I have no idea as to how many ties you got in the experiment with the
bass wood, but Fast Tracks gets $10.00 for 500 Nn3 ties.
I would have no problem going 50% higher than that for ties that are
accurate for Z.
I have nothing to trade, but If you go through Feather River would
that work out for you as a trade?
Maybe you should talk to Fast tracks and you could end up with one of
each of their jigs :-}
I'm in no hurry for them as I have a 4 week delay before I get my
--- Robert Ray <pray59@...
> --- In email@example.com, Edward Scullin <sculline@y...>
> > Robert you once mentioned on this list that you had made some
> > for use with hand laying code 40 rail.
> > I have just ordered my fast track jigs for # 4 and 9. They
> > advertise some Nn3 wood ties, but yours sounded like a better way
> > go.
> > Are they available? If so do I get them through you or Feather
> > trains?
> > Ed Scullin
> Hi Ed, Here is the results of feasibility study of offering laser
> tie strips:
> Yesterday I cut enough tie strips for 6 feet of track, and it took
> over 18 minutes to cut them. I have decided that it would be too
> expensive to laser cut tie strips for sale, as my cost of ownership
> around $1 a minute of laser time, and even though the 1/32" plywood
> cost is only 50 cents for that many ties, my cost is about $3.10 a
> That was with 1/32" aircraft grade plywood.
> A few minutes ago I decided to see how it would work with 1/32"
> basswood. (basswood is not as dimentionaly stable as plywood) I cut
> sheet with 64" worth of tie strips in 7.5 minutes. The wood cost 40
> cents for the amount used, and that works out to a cost of 83 cents
> foot with basswood tie strips. The catch is that the basswood tie
> strips break into individual ties real easy. If The tie strips (8
> attached together in a manner similar to flextrack ties) break
> that easily, would it be worth the trouble to use them over regular
> individual ties? Maybe. Maybe not?
> If I laser cut individual ties, I could probably get the cost down
> 50 cents a foot, maybe less, but would that be ompetitive with
> sawn ties? Are they even available?
> Let me know what you think, and I am always willing to trade at my
> cost for North American Z Scale models of any manufacture or
> scratchbuild. I prefer trade to selling any day. Better deal for
> and me.
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