Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 6

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      In the final episode of this build, I fitted the approach tracks for each quadrant of the crossing. In each quadrant, one rail uses a standard rail joint and the other extends to, but does not quite meet, the frog. After test fit...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 5

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My next task on this project was to spike down the rails which had been temporarily CA'd to the ties.  I built upon a triple layer of homabed. I thought I had decent spikes on hand, but as the photo (right) illustrates, the heads are a bit heavy...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 4

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In my last blog on the subject, I demonstrated the process of gluing the ties to the template. In this entry, we affix the four rail assemblies to the ties. Be reminded that we left all of the rails "running long". During this process they will be tr...
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Follow The Build: The X26 and X26c, Part 3

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Work continues with my seven car effort on the current PRR Pro project -- X26 series box cars. Above is a view of my mass production line! Grabs, grabs, and more grabs! That's the topic for this post. The Funaro & Camerlengo resin kits include br...
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Follow The Build: Scratchbuilt Crossing, Part 3

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With our four rail segments assembled, we set them aside and begin work on the ties, starting at the center and working outward. The ties are cut from 36" lengths of strip wood purchased at the local hobby shop, which were painted ahead of time with ...
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