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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #135 on: June 16, 2014, 08:40:38 PM »
As a break from scenery (much as Iím loving it!) today Iíve made an effort to get some Japanese stock converted to DCC.  Up to now all far eastern operations have been confined to the DC test-circuit, which is limiting in the extreme :thumbsdown:

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First up was the powered car from Katoís E257 EMU set.  An easy conversion, with just a few points to note:

1 Although not visible in the photo, the tags onto which the orange and grey wires are soldered MUST be insulated from the main pick-up strips.  I use see-through plastic bits cut from blister packaging. A quick snip around a suitable right angle bend will give you a nice L-shape piece that fits perfectly in place between the two previously connected contacts.

2 Iíve widened the doorway in a bulkhead to let the wires run lengthwise.  There is in fact enough room to fit the decoder crosswise without doing this should you wish.

3 The white wire is just hanging loose and not connected to anything, particularly NOT the same brass contact as the orange wire!  I didnít notice this when taking the photo :-[

4 Although not needed for a basic conversion, the blue and yellow wires are waving around pre-tinned becauseÖ

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I wanted to try out an optional extra, the Kato 11-211 LED interior lighting unit.  Iím not sure if I want (or can afford) to use these fleet-wide, but thought Iíd try one.  Just to see what the lights look like through the tinted windows and how much they show up the assorted wires from the decoder, you understand ::)

I discarded the brass strips Kato provide to take power from the track as I wanted to be able to switch the lights on and off via the DCC decoder.  So I soldered the blue and yellow wires directly to the lighting unit's contacts.  It doesnít matter which way round they go, and I could have used the white wire instead of the yellow.

Now Iíll live with it for a few weeks, then make my mind up about interior lighting :hmmm:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #136 on: June 20, 2014, 04:09:10 PM »


Cab ride #7, YouTube permitting!
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #137 on: June 20, 2014, 04:24:52 PM »
I always enjoy the cab rides, even if this one was a 'stealth' version (no sound) :D
Good to see the gantries for the OLE are proliferating too :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #138 on: June 20, 2014, 04:29:25 PM »
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #139 on: June 20, 2014, 07:10:18 PM »
even if this one was a 'stealth' version (no sound) :D

In this case I felt obliged to remove the sound due to helicopters, bin lorries, barking dogs, etc.  Oh, and the sound of my good self calmly speculating as to the parentage of those concerned >:(

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #140 on: June 27, 2014, 10:25:19 PM »
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Reed switches are being installed under some of the Kato points.  The sliding magnets in the Kato point mechanism make/break the contact in the reed switch giving an on/off signal that can be used by DCC systems, TTL circuits, panel indicators, etc.

After fiddling around trying to find the best place to locate the switch under the points (I've now made a clear plastic jig) it all seems to work! :goggleeyes:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #141 on: July 04, 2014, 05:36:44 PM »
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More reed switches have been installed, this one has just gone under a Kato double crossover.  As all point blades on these fire together (in theory!) one reed switch is sufficient, although 4 could be used if you're a belt'n'braces kind of person.

See also Colin's thread: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=22362.msg230935#msg230935

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #142 on: July 05, 2014, 08:52:04 AM »
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Work in progress on a Tomytec house.  Tomytec's Set B contains two of these little clip together plastic kits, but this one's being glued and having some black plasticard added to prevent the whole building glowing like a lava lamp once LEDs are installed.

Only what I assume is a stairwell is being illuminated on this one, the black area with the tall thin windows.
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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #143 on: July 05, 2014, 07:41:42 PM »
I recognise my cell on the ground floor! :laugh3:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #144 on: July 10, 2014, 09:39:38 AM »
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Over the last week I've fitted more reed switches, added wiring and glued track down in areas where I'm happy with everything.  None of this makes for particularly exciting updates, yet alone photos or videos!

But by way of a change, this Kato 23-439 corporate office buiding arrived yesterday - the usual quick turnaround from Keith at Traintrax.  Ultimately this will have lighty-bits and stuff fitted, but for now it'll be plonked down with it's contemporaries to bulk out the city scene 8)

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #145 on: July 12, 2014, 05:27:33 PM »
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A strenuous session clipping together a couple of Tomytec houses this afternoon.  This is set B2, a pair of houses for the princely sum of £5.91 :beers:


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Apart from being dirt cheap, the thing that appeals to me most is the clip-fit pre-painted nature.  The two assembled buildings took me well under 10 minutes and can be dumped onto the layout immediately.  In the future, they can be taken apart easily for further detailing and lighting.  What's not to like? :thumbsup:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #146 on: July 12, 2014, 06:22:20 PM »
Some of the Tomytec figures are rather good, too. I have Tomytec 015 N Figures - Night Under Way, a couple of which, looking rather the worse for wear, will appear on Cant Cove station waiting for the last train of the day on Friday and Saturday evenings, the 22:43 ex-Wadebridge, the 22.50 a / 22.52 d for Penmayne, terminates there at 22.56, after they have enjoyed a few Castle Ales in the "Tramway Inn" followed by a nightcap in the "Station Hotel" opposite!

I also have Tomytec 002 N 6 Black Bulls Figures which are much better than the usual N Scale animals.

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #147 on: July 12, 2014, 07:12:31 PM »
Some of the Tomytec figures are rather good, too. I have Tomytec 015 N Figures - Night Under Way, a couple of which, looking rather the worse for wear


Blimey, I've got those!  3 sets for £6.90 from PlazaJapan and I could see quite a lot of uses for them.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360978543645

I'm aiming to try and sever at least one of the drunken pairs to make a strap-hanger or two for EMU interiors.  Whether that will actually work with such tiny figures is another matter...

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #148 on: July 12, 2014, 07:31:54 PM »
Yes, PlazaJapan is very good. :claphappy:

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Re: The Capital Lines
« Reply #149 on: July 18, 2014, 12:49:13 PM »
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Kato Office Building, Brick (23-431A) - an arrival this week from http://www.traintrax.co.uk
Although a Japanese prototype, it has a very generic appearance easily suitable for British high streets or town centres.


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The floors come apart like large Lego bricks, I've made a start on painting the interior as it's quite visible through the large windows.

 

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