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The AF-HON3-T-4-ME83 will be automatically added to our production queue when it is ordered.
PRICE : $146.99
Hand laying your own HOn3 scale #4 Turnouts is not as hard as you might think! Tools and technology designed and manufactured by Fast Tracks make it possible for you to build your own high-quality, NMRA compliant turnouts.
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With this HOn3, #4 turnout assembly fixture, you can build an unlimited supply of turnouts when you need them, at the comfort of your workbench, in about an hour. Fast Tracks, the turnout assembly fixture system developer, has been producing its line of extremely precise tools since 2003. We’ve worked out all the details to make building trackwork as easy as possible, so now any modeler can produce the most accurate, best-looking, and smoothest operating trackwork available.
Build turnouts that not only look great but will eliminate track related derailments and frustration.
How Will Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures Help?
Fast Tracks assembly fixtures will help you build high-quality hand-laid track that:
- Is Highly Accurate – Build turnouts that stay in perfect gauge – permanently
- Performs Perfectly – Eliminates track related derailments
- Is Economical – Build hundreds of turnouts with one fixture
- Is Easy To Build – No special skills are needed
- Can Be Built Quickly – Build a turnout in less than an hour!
- Looks Great! – Get results that rival even the most experienced modelers
- Lets You Work in Comfort – Build trackwork at your workbench
- Is NMRA Compliant – Will work with any NMRA compliant equipment
Each assembly fixture can be used to build right or left Turnouts.
To finish off your trackwork, add our matching QuickSticks to your order. These laser-cut wood ties will make finishing turnouts a snap, glue the complete set of pre-cut ties to the turnout, and it’s done! We also offer traditional single piece wood turnout ties as well.
If you order a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing matching PointForm and StockAid filing tools. This will make the construction of the switch and frog points much easier.
In addition to code 83 rail, you will also need to purchase matching 0.0625” (1.6mm), (5 scale inches) thick, CopperHead PC board turnout ties manufactured by Fast Tracks.
Click on the Supplies Tab above to add additional items needed to build turnouts to your order. Try our Supplies Calculator to determine the consumable items you will need for your trackwork project.
Track Building Supplies
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|Default Turnout Length||7" (178 mm)||This is the length of the turnout on the QuickSticks. Measured from end tie to end tie.
|Minimum Turnout Length||4.4" (112 mm)||This is the shortest possible turnout length. Measured from the end PC board tie to end PC board tie.|
|Diverging Route Angle||14.04 (Decimal)|
|Decimal = Frog angle in decimal degrees
D/M/S = Deg/Min/Sec
Ratio = Frog angle expressed as a ratio
|Diverging Route Radius||9" (229 mm)||The minimum radius in a straight turnout.|
|Tie Spacing (Prototype)||22" (559 mm)||Tie spacing center of tie to center of tie.|
|Tie Size (Model)||L - 0.97" (25 mm)|
W - 0.08" (2 mm)
H - 0.0625" (2 mm)
|The actual size of the tie.|
|Tie Size (Prototype)||L - 7' (2.1 m)|
W - 7"(178 mm)
H - 5" (127 mm)
|The original tie size that the model was based on.|
|Track Gauge||0.42" (11 mm)||The distance between the stock rails.|
|Substitution Radius||22" (559 mm)||The approximate radius that the diverging route of a turnout can be fit into. This calculation was made using the shortest possible turnout length measured from the edges of the PC board ties, not the wood ties.|
|Size||L - 6.5" (165 mm)|
W - 6" (152 mm)
H - 0.25" (6 mm)
|The physical size of the product|
|Weight||0.935 lbs (0.424 kg)|
Building Turnouts Using Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures
This fully illustrated document provides complete details for building switches using Fast Tracks tools & supplies. These instructions apply to Turnouts, Wyes & Curved Turnouts in all scales and include essential information for building any fixture-built trackwork.
Building A Stub Switch Using A Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture.
Do you already own a Fast Tracks Assembly Fixture? Then you can use the same fixture and tools you have now to build a stub turnout with QuickSticks and PC Board ties.
Using The PointForm Tool To Build Frog & Switch Points
We offer a number of different types of PointForm tools. This document provides general instructions on how to use a PointForm tool. These instructions apply to all PointForm tools.
Filing The Stock Rail With The Fast Tracks StockAid Filing Tool
Using the StockAid tool to remove the base of the stock rail in a turnout. These instructions apply to all sizes of StockAid tools.
Completing Switches Using Fast Tracks QuickSticks
This Builders Guide details how to complete building your switch using QuickSticks laser-cut wood ties.
Building A Turnout Switch Using Fast Tracks Tools
Step-by-step videos demonstrate how to build a complete switch using a Fast Tracks assembly fixture, PointForm, StockAid, and other tools.
Using The TieBreaker PC Board Tie Cutting Tool
Cutting each PC Board tie to the length you need for a turnout can be tedious and drawn-out. Here Tim demonstrates how the Fast Tracks TieBreaker tool speeds up the process, reducing the construction time for a turnout by as much as 30%!
Using The Multi-Brush Solder Paste Applicator For Soldering Trackwork
The Multi-Brush makes applying just he right amount of solder flux quick and easy. You will also find it a handy brush to have around for general model construction as well.
Using The 35W Weller Soldering Iron For Model Railroad Trackwork
Using the right soldering iron to solder trackwork is critical to success. We recommend the 35 watt Weller pencil type soldering iron with the ST7 conical shaped soldering tip. Watch along as we demonstrate how to get the most from this soldering equipment.
Detail about the solder supplied by Fast Tracks for building all types of model trackwork.
Cutting Rail Gaps
We thought you might like this short video we produced showing the process of cutting rail gaps to isolate the frog in a Fast Tracks turnout electrically. This step is critical and can not be skipped. Otherwise, the track will have a dead short and can not be powered.
Painting Trackwork Slideshow
We are often asked if we have made a video on painting trackwork, and to date, we have not. Back in 2009, we produced a slideshow for MRH Magazine on how we finish turnouts, but it is no longer available from them, so we reproduced it and uploaded it here.
Making a Over Center Spring for Manual Turnout Control
A step-by-step instructional video on how to add a simple center over spring to a Fast Tracks (or other) turnout. With this simple spring, you can manually switch a turnout without needing any switch machine!
Using The Fast Tracks PointForm Tool To Build Frogpoints
Building highly accurate frogpoints is made fast and simple with the Fast Tracks PointForm tool. Here is a detailed demonstration showing you how it works.
Fast Tracks Video Channel
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Fast Tracks Knowledge Base
In addition to an extensive Q&A section, we also offer a full library of track building documents.