New N gauge roundy roundy :D

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:58 pm

I accidentally bought a used loco.
It arrived with damaged valve gear / pushrods: :(
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But with the magic of tweezers, magnifying glass and superglue, I fixed it! :D
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There she is, running sweetly, pulling a rake of box vans.

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby glencairn » Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:47 pm

A good job done, Memran. Even more so in N Gauge.

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby dan8400 » Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:29 am

Nice work memran.

Good thinking to fit point motors as you go and that you could turn the board over. I’m pleased mine are all done, I had to lay on my back and faff :(

Track plan looks to be interesting to operate. I like the branch/turn round loop. Great idea.

Coming along nicely, keep it up

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby heda » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:02 am

Well done with that Memran, I don't think I would have attempted that repair in OO never mind N.
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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:07 am

Was it damaged in the post, or did you know it was damaged before purchase (with appropriate price)?

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:48 am

Thanks everyone :)

PinkNosedPenguin wrote:Was it damaged in the post, or did you know it was damaged before purchase (with appropriate price)?

It was damaged in the post. The seller offered a refund, or a partial refund if it was repairable. Fair play! With the current virus situation, I opted to repair it myself rather than going out to post it back etc. It payed off :D

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:55 am

dan8400 wrote:Good thinking to fit point motors as you go and that you could turn the board over.

I still have to wire them up, but that shouldn't be too much trouble while the board is still relatively mobile. I am definitely not going to do any soldering upside down! (been there, done that!)

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:00 pm

Memran wrote:Thanks everyone :)

PinkNosedPenguin wrote:Was it damaged in the post, or did you know it was damaged before purchase (with appropriate price)?

It was damaged in the post. The seller offered a refund, or a partial refund if it was repairable. Fair play! With the current virus situation, I opted to repair it myself rather than going out to post it back etc. It payed off :D


Yep, great result (and yes best to be safe definitely!). Well done :D

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:54 pm

Something slightly different, but I figured it would be of interest.

I purchased a storage box (https://www.avocations.co.uk/5-x-n-gaug ... -681-p.asp) to keep my rolling stock safe when not in use, but in an easier and faster way that putting them all back into their original boxes.

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The little foam cubes can be positioned anywhere and have a sticky pad to secure them.
While it's a little bit expensive for a cardboard box and some foam, it does the job nicely!

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:24 am

Hmmm, interesting. I do need something to store my O-16.5 stock in (as there is no way it can all 'live' in my tiny layout :lol:) - currently I am keeping it in a large box, to keep the dust off, but it needs something to hold it secure - maybe I'll consider foam inserts like yours . . . :?:

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby heda » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:23 am

The foam itself isn't that expensive.
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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:44 am

That's true, but I also put a price on the convenience of having it already cut to size, with the movable cubes. I really don't think I could ever do as neat a job as this anyway. :)

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:10 pm

Some progress on the underside of the board today.
I've re-soldered longer wires to each of the point motors so that they can all lead into the mimic panel (when it is made).
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This wiring, while it may still appear messy by some people's standards, is actually the neatest I've ever managed to do. :D
Now, has anyone ever come close to the fabled "2 wire DCC"? I think it is a myth!

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby dan8400 » Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:11 pm

I always struggle to get really neat wiring. I’d say yours is pretty good. At least it’s out of the way and you can see where it all goes.

As for two wire DCC? Hmm. I have two wires that are a bus... but then there are droppers... and I have some isolated sections for blocks...

Stock boxes are neat. Someone once told me you can pay in two ways to get things done. With your time or your money. Sometimes easier to buy the correct thing if you can’t make it, or can’t make it quick enough.

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Re: New N gauge roundy roundy :D

Postby Memran » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:19 pm

Started experimenting with my mimic panel design :)
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And in other news, my class 56 is home again and working :D


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