285Re: [7mmnga] Small curves, big ideas
- Oct 31, 2001Dave,
After seeing some of the extremely sharp radius layouts featured in Railway
Modeller, I have decided the following:
1. The type of coupling system you use makes a bid difference. In the
United States, most people use Kadees and this usually sets the limit on
2. Using "Snap Track", track that has a built-in, predetermined radius will
allow for tighter curves than flex track. If you are hand laying track, you
will have the best results if your track is "pre-formed" to a certain radius
on a track bending device.
3. Hidden reverse loops need lots of easy access, or else they must be
avoided at all costs.
In the United States, the tightest, readily available snap track is a 15
inch radius by Atlas. That is what I have used as my minimum radius for 30
years with no problems.
I understand Fleischmann makes a tighter radius track, but I have never been
able to find it here.
If someone over there (or over here) has access to smaller radius track, I
would be interested in buying a circle of it to play with.
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