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  1. #11
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    If a couple more pieces broadens the market, than I can't see why they would have to drop anything. The two that I've seen come up most frequently is a longer straight (~3') and one or two broader curve radii (maybe two in the 20" range).

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    There have been numerous requests for Kato to make a 310mm (12 3/16") straight, the length of a standard T-TRAK module. Currently you have to use 248mm (9 3/4") + 62mm (2 7/16") straights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimRacin14 View Post
    There's like eleventy billion different kinds of track bumpers. Okay,so there's three,but maybe ditch one or two?
    Those three different track bumpers are all very common prototypes in Japan, so I think they'll stay.

    Remember Unitrack is made for the Japanese market where the normal way to run trains is to set up your track on the floor of your one room apartment after you've had dinner and pack it away before you roll out your bed. I don't think we'll see anything that doesn't fit into this scenario, like extra long straights or wide curves, or isn't Japanese prototype. I think our best bet is for Atlas to get serious with their True Track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westfalen View Post
    Those three different track bumpers are all very common prototypes in Japan, so I think they'll stay.

    Remember Unitrack is made for the Japanese market where the normal way to run trains is to set up your track on the floor of your one room apartment after you've had dinner and pack it away before you roll out your bed. I don't think we'll see anything that doesn't fit into this scenario, like extra long straights or wide curves, or isn't Japanese prototype. I think our best bet is for Atlas to get serious with their True Track.
    While I too would like Kato to come out with "Y" turnouts, larger curves, and 3' straight tracks I agree that it is up to Atlas as long as there is a smooth and easy transition track.
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  5. #15
    You can make your suggestions here.
    http://www.katousa.com/suggest.html
    a Unitrack turntable sounds nice and I agree about the "y", the 3-way turnout, larger curves. 33mm #6 switch sounds good too.

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    How about getting rid of the 8.5" radius and giving us a 16.25" OR a 17.5" radius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trainboy_4 View Post
    You can make your suggestions here.
    http://www.katousa.com/suggest.html
    I've used that but how do you know that the message is sent, much less received? Many web page based message features at least say that your message has been sent. Kato's doesn't.

    Kato has had the suggest-a-model feature for quite a while. If they do actually receive them they must receive thousands.


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  8. #18
    With some of the innovative products Kato has been popping out, I think we should push for some uni-flex-track!.. Expensive it will be.. but take the same technique they have for their expansion track piece, where the ballast kinda slides over itself and repeat it several times like an accordion. Then also you'd have to have one end where the rail can extend out to meet flush with the other rail.

    But on the more realistic side.. Kato's website has been updated recently to include the ground level double track and the new concrete tie double track. If anything is coming next, I'll bet its going to be concrete single track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westfalen View Post
    Remember Unitrack is made for the Japanese market where the normal way to run trains is to set up your track on the floor of your one room apartment after you've had dinner and pack it away before you roll out your bed. I don't think we'll see anything that doesn't fit into this scenario, like extra long straights or wide curves....
    That's an excellent point, however if I were setting up and taking down each session, I would find 3' straights a real time saver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorsemanJack View Post
    That's an excellent point, however if I were setting up and taking down each session, I would find 3' straights a real time saver.
    Speaking of...



    You can see here that for us who set up and take down each session (though I have no idea how they arrange things across the Pacific, I would only be able to take advantage of 1 3 foot piece. And I'm a guy who likes to change it up a lot. Today it looks like that, tomorrow it could be completely different. I have much more flexibility for change with 4 9.5 inch straights than 1 3 foot straight.

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