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Old 17-04-2018, 08:21 AM   #1
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Default Peco SL-14 Streamline track pins - Review

After pinning my track down yesterday I felt a review of the pins I used would be helpful to others.

I purchased the aforementioned peco track pins on the advice of the model shop owner.
I have seen other people comment that they bend very easily and are very thin.

I agree with both statements.
I also discovered that during the course of pinning my first piece of track that it went in ok at first but I bent about 6 at the last bit before they met the sleepers.

A eureka moment came to me when I realised that like quite a lot of people I uses 9mm ply to make the top of my baseboard.
The pins are about 12mm in length and due to their thin nature they were not strong enough to go through the outer edge of the ply.


The solution?
I used a pair of angled snippers to take off the last 2-3mm.
I used angled ones just so it would leave me with a narrow profile which would actully go into the wood.


Overall I think they are a fine product but I would be reluctant to buy them again.
If your baseboard is made of a thicker piece of material then they could work ok but I'll use what I have over time.

6/10 for my verdict.
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Old 17-04-2018, 08:28 AM   #2
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Donít like them at all, too thin, much prefer the Gaugemaster version. We all have our favourites.
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Take into account that Peco are still recommending Sundeala for baseboards then their
SL-14 pins make sense as they simply push into that material.

I have to disagree with the OP, the solution is not to ‘snip off 2 or 3mm’ - all those off its have to go somewhere, probably into a motor to cause no end of problems.

The solution, well documented on many threads, is to pre-drill the sleepers and baseboard (Archimedes drill and a fine bit) so you only have to tap in the pin for the last few millimetres.
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Donít like them at all, too thin, much prefer the Gaugemaster version. We all have our favourites.
Are these what you mean?
http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_deta...ugemaster+GM66
They say they are 10mm long which is ok for a 9mm board plus sleeper .
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Guagemaster.....
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I found Peco, having used for first tine ever, ok. if you make a pilot hole. john
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Are these what you mean?
http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_deta...ugemaster+GM66
They say they are 10mm long which is ok for a 9mm board plus sleeper .
Jim.
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What does that mean?
you already done all the typing previously...
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The advantage of the Peco Pins is the minimal hole they make in the sleeper. If you are going to glue ballast the track then it only needs to be pinned in place until the glued ballast dries and then the pins can be removed. If doing that you do not need to fit the pin fully down, just enough to sufficiently hold the track initially and pins which have bent often have enough grip in the baseboard. They are also useful as handrail sanctions!
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