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by ElDavo
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: My (N gauge) table football layout!
Replies: 796
Views: 82633

Re: My (N gauge) table football layout!

Interesting progress on your layout. When it comes to track cleaning I try to avoid using anything abrasive even a track rubber. Sometimes you have to use one for something stubborn but for regular cleaning I use isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or lighter fluid on a bit of rag. Using abrasives just means yo...
by ElDavo
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

As always nothing is as easy as you first anticipate. Working on replacing point motors I remembered that I changed the way I built point tiebars half way through the build. The three that I have already replaced have a simple copperclad sleeper as the tiebar but all the rest have a different arrang...
by ElDavo
Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

One advantage of building the control systems as modules is that bits can be tested individually or lashed together on the workbench to test the whole thing... http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/modules1_10jan14.jpg With modules on the bench I'm able to test individual baseboards as ...
by ElDavo
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: OpenSource Software
Replies: 11
Views: 1280

Re: OpenSource Software

That's rather odd. I haven't heard of problems with the Loksound decoders and JMRI at all. I use a sprog II and JMRI for tweaking my locos pretty much all of which have Loksound 3.5 or 4.0 decoders. Not seen any oddities. I wonder what is different in our set-ups? What sort of power supply do you ru...
by ElDavo
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Howes 8-Pin 4F Decoders
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Howes 8-Pin 4F Decoders

Hattons show both Bachmann and Lenz 21 pin decoders as being in stock. If you are talking about a Howes sound decoder then although they show as out of stock most of the time they programming them to order so usually arrive pretty quickly.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

A couple of hours in the workshop today has largely sorted out yesterdays **** ups. The 27-way D shell socket has been removed and replaced with a couple of 25-way jobbies. Much easier to solder to and gives some spare capacity. How did I ever think the job could be done with a single socket? Daft. ...
by ElDavo
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

I admire your wiring skills to produce such a tidy end result. It makes my attempts look rather feeble... :oops: The scenery on your layout is great - has it featured in any magazines? Neat wiring is mostly about being patient and thinking ahead a bit. It takes no longer to do it neatly than to mak...
by ElDavo
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Having decided to replace the Conrad point motors with servos on the scenic section of the layout some modification of the control panel is required. Rather than reversing the polarity of a 12 volt supply using two wires the input to the servo controller Arduino is just a single wire which needs to ...
by ElDavo
Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Bit more progress. Two out of three servos have been fitted to the board I'm working on, the third awaits the replacement for the broken tiebar on the point. Most of the under board wiring is in place and an Arduino Pro mini board has been installed to control the servos. http://i44.photobucket.com/...
by ElDavo
Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Waton has been packed away since it's last outing but as it is due out at several exhibitions in the coming year there are things to do. Even though this trainset has been around for a while now there are still areas of the operation that can be unreliable. Not good enough... So starting with a few ...
by ElDavo
Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: GEM Mercontrol - The Electric Way
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: GEM Mercontrol - The Electric Way

Not sure that is going to work. Won't you need to use two push to make switches, one to throw the point and the other to return it? Can't see how you can do this with the lever as you suggest.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Surface mount LED
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: Surface mount LED

They are tricky little things to handle. I used some for the colour light signals on my Waton layout. Can't see why the heck you would mess around soldering surface mount resistors to them. The joint will be poor so you might as well solder leads (enamelled copper wire is tiny and works well) then u...
by ElDavo
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wycrail '13 - High Wycombe - 2nd November
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: Wycrail '13 - High Wycombe - 2nd November

Rolling stock cleaned and packed. Cramdin Yard nearly(!) prepped ready to load into the van tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to a good show. Stop and say hello if you are passing.

Cheers
Dave
by ElDavo
Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

The signals, all four of them, seem to work. To get reliable triggering of the infrared sensors I've added a strip of copper tape to the underside of all the locos. http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/67_signals.jpg Surprisingly I seem to be making progress! Cheers Dave
by ElDavo
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Waton - N gauge challenge
Replies: 404
Views: 72706

Re: Waton - N gauge challenge

Those fed up with twaddle about signals should change thread now! A MkIII 4 aspect head is under construction. This one has the LEDs mounted on a bit of plasticard with holes albeit still using epoxy. http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f7/eldavos/Waton/DSC_0469.jpg After wiring up the back is liberal...

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