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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 23358 times)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #450 on: April 22, 2020, 02:39:28 AM »
just caught up on this, really looking good.
cheers
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #451 on: April 22, 2020, 02:44:54 AM »
Very nice, although the daylight shows up last month's page on your calendar :P

I spent a full circuit looking for that, instead of looking at what I should have been looking at (hoping it was playmate of last month or something), and I still didn't spot it.  ;D
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #452 on: April 22, 2020, 11:12:06 AM »
Very nice, although the daylight shows up last month's page on your calendar :P
I'll change it for next time and see if anyone notices  ;)

I guess the entries for each day will be similar...

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #453 on: April 22, 2020, 11:37:34 AM »
Nice run, still a bit dark for me. The part I like best is the bridge with Brunel above it....nice.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #454 on: May 01, 2020, 09:27:35 PM »
I found a new HD USB camera with generally better specs all round to upgrade the current model (new one is a few mm smaller all round too).  I ordered it at the beginning of the week and it should be delivered at the end of next week.  However, I now need to produce some Truckcam videos this weekend, so back to TC Mk1.  The outer cover adds 2 mm to the width and 15g to the weight, so I popped it off
I used self-adhesive lead tape (Golfers use it to tune their clubs) stuck to one side of the Peco 15' chassis to counter balance the camera overhanging the other side. 2.5 mm balsa base with a 0.4mm ply top and a 3mm locating upright

the raised bit that normally goes in the cover locates into a cut-out on the wagon bed and the other end is aligned with the 3mm ply up right.

From above, when on the down line the camera is biased towards the scenic side

When on the up line the camera can be aimed more ahead and is still steadied by the ply upright.  I would like to say that I designed it like that, but it was pure luck! ::)

Slapped on some satin black and job complete.

« Last Edit: May 01, 2020, 09:29:32 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #455 on: May 01, 2020, 11:02:58 PM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
  Looking really good Pete, nice work.   :thumbsup:
       stay safe regards Derek.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #456 on: May 02, 2020, 07:52:56 AM »
:hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
  Looking really good Pete, nice work.   :thumbsup:
       stay safe regards Derek.

Agreed! Great stuff!  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #457 on: May 07, 2020, 10:32:54 PM »
Didn't seem to be making any real progress in my quest to improve the layout lighting for the Truckcam, however, Amazon to the rescue.
On monday evening I ordered 4 of these and 20 6W LED daylight spotlights:

I put them up on Wednesday and wired them in today.
Did a quick comparison test this evening before it got dark and the truckcam didn't like shooting into the open doorway.
Anyway, here is test 4:
« Last Edit: May 07, 2020, 10:35:41 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #458 on: May 08, 2020, 08:11:26 AM »
A nice action shot of you switching the lights on there.
Anyway, better with them switched on I think.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #459 on: May 08, 2020, 08:57:18 AM »
Agree with Martin, lighting definately improved - liked the brief cameo appearance of the Tullibardine Whisky wagon too  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #460 on: May 08, 2020, 01:42:21 PM »
Great video's Pete, I have pretty much the same camera, though not had as good a success as your video's - I didn't think to strip down the carcass to reduce width.

Hope you got on ok with the DCC conversion of the Tomix track cleaner, I tried (after a long hunt for the conversion boards) but was a bit of a botch as the conversion boards were a poor fit... ended up sending them both to Douglas at Wickness to convert (I got two as my thought process was one to run with cleaning discs, the other to "hoover")

I still haven't got around to running them yet so I can't vouch for their effectiveness.......

Layout is looking fantastic, while you don't like ballasting, you have done a superb job, love the subtle treatment you have given it
Thanks for looking - Andrew

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https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50114.msg652980#new

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #461 on: May 09, 2020, 10:47:01 AM »
A nice action shot of you switching the lights on there.
Anyway, better with them switched on I think.
Glad you think that Martin...........because I do too  :D
Wanted to get the lighting sorted for the show videos and it has made a positive difference when shooting with the LUMIX camera as well, but  I think I have reached the limits of what can be done with that USB one.  I have a slightly shorter 1080P USB job on order that I can completely dismantle without fear of breaking it that will hopefully fit inside a pallet van.

Agree with Martin, lighting definately improved - liked the brief cameo appearance of the Tullibardine Whisky wagon too  :thumbsup:
There are a few other "specialist" couriers in that rake too :D   Once I crack the videos I'm making for an online show being run on the w/e 23 & 24 May (Martin or I will be posting a link to the show on here closer to the time) I will be producing some additional lock-down bonus mineral wagons for distribution to the team ;)
Am well chuffed with the Tomix hoover: later today I'll put a photo up of what it picked up on just one lap of the down line yesterday.  No problems with the conversion using a DC22 wired decoder thanks.  I followed a YouTube how to presentation and it took me about 45 mins from start to finish. The motor really goes for it on full power though, worryingly so!  :goggleeyes: :goggleeyes: 
To be kind to the motor I tweaked the CV values thus: CV1=200 CV2=1 CV3=8 CV4=6 CV5=200 CV6=50
The only issue I had was with roof clearance on Redruth Tunnel, but I reduced the height of the power switch that sticks out the top (redundant after DCC conversion anyway) and raised the lift-out tunnel section with a 1mm shim.
It's now time to get my Quentin Tarantino head on and make some more video clips  :wave:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #462 on: May 09, 2020, 10:50:25 AM »

It's now time to get my Quentin Tarantino head on and make some more video clips  :wave:

No bloodbaths please :no: :no:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #463 on: May 09, 2020, 10:25:39 PM »

It's now time to get my Quentin Tarantino head on and make some more video clips  :wave:

No bloodbaths please :no: :no:
Promise no blood ;D............I was actually thinking cameo appearances in his own movies  8)
(except I got side-tracked today and haven't achieved anything!!  There is always tomorrow  ::) )
Anyway, here is the debris from one circuit of the track which I had already cleaned and hoovered with the hand-held Dyson. 5 pence piece for scale.

And this is the redundant switch on the top of the Tomix cleaner I cut down

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #464 on: May 10, 2020, 10:20:55 AM »

Promise no blood ;D............I was actually thinking cameo appearances in his own movies

Lucky swine with Halma Sayek in 'Dusk till Dawn' ;D

 

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