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by Tony Wilkins
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

In general I am not a great fan of crimped connections even though they are widely used in industry Hi Tony, I tend to disagree there. Crimp connections are widely used because they are more reliable. They are flexible and ideal for terminating flexible cables. Soldered connections are not flexible...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Now that I have more or less reached one end of the storage sidings, I have got to backtrack for a while and update baseboards already wired to include extra functions and associated wiring, before working my way in the other direction. I have used 38 and 56 way connectors thus far but have already ...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Tony uses the contact style with eyelet designed for soldering. The back end protrudes from the housing so use of insulating sleeve is desirable. I prefer to use the crimp style contact pins as they are shorter, do not protrude and so no sleeve is required. They are intended for use with an expensi...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

This is an excellent series, can I suggest that this is incorporated into the Scalefour Society Manual? David David, I'm sure that the Society would benefit from such a document. Only one question - who is going to write it? Cheers Paul Willis Deputy Chairman I think that's known as a loaded questi...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Back to the subject in hand. The connectors will need to be mounted somewhere. With previous layouts, I have always mounted the connectors underneath, however these present more of a challenge with age, so a different approach was called for, especially as the underside of many of these baseboards w...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I am not going to reply individually to all the above comments for perhaps obvious reasons, but generally, a hot air gun of some sort is the recommended way to shrink heat shrink sleeving although, like most, I have resorted to a soldering iron to do the job. There is a good reason why I use rubber ...
by Tony Wilkins
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Paul Townsend wrote:See my advert in classified section for these connectors.
I previously mentioned cables available and got smacked for thread drift! Fair enough :D

Only lightly
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

So some more detail about what are now my standard connector system. When I first came across these they were marketed as Varelco 8016 series video connectors. DSCF0953.jpg They were apparently designed in Canada for the video industry. No I couldn't work it out either. Over the years this has chang...
by Tony Wilkins
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Andrew. Hello Tony A clear explanation of wiring requirements for both DC and DCC. I could have done with this a few months back when I was installing the main traction current feeds for Yeovil. I ended up using 32/02 just to be on the safe side and in fact twisted them together which I’m reliabl...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

The previous post has just been edited and extended since first submitted. I must admit that I hadn't intended this to turn into a treaties on wiring, but anyway here goes. As well as cable to wire up each baseboard, we need connectors in between them. There are two main ways to connect up a layout,...
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 30
Views: 3229

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Yesterday I used the lathe to turn down 26 Gibson short handrail knobs to remove the flange and these were soldered into holes to be used for the lashing ring mounts. How did you hold the handrail knobs in the lathe, Terry? Well done on tackling an A1 kit. They're not for the faint of heart! I woul...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 299
Views: 69984

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

I have to say that I am quite impressed with the results. The S scale wagons look particularly good, but the translucent material reminds me of some ancient ERG kits for LNER riveted mineral wagons that I once built and needed several layers of paint to hide the see through look.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Wizard of the Moor
Topic: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers
Replies: 30
Views: 3229

Re: 51L Iron Ore Hoppers

Hi James.
You are making me seriously wonder about the 6 I have to build for my sand train.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Having wired up the main part of the common return for the track and point motors, the supply rails are connected up with insulated wire, each track having its own dedicated colour. At this stage it may be found desirable to begin soldering some of the joints to prevent wires falling out of their ta...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 148
Views: 30942

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Certainly the nominal distance for the blade opening is usually quoted as 4 1/4" although I am sure I have seen 4 1/2" quoted in some instances. 4 1/4" or 1.4mm scale should be adequate for our purpose. I do sometimes use 1.5mm for P4 blades for luck. However my feeling is that the fa...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Marking gauge?
Replies: 25
Views: 2185

Re: Marking gauge?

Thanks for that, Terry, it's certainly a surface gauge I meant. Looks about the same price as the mortice type gauge, which is surprising. I've never heard the term Jenny dividers, presumably these are what I would call odd-leg callipers and are probably the easiest and cheapest way of doing the jo...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 14332

Re: Dorset 1937

The order may make more sense, but they don't seem to display properly now. Regards Tony. Hi Tony, In what regard? They seem to be okay on my laptop (W10, Opera browser). Just like the originals pre-adjustment. Cheers Paul Hi Paul. They were rotated 90degrees on my laptop too (Linux mint 18, Firefo...
by Tony Wilkins
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 98
Views: 14332

Re: Dorset 1937

The order may make more sense, but they don't seem to display properly now.
Regards
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68471

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: 384
Views: 68471

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: 2133

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: 384
Views: 68471

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: 46
Views: 5798

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: 384
Views: 68471

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: 384
Views: 68471

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 ...

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