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by abenn
Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

Re: How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?

Done it! My word, it did need more force that I thought the plastic would withstand. But all is well thank you :)
by abenn
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Transition at top and bottom of incline?
Replies: 13
Views: 2105

Transition at top and bottom of incline?

I'm planning my first N gauge layout, having run OO gauge for several years. I want to have an incline, leading to an overbridge, and wonder if there's any trick to making the transition at the bottom and top of the incline. Any tips or tricks please?
by abenn
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

Re: How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?

Thanks. I suspected I simply needed more force, but I didn't want to apply it without some confirmation :)
by abenn
Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

How to separate Hornby Eurostar carriages?

I want to separate the two middle coaches of my Hornby Eurostar so I can fit them in a sensible size box for shipping. I've tried, but not very hard for fear of breaking something, and can't figure out how they come apart.

Can anyone enlighten me please?
by abenn
Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: What minimum turnout radius?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

Re: What minimum turnout radius?

Thank you for that reassurance ParkeNd. I hadn't thought of a modern loco being an issue -- I'm planning to have a class 66 and an HST as well as some "heritage" steam running on my layout. But sounds like I'm good to start my layout plan.
by abenn
Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: What minimum turnout radius?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

Re: What minimum turnout radius?

I presume when you talk about measurements you're talking about the radius of the turnouts? If so, the small radius code 55 turnouts are 12" radius, the medium ones 24", and the large ones 36".

So from your experience sounds like the small ones will be fine for my storage sidings.
by abenn
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: What minimum turnout radius?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

What minimum turnout radius?

I'm just planning an N-gauge layout, having had OO for a few years. I'll be using Peco code 55 track, and was just wondering if I need to avoid the small radius turnouts (E391F and E392F) from the point of view of multi-axle locos (e.g. 2-8-0) being able to negotiate them comfortably. I'm thinking t...
by abenn
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: New Base Board
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

Re: New Base Board

I agree about chipboard, b308, for my experience is that it's much harder (not necessarily stronger) than plywood. And flush doors don't match my layout size, though they could be gone over with a sander if adhesion is the only problem.
by abenn
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Re: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

Thanks Gordon. I'm a very amateur PICAXE programmer, but I don't think my program is sending a servo signal after it's moved the servo to one limit or the other -- it's a do ... loop that sends a signal and keeps incrementing it for as long as the signal value is less than the value for the maximum ...
by abenn
Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Re: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

I don't drive things directly from the PIC unless I know their voltage and current are appropriate -- e.g. a single LED, or the signal to a servo. For anything else I use a transistor to take the load and it can be used to switch voltages that are higher than the PIC's voltage too. In fact, in my pr...
by abenn
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: New Base Board
Replies: 17
Views: 4479

Re: New Base Board

. . . For some reason, Peco and a few others always recommend using sundeala board. Do not use this- in practice, it tends to sag and warp, soaks up moisture like a sponge and is generally unsuitable for model railways. There are the lucky few who use it without problems, but I'd rather not gamble ...
by abenn
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4109

Re: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

Yes, I'm familiar with the import charges on overseas purchases, including the GPO's extra £8, or whatever it is, for "handling" :x

I've just had a look at the N-gauge Society web site, and I'll certainly be joining. Looks like good value for money.
by abenn
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Re: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

Thanks for the replies.

I've come to the conclusion that having my servo activate a standard Peco microswitch might be the simplest and most reliable, so I've ordered one to try out. I'll also look at using a latching relay.
by abenn
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2127

Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

Since my other hobby is radio-controlled model aircraft, and having seen mention of Peco's servo point motors, I decided to see if I can easily make my own servo point motors for my future N gauge layout. This afternoon I've built a prototype, powered by a mini Eflite servo, and controlled by a PICA...
by abenn
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4109

Re: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

Thanks Little Reggie, and sorry for the late reply. I've seen an Amazon ad for £253, with two available. I've also seen threads about the problems finding couplings. I've just started the process of selling my OO gauge, so it'll be a while before I even get started building my N gauge layout, so I'l...

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