I was one of those lucky enough to be selected to test build one of the FinetraX OO-SF point kits. Postie knocked on my door and proffered me a substantial cardboard box containing the kit, well wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it.
The kits is professionally presented in its packaging.
The kit I received was the B7 left hand standard turnout kit, OO-SF with code 75 Bullhead rail. The components of the kit are below, comprising 1 x turnout base, 1 x cast V crossing, sufficient code 75 Bullhead rail including 2 switch blades which are pre-formed and a tie bar.
The first thing I did was to solder a wire to the bottom of the V crossing, then I glued the V crossing into its aligning holes in the sleeper base.
Next, I cut the 2 check rails to length and slid them into position on the sleeper base.
Next I cut the 2 rails to length to fit against the V crossing and slid them into place, taking care to leave a small gap between each rail and the V crossing.
The next step was to attach one of the switch blades into its slot in the tie bar.
The switch blade was them marked off where it meets the V crossing, cut to length and slipped into place - again taking care to leave a small gap.
This process was repeated with the second switch blade.
Finally, the 2 stock rails were cut to length and slipped into position. Wires were soldered underneath to bond each stock rail to its neighbouring switch blade.
That completed construction - what a pleasure it was to build this kit! From opening the package to the completed point took me about 1 hour of work, its far more fun building pointwork this way than using copperclad sleepers and rail which I have done on my OO-SF layout.
The kit is very well designed, goes together extremely well and does not require a high skill level - just take care when measuring the rail to the required lengths and get the rails ends clean with a small file and you can't go wrong! Only basic tools are required - I used a circular rail cutter, a hand file, flat nose pliers, tweezers, a ruler and a soldering iron - nothing too special!
Thanks very much to Wayne for producing this kit and for allowing me to do a test build. This kit and the whole range of products deserves to be a game changer for those of us who seek realism on our layouts. I greatly enjoyed the experience and its got me thinking of ways I can use this track system on a new layout in the future!