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by Brianetta
Sun May 02, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gav's Train Set
Replies: 118
Views: 12580

Re: Gav's Train Set

Spavo wrote:I know using LAN cable might be a big no no for some people but I can assure you it's working fine for me.

Category 5 network cable is the business. Are you using solid core or stranded stuff? Most of mine's solid, although a couple of stranded patch cables were turned into controller leads.
by Brianetta
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Which Knightwing refueling point kit??
Replies: 9
Views: 1832

Re: Which Knightwing refueling point kit??

50035 Ark Royal wrote:No you are wrong

I meant two versions of the kit, not the roof! Sorry, could have been clearer.
by Brianetta
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Painting track
Replies: 14
Views: 4418

Re: Painting track

egroeg93 wrote:It took me an hour to paint just a single hornby straight with a brush. But you can get atleast a dozen done in that time using those tools!!

An hour! I did my whole layout in two, both rail webs and sleepers. Photos are in my thread; perhaps I did a bad job?
by Brianetta
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: which class 08 is better? bachmann or hornby?
Replies: 21
Views: 2517

Re: which class 08 is better? bachmann or hornby?

If I was modelling sound, I'd not want any locos that didn't have it. Not in the long run.
by Brianetta
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: which class 08 is better? bachmann or hornby?
Replies: 21
Views: 2517

Re: which class 08 is better? bachmann or hornby?

If you're putting sound on your layout, of course you'd want your shunters to be included. It might not be your highest priority, but you'd want them making sounds eventually, otherwise they'd be the stealthy shunters, and look out of place.
by Brianetta
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Painting track
Replies: 14
Views: 4418

Re: Painting track

I brush-painted the lot. Rails first, visible side then back side, then sleepers. The chairs got painted the same colour as rails, and I painted around them as best I could when doing the sleepers. My rails are grimy grey-brown (slightly greyer than the chocolate you see in real life, but I wanted a...
by Brianetta
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: A to Z of coach lighting.
Replies: 24
Views: 21061

Re: A to Z of coach lighting.

It does seem to work OK using the function outputs of a DCC decoder as its primary power input, but when it switches from track voltage to capacitor, it flickers. How have you wired it up? The function output from the decoder is there to switch flicker free on and off only and the green wire is not...
by Brianetta
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: A to Z of coach lighting.
Replies: 24
Views: 21061

Re: A to Z of coach lighting.

I bought a triple pack of Flicker Free 2s last week. They perform very poorly on a Hornby Select. When track power is applied to the inputs, the output voltage drops away to a level barely large enough to light the LEDs. When connected to a DC source, it's fine. It does seem to work OK using the fun...
by Brianetta
Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The new Hornby 12-wheel Pullman Coach
Replies: 11
Views: 2428

Re: The new Hornby 12-wheel Pullman Coach

Lysander wrote:
SRman wrote:Sorry - second posting as I can't seem to find an edit button!


What happens to the 'edit' function ? Sometimes it's there, at others not [hence my spelling errors.....].

It's disabled in the Hornby forum. I don't know why.
by Brianetta
Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: emu arcing
Replies: 53
Views: 5309

Re: emu arcing

Instead of a brush, I'd be tempted to make the shape of a bow spring out of one solid copper core, and have it not hanging low enough to touch trackwork. The springy shape it forms should allow it to pass over a contact in both directions.
by Brianetta
Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Guten Abend Arriva
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: Guten Abend Arriva

DB Regio are now operating Tyne & Wear Metro. They've only made slight alterations to the branding on the uniforms and posters, dropping the former Nexus logo. No livery changes. Of course, Nexus still own everything.
by Brianetta
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay-alive capacitor hacking
Replies: 68
Views: 7219

Re: Stay-alive capacitor hacking

I have other rectifiers, and they spit out 14-15V for the most part, although one of them (a big mains-rated monster) managed to give me 18V somehow. OK, assuming you could get 14-15V using another decoder, what difference would that make to the required capacitors? You would not require capacitors...
by Brianetta
Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:16 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay-alive capacitor hacking
Replies: 68
Views: 7219

Re: Stay-alive capacitor hacking

It sounds like the 27V output you were having to work with is a function of the cheap and nasty standard decoder. Unless that decoder for some inexplicable reason has an on-board charge pump arrangement, it is difficult to see how it could, of itself, produce 27V. All it does is rectify whatever vo...
by Brianetta
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Preserved Loco's with Fictitious Liveries
Replies: 101
Views: 9321

Re: Preserved Loco's with Fictitious Liveries

a GW loco in red just looks wrong Highly subjective, that. It looks like any other steam loco to me, for example. I can't tell one company's locos from another, with the exception of the A4s and the Coronations, which are fairly easy to tell apart. In fact, my only childhood exposure to steam locom...
by Brianetta
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay-alive capacitor hacking
Replies: 68
Views: 7219

Re: Stay-alive capacitor hacking

The suppression capacitors probably need to go as close to the armature as they can. Anyway, this particular topic has been covered extensively, and in depth, on this forum before. It's also slightly out of the scope of my own capacitor hack. I've fitted my switch. I went to Maplin and paid through ...

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