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Old 12-18-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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3r-Plastics O ties

Anyone ever try 3r-Plastic's O ties?

http://3r-plastics.com/

Looks like an inexpensive way to update regular O gauge. I did a search on the site but nothing came up in the search. I saw their add in OGRR.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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I've seen them on a layout, look just like the pictures on the site. I've contemplated firing up my big saw and making a ton of wooden ones. You can bulk stain them and slip them under the track. For a reasonable sized layout, those 3R-Plastics ones would get a bit expensive.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:23 PM   #3
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If you want ties, consider tubular track on real wood. You need a small nail with an oversize head and spike away!!!!!!!!! Get rid of the metal ties altogether. It would make a very unique layout. I wonder how a switch would look???????
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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Hmmm, 500 pieces gets you through ~80 pieces of O27 track (figuring 6 a track). That's a nice little layout for $80. Or a bunch of scrap lumber and 20 minutes on the table saw. Hmmm . . .

Looks like an experiment for the post-holiday season.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:52 PM   #5
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I've seen several guys here cut "ties" out of foam-core poster board, paint them black, and then slip them under the rails. Easy, simple, cheap. Something to consider.

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Old 12-18-2011, 04:00 PM   #6
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It would be just as easy, and maybe even easier, to whack them out with a table saw. The bonus is that they'd be pretty robust. You can bulk stain them with a large plastic bag.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:05 PM   #7
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Use some oak scrap and I bet the grain pattern might even look right.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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I don't know about the ties in your neck of the woods, but they're basic black around here.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #9
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Ok - oak scrap + some stain. And they'll be incredibly durable.

Tough crowd around here.
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