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by Dad-1
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

It's taken me 10 days to go back and take the Hornby M7 apart again. After adding the decoder the chassis ran fine as I expected. After the body was put back it didn't run very well, stuttering in either direction and eventually shutting down - Thank heavans for Lenz decoders having a safety cut-out...
by Dad-1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Hi Bufferstop, There is still much experimenting to go on before I give up on the Kadee magnets. These big underboard jobbies No: 308 are quite weak without their steel 'intensifier' as Kadee call it. Set directly under fine scale track they were only 3.5 mm from rail head height, yet barely raised ...
by Dad-1
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Another small step ............... https://image.ibb.co/eic1Dp/IMG-2852.jpg Which leads on to another https://image.ibb.co/ifCezU/IMG-2850.jpg Perhaps because I enjoy modelling, but making up these un-painted Dapol wagons is not a chore, but making up the tare weight from 3 pieces takes a delicate t...
by Dad-1
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Fix it for free ! - So you should, a man of your experience ! I suppose railway modelling is such a broad church that we must expect as many different attitudes and aspects of the hobby as a club has members. Doers are always in a minority though. I do however find that with the shared interest and ...
by Dad-1
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 153

Re: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?

Hi again Artisan, Roger (RJ) is dead right about the damage underboard pins can do to your hands. I now cut my track pins with some small end cutters. Don't try just bending, been there and done that and it can be just as savage on a sliding hand. As I said size is important, here you see a lightwei...
by Dad-1
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?
Replies: 12
Views: 153

Re: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?

Hi artisan, First I'm going to throw a question. How large a layout are you planning ? This can dictate the best thickness of material to use. Then again the number and spacing of underboard supports follow your planned size. I have used 4 & 6 mm ply, Melamine covered Contiboard, and 12 mm chipb...
by Dad-1
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Hi Bufferstop, Kadees are generally a failure when trying to shunt just one, 9, or 10 ft chassis British outline wagon. Many of those who claim they are so good, have HAD to find a way to make them do the promised job. Let's start with the run around on passenger trains, no real problem as the lengt...
by Dad-1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland
Replies: 759
Views: 44799

Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

RailwayRobbo is of course correct ....... That WD, well it just doesn't look right !!
Perhaps a home dulling of the lorries as well ?
Still one of the best ever on here !!

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Thanks for the comment chops, The current fiasco is trying to get the Kadee magnet strength right, which of course it never will be ! Initially the underboard magnets were too deep, barely a flicker as a wagon was run over it by hand. Add the enhancing plate on the magnets back and while the uncoupl...
by Dad-1
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: A Dead Decoder - But Weird ?
Replies: 5
Views: 114

A Dead Decoder - But Weird ?

I have this old R8294 Hornby decoder sitting around. I can't be certain, but I think it's the one that I put in a Lima small prairie 8 or more years ago. I worked that out from the neat binding of the 4 function wires, with all other leads de-soldered. It was removed originally because although it w...
by Dad-1
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Swansea Show
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: Swansea Show

I wish I were near enough to get there.
Usually well worth the visit.

Geoff T.
by Dad-1
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout
Replies: 48
Views: 1464

Re: West Bay Bridport - Club Layout

Ouch, It may look good, run quite well, but I never want to take a Hornby M7 apart again !! There is next to no space for a standard sized decoder. Yet there is an 8 pin socket fitted, plus the legally obligatory interference capacitor. This is what can come out :- https://image.ibb.co/husY8e/IMG_28...
by Dad-1
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 924
Views: 42883

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Sorry I had to rush off and didn't finish that last posting. My 3 years ago build showing where the wires attached to the LED legs run down through the floor. Somewhat camouflaged when painted over, but here in brilliant white ! https://image.ibb.co/c5EPEK/IMG_1110.jpg I did find my doll's house wir...
by Dad-1
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 924
Views: 42883

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Hi Jim, So rare that I had to save that one, apart from more diagonal rocking than I'd like it runs well and taken to Kadees. I may touch-up the paint & markings, but currently I'm looking for more support from the club on the layout and stock. I WISH I WAS TIDY, or is it that I've been too tidy...
by Dad-1
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 924
Views: 42883

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

I'm about to return to where I was in late August. Namely the Dapol BR Brake Van. I've dedicated almost all my time since then to working on the club's West Bay layout. That is now returned to the club rooms and although loads to do before it's first exhibition in January others have a chance to hav...

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