Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by Toto, Jul 16, 2016.
As long as you both don't start finishing off each others sentences ... we should be OK
Yes, the journey has been a good one. Now ...... Mind and buy your ticket for the next stage. It starts Saturday when I struggle with my big sucker of a bearing.
Well it's home time today. Still got a few things to organise for finishing up my employment tomorrow so won't see the shed until tomorrow evening at the earliest.
However, there is a list of things for this weekend starting with the bridge bearing.
I am itching to get the track work started and the baseboards painted. I'll probably do the track first and the paint can come next. If I do it the other way around, I'll need to wait for the paint to dry before attacking the track.
The bearing could take a wee while but no worries. I also have some copper clad with which to install at the track end on the bridge for the fitting of the keepers.
A bit of a mix of tasks this weekend. Makes it a bit more interesting.
Cheers for now
some progress made today. i had some work to do to the internal " hole " where the bridge bearing was about to go but needed a floor first ti give me a height to work off.
I went to B & Q first for some of this.
and then I started by fixing a couple of timber battens along the bottom inside edge.
I then took the piece of ply that I cut out to create the the " well ",
It was not long enough for my purpose as I needed a couple of inches more so I cut it in half in order to be able to slot a extension piece in the middle ........ all will become clearer. ........ I think.
the first piece goes down,
and then the rest as above.
I then used a couple of strips to form the sides.
and there we have it .......... Now .....
The bendy stuff gets cut to size and flexed in ( temporarily ) ........ some of you may have guessed by now ....... or at least partially.
The other end goes in.
and then the sides.
a bit of work to see if this can go where I want it to go but we'll see.
decided to take the easy route to get the pivot point for the sector plate aligned. it means going back to the sector plate itself just being a non scenic part but the attempt I made at a pillar arrangement was not steady enough.
here is where I am at.
The two support timbers when installed had to be knocked out of the straight in order to get the plate running smooth and meeting all reference points. doesnt look so good but it aligns perfectly where I need it to and runs smoothly. It can maybe be tweaked again later.
A length of track goes down to play around with reference points.
there will be a cutting of track on each arm before hitting the 2 sets of points which will be aligned to the edge of the board to meet up with the other board.
they are only placed roughly ( not fixed ) the points need to move towards the edge of the board a bit to ensure a straight run off.
Anyway ...... thats it for the moment.
You'll have it done by the end of the week
You dont get much track in for such a large baseboard, you'll need a bigger shed
Paul - the stirrer
This is looking good Toto
Just thinking out loud the sink hole looks deep enough to be used for storage of the unused rolling stock and still have space for the table to turn above it. If it is you could install some card strips along the base cut at 26-27mm wide to fit between the flanges to keep all the stock in line and neat with in the sink hole.
Good idea Chris ..... I like that
Have not done a stroke in the shed today for a couple of reasons.
first, dealing with a couple of calls I have been waiting for re potential new jobs. Second, I was out with me dad for a beer last night, taking advantage of the fact I wasn't having to drive this morning.
I may get out the boards and start working on getting some track down. I can align the boards and temporarily screw then together to allow me to make thr transition from one to the other.
I need to pick up SWMBO from work first though at about 5 ish.
I'll report any progress later
Peco point links for trouble free opperation no electrical week points if it is done this way.
Cut the factory links in the first photo and use the tail wire for powering the frog
Add links, Like marked in the second photo to provide positive contact this stops the reliance on friction contact at the blades
Then you can use a micro switch under the cover at the front of the point to change frog polarity or point switch or a tam valley frog ducer if running DCC for ultimate trouble free opperation no short posibility even if you forget to change the point
This will work for DC as well as DCC you will never have a loco stall on the point due to intermittent blade contact.
Are you using your usual cobalts to throw the points, if so how are you going to control them - DCC or traditional control panel / lever frame
It'll be DCC Paul. I am hoping to set up routes which would not be too hard given the number of turnouts that I'll be using.
It's only say two sets of points Max at any one time but because it's a short length, it would handy if they both switched over with one com and to save jumping between two commands before the loco gets too close.
Either that or you just have to ensure that the points are set before the loco starts moving at all.
Toto I would put in the manual override switches in as well you will soon get the s toggling between the the loco and accessory functions selecting then functioning then toggle back, seems to take forever after a while, when you can have one a touch switch to change the point.
Tried it once on a small layout won't do it again, was a wast of the lectronic wizardry.
Worth a thought Chris. It'd be easy enough.
Another day of hanging around today but hopefully if my telepathy with the job gods are correct, it will be all over tomorrow.
One or two solid ( and final ) offers should land and I also have one more telephone interview / conference call at 13.00 mid day. I had an initial discussion by phone earlier today with a company who have thrown their hat in the ring at the eleventh hour.
If the teleconference goes well, they tell me I shall have a written offer by close of business tomorrow for a start on Monday.
Now ..... If I get all that out the way, it gives me Friday to relax and consentrate on at least doing the links and soldering to my points.
Keeping fingers, legs, arms etc crossed for you Tom .
Good luck mate, cheers, Pete.
its a waiting game at the moment as I type. One solid offer ( not the best nor my first choice ) one now declined as of 10 minutes ago, and one that i am waiting for anytime now.
There is another that was meant to break their cover at the back end of this week but nothing as yet.
What a job.
Offer made and accepted. start work a week on monday so another cheeky wee week off. this time I shall sleep well.
the shed will see some action now that my mind is a bit clearer.
Pleased for you Toto .. . You have to remember though a week to us oo'ers is only half a week in 'Oh' gauge ... or should that be ...?