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by gppsoftware
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Polystyrene cliffs?
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: Polystyrene cliffs?

Personally, I wouldn't be using polystyrene as a means of supporting any scenery due to its fix risk and toxicity thereof. I concur with those who use polyfiller or plaster over some kind of mesh structure. When watercolours are applied, plaster actually creates a very realistic impression of stone ...
by gppsoftware
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kernow D600 Warship
Replies: 100
Views: 19924

Re: Kernow D600 Warship

I must either be extremely lucky, or have locos from an earlier batch, as almost two years from when I took delivery of my two D600s, both locos continue to behave impeccably. I have tried to "encourage" a cut-out with both locos by giving them a very heavy trailing load, but without succ...
by gppsoftware
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 920

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

I run my Peco and SEEP point motors on smoothed 24VDC. At this voltage, and with DC, you get a nice solid 'clunk' change and no buzzing (caused by AC). My reasons for using 24VDC is because this is the voltage my computer control hardware (MERG RPC) runs on as do the Omron relays connected to it. No...
by gppsoftware
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 920

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

Ah yes, that old 'chestnut', the so called, unreliable Peco switch. I am of the belief that the problem with these switches is very widely misunderstood. The problem is actually the PL10 point motor: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/PecoPointMotorsandSwitches I have quite a lot of PL10's on my layout...
by gppsoftware
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Wills Viaduct Stability
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Wills Viaduct Stability

I am with bigmet on this one: if there is any idea of longevity in a layout, then today's short-cuts nearly always become tomorrow's nightmares. Trackbeds are probably the singly most important area not to take short cuts because to do so will result in derailments forever more and you'll be cursing...
by gppsoftware
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kernow D600 Warship
Replies: 100
Views: 19924

Re: Kernow D600 Warship

Your experiences with the ESU decoders and this loco are definitely not good and certainly not something I have heard mentioned from others with this loco. I have an ESU Lokpilot Standard in mine and it runs beautifully every time I use it. As an experiment last summer I decided to let it run round...
by gppsoftware
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kernow D600 Warship
Replies: 100
Views: 19924

Re: Kernow D600 Warship

Just an update, but I did eventually resolve the problem. It turned out that the motor in the loco was overloading the Loksound4 and the decoder was going into a 'cripple mode' until eventually, it became damaged because it was running so hot that it hurt to touch. The polyswitch was a red-herring. ...
by gppsoftware
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Track Distance From Platforms
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Track Distance From Platforms

Correct measurements can be found here:

http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/OOScaleMeasurements
by gppsoftware
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2 EZ Command controlers
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: 2 EZ Command controlers

Digital wireless control of locos and accessories is an ideal goal but the currently allocated bands are getting crowded. Bluetooth with it's shorter coverage is probably the best current band to be in, we could even have mini aerials mounted on our dummy signal boxes. The wireless soup we now live...
by gppsoftware
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2 EZ Command controlers
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: 2 EZ Command controlers

Of DCC in general, it's very telling that in the more high tech oriented major railway modelling territories of Germany, Japan and North America, no rapidly dominating 'leap forward' successor has yet emerged. It is very easy to sketch it out: embedded unique address microprocessor in all powered d...
by gppsoftware
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Fusing + or - side of a circuit ?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Re: Fusing + or - side of a circuit ?

With the increasing use of LED clusters as a bulb replacement it will soon be (may already be) cheaper to use a proper overcurrent device to protect your circuits. When I was in South Africa all household wiring had to be done by a licensed electrician, and it wasn't possible to buy mains cable at ...
by gppsoftware
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Fusing + or - side of a circuit ?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Re: Fusing + or - side of a circuit ?

Perhaps going off topic a little, but some folk swear by using car light bulbs as a means or 'protecting' their model railway electrical equipment. Personally, I think they misunderstand the fact that all this does is limits the current flow. It doesn't cut it out completely. When we have such thing...
by gppsoftware
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Soldering Advice needed

On the subject of soldering droppers, may I point readers to my articles here about how to do it: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/AvoidingSolderGlobulesonRails http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/PowerFeedingwithDroppers Please don't do the 'old' way which melts sleepers and looks absolutely awful!
by gppsoftware
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2 EZ Command controlers
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: 2 EZ Command controlers

Just to put proverbial cat amongst the pigeons Accessory decoders that are needed to interface between the DCC system and the items to be operated - Point motor etc use a different method of communicating than loco decoders use. The EZ will only produce loco type address numbers 1 to 9. Think of it...
by gppsoftware
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TPO- Getting It Working
Replies: 17
Views: 894

Re: TPO- Getting It Working

The ramps were solid and not sprung and as mentioned above, there were two and they were placed off-centre in the track - one operated the 'collect' sequence and the other operated the 'drop off' sequence. Mine is the later version. Do the solid ramps not interfere with the couplings then? It looks...

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