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by RAF96
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Problems getting solder to take to copper points LED LIGHT STRIPS
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Problems getting solder to take to copper points LED LIGHT STRIPS

I had the same problem with modifying electro-luminescent sheets and resorted to use of a fibreglass pencil brush to buff off the adhesive from the peel away clear coating. The use of proper lead/tin solder after that saw success. Once the wires were soldered on the clear coating was ‘warmed’ back i...
by RAF96
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Wanted - Railway Breakdown Cranes Vol.2 by Peter Tatlow
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Wanted - Railway Breakdown Cranes Vol.2 by Peter Tatlow

WH Smith has volumes 1 and 3 but not volume 2.
by RAF96
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Big disappointment!
Replies: 30
Views: 1300

Re: Big disappointment!

Interesting to read on the forums that more and more people are apparently getting what seem to be ‘returned and fixed’ items in lieu of what they thought were brand new items. Despite their no quibble returns warranty the likes of Hattons and Rails are coming up more often than expected in this res...
by RAF96
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Big disappointment!
Replies: 30
Views: 1300

Re: Big disappointment!

The clue is in ‘...my new...’ Send it back under warranty, although the damage could have been self inflicted.. Many people do not realise these modern models have incredibly fine and fragile detail and cannot be handled like the old Hornby-Dublo locos. It is so easy to damage the motion by picking ...
by RAF96
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: TTS DECODER ,,BIT OF A SURVEY
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: TTS DECODER ,,BIT OF A SURVEY

No one has said which loco (make and/or model) they have their TTS decoders installed in - Hornby, Bachmann, other, etc as this makes a difference as to which motor algorithm should be selected and if the motor PI values should be altered. PI values- ??? - read the TTS user ‘manual’. Although not to...
by RAF96
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Egg Tray Sandwich
Replies: 12
Views: 1191

Re: Egg Tray Sandwich

Folk have used old interior doors before, the flat panel type which have a cardboard interior ‘structure’, similar to the way Metcalfe card kit platforms are made.
Rob
by RAF96
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: What would you use?
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: What would you use?

Just to add detail to my future framework. It will be 4-6” deep slotted half depth at joints so it assembles like the middle dividers of a an old milk/beer bottle crate. Joints at the perimeter can be notched or plain butt joints, especially at the bits that show front of scene.
by RAF96
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Suction Vice
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Suction Vice

Good vice, useless mount, wouldn’t stick to anything for a minite or more before coming loose. I tried vaseline to seal ot but no joy.
In the end I drilled holes in the base of my Lidl version and screwed it to the bench. Hasn’t budged since.
by RAF96
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: What would you use?
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: What would you use?

...My next board will be at least 12mm ply top with a similar or more thickness ply frame... Thanks for the reply, how would you cut framework from ply? I've always found the glue in ply dulls blades pretty quick, plus my cutting over longer lengths isn't great. Cut long narrow strips that connect ...
by RAF96
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: What would you use?
Replies: 19
Views: 752

Re: What would you use?

2 x 1 was never ever true size. Most wood yards would say it was planed all round (par) from 2 x 1 rough cut stock. My next board will be at least 12mm ply top with a similar or more thickness ply frame as I found the softwood timber framing never held its shape over time, resembling those expensive...
by RAF96
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Soldering rail joiners?
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Soldering rail joiners?

You can solder Omega links ( Ω ) across the rail joints to add reliability, which can be made to look like earth straps. Soldering the actual fishplates can be problemtic due to them usually being stainless steel and if the rail joint is made solid then as previously stated expansion and contraction...
by RAF96
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby TTS for "Hall."
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Hornby TTS for "Hall."

Anything with the same number of cylinders and the same operating area whistle style.
Rob
by RAF96
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Need help interrogating some decoders
Replies: 25
Views: 515

Re: Need help interrogating some decoders

I’ll dig into my notes but I know the central blue dot is significant as opposed to a corner coloured dot. Get back with and edit and full id later. Edit... From my notes: Decoder Version 1.3 (product launch) from approximately July 2008 Identification.. Large Blue dot on MCU chip. Electronic.. Vers...
by RAF96
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Need help interrogating some decoders
Replies: 25
Views: 515

Re: Need help interrogating some decoders

The white dot on the MCU indicates it is an early R8215 which cannot be interrogated. Later versions with a red dot can ne interrogated in Reg mode if your controller supports it.
The 8-pin is harder to ID hidden in its blanket. We need the full Monty.
Rob
by RAF96
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Gaugemaster Prodigy
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Gaugemaster Prodigy

Invoke the GM lifetime warranty. I have heard its no quibble.
rob

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