Spikes Scale HO


$2.95 101910
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PRECISION FORMED SPIKE RANGE



UP TO SIX DIFFERENT SPIKE SIZES, ARRANGED CONVENIENTLY ON FOUR SETS OF FRETS



T
HE FOUR BASIC SPIKE FRETS OFFER THE APPROPRIATE MIX OF SPIKES FOR VARIOUS COMMON NEEDS

FOR THE FIRST TIME USER, THESE FOUR FRETS TOGETHER ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AS A "SAMPLE" PACK FOR JUST $9.95 AND ALLOW THE MODELER TO TRY OUT ALL THE DIFFERENT SIZES, PRIOR TO SETTLING ON HIS OR HER FINAL CHOICE(S).

While we recommend the use of Ultimate TM tieplates and mostly glued track construction, a few spikes are often needed to hold down "springy" rail firmly in places like tighter curves and stress points on switches. Our wider range of spikes offers sizes suitable for both regular and fine scale HO modeling as well as fine scale work in larger scales such as "S" and "O". These are precision milled from "half-hard" stainless steel sheet and the shortest versions are generally sharp and stiff enough to penetrate normal soft wood tie materials without pre drilling. As these have much thinner shafts than the traditional softer and coarser plain wire formed spikes, the longer versions particularly should initially be inserted with care and may even need the holes pre-drilled or punched with a fine dental pick, to prevent premature bending. Similar preparation may be needed to spike into harder materials such as plywood or plastic ties. A few trial insertions will generally determine what preparation, if any, is needed for a particular material. Regardless of the time spent, the unique, almost exactly prototypical shape of the spike heads, once inserted, will look extremely realistic, whether in conjunction with the Ultimate TM tieplates, or just on their own, and give great satisfaction.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Currently the parts are offered in individual sets, or bundled for even better economy, for the modeler who prefers the pleasure and satisfaction of handlaying his or her own track. Although typically, use of the Ultimate TM tieplates, will eliminate the need for 95% of the spiking and spikes traditionally used in fine scale track construction, these are offered to provide the proper appearance match for the Ultimate TM tieplates dummy spike heads. In the fairly near future, we will extend our current "Craftsman" range of Switch kits and "DIY flex track" to include special tools and jigs, so that both track and Switches can be constructed, much more quickly, accurately and without special skills.

Finally, but most importantly, we are extremely pleased to point out the new Ultimate TM range is designed to be as close a match as possible with our existing, also highly realistic, "Ready to Assemble" and "Craftsman" range of plastic based Ties, Track and Switch kits. In fact, we believe that it is crucial that a typical modeler should have the freedom to be able to "mix and match" both types of track, virtually invisibly, almost anywhere on a layout. So we will continue to offer the discerning HO and Proto:87 modeler the full range of choices and options to best suit each individual modeler's past, current and future needs.