Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby ColHut » Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:59 pm

Mike,

How old are the Cobalts? Plenty of discussion on Rmweb & elsewhere. Is it worth contacting the manufacturer who I believe is now on your fair shores, and asking for assistnce? It might help other people if the matter is a systemic one.

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:12 pm

Mike I think it might give you a little boost. Last night I did a search on google looking for railway related down loadable kits. At a guess I would say that between 10 and 15% of all the hits coming up pointed back to your Wordsworth site, I didn't put "free" in the filter, and I never did get to the end of the list. I think that's quite an achievement.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:17 am

Bufferstop,

Mike is a legend !!

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby End2end » Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:54 am

Surely you mean M.I.K.E.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby mikem64 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:14 pm

Hi Gents,

I'm flattered by the comments & the pep talk does help, so thank you.

I'm not sure if I broke a mirror lately or something as things have not improved. I've not been able to work on the layout as I've been having PC issues. About a month ago one of my hard drives failed, I suppose I should count my luck as this hard drive was dedicated to storing all my MP3 files, all gone now.

Then the PC whilst booting up gave the blue screen of death.....WHAT..... :twisted:

Tried fixing this with my windows disk but that couldn't find any issues, so ended up doing a full install again from scratch. I thought this had fixed my woes but last week I'd just finished working on one of my new kits, saved the file & powered down the PC for the day.

Next time I logged on & went to the kit design folder there was a blank icon with loads of computer garbage as text, turns out the file got corrupted which took ages to remove.

Then the stupid PC did it again, yes another kit design, always after I'd worked on the file & saved it back to disk. So the desktop PC going to tip to be crushed & im digging out my wife's laptop, not the best but it will get me going again until I can get enough funds after Christmas for a new all singing & dancing PC.

Just adding my software onto the laptop so by the weekend I should be up & running again. Having to write this update on my wife's iPad, what fun that is......

Well that's how things stand at present but as they say that's life.

Down but NOT out.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby mahoganydog » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:27 pm

Hi Mike,

What you describe sounds like a damaged or corrupt hard drive. The only cure is to wipe it and test it in an external caddy and see if it has any errors. Another issue is that if you only wiped the part of the drive containing the OS; if you left the other partitions alone you are basically leaving the fault there to recur (I speak from experience here). Whenever I have to wipe a drive I delete all the partitions and do a full format which can be a pain if the partitions are write protected.

WARNING TO ALL; DON'T wipe a drive just because Windows won't boot, your data is still there and if you wipe the drive you lose the lot, permanently. It is easier to replace the hard drive and put the existing one to backup status in a caddy so all data can be salvaged easily which is what I always do now.

2nd WARNING; ALWAYS have an external backup because if the hard drive suffers a catastrophic failure data recovery is an expensive option you don't want to take.

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:25 pm

Belt and braces is the best approach. Always assume that the drive with your operating system on it will fail, it's not a possibility, it's a certainty, so the first thing I do is install a second drive on which I put my files. That will fail one day too, but perhaps not as soon as the boot drive will.
That's the belt so this is where the braces come in. Get yourself a NAS drive (Network Attached Storage), One with a couple of 2 terrabyte drives in it, it'll back up your PC's laptops, tablets, and can even be used as an audio and video juke box for all your MP3s and videos. They can be configured as a mirrored pair of drives, automatically saving anything sent on both drives, and able to carry on if one drive fails. It doesn't stop the annoyance of drive failures, (they are mechanical with bits whizzing about so fast only dogs and bats can hear them) but it does save you losing the contents. If one of the drives fail, you replace it, start the thing up again and it promptly rebuilds the contents of the failed disk.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby mikem64 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:33 pm

Hi Gents,

Still on the wife's iPad..... Does sound like a drive issue, odd this one has started to play up only a month or so since the secondary drive failed, knew that one had gone as PC stuck in the DOS loading mode prior to Windows booting. Removed this drive & PC booted up ok, put drive back into sata port & PC stuck in DOS screen again.

When the primary drive got its first corrupted file I did what you said, killed the disc completely, took out the partitions & carried out a full format. For a little while it looked as if that worked but when the PC corrupted that second kit I knew it was time to move on before I lost everything.

I've ordered myself a WD MyCloud, it's NAS with DNLA so I can stream stuff round the house network. The WD MyBook which backed up my PC files I will now use as storage on the laptop & have that backed up onto the MyCloud drive.

You are all correct when you can't stress enough about back up data. Things do go wrong & im so glad I had my back data to fall back against, for the kits & website at least, not so for the mp3's.

Goods news the MyCloud is large enough to do automatic backups for the wife's iPad, both our smart phones so data wise I believe we'll be good, plus I can access all my train videos on the big telly...... :D wife will love it.

As soon as I have movement on the layout, like Arnie said " I'll be back ".......LOL

Once again cheers gents for pulling me through a rough patch
Mike
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby mikem64 » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:22 pm

Hi Gents,

Well I found two photos I've not posted, it shows some scenic work I'd been working on around the pond in the church yard. I've just got a few more bits to do around this section before I can move back round to the diesel & steam shed area.

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Here we can see the footpath round the pond with shrubbery springing up giving a nice soft feel

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View looking down from the pond towards the engine shed area of the layout.

I've also got some photo's to share showing my weathering skills using my airbrush on my goods shed at Wordsworth Station.

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I might have gone too far with the weathering but for my first attempt it's not bad.

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I still have the interior to weather & given this is lighter in colour I'll tone my efforts down.

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I think once I get the road surface down it will look great.

So that's all I have & we are all up to date where I am with the layout. I certainly have plans to move things along over these darker months as the nights get longer.

Cheers
Mike.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby NakatsuHime » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:29 pm

From my experience of railway buildings (in fact, anything railway), one cannot go too far with weathering.

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby DonB » Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:27 am

Sorry to hear of your computer problems, Mike. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it can also be a swine...

Your goods shed looks fine to me. Very nicely done, and as NakatsuHine has already said, one cannot go too far with weathering a railway building.
The church is splendid. The graveyard is nicely executed, with your rather impressive war memorial dominating it (as it should!). Do I see a Remembrance service under way?
I think the 4mm version of myself would enjoy a visit there; a moment of reflection in the church, a wander around the churchyard, then off to sit beside that wonderful village pond!
You have excelled here, as it looks incredibly realistic. I love how the surrounding features reflect off the water. Terrific modelling.

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby mikem64 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:25 am

Hi Gents,

Time for a show & tell update, except this time not much of the show. As you are aware I'm removing all the DCC Cobalts from the layout & reverting back to old faithful the standard seep point motor. The reason for this move is all to do with one model that once set running tells all the point motors to start moving, can't resolve the issue so their off the layout.

Over the last week I've been busy on the PC, or should I say laptop now working away in Corel Draw making up two new mimic panels & a load or wiring labels for under the layout.

Friday & Saturday I spent under the layout fitting all the seep motors to the points, no wiring yet just the fitting. I've four left to fit today & I can then start the connections to the new mimic boards.

The old mimic boards I had were the traditional style, example they matched the track plan, it worked well but I do like to try new things with this new layout so I've opted for a more formal approach which I do like.

When it comes to the wiring of the seep motors I'm so glad I didn't get round to ripping out all the old wiring, this should make things a little simpler today once I start connecting back up as most of the cabling is pre run. The only thing I will need to do is identify which pair is which at the switch board end & under the layout, my multi meter will help me here & once identified my new label system will be applied & the connections made.

Once I get the points all connected I can then turn my focus to the signals on the layout, once again this is still under the layout with not much to show on top, but as we are all aware it's something that just has to be done.

The signal setup are some static versions, they are pretty much plant & done with, but I've got 3 working Dapol semiphore signals & 4 working red/amber/green signals which all need wiring. The Dapols are easy as they just need connecting to the switches I've installed on one of the mimic boards, the coloured light signals will be controlled via some electronic boards I purchased of eBay, they will run through the system when the sensor under the track detects movement above it, should add a nice touch.

Once I've finished under the layout I'll move back on top to the work I really want to be on with, scenic building, new kits.

So there you have it, loads of time & effort on the layout but with very little to show.

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Here is my special template tool for mounting the seep motors, works everytime without fail.

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Some plasticard I cut to size to be used as my new point motor mimic boards

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My mimic board info panels designed in Corel Draw

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Both new panels ready to be drilled for the switches, info panel secured to the plassticard & several layers of acrylic varnish sprayed to seal.

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First mimic board completed & ready for wiring into the layout, the second one done minus 5 switches, more points on this new layout so ran out of switches which will be here Monday.

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Here are some of my labels which will help me tidy & identify the wiring under the baseboards.

So until my next update, keep smiling.
Mike.
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby Ex-Pat » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:43 am

mikem64 wrote:
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First mimic board completed & ready for wiring into the layout, the second one done minus 5 switches, more points on this new layout so ran out of switches which will be here Monday.

Mike.


Very impressive - what a lovely neat job.

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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby End2end » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:39 pm

The control panel looks superb! :)
One question though.... When will the "NEVER FAIL" Seep point motor fitting templates be available? I haven't found the gumption to install any of my point motors yet. I need one desperatly!! :? :(
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Re: Wordsworth - 00 Loft Layout

Postby alex3410 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:55 pm

Another vote for the template! it looks like it could be invaluable

fantastic post as well, really interesting and informative - i have control panels on my todo list so particularly useful, thanks for taking the time to post


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