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Re: Halfway
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2020, 06:35:10 PM »
Looks like the inside of a hifi amplifier !

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Re: Halfway
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2020, 07:10:44 PM »
Hmmm - those power op-amps would probably work well as audio amps.  I could feed audio in via the hand control inputs and connect speakers instead of track...  nah - the trains are more fun!   :no:
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2020, 03:15:43 PM »
Another milestone reached: all the track is down - both top and bottom decks. It all seems to work and even looks vaguely like the original plan, drawn all all those weeks ago.   :claphappy:



It's very tempting to start on some scenery next but I think I need to get stuck into the point motors and mimic board next.  I might still be tempted to put the tunnel mouths in place tho.
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2020, 03:34:54 PM »
Another milestone reached: all the track is down - both top and bottom decks. It all seems to work and even looks vaguely like the original plan, drawn all all those weeks ago.   :claphappy:

That's fantastic progress, you should be very pleased with that.

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Re: Halfway
« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2020, 04:07:13 PM »
Looks excellent.
Id say definitely complete any wiring and install point motors before you start on the scenery.
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #35 on: March 22, 2020, 09:49:42 PM »
It's very tempting to start on some scenery next but I think I need to get stuck into the point motors and mimic board next.  I might still be tempted to put the tunnel mouths in place tho.

I would agree on motors first, especially on anything above baseboard level where you need to be sure you can still get to it after the scenery is down. The motor that goes *will* be the one you buried in scenery.
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #36 on: March 22, 2020, 11:37:58 PM »
Another milestone reached: all the track is down - both top and bottom decks. It all seems to work and even looks vaguely like the original plan, drawn all all those weeks ago.   :claphappy:



It's very tempting to start on some scenery next but I think I need to get stuck into the point motors and mimic board next.  I might still be tempted to put the tunnel mouths in place tho.

Looking good Mike  :thumbsup:

Quickly reread the thread to find out what you are using for trackbed, sure you mentioned it before, but cannot find a reference, it looks like laminate underlay? What thickness please and where did you get it.

I was going to buy Diall 20x1m @ 2mm thick underlay from B&Q but a couple of comments state its closer to 1mm. Screwfix sell 2mm but it looks identical to the B&Q stuff, both of them are selling it for 20, so much cheaper than cork and reams and reams of it but would prefer it to be 2mm..

Cheers Derek 
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2020, 11:50:51 PM »
I'm most impressed with both your neat layout construction and your home brewed power unit/control system.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2020, 12:29:34 AM »
Quickly reread the thread to find out what you are using for trackbed, sure you mentioned it before, but cannot find a reference, it looks like laminate underlay? What thickness please and where did you get it.

The trackbed is indeed laminate floor underlay.  It's been in the loft since we did our extension 10 years ago but I'll try to find out what it is and where it came from.  It's nominally about 2.5-3mm thick but quite soft so compresses more easily than Woodland Scenics Trackbed.

I'm most impressed with both your neat layout construction and your home brewed power unit/control system.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thank you kindly sport!  I didn't think it was all that neat and the branch-line loop in the middle varied quite a bit from the original plan but it all seems to work and the trains stay upright so I'm happy - for now.  Point motors next and that's uncharted territory for me - so wish me luck!   :(

(Just tried to add another piccy but doesn't seem to be working just now - not important at present.)


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Re: Halfway
« Reply #39 on: March 23, 2020, 10:22:58 AM »
Being a 'glacial' speed worker I am hugely impressed with what you've achieved and it looks like it will be great fun to operate. I do hope you have video capability on your phone/camera ;)

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Re: Halfway
« Reply #40 on: March 23, 2020, 11:38:16 AM »
Being a 'glacial' speed worker I am hugely impressed with what you've achieved and it looks like it will be great fun to operate. I do hope you have video capability on your phone/camera ;)

Thank you for your kind words - you've made me come over all  :-[  now! 

Yes - I do have some video - I shot a bit last night but decided to post the still piccy instead.  Here's a short video clip of some trains running on the bare board...


« Last Edit: March 25, 2020, 12:06:30 AM by impinabox, Reason: Discovered \'[youtube]\' BB code! »
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #41 on: March 24, 2020, 08:51:36 PM »
Quickly reread the thread to find out what you are using for trackbed, sure you mentioned it before, but cannot find a reference, it looks like laminate underlay? What thickness please and where did you get it.

I was going to buy Diall 20x1m @ 2mm thick underlay from B&Q ...

Cheers Derek

I've found a label in the pack of underlay I used as track-bed.  It's from B&Q and marked as 'Diall 3mm underlay' with a yellow label.  Maybe it comes in different thicknesses.  This stuff is about 10 years old - been lying around in the loft since we built an extension in 2010.
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #42 on: March 24, 2020, 09:10:03 PM »
Just watched your little video - very impressive.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #43 on: March 24, 2020, 09:17:43 PM »
I was chuffed with the opening bit - all three trains coming together at (what will be) the bridge but I confes that was total luck!
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Re: Halfway
« Reply #44 on: March 24, 2020, 09:38:47 PM »
I've found a label in the pack of underlay I used as track-bed.  It's from B&Q and marked as 'Diall 3mm underlay' with a yellow label.  Maybe it comes in different thicknesses.  This stuff is about 10 years old - been lying around in the loft since we built an extension in 2010.

Cheers Mike, I had a feeling it was going to be that, they had Diall 2mm underlay last week, but it was quite thin, Id say probably more like 1 or 1.5 at best. So I got some from Screwfix and that is no different to the B&Q stuff probably 1.5mm at best. Likely to be a bit on the thin side, might take it back for a refund. Not sure that they do a 3mm thickness these days in the same material.

Thanks again Derek
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