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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #450 on: September 20, 2017, 03:45:00 PM »
Glad to hear that Kimbolted has not closed.
I do hope that the local club have an enjoyable trip aboard the brakevan special and good to see the Queen Mary making an appearance.
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #451 on: September 20, 2017, 05:35:05 PM »
I hope you sifted through the fluff from your navel Mick you might have found that coupling spring or tiny screw you lost when you last serviced a loco.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #452 on: September 21, 2017, 02:27:37 PM »
Nice to see some footage of Kimbolted, though I only got 2 seconds before my struggling internet connection cratered ... somewhere up there, there is a satellite with an overloaded & overheated bit of circuitry!  Will save the link and take a look when I get home!
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: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #453 on: October 11, 2017, 12:31:11 PM »
Most folks who know me well will know I'm not a hi-tech kind of chap so when it came to being able to see what's going on in my fiddle yards did I go for CCTV in HD? Erm, no.
Yesterday I bought some lengths of triangular timber (known technically as 47mm x 47mm tilt fillet) and a couple of cheap shaving mirrors. Total outlay £8.
This morning I attached said timber to the rear corners of the layout, put a decent sized screw in to them 21" high (arbitrary - no science involved) and dangle the mirrors on the screws at a guesstimated angle.



I then grovelled back to the front of the layout, fetched my camera and filmed this. Apologies for the poor quality but the MK1 eyeball sees things clearer than a camera lens at times............

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ayzyfg8rmf9rnp7/Fiddle%20yard%20mirrors.MOV?dl=0

All I need to do to keep track of trains is shuffle along the front of the layout with my trusty Morley handhelds and Robert's your mother's brother.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #454 on: October 11, 2017, 12:45:19 PM »
A fine low-cost lo-tech solution! 8-)

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #455 on: October 11, 2017, 12:46:46 PM »
A fine low-cost lo-tech solution! 8-)
Seconded!  Why use technology when a simple solution will suffice.  I think some people use technology for the sake of it.
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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #456 on: October 11, 2017, 01:27:31 PM »
Great. That's my level of technology.
Why use a sledgehammer to crack a nut when nutcrackers will do?
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #457 on: October 11, 2017, 02:37:09 PM »
Amazing what a bit of ingenuity can do  :thumbsup:.
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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #458 on: October 11, 2017, 03:11:29 PM »
I'm a great believer in KISS.
When we have a dry day (it's now been raining non-stop for 12 hours ::)) I'll remove excess wood from the tops (shame this timber doesn't come planed)
The next idea is to string a lightweight batten between the 2 fillets and run  a strip of LEDs across to light the fiddle yard, possibly using a dimmer switch :hmmm:

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #459 on: October 11, 2017, 03:15:02 PM »
Just a word of caution Mick:

As a general rule LEDs donít like dimmer switches. You can get special LED bulbs that work with them, but they are more expensive.

Maybe look at some LED reels that come with a remote that can change brightness?

*Edit*

Like these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/332233838348

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« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 03:17:28 PM by Skyline2uk, Reason: Link added »

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #460 on: October 11, 2017, 03:16:48 PM »
Thanks for that info. I believe Direct Train Supplies do such a thing so I'll be having a word at the Warrington Show.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #461 on: October 11, 2017, 03:18:57 PM »
No problem mate

My farther in law uses the lights in my link for Christmas decorating, they are good.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #462 on: October 11, 2017, 03:31:59 PM »
Rather than using a horizontal batten, which might have mounting/strength issues, you could tension a lightweight wire between the fillets to string the lights on. It would look less cumbersome too.
Mike

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #463 on: October 11, 2017, 07:56:52 PM »
You could just use a 1k ohm pot wired in series to dim a few LEDs.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Kimbolted - the layout room
« Reply #464 on: October 11, 2017, 08:37:32 PM »
You could just use a 1k ohm pot wired in series to dim a few LEDs.

Now you're just baffling me with that there electrickery speak, Malc :help:

 

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