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Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:57:46 am »
Hi all,

Rank amateur reporting for duty.

I'm going to use this thread to catalogue what I'm buying, making and breaking.

Also very open for discussion as I'm new, so feedback more than welcome!

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MY TO-DO (OR DONE) LIST:

This is the start of the adventure, August 2018.

  • Tools and materials
  • Books for reference and guidance
  • Flexi code 55 for testing ballast and weathering
  • Code 80 fixed loop for running-in/testing
  • Buy some locos and DCC chip them
  • Track paraphernalia and models
  • DCC sound!
  • Track/layout planning
  • Build stuff...
  • The build starts - 13/12/18 - http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=42584.0

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ERA

I'm working on late 80's through late 90's, so mixing sector with privatisation.

Also, I prefer the industrial side of things so my first build will be a diesel yard or TMD. Probably on a small scene of 3-4ft, essentially to experiment and build my skills before building a monster!

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TOOLS & MATERIALS

Got myself a fine soldering iron, Dremel, fine tools and the usual wire snips etc.




A microscope to help me with soldering decoders and sound.




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BOOKS & REFERENCE




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LOCOS AND RELATED

First purchase, it had to be an CL08 from Digitrains.

Also, my first ever soldering attempt - so I took the plunge.



Second purchase a few days later,  CL47 from DB Models. DCC Chipped and run-in.



Sounds and chips:


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TRACK STUFF

Opted for a Powercab Starter set:



I've started to experiment with weathering track and ballast:


« Last Edit: September 13, 2018, 05:15:26 pm by Ted »
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 12:12:15 pm »

  • Code 80 fixed loop for running-in/testing



I'd only agree with code 80 if you go for a set track or Kato Unitrack testing loop which can be clipped together/dismantled as and when. Maybe a Farish controller split from a DC train set so you can run locos in on DC before chipping them??

Not sure if you're a complete beginner but this thread might help you avoid some pitfalls........

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 12:13:29 pm »
Certainly a a clear set of goals!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 12:47:11 pm »

  • Code 80 fixed loop for running-in/testing



I'd only agree with code 80 if you go for a set track or Kato Unitrack testing loop which can be clipped together/dismantled as and when. Maybe a Farish controller split from a DC train set so you can run locos in on DC before chipping them??

Not sure if you're a complete beginner but this thread might help you avoid some pitfalls........

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493


It's Peco setrack, so I can dismantle ... currently on the lounge floor under a wingback chair!  :D

And yes, I thought of getting a DC controller for run-in/test before DCCing. Then I can be sure I didn't break it!

Thanks for the link, I'll have a good read.

Certainly a a clear set of goals!  :thumbsup:


Cheers  :thumbsup:
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 01:06:38 pm »
John over at YouChoos was super helpful and has sent me two Zimo decoders.

MX649 + Limo6 + SACC16 stay-alive for the CL47, and a MX649F with Minnow5 for the CL08.



The CL08 is going to be tricky!
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 01:08:17 pm »
And I've been testing/experimenting with weathering and ballast.



I'm not happy with the results yet, but getting closer to prototypical. Better to do this on a test piece of MDF than commit too soon and regret what I've layed.
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2018, 01:40:02 pm »
For a “rank amateur” you are streaking ahead of me in the technology stakes!

I like the methodical approach you have and I very much like the era 8/9 stock. Triple grey diesels are the best and I have several pet Gronks (08s) myself  :D

Shall follow this thread with interest  :thumbsup:

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 01:49:58 pm »
For a “rank amateur” you are streaking ahead of me in the technology stakes!

I like the methodical approach you have and I very much like the era 8/9 stock. Triple grey diesels are the best and I have several pet Gronks (08s) myself  :D

Shall follow this thread with interest  :thumbsup:

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Blame all the gizmos and gadgets on my relative youth (still in my 30's) - and also why I like the Era8/9 stuff as it's from my childhood.

I wanted a hobby that got me away from the computer and screens, as life seems to revolve around these days.

Like every good Brit - I had the choice of Golf, Fishing or Railways. ;-)

As soon as I saw a video of an 08 with sound, I was sold on railways and ...it had to be N gauge!

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2018, 01:54:41 pm »
Ah, somebody in my age group  ;D

I like the era for the same reason, but also NSE because of being an ex Londoner  :thumbsup:

And the Gronks....well they are just cute aren’t they?

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2018, 01:58:29 pm »
Ah, somebody in my age group  ;D

I like the era for the same reason, but also NSE because of being an ex Londoner  :thumbsup:

And the Gronks....well they are just cute aren’t they?

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Oh, so that's what Gronk means!

Well - DCCing it wasn't cute... and adding sound is going to be far from it too! But yeah, the ugly duckling 08 is pretty cool.

I am of course, going to weather it.

I've found images of all sides of the model in real life, it's quite subtly weathered so should be straight-forward.
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2018, 02:05:52 pm »
Lol yes there are many nick names to learn for many locos, all part of the fun!

FYI; you are also now the owner of a “Duff” in the form of your 47. It’s not the most flattering of names, so I tend to refer to mine as “Brush’s finest” (though I am aware that some believe Brush have done much better!).

Shall also watch you for weathering for tips, not been brave enough to do any of that yet. Ironically I am in the processes of cleaning up an EWS 08!

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2018, 02:51:35 pm »
On the subject of weathering @Skyline2uk - the curious thing about this hobby is the sheer number of image searches I've done for depots are related.

So that I can get all angles and details of grime just right. I've even started collecting pictures in folders... what is happening to me?! My girlfriend thinks it's funny - for now...
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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2018, 09:33:04 pm »
I'd also suggest joining the N Gauge Society, if only for the Journal. They do excellent kits and the more rare RTR items.

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2018, 10:09:03 pm »
Not the best photo, makes it look very dark - but putting together the very fiddly maintenance depot.

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Re: Ted's Excellent Adventure (making and breaking stuff)
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2018, 10:37:43 am »
I'm not happy with how dark it's turned out, cladding starts off much lighter.

Unfortunately that means repainting today...
Ted's Excellent Adventure - lots of imagery of my 'workbench', locos and what I'm modelling.

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