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    Default MODELTECH ProTrack Rail Aligner

    I stumbled upon this video/product while browsing YouTube:



    Looks like a handy product for anybody into modular model railroading:
    SHOP | ModelTech
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    User Manual bae8ca_29e1272113ff41a584b70785ba2b1dc5.pdf (usrfiles.com)

    I presume that the N scale version is for PECO track.

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    N-scale out of stock, look great for my liftouts.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    They look very interesting, and solves a problem I was thinking about regarding track alignment.









    N-scale out of stock, look great for my liftouts.[/QUOTE]
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    Russ

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    They do look great for joints that always go together the same way or at least are prepared by the same person so they have a template to match them all up together. I'd be a little worried if you hand them to ten people, ten people build modules and they meet at a show checking if everything fits without any means for adjustment (besides unsoldering the rails).

    Also, from my experience: Make sure to check the gauge of the track after soldering. Even if it's just three or four ties length, it's easy to pull the rails out of alignment when soldering. And you can greatly increase the tolerance of such a transition if you gently file the insides of the rails - just a few tenths of a millimeter can do wonders.

    Hope this helps,
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    looks like something to be 3D printed ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sid View Post
    looks like something to be 3D printed ??
    But then you'd lose the solder pads.
    Cheers,

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    I saw the demo video earlier this week , I was impressed

    As far as 3D printing goes , one could just 3D print a roadbed like that and then glue the track down to the roadbed with CA across the joint , then cut the track with a hobby saw .
    So instead of the ties being the alignment object it would then be the roadbed , you could angle the sides of the roadbed like the profile of cork or something

    You would need to provide a way to secure the 3D part down in place , maybe a couple of counter sunk holes for screws ?

    Just and idea , would be curious if someone with a printer is willing to try it out @Sumner ?

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    I saw the same YouTube video and went to the ModelTech website. I ordered 2 packages on Nov 14th and low and behold, they arrived today (Nov 30th). Not bad since they're coming from the UK and the Covid-19 restrictions. Anyway, they look to be a quality product. It will be a while before I build my lift-out section, but I wanted to grab them while I could.
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