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Old 23-12-2017, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Archimedes Drill or Dremel type tool?

I'm going to be laying track soon, and I've seen people saying when using plywood as a base it may be an idea to drill small pilot holes for track pins. I've got a small pin vice from Games Workshop, but I don't fancy spending 10 mins per hole, so would an Archimedes Drill be better, or should I be thinking about a Dremel type multitool? What would people recommend?

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Old 23-12-2017, 03:39 PM   #2
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Old 23-12-2017, 03:47 PM   #3
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I have a ply baseboard and pushed my track pins in using a pair of pointed nosed pliers. I didn't need to drill any holes for track pins. As WTD says, both will be of use at sometime or another. BB
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As BB says you should be able to push track pins in. I use Gaugemaster pins, very sharp with a flat head, bit like me.
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I have pushed track pins in with long nosed pliers. You can also use a nail punch. A pin vice comes in handy. However I don't like this method. I have found track pins come loose. The method I subsequently used was to use track pins temporarily. I used a high temperature hot glue gun - 167C Dremel Glue sticks. No track pins to work loose.
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And you can't move the track
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I have found track pins come loose. The method I subsequently used was to use track pins temporarily. I used a high temperature hot glue gun - 167C Dremel Glue sticks. No track pins to work loose.
I'm planning on using them temporarily as well, only once testing the layout is complete I'll ballast the track and fix with the usual PVA/water mix then remove them.

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Old 23-12-2017, 07:01 PM   #8
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I used pins then ballasted but I like to over-engineer. Next time I'll probably use temporary pins - that way the heads don't show on the sleepers.
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I did plan to remove most of mine but it took so long to find them, as the heads are so flat, I gave up.
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I have had both archimedes drill and pin vice on my list for a while now. This thread has prompted me into action, both now ordered under the influence!

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