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by b308
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC control of points and signals - guidance for an idiot
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: DCC control of points and signals - guidance for an idiot

You could do worse than read Flashbang's pages on DCC. Page two cover point control:

https://www.brian-lambert.co.uk/DCC_Page_2.html
by b308
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?

It's not just Finescale modellers that scratchbuild, Pete. us narrow gaugers do the same! Everyone has different likes when modelling, some people like the challenge of making things rather than modifying RTR stuff. There are quite a few kits in TT as well, for the bodies and chassis so it's not jus...
by b308
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?

TT (both original 1:120 "Table Top" and later Triang 1:101) use 12mm gauge track. HOm (1:87 scale representing meter gauge) and 00n3 (1:76 scale representing 3ft gauge) also use 12mm gauge track. So TT and TT3 mechanisms can be used as the basis for 00n3 locos and stock just like N scale s...
by b308
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?

I tend to see larger scales as better for pick-up , closer to scale-like rails and more discrete couplings. I'd have just said "easier" for pickups, as size and weight usually make electrical pick-up better. having said that I've see awful running on some larger scale layouts as well, so ...
by b308
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: The Best Scale And Gauge To Use?

I don't understand why you have ignored TT, Mountain, TT3 (the British version) is easily obtainable, though secondhand or kit/scratch built for stock, is 1:100 scale which is one of the main architect scales and track is available RTR. Building kits are also available from Auhagen (in 1:100, listed...
by b308
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How Tall (yard lighting)
Replies: 16
Views: 402

Re: How Tall (yard lighting)

I wonder if there would be any sort of "standard"? It would depend on how much space the light had to light up, so would vary from place to place. Also sometimes the only lights would be on the front of the loco shed as per that old Airfix kit!
by b308
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Warley 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: Warley 2019

John, when you post photos use the link that you are presently using but first click on the "img" icon at the top of the post (it's a few places further to the right of the bold/italic/underscore stuff). Paste the image link (which should end in .jpg) in the middle, thus: [img]xxxxx.jpg[/i...
by b308
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Warley 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: Warley 2019

I enjoyed the show again, every year I say to myself "never again" and then get persuaded to go and find it really is worth it! This was pretty spectacular modelling (behind the Scalefour soc stand); [mg]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49115714438_1d19da0a0b_b.jpg[/img] The NEC (North...
by b308
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Warley 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 403

Re: Warley 2019

I think they are using about 2/3 of the hall. They've gradually made the aisles wider and more seating over the years but I believe they are looking again at that for 2020.
by b308
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Mechanical operation of points and signals.
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: Mechanical operation of points and signals.

Bufferstop wrote:Only buy them when they are cheap! Bend them from Eileen's phosphor-bronze wire.


I tried that but they didn't work very well, there's obviously a knack to doing it!
by b308
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Mechanical operation of points and signals.
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: Mechanical operation of points and signals.

Yep, managed to get a dozen GEM ones for a fiver on eBay, then got another lot so I have some for future layouts! They are ridiculously priced these days for new ones...
by b308
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Mechanical operation of points and signals.
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: Mechanical operation of points and signals.

The new layout with manual point control and frog switching.

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by b308
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?
Replies: 10
Views: 445

Re: Converting Peco insulfrog to electrofrog ?

It sounds as though it'd been just as easy to build a whole new point, Bufferstop! 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!
by b308
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Railway room safety

Actually Stuart yes it does have the things you mention. Common sense precautions for any home. I'd suggest you read my last post (above yours) my point is simply that much of what we do is actually less dangerous than cooking and diy. I have no issues with taking sensible precautions such as tellin...
by b308
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: How to make a class 119 from Lima bits?
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: How to make a class 119 from Lima bits?

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