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AF-HO-T-5-ME83

HO Scale, #5 Turnout Assembly Fixture for Micro Engineering 83 Rail

AF-HO-T-5-ME83
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HO Scale, #5 Turnout Assembly Fixture for Micro Engineering 83 Rail


$113.15
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PointForm Filing Tool help
StockAid Filing Tool help
QuickSticks Wood Ties help
QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 5 switches - Recommended [+$36.75]
QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 10 switches SAVE 10%! [+$66.15]
QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 15 switches SAVE 15%! [+$93.70]
Pre-Drilled QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 5 switches [+$36.75]
Pre-Drilled QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 10 switches SAVE 10%! [+$66.15]
Pre-Drilled QuickSticks laser cut wood ties - Enough to build 15 switches SAVE 15%! [+$93.70]
Do not include any QuickSticks
Micro Engineering Rail help
16 pieces of 18" long Micro Engineering rail - Enough to build 5 switches Recommended [+$15.85]
32 pieces of 18" long Micro Engineering rail - Enough to build 10 switches [+$31.70]
48 pieces of 18" long Micro Engineering rail - Enough to build 15 switches [+$47.50]
Do not include rail
CopperHead PCB Ties help
2 Frets CopperHead PC Board Ties - Enough to build 5 switches Recommended [+$7.35]
4 Frets CopperHead PC Board Ties - Enough to build 10 switches [+$14.70]
6 Frets CopperHead PC Board Ties - Enough to build 15 switches Save 10%! [+$19.80]
Do not include CopperHead PC Board Ties
Individual Wood Ties help
1 bag(s) of individual wood ties - Enough for 5 switches [+$21.85]
1 bag(s) of individual wood ties - Enough for 10 switches [+$21.85]
2 bag(s) of individual wood ties - Enough for 15 switches [+$43.70]
Do not add wood ties
Small Diameter Solder help
Pliobond Adhesive help
Micro Engineering Spikes help
TieBreaker Tool help
Starter Tool Kit help
Soldering Tool Kit help
Instructional DVD help
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$113.15

Hand laying your own HO #5 Turnouts is not as hard as you might think! Tools and technology designed and manufactured by Fast Tracks now makes it possible for you to build your own high quality, NMRA compliant turnouts.

With this HO #5 turnout assembly fixture, you can build an unlimited supply of turnouts when you need them, at the comfort of your own workbench, in about an hour. Fast Tracks, the developer of the turnout assembly fixture system, have been producing its line of extremely precise tools since 2003. We've worked out all the details to make building trackwork as easy as possible so now any modeler can produce the most precise, best looking and smoothest operating trackwork available.

Build turnouts that not only look great, but will completely eliminate track related derailments and frustration.

Fast Tracks assembly fixtures will help you build high quality hand laid track that:

  • Is Highly Accurate - Build turnouts that stay in perfect gauge - permanently
  • Performs Perfectly - Completely eliminates track related derailments
  • Is Economical - Build hundreds of turnouts with one fixture
  • Is Easy To Build - No special skills needed
  • Can Be Built Quickly - Build a turnout in less than an hour!
  • Looks Great! - Get results that rival even the most experienced modelers
  • Lets You Work in Comfort - Build trackwork at your workbench
  • Is NMRA Compliant - Will work with any NMRA compliant equipment

Each assembly fixture can be used to build right or left Turnouts.

To finish off your trackwork, add our matching QuickSticks to your order. These laser cut, wood ties will make finishing turnouts a snap, simply glue the full set of pre-cut ties to the turnout and it's complete! We also offer traditional single piece wood turnout ties as well. All of these additional items can be added to your purchase by selecting them from the options list above.

If you order a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing matching PointForm and StockAid filing tools. This will make the construction of the switch and frog points much easier.

In addition to code 83 rail, you will also need to purchase matching 0.0625" (1.6mm), (7 scale inches) thick, CopperHead PC board turnout ties manufactured by Fast Tracks.

To finish off your trackwork, add our matching individual wood ties to your order. All of these additional items can be added to your purchase by selecting them from the options list above.

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Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures
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5 Stars
I've bought two of these (lost the first one) as well as a #6 and two other fixtures. With a little bit of care, I've made more than 40 turnouts that operate flawlessly. Even my first one even though it was a bit sloppy. The only issue is that I've had to slightly modify both #5 fixtures to slightly lengthen point rail groove where it meets the stock rail. The groove narrows so quickly that the point rail would have to stop at the throw bar. I made one that way and didn't care for the look.
Reviewed by (Verified Buyer)  - 9/9/2016
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5 Stars
I've used many of Fast Tracks products, and not found a clunker in the bunch. All very well designed, and extremely useful. In building my layout, the thing I most dreaded was building turnouts/switches; to my surprise, it's now my most enjoyable and satisfying activity in creating my dream layout (who'd a thought !). The Fast Tracks assembly fixtures (I've used the #5, #6, and #8 fixtures) make the building process both reliable and enjoyable. Thank you Fast Tracks !
Reviewed by (Verified Buyer)  - 5/26/2017
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5/5
5 Stars
The fixture is just as I expected, well made and accurate. Built a perfect #5 switch.
Reviewed by (Verified Buyer)  - 4/27/2017
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4 Stars
I need about 110 turnouts for my new HO layout. Commercial turnouts were too expensive and have quality &/or performance issues. The Fast Tracks method offeres a satisfactory solution to my needs, but requires my time and effort to fabricate - a good compromise. I just completed 45 #5 turnouts using code 83 ME weathered rail (a mistake - had to sand/grind off to permit soldering). Never having hand built turnouts before, I learned a lot in this process: 1) use unweathered rail; 2) always verify track with the official NMRA guage before and after soldering - I had problems with point and guard rails leaning causing gap issues & lots of resoldering; 3) use acid flux - wash using old tooth brush; 4) stock aid filing caused rail to bend upward - hard to fix this; 5) CopperHead pc ties seem too thin for use with FT template - leaves gap under rail, especially for throw bar use - shimming with duct tape in FT template pc tie channels may solve this problem; 6) apply ample Pliobond cement to wooden Quickties - light coat to rails - join after 5-10 min - heat with soldering iron along rail base flange to quick cure; 7) use ignition point file & Xacto knife to clean residual contact cement from points area; 8) Pre-fab all rail & pc tie pieces before beginning assembly - store pieces in labeled zip baggies. I also created a tool to utilize my Dremel with grinding disk to put accurate gaps in pc ties (I had trouble using triangle file to do this) - I need to create over 1500 gaps for my 110 turnouts - this tool is a life saver. I found that a learning experience is necessary to avoid the issues I had, but is well worth the effort to achieve economical and reliable turnouts with the Fast Tracks system. My remaining 55 turnouts (#6s, #8s, various curved sizes) will benefit from my experience. I am sold on the Fast Tracks process for making turnouts.
Reviewed by (Verified Buyer)  - 1/24/2017
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4/5