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HO Scale, #8 Turnout TwistTies Kit for Micro Engineering 83 Rail
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Buy a complete TwistTie turnout kit and get what you need to build 6 (3 right hand and 3 left hand) HO scale, straight or curved turnouts!
Each kit includes all of the tools and supplies that you need to start building NMRA compliant, all wood tie turnouts. Get results that will easily out-perform store bought track with no special skills and guaranteed results.
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You will always get better and faster results with less effort using our
. However if you only need to build a small number of curved turnouts of any radius, or if you prefer all wood tie construction, then TwistTies may be a better option for you.
Need to build more than 6 switches? Check below for a list of the items that are included in this kit.
This kit comes complete with everything you need including:
3 - HO scale, #8, right hand TwistTies (TW-HO-T-8-R)
3 - HO scale, #8, left hand TwistTies (TW-HO-T-8-L)
1 - Large (#7, #8 & #9) Frog Helper tool (FH-ME70-83-L)
1 - HO scale, #8 PointForm tool (PF-8-M)
1 - Bundle PC Board Ties for the throwbar (PB-HO-S)
1 - StopGaps rail gap fillers (SG)
1 - Package Micro Engineering small spikes (30-106)
1 - 15ft Coil .015 small diameter solder (SP-0003)
26 - 18 inch (46 cm) long pieces Micro Engineering code 83 rail (17-083-C)
To reduce shipping costs, the rail is cut into 18 inch (46 cm) lengths. The cut lengths will be long enough for the longest piece of rail required to construct the Turnout.
Click on the links below to learn more about how Fast Tracks tools and supplies can help you build better railroads
TwistTies Builders Guide
How the Fast Tracks PointForm Tool Makes It Easy To Construct Frog & Switch Points
Using the StockAid tool to file the stock rail
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14.7" (373 mm)
This is the length of the turnout measured from end tie to end tie.
* Diverging Route Angle
7° / 7' / 48"
Decimal - The frog angle in decimal degrees.
D/M/S - The frog angle in Degrees / Minutes / Seconds
Ratio - The frog angle expressed as a ratio.
* Diverging Route Radius
The minimum radius in a straight turnout.
* Only valid for straight turnouts
Tie Spacing (Prototype)
20" (508 mm)
The distance between each tie.
Tie Size (Model)
- 1.17" (29.7 mm)
- 0.1" (2.6 mm)
- 0.08" (2 mm)
The actual size of the tie.
Tie Size (Prototype)
8.5' (3 m)
- 9" (229 mm)
- 7" (178 mm)
The original tie size that the model was based on.
Secondary Frog Angle
The second frog angle for any switch that has two frogs. (Slip switches, 3-ways, dual gauge switches, etc)
0.66" (16.8 mm)
The distance between the stock rails.
The center to center distance of the parallel track. (Only applies to double crossovers)
* Substitution Radius
The approximate radius that a straight turnout can be inserted into.
* Only valid for straight turnouts.
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