Rail braces are one of the harder patterns to cast in quantity. In machinable wax they take about 25 minutes of cut time per brace. They’re nice and accurate, especially for 1:160th, but they are a hard casting to pull and I wouldn’t want to make them for others. When I first started in on my resin printer build they were at the top of the list to print and be done with. The 90lb ones will be available soon. I’ve only just started making and testing the adjustable braces.
It’s worth noting that these are fairly small autonomous parts that are easy to lose and sacrifice some ease of use for the sake of resolution and repeatability. The easiest way to get around this would be to print them with to a tie base. That way, anyone could use them regardless of dexterity.
Some pros and cons for both systems:
Free range rail brace
augments existing Code 40 empires
Very small part that needs de-spruing.
Integrated switch ties and rail braces
Ease of use. One piece with all of the static details incorporated.
No critical de-spruing.
More costly (consumables/print time/repeatability).
Long term gauging essential for to-scale applications is more difficult to attain without adding reliable gauging materials. PCB being one example.
Different artwork for every flangeway/switch length/tide chart.
That said, I do have switch ties ready to print for my display table so I will probably test with them as well.
Very nice, Andrew! You know that you can get away with very few switch angles if you decide to print integral ties. I believe (from memory) that they are mostly all 13’ switches for the typical model size switches.
Thinking of bringing some to the Railway Modellers’ Meet?
Yeah, the problem at this point in time is that I don’t use any of those common model railroad switch lengths. That’s a me-problem that I might look into fixing – just not sure at this point. N scale is still very much the wild west so far as tighter flangeways go. FS -160 might be viable. I need to dust off the specs and see what changes are necessary.
These are so cool.
No rush but you mention selling these. I’d certainly be interested in buying a set. What a neat detail.
I think I have your e-mail. If not I’ll contact you through your blog or some other avenue
Thank you Andrew. If there’s a way I can help or support this project I’m interested.