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by ElDavo
Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Waton has been sat in the workshop since March being (mostly) ignored. All the remaining Conrad point motors have been replaced with servos and attendant Arduino boards controlling them. They seem to work. Originally the next outing was to be Warley but a late booking for High Wycombe was taken so t...
by ElDavo
Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: dimpeling rivets???
Replies: 6
Views: 1379

Re: dimpeling rivets???

I use a riveting tool like the one linked to on Eileen's. IMHO it's the cheapest option for getting consistent size and shape rivets. Worth the £12. Using a scriber or other simple pointy thing and a hammer it's very very difficult to get a consistent result. I wouldn't recommend that approach mysel...
by ElDavo
Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: De "smoking" an ebay purchase...
Replies: 22
Views: 2369

Re: De "smoking" an ebay purchase...

Definitely not white spirit. I would also be wary of using Dettol as I know some folks have used it to remove paint and transfers. Soap and water on the bodywork is your best bet. To remove residual smell put the whole thing in a sealed box with some fresh ground coffee. I know it sounds barking but...
by ElDavo
Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Here we go again...
Replies: 20
Views: 3063

Re: Here we go again...

Nice plan. Looks to have plenty of operational interest and your MPD is well thought out to allow prototypical operation. Would it be worth adding a short headshunt to the left of the signal box to allow shunting of the goods yard without running on to the main lines? The only other thing that caugh...
by ElDavo
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cramdin Yard
Replies: 566
Views: 96000

Re: Cramdin Yard

alex3410 wrote:looks stunning, did the traverser come as a kit? or is it scratch built?


The traverser is scratch built on top of the mechanism of a PC flatbed scanner.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cramdin Yard
Replies: 566
Views: 96000

Re: Cramdin Yard

More tinkering going on in the yard. A new member of the loco roster has arrived. Well not exactly new in fact very secondhand from the famous online auction site. Sold as faulty with poor running, no lights, detached bogie sideframes and missing horns. Another class 60 this time in Load Haul livery...
by ElDavo
Fri May 23, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digitrax Sound Loader Software
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: Digitrax Sound Loader Software

It's a while since I last used the Digitrax tools but I think these are the correct answers... Thanks for the prompt response. Yes I did, but it doesn't really say too much about using the software. At the moment the questions taxing me are: Can you upload a sound from a project to your PC? How do y...
by ElDavo
Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digitrax SDH166D Sound Decoder
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: Digitrax SDH166D Sound Decoder

Not sure about the 108 project but the default "mute" function key is 8 for Digitrax projects. They also tend to work back to front in comparison with UK loksound projects in that they are on by default and you need to mute them rather than off by default.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Mod Rock/plaster bandage
Replies: 8
Views: 1093

Re: Mod Rock/plaster bandage

Try using kitchen towel or newspaper soaked in slightly diluted PVA glue. Very cheap, very strong and very light. Also less messy than plaster based solution and dries quicker.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Gratuitous shots taken while testing this afternoon. Only cameraphone jobbies so quality is none too fine... http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/brit_4mar14.jpg http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/1701_4mar14.jpg http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/1702_4...
by ElDavo
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

With Basingstoke exhibition less than a week away yesterday was the cutoff date for major engineering works at Waton. This leaves me some time over the next 5 days to fix a couple of problemettes found at Tonbridge and to clean and titivate. By 5.30 yesterday I had finally got all the point motors, ...
by ElDavo
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

As the servos operating the point work under the scenic section of the layout survived the Tonbridge show without incident (mainly) it seems appropriate to rip out the Conrad point motors from under the fiddleyard. There are four boards to sort out and the first one has 8 motors to replace... http:/...
by ElDavo
Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

The people of Waton have been complaining that the streets are too dark at night so action has had to be taken. I'm sure there are suitable bits and pieces available off the shelf but as has been the case with the rest of the layout a rummage in the scrapbox should find what's necessary. A bit of br...
by ElDavo
Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

All 8 of the Conrad point motors under the scenic section of the layout have now been replaced with servos and the boards have been tested individually. Most things seem to work! The layout has been reassembled and I now need to make a 25-way interconnection cable and everything can then be properly...
by ElDavo
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: faded paint
Replies: 13
Views: 1356

Re: faded paint

I don't know of a practical way to fade the base paint finish. I get the appearance of fading by adding a layer of dilute acrylic which allows you to fade individual panels, add streaking etc. I use cheap artists acrylics and mix a related colour (cobalt blue for BR blue, warm red for EWS maroon, sa...

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