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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3960 on: December 09, 2018, 07:03:58 PM »
Thanks @Trainfish

The Mini Skyline is in Boy version.

Yes indeed it might mean a visit and indeed most n gauge things are on hold, but seeing as the locos arenít chewable I think I will accept that!

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3961 on: December 09, 2018, 07:09:46 PM »
Thanks @Trainfish
the locos arenít chewable

Don't you be so sure. Once those gnashers start showing everything becomes chewable  :D
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3962 on: December 09, 2018, 07:25:28 PM »
Thanks @Trainfish
the locos arenít chewable

Don't you be so sure. Once those gnashers start showing everything becomes chewable  :D

Oh eck, better warn the cats  :worried:

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3963 on: December 09, 2018, 07:29:12 PM »
Welcome to little Skyline and well done to Mrs Skyline and, I suppose, best wishes to you too @Skyline2uk - I guess you had some small part to play in this.  ;)
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3964 on: December 09, 2018, 07:37:07 PM »
Welcome to little Skyline and well done to Mrs Skyline and, I suppose, best wishes to you too @Skyline2uk - I guess you had some small part to play in this.  ;)

Welcome and well done past on....

Not sure what to say about that last part  :worried:

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3965 on: December 09, 2018, 09:36:14 PM »
@Skyline2uk Congratulations on the arrival of your son, and I hope all concerned are doing well.
You realise, of course, there will be no peace or money for at least the next 20 years

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3966 on: December 10, 2018, 07:01:35 AM »
@Skyline2uk Congratulations on the arrival of your son, and I hope all concerned are doing well.
You realise, of course, there will be no peace or money for at least the next 20 years

And then you become "Bank of Mum & Dad". :thumbsdown:

But I wouldn't change a thing :thumbsup:

Congratulations to you @Skyline2uk  and yours.
Cheers, Trev.


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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3967 on: December 10, 2018, 07:07:15 AM »
Congratulations Skyline!  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3968 on: December 10, 2018, 08:18:26 PM »
I have had a pretty awful weekend working on my car. First the thermostat had gone. No great problem, easy to change, but rather expensive as it includes a sensor.

Then the big one - no hot air at all from the heater. I'd hoped for a simple problem like a failed stepper motor or a linkage popped off. Oh no - it turned out that there was a flap that mixes the hot and cold air and that the corner of the flap had broken off, along with the female part of the drive! The flap is not removable or replaceable, so it was looking like a new heater box (guessing a fair few hundred quid for that). To make it worse, getting the heater out requires degassing the air-con, draining the engine coolant, removing the entire dash, glovebox, centre console, gear lever mechanism and then removing a 2-1/2" bolt-in structural member that goes right across the car and which in turn needs most of the wiring disconnecting. Re-assembly requires regassing and setting up the gear lever throws. I have no time for that at the moment and was looking at at least a day in a garage, plus the heater itself and regassing, so estimating somewhere around a grand.

With Christmas coming, three kids, my wife's birthday on Christmas eve, paying to rent a house in Ireland for two weeks over Christmas, my wife unable to work due to her health and me not being paid anything for the two weeks I'll be off, it was not looking good.

Anyway, last night I had a thought. Today I bought an 8mm long reach socket (which fits nicely on the stepper motor output), put it in the lathe and turned it down to fit through the drive hole in the side of the heater and then I cut a slot along most of its length with an angle grinder.

Dropping the bottom off the heater in-situ and lowering the heater matrix down allowed me to just about reach in and position the flap. The socket could then be slid backwards into the hole, with the slot sliding onto the side of the flap and along the back edge and enclosing the wider,  rounded edge of the flap. Motor remounted, with its drive sprocket in the "proper" end of the socket, a few minutes with the laptop to "re-calibrate the stepper motors" and, abracadabra, a working flap again!

All at the cost of a few quid for the socket and one day off work to do it  :bounce:

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3969 on: December 10, 2018, 08:58:41 PM »
Two things spring to mind - a) you have an expensive few weeks coming up and b) what great ingenuity! (And the coming weeks will not be quite as expensive now  :no:). I hope the health of your wife soon improves and you enjoy the break in Ireland. Out of interest, whereabouts?
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3970 on: December 10, 2018, 09:44:18 PM »
You obviously know your way around cars, Steve. Well done on coming up with a cunning plan as to how to fix it. Methinks that's a few pints of Guinness you've earned yourself :pint:

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3971 on: December 10, 2018, 10:09:28 PM »
Dannyboy, a) yes, Christmas is always draining financially! b) I am an Engineer and someone once described us as "problem solvers." If you can't do something, look at ways of going around it!


My wife's health prospects are unknown. She has a few problems, but the ones that matter are osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both cause a lot of pain and can be disabling (it was an achievement last week when she managed to open a tin of carrots!), but the RH is the nasty one. Apparently it not only causes arthritis, but also attacks various organs and can have a significant effect on length of life. However, she has recently started on medication and we will know in 3 months or so whether it is working to keep the symptoms at bay.

We will be staying in our usual place in Donegal, about 3 miles North of Ballyshannon. Visiting family in Donegal and Sligo, but mainly in Leitrim (particularly around Rossinver). We have spoken before and you recommended a visit to the Arigna Mining Experience - which we finally got to in August. You're down at the South end of Leitrim if I remember correctly.

Newportnobby, I do find these modern cars somewhat difficult to work on - both from point of view of complexity and difficulties of access, but I am pretty practical and have in the past built a kit-car (see attached PDF) and can do quite a lot of things.
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3972 on: December 11, 2018, 09:54:17 AM »

Newportnobby, I do find these modern cars somewhat difficult to work on - both from point of view of complexity and difficulties of access, but I am pretty practical and have in the past built a kit-car (see attached PDF) and can do quite a lot of things.

@stevewalker Very nice job, Steve. I bet you had fun in that!

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3973 on: December 11, 2018, 01:22:38 PM »
I am an Engineer and someone once described us as "problem solvers." If you can't do something, look at ways of going around it!



Looks like (like me) you have "The knack"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8vHhgh6oM0

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #3974 on: December 11, 2018, 07:24:50 PM »
Well not really a Happy Post more a cheered up a bit post .
Today Midsumer End and his brother Adrian ,Snowwolflair Cazadoom and Crewearpley 40  came to visit me to ( play trains ) and cheer me up after the passing of my Father in Law last week ,
They did a good job and I do feel a lot better and I would like to say a big Thankyou to all of them ,I did ask my Mother in Law if I should have cancelled today but I went ahead with her blessing she said thatís just what I needed and there was nothing that I could do anyway .
I hardly ran anything  I just really enjoyed seeing  all their locos and some of their stock Steveís  sound locos were amazing  I especially liked the little Terier and the  Panier ,Snowwolflair ran some of the projects that he is in the middle of building just to test them out ..
All in all we had a really great Day.
Bob Tidbury
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