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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Tue May 21, 2019 12:37 am

The decoder tester is nearly built but I need the 4 pin lead to finish.
I've managed to find a 4 pin lead with pins on one end and a socket on the other end.
There are 2 versions both by TCS.
TCS 1410 4 Pin Mini Connector Coloured Wires £11.00
TCS 1475 4 Pin Micro Connector Coloured Wires £12.50
https://www.coastaldcc.co.uk/products/tcs/other/

I'm not sure which I need for 00, the Mini or Micro, but they are expensive for what they are. Does any one know of a cheaper lead?
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Wed May 22, 2019 2:41 pm

Just a couple of pictures of the decoder tester so far.
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I haven't tested it yet, rather waiting until it's finished with the 4 pin lead attached.
I didn't have any orange 16.0 wire for the "other way" wires coming off the board so they are grey and PINK. :? :lol:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:36 pm

Not a lot of making going on at the moment but a few more purchases for different projects.
8 Pcs Sugarcraft Modelling Set Icing Cupcake Cake Decorating Tools Craft Pens @ £1.75 for the "over-plastering" I want to do on the exterior of my Linka Inn. (once it's made)
Maun Safety Rule 300mm @ £3.81
3 x Miniature SPST Momentary Push Button Switch Push To Make @ £2.12 for testing signals etc.
2 x 6 Pin NEM 651 DCC decoder sockets with trailing pre-wired harness @ £5.45 to go with the 2 decoders won but not arrived yet.
Scale-Cast OO Scale Stone Building Mould @ £6.87 with alternative windows for my Linka Inn.
Universal plastic Miniature DC Motor Mounting Bracket @ £1.79 to hold the motor on my decoder testing circuit.
5 x used motorised Dapol semiphore signals. 1 is broken but I may be able to fix it. (3 x home 2 x distant) @ AN ASTONISHING £12.90 :o My jaw nearly hit the floor when I won them at that price as they are over £30 EACH in the shops.

Still left to arrive...
2 x used 6 pin decoders @ £6.20 Ones definatly a Gaugemaster decoder and the other looks like a Bachmann.
Hornby X8966 0-4-0 Motor and Worm @ £5.00 for the decoder testing circuit.
'Cornish Riviera' Railway world special book by Chris Leigh @ £2.78 I'm hoping there will be some good pictures for weathering examples.
Great Western Branch Line Modelling Part 2 book - PROTOTYPE BUILDINGS, FITTINGS etc @ £4.90

I rigged up each of the Dapol motorised signals to one of the push to make switches and a 9v battery to test them not relising....they have LEDs too!
:mrgreen:
Once all has arrived I will move on and finish some of the projects.

I am still on the lookout for a cheap 4 hole socket (for a 4 pin decoder) to add to my decoder testing circuit. Does anyone know where to buy one that doesn't cost as much as the ones I posted previously please?
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:32 pm

I just wanted to bump my last question to see if anyone has an avenue to pursue.
End2end wrote:I am still on the lookout for a cheap 4 hole socket (for a 4 pin decoder) to add to my decoder testing circuit. Does anyone know where to buy one that doesn't cost as much as the ones I posted previously please?

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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:45 pm

2 projects on the bench today.
First up testing 2 decoders that arrived today and then hard wiring and DCCing my ECC 0-4-0 - viewtopic.php?f=49&t=51555&p=669821#p669821

Secondly, I attempted to move on with my home made decoder tester albeit without the 4 pin socket attached.
I mounted it on a piece of wood and added a 6 pin decoder and attached it to the DCC bus but no joy.
I turned the 6 pin decoder around, still no joy. I then removed the 6pin and tried an 8 pin decoder, still no joy.
I removed the power and decoder and tried a 9v battery direct on the motor terminals (just in case). All working as it should.
There must be a solder bleed over one of the tracks on the veroboard which I'll investigate later, unless theres some glaring electronics mistake I have made. :?
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:54 pm

My SPC Seep point motor alignment tool came today to help me fit my point motors correctly.
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SPC (Simplified Point Controls) make all sorts of these for different types and gauge track. (Including code 75)
Also, of late I have been a superb Human Being helping and teaching quite a few people :mrgreen: , so treated myself to this van that I found on The Junction Box website - https://www.thejunctionbox.net/ - No affiliation.
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The fleet grows. :)
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby joshv8 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:40 pm

Very cool! I quite like some of the dapol range. Not easy to find much here in Aus though. Ill have a wander through the website.

I hadn't seen the locaters for the point motors before, what a good idea! Thanks for sharing.
Hoping you sort out your deoder tester.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:07 pm

joshv8 wrote:I hadn't seen the locaters for the point motors before, what a good idea! Thanks for sharing.

Yes that's definatly going to make point motor fitting much easier. :D
One thing to note is that in the instructions it mentions that it is for unballasted track, but this may be because you need to drill the hold under the point bar. If it's drilled already I don't think it's a worry.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:27 pm

No posts from me for a while as I have become infested............with Linka. :lol:
Working on my Inn, I have the main buildings ground floor completed but it broke in 4 places when I was handling it as it's still very fragile. Albeit still strung together by whisps of dry pva.
I almost gave up at that point but manged to glue the whole thing back together although one of the framed windows broke. :roll:
Hopefully this will not be so blatent once the window frames are painted black with glazing behind it.

Another mistake I made was to glue on a tile at a right angle for the corner of the building (not looking at my plan) where there was supposed to be another tile then the right angle for the corner.
I fixed it by using a small brush with water, painting over the glued join with water which then slowly dissolved the pva.
I managed to get the tiles apart perfectly without breaking either. :)

If you make the same mistake as I did, once you have seperated the tiles make sure to leave them to fully dry again. :idea:

No pictures as yet but there is one thing I want to point out...
Not all Linka / Scalecast tiles are the same....width
I wanted a certain window style for my Inn and the window tile I have chosen is not a normal full tile width.
It's a Scalecast mould window 3/4's of the width of a normal tile, so my plan had to change slightly to accomodate the same width tiles on the rear of the building.
I do have another 3/4 width tile mould which is a door from an original Linka mould (the green ones) so I have used this tile for the matching width on the rear.
This (on my Inn), does not matter as you will not see the 3/4 door tile when looking at the building as it sits under the roof.
Bare this in mind when designing your buildings. :idea:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby joshv8 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:12 pm

Definitely looking foward to some pics!

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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Dublo » Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:02 pm

Hi End2
You have my sympathies with the handling / breaking of larger Linka buildings. I have found that building the structure around its floor strengthens it considerably. It also helps to keep the corners square. For attaching the floor to the Walls I have successfully used UHU. If required it can then be removed with a sharp scalpel.

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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:07 pm

I'm actully doing something a little special with the floor so it's not actually stuck in place yet.
All will be revealed in due course. :mrgreen:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Dublo » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:56 am

Hi End2
As an extension to my previous post. After thinking over this strengthening problem a dummy floor could just be placed (not glued) across the corner braces this would help with the handling aspect of the build. It would stop the Walls from flexing inward as you picked the structure up. It or they could be removed before the roof is glued on. Another thing that I have found is the fewer the joints the stronger the wall, my Castle at present consists of a single casting for each elevation. This has added considerably to the strength of the most delicate parts.

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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:14 pm

A preview of where I am upto so far on my Linka Inn.

The front view with the modules I have made so far. The lower module has already been sprayed black for an undercoat although the window frames and middle "banding" will stay black.
Linka Inn1sm.jpg

A close up of the main buildings 2 modules. (lower and upper floor)
Linka Inn2sm.jpg

The modules in their seperate forms. These will be eventually glued together.
Notice the wooden stirrers on the top of the black lower floor module. :idea:
These create the wooden "banding" around the building. I don't know the proper architectural term.
This (once eace module has been sanded top and bottom and the wooden stirrers glued on) creates a good flat surface for the upper floor to sit on which is actually deeper then the actual Linka tiles.
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The smaller module (for the other side of the bridged entrance) is a bit out of square but it's supposed to be a rural building and I'll be adding the wooden stirring "banding" on top to flatten and square up the top for the upper level to sit on.
I will also be painting over most of the building with a plaster wash to look like render so any small gaps or anomalies will be covered.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Dublo » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:59 pm

Hi End2
Looking good there, it's nice to see a large Linka building being constructed. The timber band course is a great touch and will certainly enhance the finished structure. I'm watching with interest.


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