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Re: Wookery
« Reply #75 on: April 29, 2014, 05:51:08 pm »
What are you planning to use the built in switches for?  I found that with N gauge points having such a short throw compared to OO, the motor only operates over about a third of its intended travel, which makes the switching operation a bit hit and miss.  I solved the problem by putting pivoting forked arms on my motors to reduce the travel - perhaps some kind soul would like to do a fret of these in etched nickel silver as I'm not sure how long my brass ones will last.


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Re: Wookery
« Reply #76 on: April 29, 2014, 06:09:05 pm »
Apart from F which might pull lose, a damn good job for a first attempt. Definitely award yourself a star (and a beer)  :-)

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #77 on: April 29, 2014, 06:42:42 pm »
F is actually better than it looks in the angle of the photo  ;)
I'm wiring the accessory switch to show an LED on each branch of the points on my controller so that I can see at a glance which way they are set.
I considered saving them for operating signals, but I don't have a clue how I am going to signal the layout hahaha

I'm now going to tackle another motor - fingers crossed. Then only about 20 more to go!

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #78 on: April 29, 2014, 07:06:21 pm »
Got better organised with the second one - tinned all the terminals and wires beforehand.
Number two finished in about 3 or 4 minutes.
Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about  :o

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #79 on: April 29, 2014, 07:38:08 pm »
The other way to ensure the throw is big enough is to pack the motor away from the underside of the baseboard by another 10mm or so as this markedly increase the wobble factor of the pin and therefore the throw.  My baseboard is 10 mm thick and like you found they didn't throw enough but by packing it out another 10mm it works everytime.    ;)

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #80 on: April 29, 2014, 08:27:03 pm »
Mike, I truly am super impressed. I'm trying to avoid even trying soldering.

How do you wire your layout then Chris?

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #81 on: April 29, 2014, 09:20:06 pm »
I have 4 x 25 wire connectors to solder yet, which will be the big test.
Get all the wiring right, with all the points and LEDs working, and I think it will be a GOLD star

Have fun with those 25 wire connectors. By the time I had done four I was spitting fire!

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #82 on: April 29, 2014, 09:24:44 pm »
Mike, I truly am super impressed. I'm trying to avoid even trying soldering.
I had never tried soldering until I decided to add Seeps to Port Perran. It really is quite easy once you get the hang of it so do give it a try Chris.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #83 on: April 29, 2014, 09:26:14 pm »
I'd rather fix the control box  to the layout permanently and not use connectors, but I've been advised that this isn't a good idea as there will be times when you need to remove it to work on it.

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #84 on: April 29, 2014, 09:27:43 pm »
I'd definitely have the control box removable. I used choc box connectors that plug into each other.
http://www.railroomelectronics.co.uk/Plugs-Sockets/Plugable-Terminal-Blocks/Page1.aspx
« Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 09:29:10 pm by port perran »
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #85 on: April 29, 2014, 09:35:14 pm »
Yes I've seen those, some of the guys in our club use them tempoarily before switching over to the 25 wire connectors.  The choc blocks can be a devil to plug together!
Probably easier to correct if you get the wiring wrong though  :D

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #86 on: April 29, 2014, 09:42:51 pm »
Probably easier to correct if you get the wiring wrong though  :D
That's why I used them plus I didn't fancy all the very fiddly soldering to a 25pin D connector.
I find the choc box connectors fit together Ok, it's getting them apart again which is awkward. I've found it's easier if you don't push them together too tightly.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #87 on: April 29, 2014, 09:59:18 pm »
Mike, I truly am super impressed. I'm trying to avoid even trying soldering.

How do you wire your layout then Chris?

Well, the plan is that, at the beginning all points will be hand operated and I will buy droppers presoldered to track joiners and feed the DCC that way. Coping with a frog juicer for my three-way point will be demanding enough, I think!

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #88 on: April 30, 2014, 07:56:36 pm »
You should just go for it Chris, it's well worth a try.
Practice on some old pieces of track.

I got the point motors working  :o
I took on board whiteswans comments as my board is only 6mm ply.
I glued two pieces of ply under each motor, with slots cut in them. Three layers of ply plus the cork tiles on top mean the motors are 20mm away from points.
I couldn't get them working at first, I think the extra packing made the slots too tight, so I cut away the middle sections of the extra pieces, leaving the motor supported at either end.
Got them working fine after that. Haven't tried wiring the LED lights yet, just happy to have the motors working.
Have to buy a load more motors now!

I've changed the scenario for my layout. I've decided that the branch line is a preserved GWR line, and the rest is 1965 BR
My rolling stock has been increased by 3 Westerns (2 maroon, 1 green), a class 20 baby warship, a class 14 shunter and a 2 car 101 DMU, so I have a couple with working lights now - fantastic!

I am now completely skint  :D

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Re: Wookery
« Reply #89 on: April 30, 2014, 08:32:32 pm »

My rolling stock has been increased by 3 Westerns (2 maroon, 1 green), a class 20 baby warship, a class 14 shunter and a 2 car 101 DMU, so I have a couple with working lights now - fantastic!

I am now completely skint  :D

Not surprised after shelling out for that lot :o
I like your style, though :D

 

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