NMRA 2018 Kansas City Convention - August 5-12, 2018 National Model Railroad Association

Introduction to Building Your Own Turnouts

Title: Introduction to Building Your Own Turnouts
Cost: $48 (HO/N) $55 (S/O)

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Time: 8am to 1pm Scale: HO, HOn3, N, S, Sn3 & On30

Lead Instructor: Clark Kooning, MMR, and Tim Warris Owner of Fast Tracks assisted by MWTM team

This clinic is about using a commercial product to build turnouts. Clark Kooning, MMR and Tim Warris owner of Fast Tracks will be on hand to teach you how to use Fast Tracks products to build your very own scratch built turnout. It is easier than you think and can save you a lot of money as well as the enjoyment of building your own turnouts, and no commercial turnout can match their precision.

Required Tools:
  • Cutting mat (should be of reasonable size. This is a must have item)
  • 10” new sharp Flat Mill file (This is a must item! Make sure it’s new!) This should be a fine file, not coarse.
  • Triangular needle file
  • Small Needle nose pliers
  • Short power bar (must bring)
  • 4' or longer power cord (we use these to string power to each modeller if outlets are limited)
  • Tweezers
  • A Sharpie Marker (medium tip)
  • Xuron Rail cutters (This is a must have item)
  • A small soldering iron of 25 to 35 watts for N scale, Requires 35 watt for HO or larger. Make sure your iron has a pencil type tip. Recommend WELLER model WP35. (This is a must have item) Make sure you tip is new, clean and works.
  • NMRA Track Gauge (if available in your scale)
  • 1 set of free rolling trucks. Ensure these trucks are in gauge!
  • NMRA track gauge in your scale

Note a complete Tool Kit for this clinic is available for sale by Fast Tracks at http://www.handlaidtrack.com/clinic

Students need to bring their own tools in order to participate in these clinics

Bring any other tools you usually use or might find useful.

Optional tools: Optivisor, extra work light. These are handy tools which you could use in our clinics, but it is not essential that you buy them just for this week. It is your option, but the light in the clinic rooms can sometimes be less than perfect.

A good way to carry all of these tools is to buy a small inexpensive plastic tackle box. These are usually available at department stores year-round.

Please note an updated tool list may be sent to you the week prior to the convention or on the Convention web site.

If not listed here, we will provide materials such as glues and paints.