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I have some questions about using hand laid track (customs). I am thinking of making custom curved turnouts, i have found a supplier, however my question is... Is this something I should try, or should i get some straight tracking first and do some mock ups first? Since I have never attempting to lay ties and rail separately before, how difficult is this and is ther any special tools or tricks that may help in doing this? What the game plan is using some custom (either #6 or #8 code 83 18 and 24 inch) curved turn outs for where i would like to place a factory on the back edge of my layout. The use of standard turnouts for my space is limiting my design severly and was hopeing this isn't too difficult. Due to cost factors, i don't want to waste my money if this something i may end up scraping if I it too much effort. Just not knowing how it's done is the primary preventor of this. So again, Do i require special tools? Special hold down nails? The kits I am considering buying state they come with with templates, rails and ties for 5 complete turnouts but at $210.95 for the kit (even with cement, solder and point form tool) this seems a bit costly to mess up. Any tips?