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Re: St. Blazey's Works and Depot

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:59 am

I should wait for Bufferstop to answer this! :oops:
How about I answer for him?
There are two types of capacitor, Axial (a lead out of each end) and Radial (both leads out of one end), there is no difference between them other than the lead configuration! It gives the option of vertical mount or on its side mounting for PCB's
Here is how to join Radial capacitors in parallel.
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Just treat the four joined capacitors as equivalent to one, four times the capacity.
Electrolytic Capacitor values vary widely, as they have a wide latitude of tolerance. Something like minus 10% to plus 50%!
So we would say 4 x 220uf equates to 1000uF.
As to how many? Difficult to say but easy to experiment with!
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Postby End2end » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:40 pm

1 step forwards 2 steps back.
The 125 power and dummy car I won from the bay turned up today in a terrible looking state. The white on the lower part seemed a little translucent.
Trying to rub off some of the dirt on the sides I ended up turning one of them over and then found out why. It is a Lima model not a Hornby one.
And back it goes to the seller. :roll: Stopped in my "tracks" if you'll excuse the pun. :lol:
At least the rectifiers turned up as well today.
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Postby End2end » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:12 pm

A question has just arisen in my mind about the 125's. Does anyone know if Hornby made a swallow liveried 125 with a black roof rather than grey or am I stuck with trying to buy a decent lima version?
Or perhaps someone knows of another manufacturer that does a OO 125 with a black roof that you could let me know of?
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Postby End2end » Mon May 01, 2017 11:08 pm

Just for those following this thread there is indeed a Hornby 125 with black roofs. The problem is....I lost the bidding on it by £1 yesterday. :lol:
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Postby End2end » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:18 am

Moving on with the Intercity coaches. Not quite finished but they are well on thier way.
First the internal unit was painstakingly hand painted with my usual "Biscuit Crunch" coloured cream paint from Wilko's.
I used both full paint and water thinned to get into all the nooks and crannies.
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After this I started painting the actual top layer colours.
Silver for the seat top and luggage racks using the ink from one of those pens that you can press on the nib to get more paint out of but instead of using the pen direct I used a tiny paint brush., and an Orangey-brown I mixed up for the internal walls and floor.
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The paint still wet.
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Lots of orangey-brown over spill on the sides of the seats which was then over painted with cream to tidy it all up.
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Left to do is paint the seat cushions orangy-brown whilst leaving the cream of the sides of the seats, passengers and the electronics for the lighting which hasn't been fully planned yet.

I know it's not exactly prototypical as I'm going on a distant memory of travelling on the 125's many years ago but beyond the blue/grey era and what little pictures I could find on the net like this original first interior one.
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... so rule No.1 stands :lol:
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Postby End2end » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:35 am

Also going on at the works at the moment is my Tolgus Tin 0-4-0.
I've painted the steps with silver which wil need a bit of black wash on them just to take the shine off.
Painted the boiler lock (not sure what this is actually called?) on the fron of the loco silver.
And I've tried, with mediocre success to paint the 2 circular window frames with a gold pen. I will go over this with a small paint brush instead and do the 2 smaller windows at the same time to get a better finish.
Here's a couple of pictures.
Firstly showing the gold window frames and silvered steps.
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The silver painted boiler lock(?)
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Can someone tell me also... Is that little sqaure hole on the buffer beam for generic Hornby brake gear/vacuum pipes?
As I may just fit them if I can get enough clearance for my magnetic uncoupling wand/rod.

I'm not sure what to do inside. Do I paint the floor where the engineman and coalman stand and working face (where all the levers are) black?
Or just leave them as is?
And I'm not sure how I will DCC it yet as it's of limited clearance.
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Postby Bufferstop » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:08 am

The bit with the two "clock finger" handles is called the "smokebox dart" It comprises a spear like rod with a screwthreaded shaft. There's a flat bar across the smokebox opening with a rectangular slot at the centre. One of the handles rotates the rod so that the spear head can pass through the slot and then be turned through ninety degrees so that it engages the flat cross bar. The second handle is on a threaded nut and is spun around pulling the spear head back against the bar, forcing the rim of the door against the front of the firebox, making an airtight seal.
I think the square hole is for a vacuum pipe. If you intend the loco to pull a passenger train it should have them. If it's just for goods or shunting empty stock, it's optional. I'll find my one and only picture of no. 101, see if it had them.
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Postby End2end » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:12 am

Ahh the smokebox dart!
Thanks Bufferstop. :)
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Postby Bufferstop » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:36 am

No 101 had vacuum pipes by the time it was working as Swindon's yard shunter.
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Postby End2end » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:56 am

Bufferstop wrote:No 101 had vacuum pipes by the time it was working as Swindon's yard shunter.
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Is there anything you don't know oh wise one of the red named? :mrgreen: :lol:
Thanks again Bufferstop. Hopefully the elongated Hornby loop and hook means I will be able to add them yet still uncouple from above.
Happy days :)
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Postby End2end » Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:31 pm

I've finally finished the intricate painting of the Intercity coaches seating units.
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Now I need to paint figures to go inside and pehaps add some table detritus.
One thing I cannot remember is if there was a aisle trolley service for drinks and snacks on the Swift livervied Intercity trains (as you get on commercial flights) as it also had a buffet car.
Does anyone know as it would make and interesting addition?
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Postby End2end » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:58 pm

Number 5 of 6 4-wheel coaches finished with lighting and passengers. :mrgreen:
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Postby End2end » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:52 pm

After painting a whole load of seated passengers I've now added some of them to the Intercity coaches.
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I've measured the gap between the inner walls (222mm) and cut a length of balsa to fit to hold the led's for the lighting, marking the middle of each window where each led will sit.
Using the long leg of the led to make a mark on the balsa I then used a needle to make a hole. Pushing the long leg into the hole then marks the spot for the short legs hole. Removing the led and using the needle once more to make the second short leg hole. After this I just pushed both legs through the holes. They will be glued underneath but this gives me preliminary positions as I still need to paint the balsa bar itself.

I'm not sure how I will rig up the led's yet as I don't have long enough vero board to just do it all on one long vero board section.
If I did this could be used instead of the balsa bar as it would be strong enough to cover the coach long gap between the end walls.

Now I think on it, that is probably a better soloution. I'll need to source some long (222mm +) vero board from the bay but the balsa that I've already made makes a good template. :)

I also added some of the newly painted passengers to the final (6th) 4 wheel coach but I am yet to solder the pick up spring and be satisfied with the sprayed roof.
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Re: St. Blazey's Works and Depot

Postby m.levin » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:01 pm

What about using self adhesive led strips with warm white leds?

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Postby End2end » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:15 pm

m.levin wrote:What about using self adhesive led strips with warm white leds?

The problem with those as I've come across before is you cannot site each led exactly where you want them, unless you cut up the strips which defeats the object. A good product for lighting larger areas though where position doesn't have to be so accurate. :)
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