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by Mike Parkes
Thu May 09, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: KATO POINTS WIRING ?
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: KATO POINTS WIRING ?

In terms of working the point motors a DPDT biased to the centre switch like the one you list should work, nothing special about the wiring - you just need to wire them up as polarity changeover switch if you do not buy prewired ones
by Mike Parkes
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SEEP motors and Peco points
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: SEEP motors and Peco points

I would only use a PM4 on a Peco point if the original point spring has failed and its too much hassle to fit a new one.
by Mike Parkes
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Even the Real Thing has Problems on tight Curves
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Even the Real Thing has Problems on tight Curves

It also explains why model locos of that body shell design invariably have some compromise in order that the wheels will clear the body shell.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 430

Re: Soldering Iron

After years of use my Antex 18W was replaced by an Antex 25W which I found to be too hot for many uses and ended up buying another Antex 18W one.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 430

Re: Soldering Iron

Antex irons outperform Weller irons of the same wattage due to the shaft of the Weller ones losing heat to the surrounding air while the Antex haft has the metalwork of the tip fitted outside it so meaning better heating of the tip compared to the Weller tip fitted inside the shaft. I had a 15W Well...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Removing decals from a Hornby 0-4-0 steam loco
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: Removing decals from a Hornby 0-4-0 steam loco

There are a variety of ways of removing factory applied lettering etc depending on how it has been applied including - enamel thinners - toothpick or cocktail stick rubbed on the lettering until it starts to break up - the same with T-cut (never used it myself) - rubbing on the lettering with a typi...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Colour light signals
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Colour light signals

As an example a train passing a 4 aspect signal showing double amber will then expect to pass the next signal at single amber and the stop at the following signal showing red. In locations where speeds are low enough only 3 aspect signals are used and where local circumstances dictate 2 aspects are ...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems

I have since bought some hattons 6 pin decoder decoders and am still having the same issues the Loco moves forward about a wheel turn or two forward then stops this it happening with my Beattie well tank and my Hornby Adams. Any ideas really stuck as my other locos which had decoders in work fine b...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Graham Farish King class
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Graham Farish King class

Try Bachmann to see if they can help http://www.bachmann.co.uk/service-request/
by Mike Parkes
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems

I understand Hornby have located the 6 pin socket in their Terrier such that it needs the use of cabled 6 pin decoder :evil: Turns out their are a number of them, the £20 Zimo MX617F apparently fits the Terrier, which according to Coastal DCC is 13x9x2.6.
by Mike Parkes
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems

Never had a problem with the ESU ones sold under the Bachmann label - the only thing is they are large (although tiny compared to this joke offering from Hornby) and hence also have some Zimo ones which are highly recommended by most users for locos which simply cannot take the ESU one.
by Mike Parkes
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems

The more I think about it the more illogical it is, the whole point of a 6 pin socket is for use in locos with limited space yet this needs a vast amount of space for the cable and size of decoder they have used in comparison to a normal 6 pin decoder. Presumably then the Hornby models with a 6 pin ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: Hornby 6 pin decoder problems

Roger (RJ) wrote:https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/standard-6-pin-decoder.html


First time I have ever seen a 6pin decoder on a lead so presumably like the 4 pin its simply their 8 pin decoder attached to a 6 pin plug, and how clunky it is in comparison to other 6 pin decoders.

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