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by Rhobat Bryn
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: andrewnummelin
Topic: PC&NR and other things.
Replies: 24
Views: 11442

Re: PC&NR and other things.

Which part of the line are you thinking of modelling?
by Rhobat Bryn
Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators
Replies: 16
Views: 11309

Re: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators

I find Lenz decoders to offer inferior motor control (and notably inferior ability to fine tune the control) when compared to some other makers, notably Zimo(*). So, with the Mini-Gold costing around £42 the smaller Zimos such as the MX621/MX622 at £30-33, the Mini-Gold is poor value in my opinion....
by Rhobat Bryn
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators
Replies: 16
Views: 11309

Re: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators

I regard the Gold Mini as very overpriced for the quality it delivers. If fitting the Power-1, then many locos will have space for the standard sized Gold (rather than the Mini). Perhaps one Gold plus Power-1 as its a simple tested one-maker solution. But look elsewhere/wider once you have one unde...
by Rhobat Bryn
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators
Replies: 16
Views: 11309

Re: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators

Thank you Armchair and Nigel for those insights. I think I will be going for the Lenz Power-1 module when the time comes complete with the Lenz gold mini decoder; but it's very helpful to understand the technology involved as well as the wider picture. As an afterthought, does this stay alive techno...
by Rhobat Bryn
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators
Replies: 16
Views: 11309

Re: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators

Many thanks for the reference, Mike; an extremely informative discussion. It would appear that the way forward is the Lenz USP.

Also very useful to know that these things work in practice as well. I wonder if anyone has any P4 experience of stay alive capacitators.
by Rhobat Bryn
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: DCC Stay Alive Capacitators
Replies: 16
Views: 11309

DCC Stay Alive Capacitators

Although the two locos I have so far are still a way off from being completed, I'm now considering having stay alive capacitators fitted come the day. I am also intending to adopt the Lenz DCC system. I have seen reference to "DCC stay alive decoders". I therefore would be grateful if anyo...
by Rhobat Bryn
Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: More DCC controlled couplings
Replies: 21
Views: 11659

Re: More DCC controlled couplings

Many thanks for the clarification.
by Rhobat Bryn
Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: More DCC controlled couplings
Replies: 21
Views: 11659

Re: More DCC controlled couplings

Many thanks for the information regarding non-latching and relieved to discover that it is available on Lenz. In his RM web entry regarding the use of DCC controlled Dingham couplings, Jim S-W refers to the use of a Smith's hook on his locomotive. Is this the name given to the prototype hook found o...
by Rhobat Bryn
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: More DCC controlled couplings
Replies: 21
Views: 11659

Re: More DCC controlled couplings

I have recently been researching having DCC controlled couplings for a P4 locomotive that I have recently commissioned. In doing so, I came across a discussion on the RM web by Jim W-S (I'm afraid I don't know his full name) regarding the use of Dingham couplings on the rolling stock, which is fitte...
by Rhobat Bryn
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Newport and Gwent (NAGNAG)
Topic: Newport MRS Open Day alias Gwyl 4mm Gwent 2 March
Replies: 22
Views: 8140

Re: Newport MRS Open Day alias Gwyl 4mm Gwent 2 March

Am I right in thinking that tea and cakes will be available on the premises of the Open Day (admittedly not sufficient to qualify as lunch)?
by Rhobat Bryn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Re: Uncoupling Hooks

The Hook I have is a click on/click off mechanism so doesn't need to be held down but I take your point. It would be tricky having two switches on the same torch.
by Rhobat Bryn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Re: Uncoupling Hooks

I could never get on with magnetic shunter's poles - the magnetic link at the bottom of the coupling chain always seemed to get itself tangled up, and was almost impossible to detach from the end of the shunter's pole. Well it's all a matter of taste and what suits us personally. But it was just th...
by Rhobat Bryn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Newport and Gwent (NAGNAG)
Topic: Newport MRS Open Day alias Gwyl 4mm Gwent 2 March
Replies: 22
Views: 8140

Re: Newport MRS Open Day alias Gwyl 4mm Gwent 2 March

The Fiddle Yard has been completed and will be on view on the day. The boards for the display section have either been or are about to be ordered so that work can start on that aspect of the layout.
by Rhobat Bryn
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Re: Uncoupling Hooks

Many thanks for all your comments. I have, since posting, bought a 4mm shunting pole complete with torch from Lanarkshire Models. I'll see how I get on with that. Regarding the magnetic shunters pole, has anyone ever produced an electro-magnetic pole where the magnet can be switched on and off?
by Rhobat Bryn
Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Re: Uncoupling Hooks

grovenor-2685 wrote:Mind you almost anything will do for uncoupling, its the coupling up where the fun comes ;)
Keith


Well it's partly because I took the anything will do approach that I got into difficulty; tweezers are not a good idea. Does anyone have any experience of using a magnetic uncoupling device?
by Rhobat Bryn
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Re: Uncoupling Hooks

Many thanks, Morgan; that's just what I was looking for.
by Rhobat Bryn
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Operating in Practice
Topic: Coupling pole for scale couplings
Replies: 30
Views: 15144

Uncoupling Hooks

Does anyone know where I can get hold of an uncoupling hook used to handle three-link couplings? I believe I've seen some that have a torch built into it.
by Rhobat Bryn
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:26 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Model Coal
Replies: 10
Views: 3791

Re: Model Coal

Many thanks Tim. I've put the John Hayes book on the Christmas list and persuaded a member of the family to purchase it for me. I can then study the methods in more detail.
by Rhobat Bryn
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Model Coal
Replies: 10
Views: 3791

Re: Model Coal

Thank you all, gentlemen; the way forward is clear. Like Tim, I do not intend to have removeable coal but simply two sets of wagons which can be sent from one fiddle yard to the other by means of a single track behind the backscene. Could I therefore ask, Tim, how you secure coal within the wagon an...
by Rhobat Bryn
Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Model Coal
Replies: 10
Views: 3791

Model Coal

Does anyone have any suggestions for how best to model coal contained in a wagon? Preformed plastic moulds that slot into wagons never look convincing.
by Rhobat Bryn
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Kit Building Services
Replies: 4
Views: 2723

Re: Kit Building Services

Many thanks gentlemen for those very helpful suggestions.
by Rhobat Bryn
Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Kit Building Services
Replies: 4
Views: 2723

Kit Building Services

I'm looking for a reliable supplier of the above service and wonder whether anyone knows where a suitable list can be found. Quality of the final product is the main criteria.
by Rhobat Bryn
Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Kent
Topic: Eridge rebuild
Replies: 18
Views: 8446

Re: Eridge rebuild

Rod Cameron wrote:
About 25ft visible length plus fiddle yards each end.


Many thanks.

Looks terrific by the way, I particularly like the shape of the landscape for the cutting by the bridge.
by Rhobat Bryn
Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Kent
Topic: Eridge rebuild
Replies: 18
Views: 8446

Re: Eridge rebuild

Just how big is this layout exactly?
by Rhobat Bryn
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Lost Property - St Merryn
Replies: 3
Views: 2024

Re: Lost Property - St Merryn

Many thanks, Terry. That's very kind.

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