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Homemade Rail bender for OO/HO Scale Code 100 Rails

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A DIY rail-bender. After a long time browsing Carl Arendt's magic micro train layout site, www.carendt.com, I wanted to build a tiny layout. This means very tight radius tracks, 150mm in my case. You can't get this in ready-made track sections from Hornby, etc., but you can get flexible track, such as Peco's "Flexitrack", and it is quite cheap (about $5.00 AUS for a 900mm length, HO/OO, code 100). However, bending it to such a tight radius is not easy; you risk kinking the track, or getting a twist along the length of the rails. MORE...

Micro model train layout from Ariah Park

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Yet another budding hobby! I saw this little engine and trucks in the window of a shop in Ariah Park, in the wheat and sheep farmland of the Riverina, in south-western NSW. The shop window had a sign saying "We buy junk and sell antiques". It cost me more than junk, but less than antique. I like this little engine because it has a realistic look about it. Not obviously plastic, metal wire handrails, nicely weathered look. MORE...

Using a cheap Radio-Control toy as the base for a serious model

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I picked up a cheap radio-control car toy with the idea of using it for a "real" model, say a scale fishing boat or tug. As I recall it cost about $12. As you can see it is about 200mm long. The radio gives full speed forward, stop, and reverse, and much the same for the steering motor. The latter is just geared to a rack that is the tie-rod for the front wheels, with spring centring. Put the lever left and the motor turns the wheels full left and then stalls. There is no proportional control, ie, a little left on the lever giving a little bit of left steering. MORE...


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