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Puster Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 8:42 a.m. PST

My wife just put her first kickstarter online she wanted to do foodbox holders or architecture, but I convinced her to create something useful first, so she made me some tracks for my FOW train.
Its mostly about learning how to do kickstarter, but if there is demand… the Standard Gauge set will be Free for all if it funds, the four other Gauges will be for campaigners only.


It contains a link to two free tracks (1:100) and a scaling table!






Any comments on what to do different are welcome. And if you ever want some tracks (ahead of those free) and have access to a printer, feel free to join in the full set comes for 10:-)

Neal Smith Inactive Member21 May 2018 9:23 a.m. PST

Giving the test file a try now! Great idea!

I was wondering what I was going to do (1/56) because I really didn't like the Sarissa mdf track I had bought…

Chris Wimbrow21 May 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

It all looks beautiful, and thousands of scale miles of hand-laid scale model rails have been spiked like this. But one extra detail is that the 1:1 rails use tie plates.


Understood if this is drifting too far into rivet counting territory. Best of luck with your sales.

Walking Sailor21 May 2018 1:36 p.m. PST

€10.00 EUR – about 12 bucks for everything. That's a good deal on one .stl. If this goes off, it will be for a for a whole set of files. I'm in.

P.S. Free trial sample on the kickstarter page.

P.P.S. I just learned a new trick: hover over that "10" price and it should convert to your local currency. If it doesn't see: TMP link at the bottom of the page for directions.

Neal Smith Inactive Member21 May 2018 2:00 p.m. PST

When you printed the samples, did you need to add a skirt/brim to get the end "ties" to print correctly? Am going to try that next.

I'm upscaling mine to 1/56 and have to lay it diagonally to get the whole thing to print, but the ends are not sticking well.

For straight track, even a "bad" print can still be useful. :)

pvernon21 May 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

I scanned thru the kickstarter page, and "Cape Gauge" is 3'6" not 4'6" as in the text. Typos happen.

Munster21 May 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

backed :)

Puster Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 3:07 p.m. PST

Thanks, Cape Gauge is now correct.

Neal, I realize that the existing files are a bit large for scaled 1:56 print. I will ask my wife if she can dump me the 1:56 file with 8 ties – and if possible in large scale quality. I need that for my Bolt Action table anyway, and depending on your printer the quality will leap if the majority of the lines are not diagonal. If I get it, I will include it in the free trial set. Tomorrow, though…

I definitely use a skirt when printing, though no brim.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 3:32 p.m. PST

@Chris – rivet counting is good, as far as I am concerned. Doing things right in detail is one of the goals of this campaign.
Do you by chance know how the Soviet tie-plates during WW2 look? I did some research and came out mainly empty, with just one image showing a similar plate. I know from German reports on regauging that they used a three-spike system.

As far as the models are concerned, the files are not yet set in concrete (or steel). If your image shows how most rails in the 20th century looked, I will petition for a change, or even an alternative set. However, with the possible variety of ties and connectors around, gaps will remain.

Neal Smith Inactive Member21 May 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

Puster, thanks for that! I was going to comment on the look of the ties themselves, but figured it was something easy to deal with when painted anyway. :)

I used a brim and it printed perfectly, but was a lot harder to clean up.

I'm definitely encouraged by what I see!

Munster22 May 2018 1:10 a.m. PST

ps you will have to promote this on as many forums as you can to meet your goal

Puster Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 1:34 a.m. PST

I will do a tour on Thursday – other work interferes, and my wife is really not into tabletop gaming :-)

That said – we tried to toggle the spiked plate:


The printed result, however:



is imho not yet sufficient. It needs some quality circles before it meets the compromise between historical accurate and printable.

Nonetheless, I put the file online, but will not link that (yet) in the Kickstarter campaign, as the printout results may scare off potential backers. So, with a grain of salt for the 1:56 buffs here (305k):

Chris Wimbrow22 May 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

Sorry I'm not an expert on international variations or timelines for changes. There is some competition I found. But not generally a gaming scale.


Chris Wimbrow22 May 2018 9:47 a.m. PST

Another fly in the ointment, fish plates.


But they could be at various intervals unlike sectional model railroad track joiners.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 10:05 p.m. PST

Replaced the version with one that has larger plates and stakeheads.

Chris, thanks for these images. MiniArt releases two versions, Standard and Russian Gauge in 1:35 – the Russian rails are what I was looking for – though the tie plate I have on picture seem to be a bit different. I will try to dig out an online version of it.
The provided files in 1:100 do not use spikes but rather the screwed plates used by the Reichsbahn since 1928, the Oberbau K ( – or rather the version of it we deemed fitting for small scale print. We will use the Russian spiked plate for the 5" gauge. Nonetheless, a version with spikes that can be used for the 19th century conflicts – be it the ACW, the various conflicts in Europe (French/German war of 70/71 eg) or the Boer war would be great. I failed in undigging a comprehensive history of tracks – though we do have a book incoming that covers the British tracks from 1804…

Puster Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 2:02 p.m. PST


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