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by zebedeesknees
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Balcombe developments
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Balcombe developments

I suspect that the date may have something to do with this thread Rod!

Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Questions

Further to Nick's reply in another thread recently on this subject, some answers to questions anticipated, that haven't been asked yet. On batteries there were some references on supplier websites that I found confusing, like 'C' and 'S'. 'S' stands for cell - (yes, obvious!). Each cell provides a n...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: Finney Pannier Tank Radio Control/Battery

I have read, and re-read, not only this latest post but also the other posts under the subject of Radio Control on this forum and find the topic fascinating. I wonder if there is further guidance or available tutorials on the matter? There is some guidance on websites from component manufacturers l...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: At the end of my garden.
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: At the end of my garden.

Familiar territory for me - I spent quite a few years commuting to Liverpool Street from Forest Gate. So did I, but more often changing at Stratford during my commuting to work. A lifelong resident of F.G., living in Odessa Rd. for my first 24 years, now as you may have guessed, Sebert. From age ab...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: At the end of my garden.
Replies: 3
Views: 439

At the end of my garden.

Work on the tracks between Stratford and Forest Gate Junction this weekend.

Bogie wagon 001.jpg

Hmmm, not seen one of these before. The train is parked across part of the ladder junction between the local up and down lines.
Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 55
Views: 3373

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Hi Dave, the original question was, I think, about whether fitting secondary suspension to carriage bogies was worth it, and I feel that we have agreed that it is. If you wish to discuss the pros and cons of different designs, such as the Bedford or Pendelenton ones, I would suggest that you start a...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 55
Views: 3373

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Are you adding much extra weight to these coaches? And what do you regard as the ideal final weight using this approach? David Murrell Ahhh, weight of our models... we did this to death on the old E4um... a can o'worms lined with bones of contention... Few, I suspect will agree, but I 'scale' weigh...
by zebedeesknees
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 55
Views: 3373

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

I am now even more convinced to go down this route! All the best Neil Neil, this might be helpful:- http://www.clag.org.uk/beam-annex5.html The 'planes of freedom' diagram is important, and the application of the rotations of the bogie frame relative to the carriage body can make a difference; in t...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies
Replies: 55
Views: 3373

Re: Ratio Midland Carriage bogies

Secondary springing tends to be a personal thing. Some people think they are the bee's knees, others can't be bothered with them. I'm afraid you are going to have to do your own experiments and decide for yourself. Thanks Bill for all this. Does anyone have any other views on secondary springing fo...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 1337

Re: Best wire for collectors

Are there any recommended wires for current collectors? I have tended to use 0.35 phosphor bronze in the past, but with steel wheels am wondering if steel on steel might be a better option? Steve I have used pb without probs for years.. the date on this :- http://www.clag.org.uk/tedpick01.html was ...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: More Radio Control Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: More Radio Control Questions

It's not going to happen now, but it would be possible, and an interesting challenge. I would use an RX63, a smaller 4v coreless motor, leaving room for the Rx in the tank, and a button cell 'somewhere'! That's the configuration except that the Rx is under the roof of the the High Level 'Husky', whi...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: More Radio Control Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: More Radio Control Questions

Winander, you say you haven't built track yet, but have you invested in any DCC kit? I steered clear of DCC myself, not seeing any advantage for me, and the prices... Plus you still need track wiring, pickups etcetera. Therefore I have no idea what there might be in DCC that is desirable but not ava...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 1580

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

Though I welcome choice, I would personally not be interested in non-metal rails or wheels. Plastic track in sidings, possibly, but all-plastic rail and wheels on running lines would be a step too far for me. The rail or at least the railhead needs to be conductive in order for track circuits and cu...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Track for battery/radio control?
Replies: 28
Views: 1580

Re: Track for battery/radio control?

It is also true that wheels and axles can be all-metal without the need for insulation. This is true whatever the rail material happens to be. Radio control and battery power opens up lots of possibilities, some of which probably haven't been thought about yet. It's a bigger step than it first appea...
by zebedeesknees
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Questions

Double heading. The simplest way is as described earlier, to have both receivers bound to the same selection on the Tx, but that means that both locos do the same thing at the same time, if they are both powered. If already coupled together, no problem, they will drive as one unit. Or, with one loco...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Questions

Quick answers. A Tx22 can control as many receivers as have been bound to it, each responding to being selected when they are active/powered. Any number of Rxs can be bound to a specific selection, but only those that are powered will respond. So Nick is correct in that you could have as many sets o...
by zebedeesknees
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 4900

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Mea culpa! I know I shouldn't rely on my memory, but sometimes I forget... The drawbar pull theory was that it takes about 2g per carriage to keep it rolling, and a little more, perhaps 2.5g, to lift one from rest. So JackBlack's 45xx should be good to lift 20 carriages or more on the straight and l...
by zebedeesknees
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control
Replies: 44
Views: 4900

Re: MItchell 45xx battery/radio control

Dave Long wrote:- I'd certainly look at the Pololu regulators, I've never seen the point in the adjustable versions or having a step down function, plus they are even smaller. Many thanks for this info Dave, I/we hadn't discovered those. the RobotShop was out of stock of the 12 volt ones, but I foun...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Simple start
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: Simple start

The simple start is working on an assumption that most, if not all of us, have some sort of 12 volt DC supply, or an AC supply for DCC, available. A DC controller isn't required, just the power supply, an old-fashioned transformer with a rectifier, or a switched-mode 'wall wart' will do. On the test...
by zebedeesknees
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Simple start
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Simple start

Forget batteries for now, the idea is just to see if radio control is a viable option. Our locos already have pickups and generally, 12 volt motors. So I wanted to try to fit radio control to one to see how difficult it would be, and if it would be worth the effort. My Bachmann diesels have very rel...
by zebedeesknees
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 50642

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

I don't think the camera was being false, on the contrary. One of the great dangers of model photography in this digital age is the light source. I reckon one was taken in tungsten light, and the other in blue sky daylight.
Ted.
by zebedeesknees
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Batteries and r/c Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Re: Batteries and r/c Scaleforum 2019

Starting with radio... Forget batteries for now, though the elimination of the dreaded pickup hiccup is the ultimate goal, controlling the first loco by radio does not require a huge commitment. The Tx22 transmitter kit is £38.00 and an Rx61-22 receiver £32.00. For those not comfortable with solderi...
by zebedeesknees
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Radio Control
Topic: Batteries and r/c Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Batteries and r/c Scaleforum 2019

Members and guests, Nick and I were very pleased with the positive responses to our demo table at this year's show. The number certainly exceeded my expectations! For some years in my past employment, part of my job was as training instructor on our products, and I never ran a course without learnin...
by zebedeesknees
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 26
Views: 2851

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Will and Dave should call their 2-8-0s 'Bumble Bees'... some blinkered theorists say that they can't fly!
by zebedeesknees
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Chassis kits for CSB
Replies: 37
Views: 3852

Re: Chassis kits for CSB

Dave Bradwell wrote: I just questioned whether the design was optimum. Ahhh, optimum for what? Current collection, weight distribution, haulage, ease of assembly/adjustment, or something else? Perhaps it just needs another csb for the pickups to get the downward pressures all the same - or simple c...

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