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by Tony Wilkins
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

The above could be subtitled. How much can one write about a piece of bent wire? Mundane topic number two: Tag strips. The ones I use come in strips of 30 holes with 28 tags fitted. DSCF0918.jpg DSCF0919.jpg With one notable exception, these need to be cut down for use. In this example for ten ways....
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

What follows is pretty mundane stuff, but may be of interest to some. Dropper wires. The method I use dates back to my involvement with the North London Group's layout Heckmondwike and has been successfully used on Bodmin and my layout Green Street. The golden rule is a minimum of two dropper wires ...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled
Replies: 19
Views: 1386

Re: Scalefour Southwest 2020 Cancelled

Reminds me of an incident at my first company when one of my colleges build an electrical test trolley. He produced a lead with a plug at each end to connect it to the mains. I asked him to think about what happens if you plug in one end, to which his reply was "Oh dear" and he was the the...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

A simple but highly effective alternative was described by Mike Norris in SNews a few years ago using vertically mounted pcb with 0.45mm brass wire soldered to the switch blades. It is not difficult to make, is reliable and unobtrusive. Where he used 1mm thick pcb, I use 0.6mm material which is mor...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1507

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Registration Thread

Some people might question the organiser entering his own Challenge, but the judge(s) can always decide to disqualify me later ;) So, finding myself at a loose end this weekend, I'm going to have a crack at a trio of 51L unfitted iron ore hoppers to D1/163. The prospect of being able to run them on...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

For this layout I chose the DCC Concepts Cobalt classic point motors as the Fulgurex point motors I used on Green Street are no longer available and Tortoise point motors are rather large. There is one thing I find somewhat curious. Tortoise point motors come with 23 SWG gauge fulcrum wire. Cobalts,...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony, do you find that the solder joint is strong enough to last, with the slight flexing of the joint each time the turnout is thrown? I have been thinking of using glass fiber strip with a pin inserted from below to solder the blades to (Norman Solomon’s system) which avoids this flexing. Philip ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I'm a bit surprised that nobody has asked any questions regarding the electrics so far, especially with regard to the scissors crossovers as I didn't use the rotary switch version advocated elsewhere. I am quite prepared to expand on the electrical side of things, but do not wish to go into detail o...
by Tony Wilkins
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1669

Re: The Socially-Distanced Challenge - Announcement thread

Don't think I'd better comment on that one.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Looks like this is turning into a sale and wants column :D But seriously, I would much rather see surplus cable repurposed. I know the words wire and cable tend to be used interchangeably but really, the term wire refers to the bare metal part only. Covered wire is properly referred to as cable. It ...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Dave. I have obtained wire from a variety of sources and am now slowly working my way through some of it. Much of what you noticed in that box was wire left over from my Green Street days when I stripped a load of ex telephone cable for the individual cores with many different colour combinations...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Rod. For all but the simplest layouts, I regard documentation, colour coding and labeling essential for ones sanity if nothing else when it comes to fault finding. So it will come as no surprise I have a large and growing folder for Brimsdown. It does though require some self discipline to keep t...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Firstly, thanks for the compliments. Well it has been a while since my last posting and so much has changed, unfortunately not for the better. I expect some of you are wondering what progress I have made with the layout and there has been some, so let me start from where I left off last time. DSCF08...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Rigid Chassis Locos?
Replies: 62
Views: 2229

Re: Rigid Chassis Locos?

Hi Jon. My thoughts are similar to Tim and Philip. If building a kit or scratch-built chassis I always include some form of compensation. For the extra work involved, the results are worth it. If converting an RTR item, the option of swapping wheel sets is worth trying for quickness. I have been kno...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: EMAG Meeting 12th March 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: EMAG Meeting 12th March 2020

Just to prove that some of us read our group forum posts, eMAG could be an interesting concept. I look forward to seeing how well it works.
Doubtless the results or a summary there of will be posted here. One thing bothers me though, I thought it was illegal to cut coins into bits!
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

And then there were three! DSCF0874.jpg DSCF0875.jpg And the fourth board is under way. DSCF0876.jpg A major challenge was the two turnouts to the bottom right corner. DSCF0877.jpg You may think these look fairly straight forward until you see the underside of the board here. DSCF0878.jpg A certain ...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Well, a significant milestone was reached last night. After wiring up the connector for one end of the first baseboard, it was possible to test the first pair electrically and run a loco successfully from end to end and through several of the turnouts. Throughout the loco performed faultlessly alth...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: EMAG Meeting 9th January 2020

There will no doubt be an official announcement soon.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bodmin General (1955)
Replies: 53
Views: 10834

Re: Bodmin General (1955)

Oh dear, it's been another 15 months and progress is limited. I did set myself a target of getting the main running lines to the junction laid and wired by the end of 2019. I missed that but I have managed to get most of the trackwork built and ready to lay. Hi Jeremy. I had a similar target date f...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Well, a significant milestone was reached last night. After wiring up the connector for one end of the first baseboard, it was possible to test the first pair electrically and run a loco successfully from end to end and through several of the turnouts. Throughout the loco performed faultlessly altho...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Tony, I've found the invoice. They were purchased via Amazon from Hobby Components in Chesterfield reference HCPROT0048 20mm Pin 2.54mm Pitch header. They work for me. Here is the link. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=hobby+components+ltd+HCPROT0048&ref=nb_sb_noss Robin Thank you Robin for the ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: NAG Progress Day 21st November 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 637

Re: NAG Progress Day 21st November 2019

For those of you who may be wondering, the meeting of the 14th was rained off.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Tony, I've found the invoice. They were purchased via Amazon from Hobby Components in Chesterfield reference HCPROT0048 20mm Pin 2.54mm Pitch header. They work for me. Here is the link. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=hobby+components+ltd+HCPROT0048&ref=nb_sb_noss Robin Thanks for that, I will ...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I will post the source of the pins if anyone is interested. Hi Robin. It would be useful to know. I have tried the ones I have got, which match the pitch of the connector, but they are not long enough. Curses. Regards Tony. RS Components No. 251-8351 regards Alan Hi Alan. Thanks for the reference. ...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 329
Views: 52235

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

barrowroad wrote:I will post the source of the pins if anyone is interested.



Hi Robin.
It would be useful to know. I have tried the ones I have got, which match the pitch of the connector, but they are not long enough. Curses.
Regards
Tony.

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