Fast Tracks TwistTies provides the craftsman with a way to build low cost, realistic looking and accurate HOn3 #5 curved or straight turnouts with ease using all wood tie construction with, spikes & rail. No soldering required!
When combined with our TwistTie fixed and flexible crosstie strips, you can finish all of your trackwork in no time!
Each TwistTie is laser cut as a single-piece lattice of pre-spaced, pre-drilled wood ties that:
- Can be curved to fit any desired radius while maintaining the turnout size
- Include pre-drilled spike holes that ensures accurate gauging & geometry
- Makes turnout construction faster & easier than traditional methods
- Takes the guesswork out of hand laying curved & straight turnouts
- Includes etched guidelines to verify rail location
- Pre-spaced ties eliminates tie laying tedium
- Uses stainable wood ties
- Are NMRA compliant
TwistTies are cut from Baltic Birch plywood custom sawn in Finland specifically for Fast Tracks. Just like the protoype, the wood grain on our TwistTies runs perpendicular to the rails. The ties are 0.06" (1.5mm), 5 scale inches thick and 0.08" (2mm) 7 scale inches wide. They will match all popular commercially available wood ties, including wood ties available from Fast Tracks. The ties will also match all popular commercial track, as well as our line of QuickSticks.
Each TwistTie can be used to construct one HOn3 #5, Left hand turnout using code 70, 83 or 100 rail and are designed to work with Micro Engineering small spikes.
If you order Fast Tracks TwistTies, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing a matching Frog Helper soldering jig and PointForm tool. This will make the construction of the frog and switch points much easier. You may also want to consider adding some of our CopperHead PC Board turnout ties (for the throwbar) to your order. If you are building curved turnouts the rail will need to be pre-formed. Our Rail Roller bending tool will make this easy. All of these items can be easily added to your order by selecting them from the options above.
Note: You will always get better and faster results with less effort using our Assembly Fixtures. However if you only need to build a small number of turnouts, curved turnouts of any radius, or if you prefer all wood tie construction, then TwistTies may be a better option for you.
This product is part of our Craftsman Series of tools that are designed for modelers who want to go that 'extra mile' to produce outstanding trackwork. You should be prepared to spend extra time and effort to learn how to use this product. Click here to learn more about our Craftsman Series of tools.
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