I finally got round to mounting this. Comments: the sleepers are (as
expected) narrow for UK outline, they are HO code 83 I think, this can be
kludged of course. Joining was easy using standard fishplates, but I had to
file out a short section in the middle so I could Z-bend it to get the rail
tops level. It's the thickness of a piece of 300gsm card, not exactly a
problem to make up, I think I will solder as well for stability. No centring
springs so you're going to want Tortoise motors and remote mounts (available
as a pair but you need two additional remote kits), these work fine and are
reasonably tolerant of the inevitable small difference between the throws of
the various blades. Ballasting is a bugger, though, you have to be more
careful than you'd believe. I recommend cutting out the additional card
under the thrownbars (code 100) or filing down the bed under the throwbars
Is it easier than building a scissors crossing from stock components? Yes.
Is it easier than scratch building? Also yes. But it's not exactly
straightforward and not cheap either.
I will post some pictures when I get round to it.
Oh, also, from the "playing trains" department, I have to report that I
absolutely love the Seuthe smoke generators. Watching an 8F steaming into a
tunnel - well, I love it.
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