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by Roger (RJ)
Wed May 16, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC
Replies: 29
Views: 607

Re: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC

I installed the replacement decoder today and I’m very disappointed by the quality of the soldering to the chip! The green wire was hanging on by a single strand of wire and came away within seconds of handling the chip. All the other connections have very long bits of bare wire dangerously close t...
by Roger (RJ)
Mon May 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting old locos to DCC?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Converting old locos to DCC?

Tender drives are fairly easy to convert but you MUST ensure that the motor terminals, particularly the left one, are isolated from the chassis before fitting a decoder. If the terminals are not isolated, the decoder will be destroyed instantly when power is applied. Tender drives, which are usually...
by Roger (RJ)
Mon May 07, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: 6mm or 9mm ply
Replies: 17
Views: 4301

Re: 6mm Frame flex’s

Hi This is my first post . I have just built a 4 x 4 board for the grand kids , using 2x1 soft wood battens with 6 mm marine ply top . I was going to use 9mm but thought in was too heavy. The frame is supported in the middle ie 2 foot , the top glued and screws in place . I was bit dismayed to see ...
by Roger (RJ)
Sat May 05, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Directional Lighting (class 58)
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Directional Lighting (class 58)

Best dig it out before it swells. A soak in warm water should help to soften it if needed

Alternative, araldite or similar.
by Roger (RJ)
Sat May 05, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Class 47
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: Hornby Class 47

I may be wrong about the cl47 (I don't have one) but many of the 6 wheeled ringfield drives have short stub axles which flop about quite a lot. These are there just for appearance and aren't really functional.
by Roger (RJ)
Wed May 02, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Directional Lighting (class 58)
Replies: 22
Views: 962

Re: Directional Lighting (class 58)

When you drill the lights out, use a slow speed drill to avoid slipping out of position and also melting the plastic.. I've done it and it looks awful. Never did complete the installation. An Archimedes drill works well. Hope I'm not teaching granny how to suck eggs. EDIT. Looks like my advice was a...
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC point motors
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: DCC point motors

You need an accessory decoder, also known as a stationary decoder. There are a good selection of accessory decoders available from many makers, including Hornby, esu, Lenz, DCC concepts etc etc. Usually 1 decoder can operate from 4 to 8 point motors depending on make. Make sure you get a decoder tha...
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Bit of a dilemma with DCC
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Bit of a dilemma with DCC

A DCC bus is like an insurance policy. You don't actually need it but one day you might be glad you have it. It ensures that power will reach all around the layout without relying on fishplates, point clips and point blades to carry the current and very much reduces the electrical resistance. Low re...
by Roger (RJ)
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC
Replies: 29
Views: 607

Re: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC

Thanks for the photo tips. I think the decoder is screwed, Using my multimeter, im getting an electrical connection between the red and black wires on the decoder chip (marked with the black arrows). I have checked at the circuit board as well to make sure none of the contacts are touching....... Y...
by Roger (RJ)
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC
Replies: 29
Views: 607

Re: Converting the Flying Scotsman to DCC

Before starting you MUST ensure that the brush connections, the left one in particular, have no continuity to the pickups/wheels. There is often a connection to the left side that needs to be removed. Brian Lambert's site has the details. http://www.brian-lambert.co.uk/DCC.html About three quarters ...
by Roger (RJ)
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby loco randomly stops
Replies: 28
Views: 2142

Re: Hornby loco randomly stops

You will need separate transformers to supply power to that controller unless the seller is including 1 or more
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby tts query
Replies: 9
Views: 236

Re: Hornby tts query

The Select can only adjust a few CVs, acceleration (CV 3), deceleration (4), default direction of travel, and loco address (CV 1 (between 1 and 59)). Address 0 (zero) can be used to run one dc loco - NOT RECOMMENDED. It cannot set CV 8 at all so it cannot reset any decoders.
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC so frustrating at times
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: DCC so frustrating at times

Sounds like you have cut the wrong components. Snipping the capacitors should not stop a loco from running. The capacitors are normally on the motor itself but there are exceptions.

What decoders are fitted in the stuttering locos?
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: MRC Prodigy Advance DCC controller.. any good?
Replies: 17
Views: 446

Re: MRC Prodigy Advance DCC controller.. any good?

The MRC (Model Rectifier Corporation) Prodigy is an American made controller which Gaugemaster sell under their own brand. Both will work with any make of DCC decoder that is NMRA conformant. Gaugemaster will not give any support with the MRC controllers if you have trouble, you would need to contac...
by Roger (RJ)
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby's spares price rise
Replies: 11
Views: 329

Re: Hornby's spares price rise

PanzerJohn wrote:Yes and no delete option in the editor that I can see, but lucky for us all that your eagle eyes picked the error up, we will all sleep better now.


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