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by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

So in terms of tight spaces and chips: Flying Scotsman: Plenty of space for the chip at the back of the tender. Wires running across the tender were more of an issue with this one. Class 25: No problems whatsoever, loads of room inside this one. Percy: If I wanted it to be invisible, I'd have had is...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Jinty conversion: Here's what the finished Jinty looks like - the decoder wiring is reasonably tight up against the sides of the body compared to the old wiring: http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversion/jinty/20181230_230022-w.png http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversio...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

"Percy" conversion As this little loco was new and bought mostly for my youngest son's pleasure, I was a little hesitant to start butchering it, but after he saw Flying Scotsman and the Class 25 running on the track together and couldn't understand why Percy couldn't join them I thought I'...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Class 25 conversion: Starting point: needs a good clean and service before attempting any conversion http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversion/class-25/20181118_211756-w.png First step is get access to the motor bogie: http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversion/class-25/20...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Flying Scotsman conversion: Starting point of the cleanup: http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversion/flying-scotsman/20181022_223139-w.png There had been some build up over the years of little bits of track rubber into the mechanism that need wiping out: http://chris.jkhub.net/model-ra...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

I've finally got around to sorting some hosting for images, so here's a quick shot of what my "workbench" (aka the dining table) has looked like for several evenings of the last couple of months: http://chris.jkhub.net/model-rail/images/dcc-conversion/20181022_221407-w.png Sometimes the gl...
by Giraffe
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Whats your overall experience with tight spaces and the chips? Im not up to date with whats currently available but I used to read about guys using N gauge chips in OO locos. Is this still a thing? I've also heard of putting N gauge decoders in OO, but have not gone this route personally. All my de...
by Giraffe
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Branch Terminus / Steam era / N gauge
Replies: 11
Views: 1006

Re: Branch Terminus / Steam era / N gauge

Why not slide it under the sofa for flat storage? I was just idly reviewing this thread. I haven't started constructing this yet (I've been working on some OO stuff for other plans), but about a month ago we got new sofas. These new sofas don't have the support leg in the centre, which is what mean...
by Giraffe
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Have just spent the last two evenings working on DCC conversions. Flying Scotsman got its socket rewired so the chip sits neatly inside the space in the tender. The tender doesn't shut yet though, because there are some coils of wire hanging off the socket for lighting functions. I have purchased a ...
by Giraffe
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Sounds like our wives should get together haha. Seems less and less people get the appeal of the hobby now. :lol: I suspect many spouses/partners don't get it, although this was more about it being a circle of track laid directly on the floor (and literally a circle - 8 pieces of 3rd radius setrack...
by Giraffe
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Have found spare time to work on the engines became less easily found over the last month: busy time at work and with buildup to Christmas. Class 25 is working rather happily now. I have wired up two yellow LEDS in place of the original bulbs (one of which had blown at some point in the past - I do ...
by Giraffe
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

Yes, the zen was what I was looking at simply because the 2 decoders I got first were 8 pin Zen 360, so just continued looking at that particular range when working out what the connections would be, as I'm assuming they are standard socket wiring across manufacturers when talking 6 8 or 21 pins, as...
by Giraffe
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

Ah, yes thanks that does clarify things. Means that for converting a non-dcc-ready loco, 6 pin is less useful for anything that might want functions, as the space saving of the chip is offset by needing the rectifier :roll: I think I'll stick with 8 pin for these ones. Thanks all!
by Giraffe
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

I was considering using a 6 pin decoder in some little tank engines that I will be converting to DCC, but as I am also potentially going to add lamps to them, I might make use of the light functions. What I don't get is where the common positive for the functions is? On the 8 pin decoders I have, th...
by Giraffe
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 31
Views: 1233

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Close inspection of the piece of (steel) track that I've been using as a test track revealed that it was pretty dirty. I've been taking it to and from work, and it has been living in the boot of my car and getting cold and damp overnight. Trying to run the loco up and down it had made the wheels pre...

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