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• Hi Derek   I had always believed the minimum radius was just over twice the wheelbase of the vehicle.  Some 35 to 40 years ago Colin Binnie and I were
Message 1 of 6 , Aug 1, 2012
Hi Derek

I had always believed the minimum radius was just over twice the wheelbase of the vehicle.  Some 35 to 40 years ago Colin Binnie and I were experimenting to find the minimum radius in 16mm scale, after Dave Shotter's 009 De Winton was demonstrated running round the top of a milk bottle!  I won't go into the planned build, but suffice it to say Colin cut a test track using the faceplate of his lathe at 4ins (inside rail) he would have provided gauge-widening (probably calculated using some arcane mathematical formula, 'cos he was clever like that). Just for fun we then put a Lima 4w bogie on it ... and it ran with no problem at all.  The Lima chassis had a wheelbase of 64mm and 4 ins is approx 100mm on 32mm (or thereabouts) track.  Over the ensuing beers we decided there was no point in gatting any tighter!

I can see no reason why this could not translate to pointwork as long as everything was perfect, and I am not using the term 'perfect' lightly. All the factors Frank listed (and more) are critical, four wheel chassis only and at very low speed.

Good luck

David

From: vincent_wesstein <vincent_wesstein@...>
To: O14@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, 1 August 2012, 3:20

--- In mailto:O14%40yahoogroups.com, "derek.harrisa40" <derek.harrisa40@...> wrote:
> I wonder if there is an answer to the question of what is the
> minimum radius that a turnout can be built on and which will still
> function reliably?

Derek,

I'd suggest to fetch yourself a copy (it's free ;-)) of the templates for the industrial track and points now available from KBscale. The type 1 points have a radius of 85 mm (centre line) in 7 mm scale, but do have a gauge of 14 mm. American trolley modellers usually use a minimum of 6" for their 16.5 mm gauge track and the old (now defunct) Hartel street track had small sections that where even sharper then that, IIRC down to 2" but only for a very short section (about 1")... Only fourwheelers could negotiate that, or stuff on bogies...

However, considering you confessed you'd like to build things, why not have another look at the KBscale website and use one of David's chassis... ;-)

Regards, Vincent Wesstein
the Netherlands

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