I’ve spent a couple of days working on building some turnouts and after complaining on the phone to Glenn Scott at ModelOKits that things would be so much simpler and quicker with a cast code 125 #6 frog I found myself volunteering to make a pattern so a cast version can be made available. After-all, I was making a code 125 frog for one of the turnouts I was building anyway so making two and turning one into a pattern wasn’t too much extra work. It seems to take me between 2 and 3 hours to make a single frog from scratch from NS rail. Using a casting costs you the price of the casting but you save the time it would have taken to make it from scratch and you know the flange-ways and other dimensions are consistent.
This is the second frog pattern I’ve made: I made the code 100 version that is sold by ModelOKits something like 8 years ago. I made that one for Dave Morris at Waratah Model Railway Co and they passed over to ModelOKits when they purchased Waratah a few years ago.
Glenn told me he was probably going to retail the resulting casting so if you want some get onto him and let him know. He might have the ready for sale at the April Aus7 Forum.