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by Martin71
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Coach lighting
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: Coach lighting

Hi I have had up to 12 coaches each with its own decoder running plus the 3 decoders in the loco but thats not an option for you (re your Bank managers comment). I get fully independent lighting no flicker etc. Ok the answer you want is a product currently under development which will allow you to l...
by Martin71
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fibre optic lighting
Replies: 37
Views: 12667

Re: Fibre optic lighting

Ok you got me on that one, all I will say is I do work on the mines and have some very desirable qualifications.

Im not going to say what I earn but you wouldn't believe what some of our apprentices get.

Martin
by Martin71
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Is there a test tool...
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Is there a test tool...

Hi In the next 6 months or so a new digital multimeter (Cat3) will be released which can measure DCC and has being designed with the modeller in mind. eg on board led tester plus the usual stuff, Amps AC DC Voltage Ohms etc. It will include a basic manual to get you started plus detailed one for the...
by Martin71
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fibre optic lighting
Replies: 37
Views: 12667

Re: Fibre optic lighting

Hi No I didnt win lottery, but it would be nice. I dont think Im in a small minority as I know plenty of people who do fit all their coaches with decoders here in Aus. I actually fit most of my building with decoders also. I also build in 00 and some of my locos have up to 4 decoders fitted so I can...
by Martin71
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: DCC Concepts Nano lights
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: DCC Concepts Nano lights

]Hi

They are great for cab lights. They come pre wired and have 3 or 4 different 1/8th W resistor values from 1k to 50k.

You can see how effective they are at the very start of this video in a Dapol class 67.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br5s7PYLdok

Highly highly recommended.

Martin
by Martin71
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fibre optic lighting
Replies: 37
Views: 12667

Re: Fibre optic lighting

Hi As Beeman said why bother, tail light why bother with optical fibres when a 2 mm = 6'' led is just about correct scale size if the pip is filed off totally agree if your eyesight is failing. On the other hand if it is not failing I would if that's your interest go the full hog. In most cases you ...
by Martin71
Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DDC fitted, running better in DC?!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1575

Re: DDC fitted, running better in DC?!!

Hi Yes the will run better on dcc with a medium to good quality chip added. Now DCC Ready means the loco is ready to take a decoder nothing more. It doesnt mean the loco will run any better with a decoder added in fact it could be actually worse or not run at all. That a bit extreme but I am trying ...
by Martin71
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Function Lights
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Re: Function Lights

HI Ok I will try to make this as simple as possible. For more reliable running and ease of install can I suggest you gut the loco and get rid of the manufacturers PCB. What you will be left with is 2 Motor terminals pick ups and wires from your lights. Before you strip the PCB ID where the orange an...
by Martin71
Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: class 60 light issues
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: class 60 light issues

Hi Sounds like the blue wire but.... As Flashbang said CV113-116 look after the lights. You have the pro box so read back the values for these and let us know. Set all of them to a value of 14. As you have conducted a reset tell us the value of CV 141 and 144. This is for you function mapping of the...
by Martin71
Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sleuth Smoke Unit
Replies: 21
Views: 4288

Re: Sleuth Smoke Unit

Hi A couple of photos may help. This relay is a DPDT 1A coil is 30mA. Tails to smoke units wired in parallel. Notice I have cut out 2 legs between control side and power in. They are not used so to reduce a chance of a short cut them out and coat with nail varnish. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums...
by Martin71
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC control for Tortoise motors
Replies: 24
Views: 2476

Re: DCC control for Tortoise motors

Hi Some very good advice re new controller. This is the first area I would look at. Honestly do yourself a favour and consider another one. You have the NCE switch 8 excellent product and works well with Cobalt or Tortoise. If you stick with your current controller it will always be a battle. Anothe...
by Martin71
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby A4
Replies: 244
Views: 45453

Re: Hornby A4

Hi Just to help your confidence the A4 is one of the easier locos to add all of what you suggested. Plenty of space and a very good loco to work on. You could then do some electrical work such as adding work lights, smoke and sound I was going to do that to my Dean Single but not confident enough at...
by Martin71
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sleuth Smoke Unit
Replies: 21
Views: 4288

Re: Sleuth Smoke Unit

Hi I do find Seuthe fairly effective if set up properly. Another option is to control a relay via a function, this only pulls about 30mA and allows you then to control the generator. The relay also provides protection for your decoder plus it allows you to like more than 1 smoke unit in parallel. I ...
by Martin71
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sound decoders n gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: Sound decoders n gauge

Hi Sounds like pricing is the most important part of your sound project so why not look at the Digitrax sound decoder. Under or around 40 GBP. I wouldnt touch them as cost is the 7th on my list. 1 Sound quality and available files 2 Ease of programming 3 Size (important for n gauge) 4 Reliability 5 ...
by Martin71
Wed May 18, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 00 gauge coaches with light
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Re: 00 gauge coaches with light

Hi You have the Bachmann Pullmans also. See link on this site. I have fitted plenty of coaches with lights. I got to update it as Flicker free 2 is out and the dcc control method I used is a bit complex with ff2 much easier. http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=21586 ...

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