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by Tricky Dicky
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Baseboards
Topic: Ready Built baseboards and kits
Replies: 25
Views: 731

Re: Ready Built baseboards and kits

Good luck with the build Terry, looking forward to the pictures/video.

Richard
by Tricky Dicky
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Oh dear ..... an electrofrog conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Oh dear ..... an electrofrog conundrum

Thanks for the link Ian

Richard
by Tricky Dicky
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Oh dear ..... an electrofrog conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Oh dear ..... an electrofrog conundrum

Sorry if this is butting in on the thread, but I was wondering Brian if you could explain what the difference is between Peco electro frog points and Unifrog. I am hoping to use bullhead on a future OO layout so I have been trying to get more info. What I have gleaned so far, and correct me if I am ...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!
Replies: 20
Views: 87

Re: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!

I use one of those tip cleaners all the time instead of a damp sponge and never had a problem. Interestingly when I did my basic workshop training in the RAF we were taught to use a file to keep the tip in shape and good condition, so I guess in those dark days they didn't have any kind of protecti...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!
Replies: 20
Views: 87

Re: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!

Have just tried using the second tip from the set of 3 - a pointed one and that too has instantly turned brown and won’t hold solder. Still a little concerned at this happening. Steel and ferrous metals form oxides on their surfaces between about 200C and 300C, also known as the tempering colours. ...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!
Replies: 20
Views: 87

Re: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!

I think I’ve solved the mystery! My antex iron has a plastic stand. The holder is like a large spring. When you insert the iron into the spring and push it fully in the tip touches the bottom of the plastic stand. Looking carefully down I can see that the edge of the plastic stand is melted. Surely...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!
Replies: 20
Views: 87

Re: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!

Have just tried using the second tip from the set of 3 - a pointed one and that too has instantly turned brown and won’t hold solder. If these are new tips then you may find they have protective coating applied being iron carbide coated that coating can rust whilst in storage so to keep them lookin...
by Tricky Dicky
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Wiring and Electrics
Topic: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!
Replies: 20
Views: 87

Re: Help - my soldering iron tips are black!

Badly oxidised tips are a real mare to restore. Files and emery cloth may remove the oxide quickly but will damage the iron carbide layer on your Antex irons tip. When I was still working our technician used to restore tips using a small brass wire brush in a Dremel or alternatively one of those bra...
by Tricky Dicky
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Other Electrical/Electronics
Topic: Anyone experienced with battery trains. ??
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Anyone experienced with battery trains. ??

RogerB wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:45 pm
There is also this company for battery controlled model railway engines. Seems more suitable for engines larger than OO. R-
I think that is the system I saw the components that make up the system look familiar.

Richard
by Tricky Dicky
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Other Electrical/Electronics
Topic: Anyone experienced with battery trains. ??
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Anyone experienced with battery trains. ??

I saw a OO version of a battery driven train at a show sometime back and was amazed at the size of the batteries. The thing that struck me was the battery swapping and recharging which involved considerable handling of locos. I was going to ask the exhibitor for more details but he seemed tied up wi...