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by Paul-H
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 10
Views: 200

Re: Soldering Iron

In this day and age, if looking for a new soldering solution, its worth looking at the T12 type of Iron, much better heat control and regulation, easy tip changing, lots of low cost replacement tips, and each tip comes with its own built in heating element and sensor so they last longer. There are l...
by Paul-H
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Wire for tree making
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Wire for tree making

I just use heavy gauge electrical flex, 2.5mm IIRC, then once formed I use a mix of PVA and woodland scenics fine turf to paint the trunk to cover the wire.

A bit more work than the florist wire but gives finer more realistic ends to the branches.

Paul
by Paul-H
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Accurascale have a Manor underway
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: Accurascale have a Manor underway

Was very surprised to hear they were using a 3 pole motor in it, thought 5 pole was standard these days or did I miss hear that in the Video (Quite possible these days).
by Paul-H
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy faulty again
Replies: 35
Views: 1031

Re: Prodigy faulty again

Here is one off the wall test to do Unplug the green connector and with your meter check the pins in the socket itself for voltage I have had issues in the past with the PA & PA2 not communicating with the Loco on the programming track and on bot it was down to the green plug itself, fitting rep...
by Paul-H
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy faulty again
Replies: 35
Views: 1031

Re: Prodigy faulty again

Hi I know you have contacted GM who told you to go back to the seller but it still worth sending it to them direct with a covering note to say the dealer has refused to sort it out for you, I did that when one of mine failed and the seller refused to help. They sorted it out in a couple of weeks. FO...
by Paul-H
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Flying Scotsman. Add DCC sound etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 593

Re: Flying Scotsman. Add DCC sound etc.

For a good range of speakers have a look at the many option the likes of Youchoos sells, most come fitted with the baffle box. The one the op bought can be used as a replacement should one with a box fail so it worth keeping just in case
by Paul-H
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Old Hattons DCR-8PINSA-01 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 366

Re: Old Hattons DCR-8PINSA-01 decoder

Easiest way with the Capacitor is to remove the shrink wrap, just in case they have got the wires switched, black should be negative. the cap will be marked for negative.

Regarding the other two wires is there anything on the DCCConcepts website regarding instructions for their decoder.

Paul
by Paul-H
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Old Hattons DCR-8PINSA-01 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 366

Re: Old Hattons DCR-8PINSA-01 decoder

Double check that A the blue and black wires are supposed to be used for a capacitor B you have the wires correctly connected to the capacitor (Blue to Positive Black to Negative) C this will be the hard one not knowing which model of decoder but is it designed to just be connected to a capacitor or...
by Paul-H
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: 'eck it's tiny
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: 'eck it's tiny

Many of them also tend to go pop if you try to run a DCC fitted loco, even if run on DC is enabled.

Don't ask how I know :oops:

Paul
by Paul-H
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Electronic Coupler
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: Electronic Coupler

Hi You can get very small two pin couples so could just run a couple of wires across the gap between coaches. I got some of eBay, they are 2 pin versions of the 6 pin decoder size used on most n-gauge locos Search for 1.27mm 2 pin This is an example of the socket https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-27mm-Pi...
by Paul-H
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Push -Pull operations
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Push -Pull operations

Hi all I have over the years seen a large number of model layouts that were simple end to end layouts. In some cases the loco was able to detach at one end and using a runaround move to the other end of the stock for the return journey but not always, sometimes the loco is used to just push the stoc...
by Paul-H
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: rail cleaner
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: rail cleaner

When it comes to track cleaning there is no substitute for hard work, most of us own some form of cleaning wagon, some even motorised but they end up staying in their boxes. I find the Tomix one in Vacuum mode is ok, but only for finding those small items that have fallen of my rolling stock. The me...
by Paul-H
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby flogging another dead horse
Replies: 31
Views: 1985

Re: Hornby flogging another dead horse

As the old saying sort of goes, "If a Cow is worth milking well milked it will be" or they just found loads of unsold stock and are trying to push them again now that online buying has given them a boost financially, after all these are all paid for so selling them is all profit now 8)
by Paul-H
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Yet another newbie to the N guage world
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Yet another newbie to the N guage world

Hi The obvious answer is don't rush and decide what type of Loco and era you want to model and if going DC or DCC then buy the individual items as you need them. on the other hand a set should give you everything you need, Loco, Rolling Stock, Track & Controller to have a basic loop to play with...
by Paul-H
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hatton's Original Class 66 OO gauge
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Hatton's Original Class 66 OO gauge

The Hattons version makes the better display model being the most visually accurate it also makes the best sound model due to the huge built in Earth Mover Speaker, The Bachmann or Hornby versions make the best running models, with less issues affecting running and less small parts to keep falling o...

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