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by Ironduke
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Hi Heda, while it can't carry a large current a long way, a wall plate with two Ethernet sockets has 16 wires. Generally I find this has more than enough capacity to carry a short burst of current from a CDU (or an accessory decoder in my case) to drive a point motor or even two. https://2ecffd01e1a...
by Ironduke
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay alive
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Stay alive

http://www.digitrax.com/products/mobile ... rs/dz126t/ says no.

"Due to the extremely small size of this decoder, it does not accept PX Power Xtenders." Which are what Digitrax calls its stay alive modules.
by Ironduke
Thu May 09, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: DCC wiring ?
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: DCC wiring ?

your other plan is better but still has crossovers. Keep the blue colour on the inner rail and the purple on the outer.
Kato #4 points can be set so that the diverging track is always live. Are you using #4s?
by Ironduke
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 479

Re: Soldering Iron

mahoganydog wrote:go for the one with a silicone lead rather than the standard model. Having a very flexible cable makes for ease of use.


Also harder to melt if you accidentally touch it with the iron.
by Ironduke
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Control panel build issue
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Control panel build issue

Assuming the 2 aspect signals are just wired in parallel with the route indicators, you could use an AC supply. Each LED will be alternately lit for half a cycle. It's not ideal though.
by Ironduke
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 479

Re: Soldering Iron

Now a variable soldering iron seems a good idea, A soldering iron with a variable temperature is essential if you are soldering whitemetal kits. You need to set the temp to one that is lower than the melting point of white metal but higher than the melting point of low-melt solder. Even though sold...
by Ironduke
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Kato track - DCC?
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Kato track - DCC?

Ironduke wrote:you will need to put power feeds into any siding you want live all the time


An afterthought, #4 turnouts can be set to either isolate the siding or leave it live all the time. #6 turnouts do not, they always isolate the divergent track when they are closed.
by Ironduke
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Kato track - DCC?
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Kato track - DCC?

Kato Unitrack is fine with DCC. They have live frogs but the frog switching is built-in to the mechanism so no need to fuss with insulated joiners or juicers. Like any other track, you will need to put power feeds into any siding you want live all the time but you don't need a large number of power ...
by Ironduke
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Vernier Caliper Gauge
Replies: 11
Views: 406

Re: Vernier Caliper Gauge

well at least it won't expand in the heat and you can put it in your hand luggage :)
by Ironduke
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 4amp alternative for Select controller
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: 4amp alternative for Select controller

I think probably yes but you might have trouble matching the size of the centre pin on the Hornby select connector. To be on the safe side I would buy one with a range of removable connectors.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?ie=UTF8&fiel ... ex=blended
by Ironduke
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Kato unitrack
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Kato unitrack

Secondly - may I combine 2 or more points switching motor leads to the two wire cable single plug at the Kato point switch? In other words activating the switch powers both points simultaneously eg could open the entry to and exit from a passing section using just a single switch? Hi Dylan, Yes. Th...
by Ironduke
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Traverser Automatic Track Switching?
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Traverser Automatic Track Switching?

I've read that twice and I'm still not sure. Are you talking about a vertical traverser?
by Ironduke
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N gauge newbie
Replies: 32
Views: 1171

Re: N gauge newbie

Michaelreedy71 wrote:Just a quick question if u lay n gauge and the rail comes off is it here a gadget to lay it back on .

Many thanks


Nope. You have to slide it back in if you can.
by Ironduke
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Tomix Track System
Replies: 12
Views: 526

Re: Tomix Track System

If you look at the underside of a piece of Kato track you'll see there are some holes moulded into the plastic, but they don't go all the way through. What I do is use a pin vice with a 1mm drill bit to drill up through the hole to the top. Then I place the track on the board and use a 0.7mm drill b...
by Ironduke
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Hot Glue to Seep2 Soldering point
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Hot Glue to Seep2 Soldering point

I don't think it would interfere with the electrics but it doesn't sound easy to do. Try it. At the factory where I work we sometimes paint "conformal coating" onto soldered wire joins which makes a flexible coating over the solder and the wire. It's mostly to protect it from moisture in o...

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