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  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed. Some of the earlier pages of this topic are now out-of-date.

    For an updated overview of this project see this topic.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see Building 3D Track.

    The assumption is that you have your own machines on which to experiment, or helpful friends with machines. Please do not send Templot files to commercial laser cutting or 3D printing firms while this project is still experimental, because the results are unpredictable and possibly wasteful.

    Some pages of this and other topics include contributions from members who are creating and posting their own CAD designs for 3D printing and laser-cutting. Do not confuse them with Templot's own exported CAD files. All files derived from Templot are © Martin Wynne.
  • The Plug Track functions are experimental and still being developed.

    For an updated overview of this project see this topic.   For some practical modelling aspects of using Plug Track see Building 3D Track.

    The assumption is that you have your own machines on which to experiment, or helpful friends with machines. Please do not send Templot files to commercial laser cutting or 3D printing firms while this project is still experimental, because the results are unpredictable and possibly wasteful.

    Some pages of this and other topics include contributions from members who are creating and posting their own CAD designs for 3D printing and laser-cutting. Do not confuse them with Templot's own exported CAD files. All files derived from Templot are © Martin Wynne.

Plug track at the S Scale Society

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I displayed some Templot plug track at the S Scale Society AGM today....

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@Michael Woods

Hi Michael,

That looks great. Thanks for flying the flag. :)

Was that with loose jaws?

cheers,

Martin.
 
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@Michael Woods

Hi Michael,

That looks great. Thanks for flying the flag. :)

Was that with loose jaws?

cheers,

Martin.
Hi Martin - as James said - we should be thanking you. I am a fixed Jaw person, I find that there is enough meat on the chairs in S Scale to handle sliding in the V crossing and associated check rails all in one go without breaking anything. I put the chairs in the timbers, shape the rails and then slide in from one end using a small pair of smooth pliers to encourage the end of the rail into the chairs without exposing the chairs to too much stress.

I just need to complete this turnout with some insulated joiners that I have drawn in CAD. Plus look again at the length of the check rails, it may be the camera angle.

I agree for more complex trackwork loose jaws would be a must but for my simple layout I can get by on fixed.

Timbers are printed on my Anycubic Vyper with PuraSlice.

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Finished off two turnouts that are a mirror image of each other....I had to make some small adjustments to the check rail chair clearances, just bringing them in a few thou so that scale wheels with scale flanges passed smoothly through the turnouts in both directions. Given the tight radius on my planned layout i may (where appropriate) shift the drive from the rear axle to the middle axles so that the rear axle can move side to side more freely unconstained by motor and gerbox.

It is an absolute pleasure putting the plug track together.......everything just works.....

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My first attempt at chair heaving....nice and simple sprung catch point. I removed some chairs and replaced a few S1 with S1J chairs.

If anyone has any photos of the mechanism associated with a sprung catch point then I would be interested to see - thank you in advance.

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