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    Default Kato Flexible Track System

    I just saw Kato has a flexible track system now. I wonder if it is sourced from another brand.

    http://katousa.com/N/Unitrack/flexible.html

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    WHOOOO WEEEEE!!! For 31" it's retail at $6.00 a pop. I know the KATO stuff is expensive, but.............................I guess I'll stick with Code 55 and design my track work the way I want.
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    It looks like normal flex track that everybody else sells. The key feature is the "Flexible Track Conversion Track" to connect to Unitrack and cork roadbed to bring it up to the Unitrack height. I doubt the adapter is even needed. Just pull off the Unijoiner and slide a regular rail joiner in it's place. I'm not impressed.
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    $6 is MSRP. Most places will discount 30% so you're looking around $5, not that much difference from Code 55 Flex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    $6 is MSRP. Most places will discount 30% so you're looking around $5, not that much difference from Code 55 Flex.
    And comparing to Peco code 80, which has similar tie spacing and the same rail height, Fifer's has a bundle of 5 for $28.99. Without taking my shoes off to do higher math, that's pretty close in price to this new Kato flex track. The Kato flex may just come out a little cheaper depending on how much it's discounted from MSRP, and gives an option if you just need one piece rather than a bundle of five.

    The Kato roadbed looks more expensive though - $6 compared to a buck for Midwest cork roadbed.

    I dunno, I wish them luck with it, but like @Maurice said, it wasn't hard to just pull off a unijoiner and join up Peco (or other) code 80 track. It's nice to have options though.

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    They key, if true, might be the Kato metallurgy special sauce used in the flex track. Of all the tracks that I've used, the Kato stuff seems to stay cleaner longer.

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    If we could have Kato's metallurgy in the rails, Peco's code 55 buried flange rail profile, and Micro-Engineering's tie spacing and proportions, that would be the ultimate flex track product! $10 per yard and it would be worth it.

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    ...and the Atlas turnout options plus a couple of really large curved ones

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    This flex track has been on Banzai Hobby's website for at least a couple years now since I discovered them. Currently $34.37CAD for a pack of 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    It looks like normal flex track that everybody else sells. The key feature is the "Flexible Track Conversion Track" to connect to Unitrack and cork roadbed to bring it up to the Unitrack height. I doubt the adapter is even needed. Just pull off the Unijoiner and slide a regular rail joiner in it's place. I'm not impressed.
    Unless it is a new design, I don’t think that “Flexible Track Conversion Track” is even new tooling. Kato has had one of these as part of the product line for a LONG time.

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    I think I could get some road kill,, put it in a box,, mark it " Kato" and it would sell and be the best thing since sliced bread.

    To me the track looks like the old Atlas/Model Power track.. oh well,, I have all the PROTOTYPICAL Atlas CD55 that I need.

    Reminds me of a line from a classic Mel Brooks movie " badges,, we dont need no stink'n badges"

    Into,, " flex track,,, we dont need no stink'n flex track

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    Here's a question.... how available is Atlas/Peco/ME flex-track in Japan? This announcement from Kato might not even really be targeted to the NA/EU market... they may just be offering it to pick up what they can, while bringing something that is (maybe?) actually needed in their primary space... maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOO View Post
    Mel Brooks movie " badges,, we dont need no stink'n badges"
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