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Forum: General Chat Today, 11:10 AM
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Posted By Steve M
I suspect it’s both of those Barry.

I suspect it’s both of those Barry.
Forum: Location location location Today, 11:09 AM
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Posted By Steve M
Itís not finished - hope you havenít paid him...

Itís not finished - hope you havenít paid him yet.:D

Coming along nicely Brian.
Forum: DCC Today, 11:07 AM
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Posted By Steve M
That will work perfectly well.

That will work perfectly well.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell Today, 10:38 AM
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Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
A new modification. Clearances are tight using...

A new modification. Clearances are tight using these adapted tension locks and this morning I noticed some of the hooks were not engaging or disengaging cleanly. The answer was to cut out the rear of...
Forum: DCC Today, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Steve M
The Peco electrofrog mod: Red arrow - cut...

The Peco electrofrog mod:

Red arrow - cut the two silver link wires to completely isolate the frog

Blue arrow - solder a wire between the rails as shown, use a long length of wire to extend it...
Forum: Track Layout & Design Yesterday, 08:42 PM
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Posted By Steve M
I’m not an expert but from a few photos on Google...

I’m not an expert but from a few photos on Google it would appear that the configuration would be determined by the type of load being exchanged.
I read on one page that std gauge wagons tipped coal...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics Yesterday, 02:54 PM
Replies: 29
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Posted By Steve M
I would definitely add droppers to the outside...

I would definitely add droppers to the outside rails of the points - but I would also do it in conjunction with the advice in the link below. Adding live frog switching and doing the very simple mod...
Forum: Members layouts Yesterday, 08:06 AM
Replies: 175
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Posted By Steve M
Clean the track with a Track rubber first then...

Clean the track with a Track rubber first then wipe it with a lint free cloth and some IPA (isopropyl alcohol). The wheels and pickups can be cleaned of crud using the IPA and a cotton bud.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
At this stage Iím leaving the Dinghams on the...

At this stage Iím leaving the Dinghams on the goods wagons - they work although I can change them if I have problems.

Coaches will be in rakes with just the modified coupling at each end of the...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 106
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Posted By Steve M
Tony, I dare you to try.:D Itís a shame the...

Tony, I dare you to try.:D

Itís a shame the Dinghams proved to be a problem on curves for coaches. For a small, relatively straight shunting layout they would be my choice and they are not...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 08:17 PM
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Posted By Steve M
I think Iím getting close to the final design....

I think Iím getting close to the final design. Hooray, I hear.:)

I changed the soft iron wire for a metal staple - after all, one end is already bent to 90deg and they are easy to get old of. The...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:42 AM
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Posted By Steve M
As the loco draws away the hook continues to...

As the loco draws away the hook continues to rise.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1803/43122237225_38d8d1e603.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28GyJLH)20180814_111059 (https://flic.kr/p/28GyJLH) by Steve...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:41 AM
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Posted By Steve M
This is the basic design, in this example the...

This is the basic design, in this example the brass wire near the hook needs to be a little closer to the plastic hoop of the original coupling.
...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:21 AM
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Posted By Steve M
I should acknowledge the original author, Will...

I should acknowledge the original author, Will Vale, who posted this adaptation on RMWeb in 2010. Although this morning I found that the measurements were slightly off, maybe Bachmann couplings have...
Forum: Members layouts 13-08-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 175
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Posted By Steve M
You say the points are all new - if so they may...

You say the points are all new - if so they may be the new ‘unifrog’ design which are, apparently, even easier to use. If they are ‘pre-unifrog’ I think I would do the mod.
Forum: Members layouts 13-08-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,253
Posted By Steve M
It’s not just a Dcc thing. Electrofrogs will...

It’s not just a Dcc thing.

Electrofrogs will work perfectly well straight from the box with no modification and without touching that silver wire.

However they can be made more reliable by...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 13-08-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
I found a post and photo online (nearly ten years...

I found a post and photo online (nearly ten years old!) that gives some clues how the Brian Kirby coupler can be improved to prevent recoupling.

The original post indicated that the extra bits can...
Forum: Members layouts 13-08-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,253
Posted By Steve M
That wire is to be used if you have a switch to...

That wire is to be used if you have a switch to change polarity of the frog rather than just relying on the point blades to transmit power.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 13-08-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 206
Posted By Steve M
Predrilling sleepers is a given imho. In a...

Predrilling sleepers is a given imho.
In a tight situation like this I would still use drawing pins between the sleepers for testing but then predrill both the sleeper and the baseboard...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 13-08-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
MG, either by accident or design, you have solved...

MG, either by accident or design, you have solved the problem!

Your link revealed another video showing the Brian Kirby uncoupling system. I had tried it before with permanent magnets but ditched...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 13-08-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 206
Posted By Steve M
Isnít that what track pins are for? I agree...

Isnít that what track pins are for?

I agree that trying to put a tight curve into flexi can create a tight kink but either use a Tracksetta or draw a line on the board and lay to that, pinning as...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 12-08-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
Both of those seem to work well (the S&W look...

Both of those seem to work well (the S&W look very good in operation) but a little too much modification to the stock for my taste. Probably very good for kits or scratch built stock.

Funnily...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 12-08-2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
You are correct, it is Wizard that do them now....

You are correct, it is Wizard that do them now. Sadly their website appears to lack a Ďhow toí page.
They are clearly economizing - the 32 trial fret is now only 8.:D

I have only looked very...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 12-08-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,841
Posted By Steve M
Although I have heard of them I’ve not researched...

Although I have heard of them I’ve not researched them at all MG - but I will look into them. Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Scenery 12-08-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 149
Posted By Steve M
It’s available from more than one place Paul.

It’s available from more than one place Paul.
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