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by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Trucks in a Tizzy
Replies: 36
Views: 3756

Re: Trucks in a Tizzy

I'm sure that my Senior Lady Controller (I'm a step grandad) manages me in the same way as her mother manages her dad, her other grandad, sadly no longer with us, was an astro-physicist, my wife's a maths graduate who programmed computers that needed a whole office floor to themselves, and now write...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Trucks in a Tizzy
Replies: 36
Views: 3756

Re: Trucks in a Tizzy

Hi MrH saying welcome back seems to be a regular if not frequent happening. Congratulations on the degree no matter what the class. Has Seren maintained her interest in the layout, my two Lady Controllers, the big one and the little one still both take an interest, but they ask hard questions these ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Theft at GC Model Event
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Theft at GC Model Event

Hired in security won't n know whether or no someone should be where they are, they need to be kept informed of there not being anyone at a stand or layout. Those logo T shirts are a great help, but as I said someone from the group to look after your own security, even if it's just a case of keeping...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Torn between my layout and trains
Replies: 27
Views: 199

Re: Torn between my layout and trains

Just one more point on curves and gradients. When you take a curve up an incline the axles need to have enough vertical play to stay in contact with the rails as they twist, like the handrails on a curving staircase. The longer the wheelbase the greater the effect. It's better if there is some form ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 859

Re: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg

@ luckymucklebackit
OK Jim - you've made your point about the Forum's ethos, now can I say don't let this get to personalities, which I believe is also a feature of "RMwebesque".
Knock it on th'ead mate.
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 859

Re: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg

To put it in context the opposite end of the spectrum is Pendon (near Didcot). This too in my opinion is no longer a Model Railway just a wonderful Diorama. Why? Because the trains are now secondary to the scene and are also now automated, mainly because Guy Williams has passed on. It was Guy Willi...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 26
Views: 406

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Very neatly done! How's the fingers?
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Torn between my layout and trains
Replies: 27
Views: 199

Re: Torn between my layout and trains

You need to get your eye down to track level and look along the rails, that's what the foreman plate layer would do, looking for kinks and sharp deviations. A small flat mirror is a useful tool to acquire as you can get the edge of it down to rail level. It's surprising what horrors it will reveal!
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Torn between my layout and trains
Replies: 27
Views: 199

Re: Torn between my layout and trains

It helps to know a bit of history. When I was starting in the hobby around 1956 train sets came with curves roughly approximating to todays 2nd Radius. Loco wheels had wide treads and deep thick flanges to keep them on the track whilst negotiating the curves. Six coupled locos 0-6-0, 2-6-0, 2-6-2, 2...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Torn between my layout and trains
Replies: 27
Views: 199

Re: Torn between my layout and trains

Guess what locos are shelf queen's in my display cabinet, an A4, a B1 4-6-0, a class 45, a 3+2HST and the APT prototype. In the in use cabinet the biggest loco is a GWR Hall, the rest 0-6-0 s and 0-4-0s steam and deisel, stored in the carriage sidings and movable fiddle yard are Mk1s and earlier fir...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Henley
Replies: 91
Views: 3417

Re: Henley

Hi Chops, the kit for that Dapol footbridge was designed to be able to sit on the ground or a platform, so it's higher and wider than essential. It can be modified ad infinitum. There are a few rules to modifying it and still staying true to prototype. The span must be symmetrical, there must be a h...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Dcc switch points
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Dcc switch points

Or with mechanical rods and cranks, under the boards if they are a bit overscale. Pulling levers and feeling the points move, keeping the signalbox and lever frame alive. Something DCC can't simulate.
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 26
Views: 406

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

As you might guess from the comment about 2" holes many of the first ones I did were with the cable in-situ, some of the situations made upside down under a baseboard a picnic, until I said monkeys to this where's the hole saw. I discovered that if you kept the wooden plug that the hole saw mad...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 26
Views: 406

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Brave man :) Should I send you a tube of Savlon cream for your finger-tips, it get's awfully hot.
by Bufferstop
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 26
Views: 406

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Do check that they are fully wired, things like modems and serial printers only need 7 wires, fully wired ones are quite fat. They aren't fun to make yourself, trying to solder the tiny little tags with so many wires around. You could always tell one of my leads it went through 2"diameter holes...

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