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by JackBlack
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 16
Views: 436

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

I actually enjoy building track. And building it without having to worry about anything electrical makes it more fun. It's also relatively cheap if you file all the parts yourself. However being able to print small sections of more complicated areas would be good, but then there's the issue of havin...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4
Replies: 21
Views: 853

Re: Converting Hornby Collett Non Corridor Stock to P4

Tim V wrote:I see that you are using ordinary P4 wheelsets, get hold of some of the top quality ones - and see the difference.


Given that there are limited suppliers of P4 wheels, from whom do I purchase top quality wheels?
by JackBlack
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

the tender will have to have a very full load of coal given the battery size :thumb Yes indeed. I was a bit worried about how I was going to make that work. I want the big battery, but I also don't want to compromise on how the model looks. But I think it works: IMG_20200110_130939648.jpg While I w...
by JackBlack
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

I'm slowly plodding away with this, work gets in the way unfortunately... The last few days I've undercoated and painted the tender. For the first time I've used acrylic paints on a locomotive. I did a bit of trawling around online to see if anyone had matched Vallejo acrylics to Great Western colou...
by JackBlack
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 1825

Re: Non Railway Modelling

They look great. What paints/weathering materials are you using?
by JackBlack
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

I'd have used a slightly different switch arrangement - a SPDT (aka "changeover! switch), so that in one position it would connect the charging +ve to the battery, and in the other position connect the battery to the receiver(and rest of loco). Thus the loco must be turned off in order for the...
by JackBlack
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

David Catton very kindly took my badly hand-drawn sketch and turned it into a nice circuit diagram showing the components and connectors, that anyone can understand (hopefully). So the above RC connections I've put together for the Castle are like this: Wiring-Diagram.jpg And were you using a 12v mo...
by JackBlack
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

Hi folks, A quick update, as things are progressing slowly but steadily on my Castle project. As I mentioned on one of the other R/C threads, I wanted to tidy up how the various components connect together. So far I have been using small stripboard pieces with components either soldered to them, or ...
by JackBlack
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Duchess test build
Replies: 30
Views: 2794

Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Looks awesome. Really nice clean job. Presumably the holes in the back of the axlebox castings allow for the movement of the axles? Or you had to grind them out?

Cheers, Nick
by JackBlack
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

Someone has asked, so just adding the link to the motor I'm using here:

GEE FF180
by JackBlack
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

A little bit of progress. The main Castle chassis has gone together with no drama. CSB as usual with High Level horn blocks and carriers. Some minor modifications needed to the spacers but nothing too drastic. As I'm driving the centre axle I needed to move the centre spacer forward a bit. I will so...
by JackBlack
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Questions

David Catton wrote:JackBlack might be good with C++


C#, please 8-)

This looks interesting: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=79090. I've been looking for any excuse to buy a Raspberry Pi...
by JackBlack
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Mitchell Castle battery/radio control
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Mitchell Castle battery/radio control

I'm going to build 4094 Dynevor Castle from a Mitchell kit that I bought from eBay about 18 months ago. The box included a 4000 gallon tender. I've never actually built a tender locomotive, although I have a couple half-built. So this is going to be a voyage of discovery... It will carry the battery...
by JackBlack
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Components for RC
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Components for RC

Discussed with David and recreated the Excel as a Google Sheet:

Components for Radio Control

Works the same as Excel but is online and shareable, and other people can add/edit.

Thanks, Nick
by JackBlack
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Questions

Hi David, I've not tried this, but I think Ted can confirm, you can bind multiple receivers to the same slot on the TX, but I don't know what happens if more than one are switched on at the same time. So you could have a set of 12 locos bound to the 12 slots on a TX, and then another set of 12 locos...
by JackBlack
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Components for RC
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Components for RC

David is it possible that we can change this to a Google sheet? They work exactly like Excel but shareable and accessible and there'll only be one version. We can make open via link and it means that everyone can see it and add to it. I only have Excel on my work laptop. This could be a very useful ...
by JackBlack
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Components for RC
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Components for RC

This is great David, thank you. When I get some time over the weekend I'll add some of my own stuff. I will also start a thread about batteries as this is an area that deserves it's own topic. Definitely of interest. I have never yet found a single source with everything gathered together and if thi...
by JackBlack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

I agree with Keith, lets start a new thread. There's already one for motors, maybe start one for batteries? One little snag is batteries with protection circuits so I'm hoping posting this message might lead to revelations about what are the best products to buy. I'm tempted to think that flat batte...
by JackBlack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

So I just wanted to close this thread out before I do a post about my next project. I took 4556 to Mr Scannell's house yesterday so we could measure the traction pull on his test track. If any of you have seen this you'll know how it works, but basically it has a little pulley and a weight and some ...
by JackBlack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Can't beat a bit of Floyd on a Sunday evening...
by JackBlack
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

4556 with it crankpin nut fixed, buffers, coupling hooks and coal. I've somehow managed to get the weight up to 232gm. It runs nicely on my tiny test track, but on Saturday we'll hopefully see what it'll pull using Ted's traction testing thingy. I've also figured out that the videos look better if y...
by JackBlack
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

4556 is basically finished now, with a bit of light weathering using oils and powders. I just need to fit the buffers, coupling hooks and add some coal which I'll do over the next couple of days. It runs nicely, and I was going to make a video to demonstrate, however it seems to have lost a crankpin...
by JackBlack
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Thanks Alan. The next time I'm in Halfords I'll pick one up to try. I've had problems before with masking tape lifting off paint and primer back to the brass, which is really annoying! Maybe this will help. Cheers, Nick
by JackBlack
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

I know this is meant to be about battery control .... but actually I am loving the loco build itself ;) Thanks! It's gone suspiciously smoothly so far, I'm still waiting for something to go wrong... Last night and this morning basic colours have gone on. Undercoat is Halfords Grey Primer. 09.jpg Hu...
by JackBlack
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 3994

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

A bit of progress this week... Chassis with the N30 motor and RX63... 01.jpg These are the main parts, 14430 battery, switch, charging socket and my connector board. 02.jpg The battery attaches to the connector board using two 12BA nuts. The same arrangement for the RX. I've ordered some 1.47mm pitc...

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