Cowans Sheldon 70ft Turntable

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  1. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    This is something that I was after in OO scale some time ago but it seem to take an age to come out. I have as you'll know moved onto O gauge so when I discovered that these were available ...... it was a must ....... erm ..... even though I dont know where I can accommodate it yet. :avatar:
    Forgive the pictures as I wasn't going to completely unpack this as it is screaming out to have parts lost due to there nature in size.
    I will totally unpack the turntable module as some point as I my self am interested to see the various elements of the MDF parts and how they look once unpacked.
    For now though ...... here we are.
    PS ....... thanks goes out to my Mule ( Paul ) for carrying the MDF modules to the car.
    If this sends you too sleep, no worries. Its a monster post.
    first up .... the turntable components as the box is opened. There are little bags of all sorts sellotaped at the corners.
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    and again
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    dont know what half the components are yet as I have not had the chance to go through the destructions as yet. many of the component packages are named so I'll let you use your imagination.
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    there are about three layers of MDF there and I suspect when I open them up ...... they will tell a better story.
    these look like rail chairs but I'm sure there are more of these as we progress through the photos.
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    next up is ....... Yep ...... its a doofer.....
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    more stuff
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    and more
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    Ehhhhh ...... and more
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    yet more .....
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    and more.....
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    would you believe ........ more
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    the above are the main deck sections ..... I know that much ......
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    and there they are again .........
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    and these ........
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    and these stripy things
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    ahhhhhh ....... these ....
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    and there they are ......
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    lets not forget these
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    or these ......
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    and certainly not these .......
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    told you there were more of them ......
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    handy things these .....
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    and then we are down to this .....
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    gives an idea .....
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    and the deck ...... couldn't see ant though .....:facepalm:
    there are further written destructions but I never bothered with them ....... you will see them nearer the time.
    HEY ...... WAKEN UP !!!!!!!!!
    cheers for now
    toto
     
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  2. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    mmmmm .... very nice

    That'll keep you busy.
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Not at the moment it won't. :avatar:
     
  4. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    It must be huge whats the diameter Toto

    Ian vt
     
  5. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Looks like Toto's got so many kits to start, He just doesn't know where to begin first!:avatar:

    Keith.
     
  6. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    The modular unit is 600mm from memory and the turntable deck is around 500mm.

    Should make a nice kit.

    Toto
     
  7. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    You've certainly bought some cracking kits Toto, get that lot built and you'll be more of a 'Master Builder' than the rest of us put together!
    I was wondering if you have any model railway shows in your City as I've never seen a mention of any, though Paul has Dundee ones, and I think Colin W. mentioned one in Inverness.
    Keith.
     
  8. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Keith,

    Edinburgh must be one of the worst attended cities for just about every hobby. There is a decent club ( the name escapes me ) but no exhibition that I'm aware of which is a shame.

    It would be a great thing to kick off but you'd need a minimum of say five layouts to kick one off and a couple of retailers. Even to attach it on to another fete or something just to get it started.

    Failing that ....... There are plenty pubs. :avatar:

    Toto
     
  9. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    We used to have one in Chesterfield, it was run by a local club and was very popular, always well attended, some excellent layouts and top traders, Connoisseur models for one! but the venue was council owned and they just got too greedy, it killed the show, it was put on elsewhere but it was never the same.

    Pete.
     
  10. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Something could be started but it would probably need to be as an attachment to some kind of existing non railway related fair as a new attraction. Possibly two or three layouts then build on it year after year maybe eventually taking it over. Not easy.

    Toto
     
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    Church Halls are probably the best bet for price, but they want them free for Sundays - go figure :avatar:
     
  12. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Spurred on by dpaws latest thread with his turntable controller, I still need to find one for this one of mine. I think I'd like to keep it simple with some kind of push button affair.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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  13. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Does this mean you are going to make a start on the TT ?? Be great to see it together as it looks to be an awesome kit. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Steady on Toto, don't spill the tea... :avatar:
     
  15. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    :avatar: it is interesting to see another variation of the basis for a controller. I'm looking for something that's reliable and easy to use and set up. Keep it simple as possible.

    Toto
     
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    Unfortunately Toto, I doubt that controller will work with O gauge. It may not be powerful enough to drive a bigger motor that would be needed, it would need the output boosting with a power transistor, but as it uses back EMF to sense the motor revolutions, the intermediate transistor would get in the way of the feedback. I may be wrong, so may be worth contacting signatrak to enquire whats possible, as it seems to be a great controller for a good price.
     
  17. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Worth looking into. I'd like smooth and faultless. :avatar:
     
  18. Vinylelpea

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    That turntable wouldn't even fit in my house. :giggle:

    Phil from Australia
     
  19. dpaws

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    (Electronics expert added to my little back book!)

    Good thinking and very true. Now Mr Greenwood does have a webpage for an O gauge turntable - nowt on it as yet but I'd start there. Certainly push button control in lieu of DCC panel inputs seems quite feasible.

    Millhouse Studios seem to be the most experienced with O, one of theirs in motion here:



    Or even these guys http://www.admturntables.com/product-information/ but only OO & N mentioned...

    Or you could plunge for a Z21 and confiscate an iPhone off a street urchin... tap tap
     
  20. Timbersurf

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    You best go back to OO and buy a Heljan then!:facepalm:

    I think dpaws, that Toto has another expert of his own in mind ;) who may be tasked with using a stepper motor and an Arduino :idea: to create a home grown version, but don't mention this to Paul! :giggle:
     

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