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by Giraffe
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Exhibition layout 12' × 1.5'
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Exhibition layout 12' × 1.5'

Thanks for the replies. Good to know that the "glue and pin" method does involve the additional block. I thought it seemed a bit wrong to screw into the end of ply! Also noted regarding the length of baseboard. I think I may well have picked up the 4' from one of Freezer's books! I'm havin...
by Giraffe
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: ARDUINO PROGRAMMING, AND INTERFACING HELP
Replies: 98
Views: 5263

Re: ARDUINO PROGRAMMING, AND INTERFACING HELP

As can be seen from the discussion there are many different ways to achieve the same result, everybody writes differently and are different levels of knowledge-ability. So I thought I would throw my two bobs worth anyway, and write the code as I do for my personal projects and don't worry about oth...
by Giraffe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Exhibition layout 12' × 1.5'
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Exhibition layout 12' × 1.5'

I'm looking into options for the baseboard of an exhibition layout. It's an engine shed layout, scenic area approx 12' × 1.5', with a fiddle yard coming off the short edge. It'll need to be transported around, obviously. I'm currently assuming 3 lots of 4'×1.5' scenic boards plus another the same si...
by Giraffe
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 35
Views: 1791

Re: Giraffe's workbench

The Thomas conversion was very straight-forward. I had a 6-pin decoder for this, direct plug and supplied with a couple of adapters for 6-pin and 8-pin sockets. I snipped the 6-pin plug off that adapter (as I have no other 6-pin sockets) and soldered it directly to the motor terminals and pickups, a...
by Giraffe
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 35
Views: 1791

Re: Giraffe's workbench

Not much time for continued conversion of locos. I did find time on a club running night to convert my Thomas loco to DCC, much to the mock-dismay of the vice-chair when I started running it (with Anne and Clarabel!) on the main layout. A little side project I have completed is a short plank with a ...
by Giraffe
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 1318

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: 35
Views: 1791

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: 35
Views: 1791

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...

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