Thanks Mike. It definitely makes sense.
Many thanks Artizen for these pics.
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Postby KEG » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:53 am

Some years ago I used Micro Engineering Code 83 material for a piece of test track.

Simply pushed two sleepers together to give the impression of stronger material.

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In most cases Peco code 100, 0-16,5 with every second tie removed will work OK for Gn15.





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Postby Longvallon » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:12 pm

Maybe another idea...but:

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Postby KEG » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:31 pm

The Peco 0-16,5 idea has been posted a few hundred times already in this forum.

No, you don´t need a hamster, unless you want to polish your rails. In France you can use rust chewing escargots with plenty of garlic.


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