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Forum: DCC 20-09-2018, 09:18 PM
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Posted By Steve M
I quite like the Gaugemaster GM60 wheelcleaner...

I quite like the Gaugemaster GM60 wheelcleaner for a quick polish of the driving wheels. IPA for everything else.
Forum: DCC 19-09-2018, 11:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
I've never removed any suppression capacitors...

I've never removed any suppression capacitors from any locos. The majority of mine are dcc ready and presume that a plug and play decoder shouldn't need any other mods.
I did try a stay alive once -...
Forum: DCC 19-09-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
I have no idea! Motor algorithm maybe? It’s a...

I have no idea! Motor algorithm maybe? It’s a suggestion that is often given to smooth out the symptoms you describe - I tried it on a rough running Tornado and it worked a treat.
Try it, if it...
Forum: DCC 19-09-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
Back to basics Andrew. You have cleaned the track...

Back to basics Andrew. You have cleaned the track but have you cleaned the wheels and pickups on the loco? Has it been properly run in and lightly lubricated?
On DCC you can try setting CV 150 to a...
Forum: DCC 19-09-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
A factory reset is usually done by setting CV8 to...

A factory reset is usually done by setting CV8 to a value of 8.
Do you have the leaflet that states the factory settings for that particular decoder. That will give you the range of values for each...
Forum: Location location location 19-09-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 120
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Posted By Steve M
Probably spent most of them on the...

Probably spent most of them on the alterations.:D:D
Forum: DCC 17-09-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
Your logic is faultless.:D

Your logic is faultless.:D
Forum: DCC 17-09-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
Yes.......... to Andrew’s question :) To be...

Yes.......... to Andrew’s question :)

To be honest I have only programmed on main a couple of times so my memory may be a bit off but what if you don’t know the current address to put in first? ...
Forum: DCC 17-09-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
Programme track would be better imho. It can be...

Programme track would be better imho. It can be done on the main track but you need to take all your locos off the track first apart from the one you ant to programme and select Prog Main on the...
Forum: DCC 17-09-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 362
Posted By Steve M
Put the loco on your programming track. Press...

Put the loco on your programming track.
Press the ‘prog’ Button and the display will say prog (prog track)
Press enter
Screen shows ADR
Enter your chosen loco address (4digits)
Press enter
...
Forum: Location location location 17-09-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,898
Posted By Steve M
How about one of those Black Labels? :D

How about one of those Black Labels? :D
Forum: Location location location 17-09-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,898
Posted By Steve M
Just donít mention his foot, SWMBOís finger or...

Just donít mention his foot, SWMBOís finger or bruise in the same sentence.:D

Good progress Brian.:)
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 16-09-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
I believe you should also acknowledge the...

I believe you should also acknowledge the original owner of the piece under the fair use rules.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 16-09-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
Possibly an advantage to use electromagnets -...

Possibly an advantage to use electromagnets - unless activated they won’t uncouple, and I can get away with only one hook per wagon.

I bought the cranked couplings as a couple of my locos have low...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 16-09-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 129
Posted By Steve M
Andrew it can be done with a Dremel and a cutting...

Andrew it can be done with a Dremel and a cutting disc but there is a risk that the pin will get hot and melt through the tie rod. Get hold of a pair of side cutters about the same size as a ‘normal’...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 16-09-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
Iíve not tried it yet, but I have picked up some...

Iíve not tried it yet, but I have picked up some cranked Bachmann couplings - it may be possible to put them on upside down to raise them slightly.
Just a theory at this stage though.

As most of...
Forum: OO Scale 16-09-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 95
Posted By Steve M
You would do better with either a Sharge or CMX...

You would do better with either a Sharge or CMX cleaning wagon - a bit more expensive though.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 16-09-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
I’m not a fan of having the iron tail at right...

I’m not a fan of having the iron tail at right angles, as you say it tends to pull the coupling to one side. But as I said, having the tail inline means it can miss narrow magnets - that’s why I...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 16-09-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
Stephen, thanks for your comments. Seems you beat...

Stephen, thanks for your comments. Seems you beat me to it with this method of uncoupling.:)

I too read the original theory of using door magnets - probably all that was available at the time...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 15-09-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 199
Posted By Steve M
As you have probably already realised, alignment...

As you have probably already realised, alignment is the key to getting these working properly. Personally, I have fitted nearly 150 of them in the past five or six years and have had very few issues...
Forum: Analogue 15-09-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 544
Posted By Steve M
Right at the start you said it as brand new. If...

Right at the start you said it as brand new. If it performs that badly I suggest you take it back to the seller for another one or a refund.
Forum: DCC 15-09-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 796
Posted By Steve M
I absolutely agree that so many issues can be...

I absolutely agree that so many issues can be avoided by reading and understanding the instructions - probably where most of us fall short at times.:)

I have no doubt that Cobalts give a number...
Forum: DCC 15-09-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 796
Posted By Steve M
There are way too many posts across many forums...

There are way too many posts across many forums where many people have struggled with these and similar motors.
It seems to me that all too often a simple question will be asked by a self...
Forum: DCC 14-09-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 796
Posted By Steve M
I’m amazed at what passes as a definition of...

I’m amazed at what passes as a definition of ‘simple’ these days.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-09-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,048
Posted By Steve M
I think I have mastered these brass hooks. ...

I think I have mastered these brass hooks.

I ended up soldering a small brass tag to close up the pivot hole and make it a snug fit (but still able to pivot freely). I also soldered a staple to...
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