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by Free_at_last
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy faulty again
Replies: 35
Views: 1044

Re: Prodigy faulty again

I give in, what does NFF mean?
by Free_at_last
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Thickness of Plywood framing and type?
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Thickness of Plywood framing and type?

Don't waste money on far eastern plywood, this was flat as a pancake when I brought it home 24hrs earlier...
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I wasted money on two sheets of this when I could have bought one sheet of Baltic Birch.
by Free_at_last
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Insulating a shed?
Replies: 17
Views: 672

Re: Insulating a shed?

On my 16x8 shed I ended up removing the windows and installing extra studs and boarded them over after many times trying to stop water ingress. They were blanked out anyway to stop the sunlight. I also removed the feeble double doors and installed a single frame and more robust door with mortise loc...
by Free_at_last
Wed May 27, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

Remember to remove the bonding links to the V rails. My plan was to leave these in place, cut isolating breaks in the closure rails the other side and use a separate polarity switch for the live frog. So the whole point is fully converted into electrofrog. Ah yes, cutting the turnout in half did th...
by Free_at_last
Wed May 27, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

I've been looking into this as I may need to use a setrack Y point as well as a double slip to make my MPD work. How about simply grinding out the plastic part, then cutting and filing a triangular section of brass/nickel-silver/steel to fit the gap and soldering it in place? Seems simpler than pul...
by Free_at_last
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Country Station Terminus
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: Country Station Terminus

I think he we was referring to this tunnel mouth....
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by Free_at_last
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

Did you put in new "hinges" on the cut line.


The layout is a permanent fixture in a 16x8 shed but the board ends are dowelled and bolted together. I am making it so they can easily be removed on my demise in case it can hopefully be found a new home.
by Free_at_last
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

Needing to install a turnout across a baseboard join and never having done it before I didn't want to ruin a new one so decided to try it on an old insulfrog one I had. Before installing it I made a new crossing nose with a small piece of rail filed to an arrow head, cut away most of the plastic nos...
by Free_at_last
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 18
Views: 2466

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

I can't see the point into trying conversions like this, just buy the electrofrog in the first place, or, if buying secondhand, wait until s/h electrofrog ones come up for sale! But if there is no electrofrog option available it has to be done. I did this with my Peco code 100 single and double sli...
by Free_at_last
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Sleeper grime spray paint
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: Sleeper grime spray paint

Paul-H wrote:Have a look at Halfords Camo Brown, looks quite a good colour for track sleepers.

Paul


I used this before ballasting and was happy with the result.
by Free_at_last
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Seep v Solenoid difference?
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Re: Seep v Solenoid difference?

Ironduke wrote:
Roger (RJ) wrote:
Free_at_last wrote:Avoid Hornby passing contact switches and go for Peco, they are far superior.


Especially if you use a CDU.


Why? Not arguing, I'd really like to know. Do they not handle high currents well?


The Hornby one switches both ways on every throw, the Peco only one.
by Free_at_last
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Seep v Solenoid difference?
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Re: Seep v Solenoid difference?

Avoid Hornby passing contact switches and go for Peco, they are far superior.
by Free_at_last
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 60
Views: 4990

Re: Price of a Hobby

Never thought I would be seeing on a model railway forum, a mention of the best and much missed Blues/Rock band this country (or any other) as ever produced, I am of course talking about FREE....Hornchurch and Free at Last, greetings from a fellow fan. Indisputably . I have every album they made. A...
by Free_at_last
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Black Desert Sand from Aquaria outlets.
by Free_at_last
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 60
Views: 4990

Re: Price of a Hobby

Looking at a Hattons advert for Nov 2007 Bachmann 47s were £55 - £56. Various other months during 2018 show the same prices. Not sure what the point of this post is other than misrepresentation generally? Your're right in that after the financial crash of 2007, using Hattons' prices as a reference ...

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