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by Tony Wilkins
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68477

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: 2976

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 70
Views: 4989

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: 2122

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 588

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: 55
Views: 13869

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 775

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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: 384
Views: 68477

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.
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68477

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Thanks for the replies, it is useful to see what others have done. I was originally after the Cobalt IP version, but at the time of ordering, these were not yet available, so settled for the classics. I do recognise the connectors strips and have similar in my collection of electronic bits so will e...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout construction - Question here please.
Replies: 148
Views: 30943

Re: Turnout construction - Question here please.

Hi Tony this is from your Brimsdown thread. If you have the inclination at any point to put the soldering iron down... but I'm not wanting to interrupt progress, no hurry for reply! I'm trying to work out if my eye is deceiving me - are some of the E switches curved on both roads? Hi Julian. I thin...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68477

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Hi Bob. The slipping gear problem is something I am aware of. The ones I have are the revamped Classic model with the extra connection and dual voltage switch and I have been advised to use the higher setting with my setup. It is early days yet as I have only been operating them with a 12 volt suppl...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 384
Views: 68477

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

For those wondering what progress has been made since my last post, here is an update. After what seems an age being diverted by other things such as a new kitchen and jobs outside during the "good" weather, I have now began to make some further progress with the layout although not in the...
by Tony Wilkins
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Hattons P4 Diesels
Replies: 1
Views: 747

Re: Hattons P4 Diesels

Yes, they do come up from time to time and I have acquired a couple of P4 locos from this source.
I think it is something of a brave choice to get into what must be a relatively small market.
Tony.
by Tony Wilkins
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 35135

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I too was pondering what tools would be sensible to pack for use at the workshops. [ Not worried about hold baggage, but would like to leave my car parked at B&B at least on the Saturday ] What do the "tutors" recommend? Hi Les, As set out in the July issue of the News (no, I haven't ...
by Tony Wilkins
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Maindee East for sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2894

Re: Maindee East for sale

I would have thought that "Passed" meant reached the reserve price.
Tony.

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