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by abenn
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: No DCC socket in GF class 170/3 DMU
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: No DCC socket in GF class 170/3 DMU

Thanks Bigmet. I have no problem with the soldering side of things, and your first link seems to confirm there's no real physical problems. For the lighting I'm only concerned with the front and rear direction lights, not the interior, so hopefully that will be reasonably straightforward. All I coul...
by abenn
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: No DCC socket in GF class 170/3 DMU
Replies: 2
Views: 90

No DCC socket in GF class 170/3 DMU

I hope it's okay to ask about Graham Farish N-gauge here :? I've had my eye on a 371-427A Graham Farish N Gauge Class 170/3 2-Car DMU, but it doesn't come with a DCC socket. Is it a simple matter to hard-wire a DCC chip into this model (presumably one for each car, to control the lights), or is ther...
by abenn
Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Soldering Iron

Bufferstop wrote: .... Extra tip, always park coffee/tea mug on opposite side to iron stand.
:lol:
by abenn
Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Soldering Iron

There we go; I've now read somewhere that the advice I read somewhere else to not use a damp sponge was wrong :? Actually, having used a damp sponge for many years, I can't really see anything wrong with it myself, so I'm glad to have company. But I think I'll still get one of those brass wire thing...
by abenn
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Soldering Iron

My iron is an Antex, which I would recommend to anyone. I use replaceable bits with it ranging from 5mm to 0.1mm, and it has variable temperature settings to suit lead or no-lead solder. Antex service is also very good; mine is so old the gaiter guiding the mains lead into the handle was splitting. ...
by abenn
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: single push-button points operation - QUESTION
Replies: 28
Views: 848

Re: single push-button points operation - QUESTION

For the past couple of years I've been using home-made circuits using PICAXE 08M2 programmable integrated circuits to activate point servos, switch the frogs, and provide LED indication on the panel. I use them with switches but, being programmable, they could also be configured to use a momentary p...
by abenn
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Charging an onboard lipo????
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: Charging an onboard lipo????

Rather than a DIN plug I was thinking more of a JST XH type plug, which is the type used as a balance plug on most LiPos I have.
by abenn
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Charging an onboard lipo????
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: Charging an onboard lipo????

Why does it have to be a jack plug, collectors? Would a simple 4-pin socket compatible with the balance plug on the battery not be the safest solution? Having said that, as a user of LiPos in model aircraft for many years, I would normally advise against charging in-situ because of the fire that res...
by abenn
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N Gauge Loco's
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: N Gauge Loco's

I moved over from 00-guage DC to N-guage DCC a couple of years ago. I was amazed at the improvement in running quality achieved by DCC -- my N-guage 0-6-0 tank especially demonstated the difference when compared with my 00 one. Both my layouts had a power buss supplying each individual length of tra...
by abenn
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Final design now need advice
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Final design now need advice

Jules59. I'm pretty sure Roger (RJ) is right: I remember cutting electrofrog wires when I was setting up my 00-gauge layout, but I don't remember having to do that at all when I built my N-gauge layout.
by abenn
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay alive super capacitor problem
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: Stay alive super capacitor problem

Although I don't understand the specifics of the diodes and resistor, I think your problem is that capacitors in series have an overall less capacitance than each of the individuals. If you want to add capacitances you have to connect them in parallel, which means that they all have to be rated for ...
by abenn
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Final design now need advice
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Final design now need advice

I would persevere with Electrofrog if I were you. Whether you're running DC or DCC there's much less chance of 'dead' spots. The need to "cut wires and solder additional wires" is so that the frog and its two immediate bits of rail is isolated from all other parts of the points, and can th...
by abenn
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Track Pins
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Track Pins

When laying my N-gauge track I used OO-gauge pins (my previous layout was OO-gauge) to temporarily hold it in place while the glue set. They're much more robust than the N-gauge ones and, IIRC, I used a 1mm drill bit and didn't drill full depth. I then pushed the pins in with a pair of pliers.
by abenn
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Yet another newbie to the N guage world
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Yet another newbie to the N guage world

I've never done it myself, but word elsewhere on this forum https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?t=25759 is that code 55 and code 80 can be joined together with regular rail joiners and a small amount of packing under the sleepers. Settrack is, I believe, code 80.
by abenn
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Yet another newbie to the N guage world
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Yet another newbie to the N guage world

Another vote for Peco code 55 track, and then buying rolling stock ad hoc. In my opinion the ability to flex the track to suit your requirements exactly, rather than messing aobut with fixed Settrack radii, is well worth it. Another minor benefit of flexible track is that you don't need so many powe...

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