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#26 kyphur

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:04 PM

View PostLegoMavrick, on 08 March 2012 - 01:17 PM, said:

I had one query, on the LEGO website there are a number of descenting comments to flexitrack specifically about derailments especially on the Maersk train. I'm not sure if I should take these comments too seriously.
The only issue I have with Flex-Track is that it would indeed flex during operation. If I ran a train too fast and had the track too close to a switch or curve (so that the train still had sideways momentum) then the track would move.

To counter this you can either stiffen the track by adding plates or tiles to the studs either between the tracks or on the sleepers outside the tracks, just be sure that the plate/tile is the length of 4 and crosses over the flex joint (instead of the joint between 2 pieces) unless the plate/tile is 8/12/16 long in which case it can cover multiple pieces of flex-track.

Of course the other option is to ballast the Flex-Track which accomplishes the same thing but from beneath the track bed.

As I mentioned earlier, I kind of like the clickity-clack of flex-track...

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

I don't have any flex track right now as I'm currently a 9 volter. But, in my fantasy terminal station I'm mocking up in LDD and BlueBrick the flex track has been useful in creating a nonstandard track layout. The track spacing will end up as sets of two tracks with 4 stud gaps and 10 stud gaps between the sets for platforms. Without the flex tracks I wouldn't be able to ahieve this more realistic (IMO) layout.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:46 PM

View Postdomboy, on 02 March 2012 - 08:13 PM, said:

I can't help but wonder if it's physically possibly to create a similarly functional flex track piece that actually looks like the regular track pieces? If it were possible why would Lego not have done so?

I don't actually have any flex pieces yet so I can't comment on how I love or hate them, but I do plan on buying the straight and flex track set hopefully soon so I'll end up with some. I actually can't imagine not having some sort of flexible track piece available to fix those little bits that just don't line up right. Besides, the pictures I've seen of people making really wide curves using just straight track pieces looks rather silly to me too, so which really looks worse?

I finally got some flex track, and I must say after seeing it in person I think it's quite brilliant. Even if it does have all the downsides that have previously been mentioned. I wonder if the disdain for flex has faded any since it's been around for quite awhile now...

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:52 AM

I do not have space for a permanent track and although flexi track is useful I find on a hard wood floor it does slide around alot during operation and tends to come apart as a result. I expect a fixed track layout would solve that if room allowed?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:11 AM

I have been trying to create a bridge for my layout but needed some perspective (like bridge pylons) for realism. Since the layout is on a table and I can't lower the water level, the obvious answer is to raise the the land and therefore, the track. It seems flexitrack also has some vertical flexibility so might actually be better suited to doing this. Of course, the gradient can't be too steep or flexitrack's poor traction would become a problem.

Has anyone had much success doing this to create a bridge on a 'single level' layout?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:52 AM

View PostThom2304, on 09 August 2012 - 07:11 AM, said:

Has anyone had much success doing this to create a bridge on a 'single level' layout?

Here you'll find my truss bridge, the track on the deck is all flex-track!

Here you can see the layout I started before moving to Savannah GA, notice the inclines leading up to the bridge, they are ALL flex-track. It works well for that purpose. Be aware of the fact that you'll need 11 baseplates length of incline on each side of the bridge forbthe height I achieved!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:43 PM

As I'm still very much in a "getting started" phase with trains, I don't have a lot of track at all, and none of the flex track, and haven't actually set up a layout yet. That said, I was watching the trains theme in general when they were introduced, and like many here I was torn between finding them useful and finding them ugly. That said, I do still plan to make use of them in my own train layouts I hope to do sometime, but I'll make only limited use of them, in some of the ways already discussed by others in this thread. I half-suspect that once I get some I'll use at least half of it not for train track at all, but for things like detailing on spaceship hulls.

View Postdomboy, on 02 March 2012 - 08:13 PM, said:

I can't help but wonder if it's physically possibly to create a similarly functional flex track piece that actually looks like the regular track pieces? If it were possible why would Lego not have done so?

IIRC, some time before it was released, there were rumors and leaks floating around about this forthcoming flexible track, and at some point somebody linked to a leaked photo of some prototypes that showed a couple different versions of the track, one of them more "regular" looking, like you describe (with gaps between sleepers), as well as what became the final version we actually got. The former was pretty clearly more visually consistent with regular track pieces, and my uneducated guess is that TLG would have gone with it if there weren't some specific reason not to; perhaps it was more prone to derailing, or to the piece actually breaking, or something like that. But I really don't know.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:49 PM

I can't see how they could be created and still be, you know, flexible  :hmpf_bad:

But different curves (and they could be very short indeed) could be introduced and thus one would often eliminate those not-so-great-looking FT in a setup

I like 'em anyway

They're great for sublte elevation too

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:16 PM

Greetings gang,

I have a box of the Lego Flex track that is not being used. I am looking for ideas on what I can use it for besides the obvious. I saw the rail crossing posting but am looking for other uses for this stuff on a train layout.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

make a 2x4 brick mould, heat the track and melt them, pour them in the mould, enjoy your 2x4 bricks... it is hard to do anything useful with the excessive amount of flex tracks I'm afraid...

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:56 PM

What about a rollercoaster, or a vertical /sloped curve?

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. The roller coaster is a cool idea but thats not where I wanna head with my setup. I have multiple areas that are hidden that I could use the flex track for now that I think of it. I have all my trains staged and stored under my bed. It looks like a train yard actually if you remove the mattress. Im thinking I could remove the regular track and replace it with the flex track since you can't see under there anyway.

Any other uses? Cosmetics are the primary reason that I don't use the flex track out in the open.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

You can use it for street running or maybe a dockside scene.  You can put smooth plates over it (like on a level crossing).  I think it also looks good on a bridge with plates in the middle.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:57 PM

I have seen it used in the transition from a flat section of track to a sloped section, and vice-versa, because it is flexible both upwards and downwards.
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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

I was thinking about a bridge application as well. I never thought of a slope but I would be apprehansive about it because I like the solid structure of the regular track. Plus you can place the supports further apart with the regular track.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:09 PM

Come to think of it, you could get a pretty nice wide-radius curve if you alternated a standard piece of straight track with a piece of flex track. This could be used for a high-speed train or someplace where you need a lazy curve. You could adjust the curve to be even wider if you really wanted to.
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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:46 AM

I use it for Bridge track the inside rails look like guard rails, spur tracks for buisnesses and for creating a large radius curves.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:26 AM

I've heard of people cutting it to connect single straight (eg 12V) rails to RC track.

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Not really a fan of permanently modifying LEGO myself, but I can see the merit here.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 01:22 AM

I've used it as  the connection between track and the edge of a turntable. The flexibility helps with the alignment of the track and covering the track at the edge of the turn table was prototypical on some turntables.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:15 PM

indeed for turntables it is very suitable!!!

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

Yes all of the above, but mainly I fin it useful for inside tunnels or behind hills where the eyes will not see it. Trouble is that you do end up with an awful lot of it!

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:12 PM

Great suggestions! Thank you all

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:37 PM

View Postedsmith0075, on 09 June 2013 - 05:12 PM, said:

Great suggestions! Thank you all
2x4 Lego Bricks make great mold walls. You could also melt the track and pour them into maybe a larger radius curve track?
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 05:12 AM

Sounds like you need this book.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 05:24 PM

I have gone through and replaced most of the straight piences that were in the staging yard (under my bed) with the flex track this weekend. I am going to use a bunch of 1x2 pieces to hold some the pices together so they are straight but other than that thank you for the advice.



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