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Offline martynlg

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2018, 02:20:48 pm »
I thought it might be worth alerting any members who have ordered up a Tomytec bus chassis with the rechargeable Lithium batteries (e.g. for the Swiss PTT Mercedes Citaro) to an issue (hopefully with a resolution)

Powered chassis ordered on eBay and arrived within a week or so. Connected battery and switched on - nothing! Tried to charge battery (having read they can go flat over time in storage) - no recharging light came on and it wouldn't charge. Contacted seller (another frustrating story - just as well my other half writes good german) and, in the meantime, ordered up a replacement from a reliable supplier on eBay I've used many times - DM-Toys. This arrived today and had same problem.

Looked up on the JNS Forum site and apparently if they won't charge it's because the battery has gone totally flat in storage. You can apparently 'resuscitate' it by 'pulsing' it for a few seconds from an externable 5v supply. I used my 12v transformer for the test track in my study and turned it on just under halfway.

Hey Presto - it worked. Unit delivered today is now charging. We'll now see if that works and, if so, whether I can repeat it with the original chassis I haven't returned yet.

I may of course be 'teaching granny to suck eggs', but if not, hope this tip helps others.

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2018, 05:59:27 pm »
I had one chassis from Walthers which they refunded because it did not work out of the box. I replaced the battery and it then worked fine.

I was aware of the pulsing treatment being one way to resuscitate a dead one.

Another precaution is to discharge and recharge the batteries on a regular cycle say every two months, so that the battery understands it has work to do.

The most recent batch from Walthers have the battery isolated by a removable white slide switch on the right side of the chassis. Any of the Walthers ones without the slide switch should be considered old stock and may be prone to stalling and need the pulse treatment.

The first photo shows the switch which is slid upwards to connect the battery. The slider is removed after connecting and the chassis looks like normal as in the second photo.



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« Last Edit: May 15, 2018, 06:01:39 pm by woodbury22uk »
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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2018, 08:30:12 pm »
My chassis (not quite sure what the plural of chassis, but my grammar expert partner tells me it is also chassis) had this white plastic piece for connecting the battery too. The good news is that I have now managed to charge both chassis and await the delivery of an extra bus body tomorrow. I've also managed to source two right hand bus stops via Amazon, so will be able to install these and adapt the left hand one I have already to match. Still await the remainder of the bus track from Japan (God knows what the import duty and handling charge will be) and hope to start building the tram and bus track very soon.

Glad to know that you were already aware of the trick with the battery.

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2018, 07:13:16 pm »
Just taken delivery of 2 of the new Tomytec/Faller Munich trams. Beautiful smooth runners. OK, so they're 1/150 scale but against the 1/160 Swiss railway stock they don't look too out of place.

My Tomytec bus track has also arrived. Annoyingly the track lengths don't match exactly the Tomix tram track even though they're supposed to be compatible, but not an insurmountable problem providing one has the short length tram track pieces.

Phew, an extra 43 customs and VAT on top of the 170.00 price tag for the track. Oh well, I guess this is a foretaste of what we European modellers may have to endure after next March unless a customs deal can be done in the meantime.

Have also managed to source from UK and Europe through Amazon a couple of right hand bus stops. Saves me having to adapt the left hand one I bought and have tried to modify without success so far, even though I've followed the instructions given.

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2018, 11:31:51 pm »

Phew, an extra 43 customs and VAT on top of the 170.00 price tag for the track. Oh well, I guess this is a foretaste of what we European modellers may have to endure after next March unless a customs deal can be done in the meantime.


did you price up your list at DM-Toys? At least no customs charges ( this side of B@@@@T)

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2018, 08:46:04 am »
The outlay was for bus track which I couldn't see on DM Toys, although they do the tram track which is very useful to know. I've bought several items from DM-Toys, including the power chassis for the Tomytec Citaro PTT bus. Always find them very helpful and speedy too. Get their emails regularly.

Need a few pieces of short tram track so that the bus and tram tracks align lengthways (irritatingly the standard lengths of each don't match), so will be putting in an order to DM Toys for those.

Thanks very much for the link - must admit I hadn't realised they stock the tram track.  :thankyousign:

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2018, 11:36:32 am »
suggest you enquire re bus track - they are v helpful ( email Daniel Mugralski directly)

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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2018, 01:06:20 pm »
Bus track is widely sold out across the world at the moment. Many sellers have only one or fewer packs of each reference.

The 74mm straight road needs 2 x 37mm tram tracks to match it, otherwise the wide tram and road pieces should match and nest perfectly. Which road track are you not finding a match for @martynlg ?
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Re: Tomytec tram track and bus systems
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2018, 07:38:52 pm »
Thanks for the tip Mike.

I've just about managed to match them up with a few shorter pieces. The gram track comes in a variety of lengths and I had bought a couple of the packs of them a good while back for my last version of the townscape. Did a test run of the two PTT Citaro buses yesterday and they work fine. So glad I looked up on the net to see what I could do to get the life back into the rechargeable cells. Thought for one moment I'd got two white elephants on my hands.

My next task is to embed the tracks so the surround area is the same depth as the track. I've found from experience that laying on top of 6mm MDF, drawing around the edge of the track on the MDF and then using a jigsaw to cut out the appropriate pieces seems to work for me. I see others have used foamboard but I find MDF provides a more solid surrounding area for the track and exactly matches the depth of the tram and bus track. Then I can think about the road and pavement layout.



 

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