I decided that 00-SF would suit my needs as I really didn't want to go the route of modifying all my RTR stock for EM. I purchased a set of 00-SF gauges from Brian Tully, some rail/PCB from C&L, and now have a copy Templot TDV thanks to Martin Wynne. I've picked up a lot of info/tips in various threads here and on the Templot forum.
At the risk of making a right pigs ear of it, the following is an account of how I’m getting on.
Please be gentle with your comments.
First step was to obtain a copy of Templot. Martin Wynne was a great help here, after registering on the Templot forum Martin added me to the TDV group and I was able to download a copy and register it to my PC.
Templot can look a bit daunting at first, but there are some great tutorial videos on the website and the forum members are quick to show you the way should you get stuck. I only need a simple template to see if I can build a working turnout before embarking on anything more complex. Templot loads with curved turnout template with an imaginary T55 gauge. It was an easy process to set the gauge to 00-SF, convert the curved turnout to a straight turnout, extend the lead in and overall length and add a short straight length of track to the turnout side. After calibrating my printer, the template was printed out (on 3 sheets of A4 paper) and stuck down to a piece of 6mm plate glass (to give a flat working surface) with double sided tape.
I decided to have a go at soldered PCB track to start with. 4mm C&L PCB copper clad was cut to length using a pair of heavy duty cutters and stuck to the template again using double sided tape. My first problem is where the timbers divide on the turnout, they were interfering with each other rather than interleaving. A quick post on the templot forum sorted this out; you just nudge them along a bit using the ‘shove’ function. As I’d already printed out the template and stuck it down, I did this by eye. I also used a full length timber at the first split as this improved the spacing.
The vee was next, and for this I used a technique described by Brain Harrap.
A piece of rail is folded in half.
Opened out to the correct angle (I used a flat blade screwdriver)
Tack soldered to some scrap PCB to hold in place (the tip was also soldered, not shown here)
And filled to a point.
The completed Vee was then soldered to the timbers.
The same process was used to bend the wing rails.
Two 1mm shims were used to position the first wing rail on the vee, one as a straight edge for the alignment and the other as a spacer. I used Blue tack to hold it in place while soldering.
Similarly for the other wing rail.
Next the check rails were positioned using the check rail gauges.
Followed by the straight rail using the gauge rollers.
Well, that’s as far as Iv'e got to date, not sure what comes next, curved rail and match the curved switch blade to it or the other way round then straight switch blade?
Edited by tender, 18 December 2011 - 16:16 .