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help building a control panel
« on: September 15, 2020, 09:03:51 PM »
Hi, I've got to build a control panel but unsure how to build one. Many years ago i bought a project box from Tandy(yes that long ago!) it was ok but a bit unsightly and bulky for what it was.
The control panel im looking to build is using micro switches, 7 point switches and 2 isolating switches.
Is there a company that makes these type of boxes say 12"x2"x2" ?
Thanks for any pointers on this one

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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2020, 09:48:54 PM »
I recently made a control panel out of an old number plate. It wouldn't take much to give it a frame and a back. If you think that's any use have a look in my 'Brookline' build thread, the link is in my signature.
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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 10:44:08 PM »
I built my first one by using thin ply faced with plasticard. I used a couple of cupboard door hinges to let it drop down out of harms way or hold it fairly strongly in a horizontal position.
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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2020, 12:30:38 AM »
The Australian electronics chain, Jaycar, have a large range of project boxes, one of which may suit your needs.

They have a website and UK suppliers.
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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 05:32:55 AM »
I just made a sloping front box out of plywood, all cut with hand tools so nothing fancy.

The control panel was designed in Windows  paint and printed onto paper which I laminated then stuck the laminate to the top of the box, works well and looks ok. Top is held on by 4 screws so is easy to remove should I need access to program the points controller boards mounted inside etc.

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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2020, 09:10:49 AM »
How big?   I build mine as a 9mm ply box with aluminium plates top and bottom.   The track plan is marked out using Halfords car stripe tape  :)








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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 10:24:30 AM »
there are some articles in this Month's Model Rail magazine on control panels
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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 12:42:22 PM »
I just made a sloping front box out of plywood, all cut with hand tools so nothing fancy.

The control panel was designed in Windows  paint and printed onto paper which I laminated then stuck the laminate to the top of the box, works well and looks ok. Top is held on by 4 screws so is easy to remove should I need access to program the points controller boards mounted inside etc.

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thanks, I'm getting some ideas now. The last time i built a control panel i used a RS232 25 pin plug and socket for the connection to points, however my eyesight isn't that sharp anymore  :-[ so upscaling the soldering bits slightly to save my fingers being soldered together!
on that note, can you get female spade connectors for the micro switches? i looked around on flea bay but to no avail

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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2020, 01:04:44 PM »
...can you get female spade connectors for the micro switches? i looked around on flea bay but to no avail

This type of thing?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Insulated-Female-Spade-Terminals-Crimp-Connector-Electrical-Terminal-Wiring-Wire/132076481575

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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2020, 03:24:10 PM »
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can you get female spade connectors for the micro switches
yes,but be aware theirs at least 3 common  sizes of spade,6.3mm is the most widely available,some manufacturers use 4.8mm and for fiddly stuff theirs also 2.8mm.
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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2020, 10:46:25 PM »
Watch out with the smaller sizes of spade connector. Many years ago I designed a mimic for an industrial control panel. The mimic was about 3.5 m long and 1 m high, with over 300 leds showing valve positions (very like a track mimic) and running/stopped pumps. The LEDs had small spade connectors and when we came to buy the parts, we could only obtain them from America - minimum order 5,000!

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Re: help building a control panel
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2020, 11:12:35 AM »
...can you get female spade connectors for the micro switches? i looked around on flea bay but to no avail

This type of thing?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Insulated-Female-Spade-Terminals-Crimp-Connector-Electrical-Terminal-Wiring-Wire/132076481575


yes, i just measured mine and it looks like 2.8 AF
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