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 Posted: Sun Nov 1st, 2015 03:37 pm
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I'm in UK for my annual November trip and, as per usual, I looked around for potential model railway shows to visit.

Having arrived here in Yorkshire on Friday, the only available one was the Leeds Model Railway Show.

I was a little disappointed in the layouts - many had very little "happening" and most were far too clean looking.  Photos to follow when I have a chance to download them.

I was however, sufficiently taken with this system to dig (deep) into my wallet and purchase same - the "Starter Kit", sufficient for 24 points/signals or whatever, cost a hefty £198 !!!  I did think of Max and his experiences with servo controls as I listened to the guy.  His demo models looked really good and easy to set up although of course, it's not a "remote" system.

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Ihave seen that set up and his demo,if I had not just invested in a load of point motors I would have used servo`s and his system
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Well that sounds promising Owen.  Most of my points are remote via a Lenz LS150 accessory decoder, but there's an area still to be powered and this system really impressed me.

Whilst I do have a spare LS150, I'd have to buy motors so this was an opportune moment to try it out - albeit at a price !!!

It should end up costing far less than going down the LS150 route but I didn't jump purely on a price basis - his demontration of it's many capabilities was quite something and the signal operation was fantastic.

Have a look at the video section to see the signals - they're impressive. :thumbs



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Peter are you thinking of using servo`s? because they are dirt cheap on e-bay,less than £2 ea I got mine for signals but now considering points too
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If you look at the MegaPoints site Owen, he recommends a servo from Hobby King - around £1.50 each.

He's gone into the thing in great detail with clever mounting systems etc.  The video section is worth watching to get a few ideas.



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have looked at it,Peter will peruse it more later,thanks
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I've ordered some servos Owen but didn't realise they come from the States .................:shock::shock:

I'll see how long it takes them to get here and what, if any, duty is to pay.



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Isn't there a model aircraft shop in France, Peter?



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Yes Max, I'm sure there are plenty but nowhere near me ................:cry:

There used to be one just 30 miles away but it closed down.  The nearest is now 70 miles away.  I could do mail order from somewhere but these servos were recommended by Mega Points.  I didn't realise they were in the States because everything was in English and sterling prices !!  It seems the link he gave, took me direct to the sterling pages.  It was only when the order confirmatiopn came through that I noticed it was an American site.  They're coming "DHL Express" and they've confirmed they'll be shipped tomorrow - with tracking - so they might be here in time.  If not, my brother will just forward them to me.

Whilst writing this, I'll need a 12v DC regulated power supply rated at 2 amps.  Do you have any suggestions ?  The one he suggested (Fusion PS 101) seems to be out of stock in 2 of the shops I've tried ...................:hmm



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http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X12+volt+regulated+laptop+charger.TRS0&_nkw=12+volt+regulated+laptop+charger&_sacat=0 

Try this, Peter.



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Many thanks Max - an amazing selection.  I've ordered one and will see if it works when I get back home ............:thumbs



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Peter,wow that was quick,Iwas going to pm you about the servo set-up but was called to the hospital for a scan( that was cancelled on friday due to machine prob )I have  a different way of operating the sevo`s but at very little cost, it depends on how you want to do it and how many points you need,but all it needs is a dpdt switch push button or lever switches and the servo`s plus of course your power unit,but if you would raher do it Mega points way that`s fine
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Petermac wroteI was a little disappointed in the layouts - many had very little "happening" and most were far too clean looking.  Photos to follow when I have a chance to download them.
I went there too and believe by current standards this show was lively, which I know is not saying much.

There were two small layouts continously running that did have a bit of life in them, but you are quite right, too many are light the proverbial watching grass grow/paint dry syndromes.

What always amuses me are the pre-Beeching layouts which basically demostrate why Beeching came about. There also seems to be a reluctance to let a train go around more than once. So a train comes out of the 'store' at the rear, passes by and then returns to the store. I suppose it would look to much like a 'train set' if they let it circulate a few times. At one time this was often the case but in recent year no chance. It would not be to bad if as one left the stage another entered but usually there is a 'wait'.

I only went as part of a run out on the motorbike. I never use the car to these events.

I am not sure what the answer is though.

Rant over.

PS I videoed some layouts at  the show. After editing some layouts look quite lively, although I think I might need to speed the output up a bit.



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Sorry David - I've been essentially "offline" for the last week so missed your post.  :oops:

There were indeed just one or two decent layouts and yes, it did seem busy on the Saturday when I was there but I had expected something bigger and better from a place the size of Leeds.  I did like the "Leeds Central" layout but it was having a few problems when I was passing.




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