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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Got interrupted while posting that, so to finish . . . while I don't use the stuff, I have seen a lot of successful uses of it. A guy over on Trainboard replaced all his existing layouts Atlas track with the Kato and some Peco switches. He did amazing work in a tiny space with a lot of customizing of the radii.

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/...-three.128183/

    He doesn't post on this board, (horror of horrors!), but hopefully nobody will whine that I digressed from our little community.

    That whole thread is really useful!

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    Glad it helped some! And he is a right personable fella, with cats t'boot! Haven't figured out yet how he keeps the cat hair from affecting mechanisms and such tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    did you notice reference to the Turtle Creek?
    Yes, and even thought of you!
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    Just occurred to me....

    We've been waiting for the next several pieces of Unitrack to arrive, that we think will let us complete the layout. And, I'm not the most patient person. One of the things I've told myself as we enter this hobby, is to work on my patience -- I know doing the modeling and layout properly requires it!

    That said, the Scenic Ridge Layout kit instructions start by saying glue the three flat base Styrofoam pieces together (we did), then layout the track (for what will be one of several "trial fitting" layouts throughout construction, before going any further. That's what we're doing.

    But, if in the end we're going to just be able to make if fit (kato, atlas, flex, combo -- whatever route we end up going), doesn't that make this waiting a waste of time? In other words, is there really any reason we shouldn't move on with the next steps?

    Oh, and here's a picture of what we have so far -- just need mostly those curves that are coming in the mail:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstern View Post
    But, if in the end we're going to just be able to make if fit (kato, atlas, flex, combo -- whatever route we end up going), doesn't that make this waiting a waste of time? In other words, is there really any reason we shouldn't move on with the next steps?
    Well... there are plenty of other things that you could skip ahead to, like making trees, building structures, casting and painting rocks, maybe even trying your hand at weathering, and so on. If you're talking about gluing down other pieces of the layout itself that will support the track... maybe. It may work fine, and then again you may find out that this piece actually needs to move a half inch this way, and this other piece a half inch over here, etc. I'd probably wait to see how all the track fits together before making the styrofoam supports under it permanent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    Well... there are plenty of other things that you could skip ahead to, like making trees, building structures, casting and painting rocks, maybe even trying your hand at weathering, and so on. If you're talking about gluing down other pieces of the layout itself that will support the track... maybe. It may work fine, and then again you may find out that this piece actually needs to move a half inch this way, and this other piece a half inch over here, etc. I'd probably wait to see how all the track fits together before making the styrofoam supports under it permanent.
    Solid advice -- that's what we'll do. Will try to make our first rocks today!

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    @mstern

    Your always better off loose laying everything, at least the first time round, as OTF said - one piece of track may need to be moved a half inch to make everything else fit properly.
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    I'm not sure this pertains to the topic, but I found that white glue can be used to hold track in place and if you need to pull it up a spritz with Windex, a wait, and a thin putty knife will lift the track
    just my 2C
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    I'm not sure this pertains to the topic, but I found that white glue can be used to hold track in place and if you need to pull it up a spritz with Windex, a wait, and a thin putty knife will lift the track
    just my 2C
    Good to know!

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    @mstern - Just in case you didn't know, or if the Unitrack plan is "slightly" off in measurement(s), don't forget about the Kato 20-050. It can expand from 78mm - 108mm, or 3" - 4 1/4". Just in case...

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