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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Not so, Your Mooseness. The tracks would still diverge. The curved tracks - both the long and the short - do not match the turnout.
    Whaaa? Okay, Moose take yer word for it on neither of the curve tracks being correct length and/or radius. But one thing fer certain, the curved tracks should not be coming off the curved track of the turnout as it creates a tight s-curve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    the curved tracks should not be coming off the curved track of the turnout as it creates a tight s-curve.
    Absolutely!

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    After being laid off for the last few months due to Covid I started a new job so not nearly as much time for modeling. That being said a project I've been working on for a few weeks I'm calling near done to done.
    This is a Wiking '55 MB 300SL coupe. Found it on Ebay a few years ago. Red?! Nope. Gotta be MB racing silver. All in all it went ok, however, I did have a difficult time getting primer, and paint to stick to this thing, not sure why because it was thoroughly prepped with Dawn, as well as 90% alcohol. I may try touching up the tires a bit more, and doing a shoot of clear but overall I'm pleased.

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    21.50 for a brand new LL SD9 on Ebay? Yes please. Had to correct LL's typical minor fit issues with these, and gauge the wheels but man you can't beat these with a stick. Smooth, quiet, excellent pullers, good looking and dirt simple. Will do a little detailing, and install Accumate couplers.

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    Got my tracks painted, and prepped for ballast. Pics next week. Have an OUTSTANDING week!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Whaaa? Okay, Moose take yer word for it on neither of the curve tracks being correct length and/or radius. But one thing fer certain, the curved tracks should not be coming off the curved track of the turnout as it creates a tight s-curve.
    I think its a combination of 2 things . First is the use of the really small radius of the Peco set track turnout , that is Pecos smallest turnout , with the sharpest diverging radius and angle . Second as mentioned , a small radius curved section that is too long . I use mediums and larges only and flex track , never have a sharp "S" turn , but you will always have a "S" turn when making a parallel siding

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    Normally I keep my layout progress posts in my build thread, but having reached a point of completion for now on my route 1 overpass in Hampton NH, I figured I will post the progress photos here as well for once. Glue not dry yet, but it captures the feel I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    you will always have a "S" turn when making a parallel siding
    Okay, Moose trying to understand this better, and Moose only familiar with Atlas Code 55 turnouts, so Moose could be - cough - a wee bit off on understanding how turnouts are designed by Peco, Kato, etc., buuut...

    For a siding, a severe s-curve can be avoided with some straight track between the turnout's divergent curved track and the curve of the track leading to the parallel track. This will result in increased spacing between the siding and main tracks. Some modelers may wish to avoid this increased spacing, so it may be a compromise one way or another.

    For a ladder, only the first track would have a severe s-curve, identical to the aforementioned siding track, which could be avoided in the same manner.

    Example: Severe s-curve:
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    Example: Reduced s-curve on siding and ladder design:
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    That looks mighty fine, @edfhinton!

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    @Moose2013

    Your examples are great except ...... if you want your parallel track spacing closer . Like I said , I use flex tack and really make a gentle "S" curve to get the track spacing i require . For instance a passing siding or the start or finish of a double track main

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    This project actually took two weekends. Partly because I don't have the greatest carpentry skills, I have 3 kids that take up a lot of my time and because I have had a back issue that started right before I began this project that makes working for more than 10-15 mins at a time unbearable, but here are a couple of photos:

    Here is my 3d printer station about halfway through construction:


    And here it is nearly finished:


    It still needs drawers put in, but that can wait a while. I added a cooling fan to keep the curing cabinet from getting too hot and a countdown timer so I can set it and go do something else without worrying about my resin over curing.

    I'm still cleaning up right now. Once finished I'll try to remember to get a side shot showing the fan and timer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
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    Those kinda of look like s-curves to this moose's eyes. Are you sure that you want to do s-curves?

    Actually, I had a bit of brain apnea when I put this together. I had it all laid out correctly in it's place on the layout, but didn't bother to put it together that way.

    So, after 30 minutes of disassembly and reassembly, this is what it should look like.

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    I can live with the 'S' curve on the siding. The most use that track is going to see is as a car storage area.

    The extended curve is part of the mainline.


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    Here is the side of the 3d print station as I discussed:


    I opened the curing cabinet door so you can see the concept.
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    I wired up my testing/break-in/programming track (a loop made of Atlas sectional curves), No-Ox'ed it, and broke in the chassis for another SD-9, Southern 208. The breaking-in process also treated the wheels with No-Ox.

    Before I broke in the chassis, I disassembled it, cleaned the gears and truck assemblies in Simple Green to remove the factory grease, painted the truck sideframes with Grimy Black, and reassembled the trucks and chassis.

    I replaced the factory NCE decoder with a Digitrax DN163A0.

    I added the tiniest drop of Nano Oil #10 to the motor bearings and drive shaft bearings, and a sparing amount of LaBelle teflon grease to gears in each truck, just touching the tip of a couple gear teeth on the main gear, the idler gear and two wheel gears in each truck.

    Next is setting up the address and CV values.

    Those familiar with the Southern's diesel locomotive roster may think there's something off about Southern 208. ...

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Hmmm, Moose not convinced. No photos, didn't happen.
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    Is it still the weekend?

    Anyway, drove the ladies visiting my wife and I out to Collierville TN. The first rail road depot was built there around 1852. Here are some pics of the caboose parked there on static display...





















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    Great pics!

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    You have quite the eye for framing a shot, @Cedarbarnbuilder! Great photos!

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    Worked on adding lights to my town's buildings.

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