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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #45 on: March 21, 2015, 01:54:59 am »
YES!  I finally got the bits and am now well started on building a baseboard!!!  I gave up on waiting for a day or two of good weather and got it all ready at the door so that I could grab an hour here and two minutes there.  It's been frantic but it's almost ready to slap a bit of paint on.
I have also just about finished building a double controller with block select switches.  Still need to make a decision as to whether I will use a radio link and make the control panels completely wireless.  Did I hear someone say 'overkill!'?  OK, might have been me that said that.

Right then, before anyone asks, I will post a couple of pics real soon - like, once I get a slap of paint on the board and once the knobs arrive for the controller.

At last, I can get on with something! 

Regards, Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #46 on: March 25, 2015, 02:44:50 am »
Dear Fellow Members of the forum,

This is a formal request for permission to get really HACKED OFF!
The knobs and a couple of minor parts that I need to complete my controller/block-switcher are now one week overdue on delivery date.  The following is a rough diary of today's events:

1)  eBay message sent to vendor...
2)  Reply received almost immediately.  I was told that items were sent, tracking number advised...
3)  Checked with RM tracking site.  Yes, items had been sent and were 'in our system for delivery'...
4)  Second message from vendor, please confirm address...  Did this, vendor confirmed IMMEDIATELY that items were sent to the correct address...
5)  Decided to call RM customer service number...

Them:   Can I help you?
Me:       I hope so!  I am trying to trace a package - tracking number XXnnnnnnnnnnnXX
Them:   That item is in our system for delivery, yes...
Me:       Good, so when can I expect to receive it?
Them:   Oh, I am sure you will receive it soon...
Me:       It was sent 6 days ago, First Class.  Expected 24/48 hour delivery!
Them:   That's what we try for, yes.  But we don't guarantee a delivery date you know!
Me:       OK, can you tell me where it is then please...
Them:   Let me see... Ah!  Right, well, it was sent First Class 'Signed For'...
Me:       And, it is where?
Them:   I can't tell you that, It was sent First Class 'Signed For' but tracking was not paid for...
Me:       So you don't know where it is?  Is it lost?
Them:   Oh NO!  I know exactly where it is but I can't tell you because tracking was not paid for...
Me: (getting frustrated)  OK, then give me an idea of when I can expect delivery then please...
Them:   Oh, I am sure you will receive it soon...  Is there anything else I can help you with?
Me:       Uh, you have to help me with a 'first thing' before you can help with 'anything else'...
Them:   Well, I am sure you will receive it soon...  So, is there anything else I can help you with?
I hung up.....

6)  Messaged vendor re call as above...
7)  Received reply in 15 mins with copy of message sent to RM by vendor asking for details of package progress.  He has also offered to re-send items.

I have said to allow two more days before re-sending.

So, permission to get hacked off please?
Should I phone Her Maj to discuss what these people are doing in her name?

My dis- has never been so gruntled!!!

Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #47 on: March 25, 2015, 09:09:11 am »
Only six days and that includes a weekend? Not particularly unusual, I usually leave it at least seven working days before chasing anything. As RM rightly say there's no guarantee unless you pay for Special Delivery. Just the luck of the draw sometimes ;)


Paul

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #48 on: March 26, 2015, 06:03:43 pm »
Only six days and that includes a weekend? Not particularly unusual, I usually leave it at least seven working days before chasing anything. As RM rightly say there's no guarantee unless you pay for Special Delivery. Just the luck of the draw sometimes ;)


Paul

Just because it's not unusual doesn't make it ok though.  Particularly when the website talks about '1st class signed for' as being a 'Aim to deliver next working day' service.  The package was mailed before 10am on the 18th, just a couple of hundred miles from my address.


On the other hand, my baseboard is now at the point where I can buy the track and points to work out where I need to mount the underneath parts.  I want to get that done so that I can see where the stiffening members will go while not interfering with points motors and such interesting hanging down bits.

Also, thinking about the 3D aspect.   I don't think I want to get into grading the track but level variation in the scenic side of things is surely necessary for interest.  I'm running a little scared in this right now - just not sure where to start...

Oh no! Just realised - I'm planning to buy the track etc. on the net - Royal Mail again?  Fingers crossed.....

Allan.....

edit!  Ok, who moved my speel chucker???
« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 02:00:12 am by Zogbert Splod »
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25873.0

My website: Zog Trains

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #49 on: March 27, 2015, 02:06:15 am »
Zen,
and the Art of Model making ?


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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #50 on: March 27, 2015, 08:08:06 am »
I'll go for the Zen idea, but, only if they have ninjas!!!   :headbutt:
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25873.0

My website: Zog Trains

Run what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
I may appear to be listening to you, but inside my head, I'm playing with my trains.

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #51 on: March 27, 2015, 09:01:14 am »
So how are the controllers progressing now?
WRT the track, it is sometimes best to go to a show ans see what you can get, saves on postage. I've used Hattons, Rails and Cheltenham Model shop for stuff, they are pretty good at delivering on time. Other modelshops are available etc.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #52 on: March 27, 2015, 12:56:15 pm »
So how are the controllers progressing now?
WRT the track, it is sometimes best to go to a show ans see what you can get, saves on postage. I've used Hattons, Rails and Cheltenham Model shop for stuff, they are pretty good at delivering on time. Other modelshops are available etc.

Hi Malc,
Well, I have a double barreled controller working right now. Looks a bit desperate coz I want to get my hands on the parts that I am waiting (and waiting) for.  I don't want to finalise the front panel until then.  (A couple of control knobs and a switch)  It's all working electronically speaking but sort of hanging in mid air.  I am so reluctant to drill the panel without everything on the bench in front of me - there ain't a lot of spare space in there!
I am experimenting with some digital potentiometers so the remote, wireless, option is still a possible future change... No rush on that though.

Regarding track, well, I don't know if a show is a real option. Not too many of those available close by.  I may have missed my best chance there when I went to the Glasgow one.  I was too taken up checking the layouts to spend much time with traders.  I have my purchase list ready and I'll likely commit to one of the suppliers on the list that you mentioned.  I have looked at two of those sites in passing already.

Thanks for your interest, regards, Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
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My website: Zog Trains

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #53 on: March 27, 2015, 02:23:00 pm »
Hi Allan, re the digital potentiometers, would these be rotory optical transducers, grey code possibly?
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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #54 on: March 27, 2015, 03:23:45 pm »
Take a look at these Malc.....    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10613

Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25873.0

My website: Zog Trains

Run what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
I may appear to be listening to you, but inside my head, I'm playing with my trains.

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2015, 02:30:27 pm »
I have to say, my railroad looks doomed!  The switches mentioned above did arrive, last Tuesday.  However, on Monday, I was 'ambulanced' in to hospital with what turned out to be a kidney stone.  The consultant surgeon says:
A) it's too small, or large or loud or flowery or something for surgical intervention.
B) it's not life threatening so I have to wait for it to pass 'through normal channels'. His words, not mine...

Am I ever gonna get some track down on my nice new baseboard?

Oh woe is me!!!

Nah! A few days and back at it...

Regards, Allan.....
"When in trouble, when in doubt, run (trains) in circles..." etc.
There, doesn't that feel better? 
Lovely!

Planning thread:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25873.0

My website: Zog Trains

Run what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
I may appear to be listening to you, but inside my head, I'm playing with my trains.

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #56 on: April 03, 2015, 02:38:27 pm »
I have to say, my railroad looks doomed!  The switches mentioned above did arrive, last Tuesday.  However, on Monday, I was 'ambulanced' in to hospital with what turned out to be a kidney stone.  The consultant surgeon says:
A) it's too small, or large or loud or flowery or something for surgical intervention.
B) it's not life threatening so I have to wait for it to pass 'through normal channels'. His words, not mine...

Am I ever gonna get some track down on my nice new baseboard?

Oh woe is me!!!

Nah! A few days and back at it...

Regards, Allan.....

Sorry to hear of your woes Allan, you could always make the best of it and use the stones to make your own ballast.  Sorry, couldn't resist it, I'll get me coat.   :whiteflag:

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #57 on: April 03, 2015, 02:39:51 pm »
If you have to wait for nature to take its course, you'd better brace yourself, it will make your eyes water. Best of luck.
I'm not sure if life is passing me by, or trying to run me over.

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #58 on: April 03, 2015, 02:43:26 pm »
Sorry to hear that, Allan.
Probably best line your toilet pan with some impact-absorbent material, too :worried:

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Re: Tales of future past...
« Reply #59 on: April 04, 2015, 11:19:07 am »
However, on Monday, I was 'ambulanced' in to hospital with what turned out to be a kidney stone.  The consultant surgeon says:
A) it's too small, or large or loud or flowery or something for surgical intervention.
B) it's not life threatening so I have to wait for it to pass 'through normal channels'. His words, not mine...


Regards, Allan.....
Ouch   I had one of those some years ago...not nice
My GP at the time gave me an ejection that put me to sleep for 24 hours instantly.
When I woke up the stone had moved through and in just a few days I was back at work as per normal
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