Discussion in 'Planks' started by Dr Tony, Jan 1, 2018.
Dr Tony wrote:
Thanks Tony will be good to have a local source for these pattern Dowels
Finally some more progress here. All the track is down now and I have just made my first point remote controlled using Gary's method. Had to use styrene tubes as modern radio control equipment uses 2.4Ghz these days and has stub aerials, no my local hobby shop did not have any of the old aerial tube. Can still get the stuff, but I've had enough delays with this project to not want to wait another week or two. Drinking straws would be to thick here I think.
Realising why in my electronics work I haven't used this sort of switch for ages, it's hard to drill a rectangular hole.
But it's in and it works nicely, now for the other 4!
The astute viewer will notice 2 hammers on the layout, can never have enough really?
Looking good Tony. I would recommend smoothing out the S curve below the top hammer, making it much more gentle than what is there currently.
Have you wired up the frog to the switch yet ??
Did someone say ....... hammers ..... I'll second that. ........ never too many. good progress with the track ..... see what a hammer can do.
I like nail guns there's a lot less effort involved.
Here are some hammers for you Toto... but please not for use like that.
Slow progress here but here is the latest update. As Gary suggested I have smoothed the S curve, although it was pleasing to the eye, it would be more than silly to ignore good advice from the master.
Now have all point rods in place with their switches. Will be using Gary's wiring plan for them, but that's a job for when I have split the layout back into two pieces and it is easier to work underneath. Have also made small boards out of PC board for the sleepers next to the join. Cutting this stuff was a pain and a real exercise in trial and error in technique, the usual methods for perforated vero-board just don't work.
Next task is to cut the rail with the dremel. That may have to wait until the weekend when there is not a little boy sleeping upstairs above my workshop when I get time to do this sort of thing.
The little Hornby wagons go up and down it all with ease.
Even tidied all the extra rubbish off the top so it looks like a layout.
Looking good Tony.
I use the dremel to cut copper-clad PC board, and or a hacksaw !
The trouble I had with using a hacksaw, apart from the problems of getting a nice straight line, was the fact that this stuff really goes through blades. For about 200mm of cut I pretty much destroyed a blade, no teeth left. Had the same result with the scroll saw. Ended up using the 4inch angle grinder with a very thin metal cutting blade. Have heard good things about using a small table saw with diamond blade, as is used for cutting tiles, but they do have a cost.
It isn't the easiest material to cut and if you do a search for HO/OO scale copper clad sleepers, they seem to be rare in Oz... I have been told that they are available from Gary at Model Railroad Craftsman in Blacktown : 'Clover House PC Board Ties #266'.
Hive of activity here, first step tonight was to put the anchoring screws in the pcbs "sleepers"
Then use the dremel to make the finest cut in the rail that I could.
And then, after releasing the bolts under the boards securing them together, and then making a slit in the cork after the boards would not separate
Once re-connected the test wagons run over the gap with ease. Yes, I will remember to cut a slit in the boards to avoid a short circuit, but that's for another night.
Next will be making a cradle for each board so I can work on the wiring underneath with ease.