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by Bufferstop
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Phantom movements
Replies: 22
Views: 448

Re: Phantom movements

I've witnessed an 009 point blade start to glow red when it was feeding a short circuit about a metre away without drawing sufficient current to overload an H&M Powermaster. There should have been a substantial feed between the two but a failed solder joint left the poor little point blade to ca...
by Bufferstop
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Phantom movements
Replies: 22
Views: 448

Re: Phantom movements

If your DCC supply can withstand, without tripping, the sort of transient short circuits that can be generated by wheels passing through pointwork, it's an indication that your track and busbars have more than an ideal level of resistance. They need some extra current carrying capacity, this would c...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Fitting a Stay Alive
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: Fitting a Stay Alive

Having decided that it's far too late to swap my layout to DCC I tend not to look at these threads, but I got intrigued by this one. I picked up a couple of 0-4-0s from the Bachmann DCC starter sets to cannibalise for their chassis. They contained a PCB very similar to the one shown and the decoder ...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: International N Gauge Show
Replies: 0
Views: 81

International N Gauge Show

Info forwarded to me from Meridienne Exhibitions Ltd. Please note the requirement to pre-book. John W. Full details of all the exhibitors attending see http://www.ngaugeshow.co.uk            Show:                         International N Gauge Show Dates:                          Saturday 11th and Su...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Irresponsible Blogging
Replies: 29
Views: 1043

Re: Irresponsible Blogging

OK folks, I started this thread, by and large there seems to be a consensus of opinion. I'm going to put the brakes on it now, before it goes down the route we see on other sites.
Thanks for your opinions.
John W
aka Bufferstop.
by Bufferstop
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1252
Views: 144474

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

A bit more than simply "should not be shocked". The body to chassis fixing allowed the body to move to mitigate the worst of any shock. The van bodies would be six inches shorter than their standard counterpart, allowing up to three inches of movement against the shock absorbing mechanism....
by Bufferstop
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Irresponsible Blogging
Replies: 29
Views: 1043

Re: Irresponsible Blogging

Now for a real lapse of judgement, it was a cable contractor who needed to get into the space between the tops of the racks and the ceiling in a telephone switch room. As it was a real ancient installation the busbars were covered in tubes of "American Cloth" the stuff the table cloths wer...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: How much space is required.
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: How much space is required.

Unless you are in possession of a large hall or aircraft hanger the answer is all most certainly, far more than you have. The diagram which isn't necessarily to scale gives the main dimensions in "chains' yards and feet" a chain being 22yds or 66ft. I've actually surveyed using a chain and...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Modelmaster Jackson delays
Replies: 16
Views: 1699

Re: Modelmaster Jackson delays

Sounds like he's suffering from over estimating his capabilities. I'm sure a lot of us try to ignor anno dominii, but in business you have to be realistic and only promise what you know you can deliver.
by Bufferstop
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1472

Re: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project

When I first descended from the loft my layout went in "the guest bedroom" so had to be capable of being stored out of the way. I took over one of the built in cupboards, and by sticking to a board length of four feet I could fit the whole lot standing on end in there, with a couple of she...
by Bufferstop
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1472

Re: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project

I'll remember those Geoff, first bit is to maximise the use of the existing hardware, I may play with a second fan to encourage the mist to lift. I've seen a layout in which a terrace of houses had chimneys belching smoke, it involved a large home made heater/evaporator in a box with a fan to push i...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 336
Views: 42034

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Nice job in the end. You may have felt bad about the imperial/metric confusion but not as bad as the guy at NASA who entered the altitude in feet instead of metres.
by Bufferstop
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Location?
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: Location?

Any date for the photo, as in time of year, it could be the effect of smoke from stubble burning and a rather long exposure. Given a date you might match it to an article and thus a location.
by Bufferstop
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1472

Re: Derry's Yard - A Set-Track shunting loop Project

I missed the bit about the smoke generator, fitted to a loco or for background effects? I've never been very impressed by the "smoke" they produce, looks too much like a smouldering fag-end to me. I'm about to redesign a real powerful smoke (and flame) generator that sits in our lounge. Th...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 3D Model
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: 3D Model

Both happen on a 2D screen. In 2D animation the objects that are animated don't have any depth in 3D animation the objects represented have depth and can be rotated about any axis to reveal a different view or elevation. 2D animation will look like a moving drawing 3D will be more photo realistic ev...

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