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Offline Puttputtmaru  
#1 Posted : 04 February 2022 23:22:36(UTC)
Puttputtmaru

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As suggested on this forum I am going to use Merkur track bed for my K-Tracks.

Merkur suggest to use their own proprietary glue to tack back the embankment once the flex track has the desired curve. Since I live in Canada I would rather not add extra weight to my order, so is Elmer/wood glue a good alternative or do you have any suggestions that works best beside the Merkur own glue?
Offline PeFu  
#2 Posted : 05 February 2022 00:16:10(UTC)
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I don’t glue the Merkur track bed. The reason is that you may need to ”adjust” the track a little when adding the next track. Also, the smaller radius of flex track you have, the K tracks tend to want to straighten out, which make it tricky to fix with glue. I put a screw where needed, once surrounding terrain is laid, it is possible to remove most screws.
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Offline Puttputtmaru  
#3 Posted : 05 February 2022 04:53:01(UTC)
Puttputtmaru

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Originally Posted by: PeFu Go to Quoted Post
I don’t glue the Merkur track bed. The reason is that you may need to ”adjust” the track a little when adding the next track. Also, the smaller radius of flex track you have, the K tracks tend to want to straighten out, which make it tricky to fix with glue. I put a screw where needed, once surrounding terrain is laid, it is possible to remove most screws.


I was not asking about glueing the track bed down. I was referring to the part in the instructions where they say to cut the inner edge off and then glue it back to allow the curve to hold. (see red arrows)

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Offline mrmarklin  
#4 Posted : 05 February 2022 05:17:33(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Puttputtmaru Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: PeFu Go to Quoted Post
I don’t glue the Merkur track bed. The reason is that you may need to ”adjust” the track a little when adding the next track. Also, the smaller radius of flex track you have, the K tracks tend to want to straighten out, which make it tricky to fix with glue. I put a screw where needed, once surrounding terrain is laid, it is possible to remove most screws.


I was not asking about glueing the track bed down. I was referring to the part in the instructions where they say to cut the inner edge off and then glue it back to allow the curve to hold. (see red arrows)

F4A58793-8C8D-4A52-9F05-57055290B356.jpeg


Unless the Merkur has changed, we use a heat gun when curving the tracks. And use track screws to hold the curve. We don’t trim the Merkur as shown in the picture.
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Offline PeFu  
#5 Posted : 05 February 2022 07:28:02(UTC)
PeFu

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Originally Posted by: Puttputtmaru Go to Quoted Post
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I was not asking about glueing the track bed down. I was referring to the part in the instructions where they say to cut the inner edge off and then glue it back to allow the curve to hold. (see red arrows)

Oh, sorry, missed that part… I have only followed that procedure on very narrow curves (radius approx. 60-70 cm), but also on Merkur turnout sides. I used standard white wood PVA type of glue.


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Offline Puttputtmaru  
#6 Posted : 05 February 2022 13:09:17(UTC)
Puttputtmaru

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Thanks for the help guys.

I am anxious to try those praised track bed and see what it is all about
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