Dapol C001 Turntable plastic kit

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  1. Cherokee

    Cherokee Full Member

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    Hello,
    All your advices about the Dapol C001 Turntable plastic kit are needed. Thanks.
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Cherokee not built one yet but got one on order to convert into a traverser, it looks pretty fragile so I'm curious too

    Ian vt :scratchchin:
     
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  3. Cherokee

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    :scratchchin: Does anyone have the "Assembly instructions" (PDF file) ? It'll be very interesting to read. Thanks.
     
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    Don`t have the instructions, but I have built one and motorized same.
    It was done when I was a member of another forum many moons ago.
    Here is a link to the starting post and the build goes on for about four forum pages.
    http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=11121&forum_id=21&page=17#p212578
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
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    I have the instructions albeit the old Airfix one but as far as I know it is the same I can scan and post if you need them.


    Mine is butchered and fitted to the top of a Hornby turntable
    I have the instructions albeit the old Airfix one but as far as I know it is the same I can scan and post if you need them.


    Mine is butchered and fitted to the top of a Hornby turntable

     
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    Dont know what happend there
     
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    gormo you have done a hell of a job ! Thanks for the link. Very helpful and very interesting.
    mikejh thanks for the pics. A wonderful work. Could you scan the assembly instructions of the old Airfix ? Thanks.
     
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    Just off out so will do later.
    Cheers Mike
     
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    Hope they are of some help


    double click the image to enlarge

    Cheers Mike
     
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    :tophat:Thanks.
     
  11. dpaws

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    Cherokee : This sort of thing may be of interest you for a motor drive. Being 12V DC you could wire up to a DCC loco decoder with sufficient current capacity... and why not add a sound file while you're at it?

    Personally I wouldn't wire the bridge rails, I'd feed power to the bridge from the aligned track though if you run DCC locos with sound fitted this wouldn't work... True to life RPM would be lower, but 1 rpm versions are available too... 2 rpm seems to be an acceptable compromise between realism and not falling asleep at the controls!

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    Now I am curious too! It's a very interesting choice - why start with something specifically designed to rotate in order to achieve something else specifically required to travel in an absolute straight line? :confused: Isn't that like using chocolate as the base ingredient to make a lasagne?

    I highly recommend looking at "linear slides" as a starting point (some good posts on this forum already)
     
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    That's a wonderful achievement, my compliments Gormo, very nicely done - and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Just save up and buy a Heljan, they are brilliant! Work out of the box, 1/4 of the price of others, fully DCC compliant, and no mechanical or electrical wizardry skills required!
    (and I am an Industrial designer of drives/systems, so eminently capable of bodging one together, but I bought one, no point in re-inventing the wheel)
     
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    Thanks folks. I don't know yet what I'm gonna do with this turntable. As I'm an old school guy, I use only DC for all my layouts.
     
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    To be honest, I'm also looking for this Kibri turntable:
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    If you're old school and DC only, need the TT to move with DC and stop in the correct place every time then Fleischmann offer two sizes. Tried, tested, proven, got one myself for my new project and owned N gauge versions in the past. Full spares available online. Superb stuff.

    For budget old school manual but with a winding wheel the Atlas model is very good with the bonus that you can motorise with DC and DCC fully indexing at a later date (if you ever win the lotto!). You could use the girders from the Dapol kit to make it look more British and I think I'm correct in saying that you don't need to make a ruddy huge hole in the baseboard as it sits on top, just like the Dapol model :)

    The Heljan is good but IMHO needs bracing to stop the well warping - you may have noted that several TT manufacturers use either cast iron or cast resin to keep the pit absolutely solid for trouble free operation. The Heljan traverser has the same issues.

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    It's also worth looking at stepper motors if go down the DIY route.

    Paul
     
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    :tophat:Thanks.
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi dpaws ref the traverser conversion its hopefully going to be pinioned at one end whilst the other end will pivot on a section of the curved guide rail as I don't have sufficient width for a full turntable... that's the plan .. maybe

    Ian vt
     
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    That sounds complicated - I still haven't quite got my head around this width-challenged "turntable" !! https://www.hapo-bahn.de/segmentscheiben/segment17/index.html
     
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