Z Scale Turnout Jig Modification
I had my Fast Tracks Turnout Jigs modified so I could get a better soldering
angle on the ties. The problem I had was that the PC Ties sat too low in their
slot to allow the soldering iron tip to contact just the tie. The tip would also
contact the side of the Tie Slot, and draw away the heat I needed for a quick
solder joint. Many people said it was just my soldering technique, ok... :) This
is a Z Scale tie folks! (.041" wide)
Here is my Narrow Gauge friend, Steve Wesolowski, Firing up his Sherline in
preparation for the job.
This is what Steve did, He milled out an area at the ends of the tie slots
that was half the depth of the tie slots, to allow access for my soldering iron
to come in at 45 degrees to the tie, and the solder to come in 90 degrees from
the soldering iron tip.
Here is a close-up of a Tie sitting in the slot. Notice that the top of the
tie sits below the top of the tie slot. It has to sit that low so the rail can
fit in its perpendicular slot.
And now I can get a comfortable angle for quickly soldering the rails to the
ties without the heatsink effect of the jig contacting the soldering iron tip.
Special thanks go to Steve Wesolowski for milling my jig, and Jim Hoover for his
suggestions, tips, and moral support during my time of frustration.