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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2016 10:57 am
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With the speed of a retarded glacier, the track laying creeps towards the end of the plank . . .



All ties have been divided and the continuity is correct.

This is the main intersection where four of the turnouts are close coupled.

Next job is to install the Tam Valley servo controllers and see if any of the point rails will move.  :lol:



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Looks great Max.

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Thanks, Phil.  A bit of a milestone.



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Fascinating bit of track work Max. I can understand the necessity of construction to fit into the space and the subsequent operations challenge should be entertaining.

I was comparing the size of the servos to the track and thinking, wow, how small they are... Then I remembered that your modelling 0 gauge. :lol:

Steady as she goes.

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Couldn't resist.  I had to finish the track work.  I'm over it!




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Now for the acid test.  Everyone knows by now my dislike of solenoids and stall motors.  I use model aeroplane servos, because they are quiet and don't smash the turnouts.  Did I mention that they are quiet?

The servos have been hooked up to the Tam Valley Octopus 111a.  I also bought the Octocoder plug-in board, which provides an interface for the DCC system.

http://www.tamvalleydepot.com/products/octopusservodriver.html 



There is also a plug-in programmer, the Octo 111 Remote, which you can see to the right of the Lenz.  I fixed it to a piece of 16 mm MDF (with the LRF option), to give it some mass.

This offering from Tam Valley is amazing.  A couple of presses on the Remote, and the Octopus goes through a set up programme, sensing the proclivities of each turnout.  Each run takes about a minute and the servo is set up for optimum performance.

At the end of the run, a simple press of a button and the servo swaps ends if it isn't aligned with the (+) closed position.

Added to that, the Octopus stops every servo from buzzing, once the travel stops.  The servos remain completely quiet during their non-operating time.  A quantum leap from the old SwitchPilots®, I must say.

What an absolute pleasure to find a product which does what it says on the tin.  :thumbs



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What brand of servo motors are you using Max?



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Hi Dave

After testing many brands, I've found the Power HD High Performance HD-1800A to be the quietest.

They weigh 8 grams and have a torque rating of 1.3/1.0 kg-cm

Plenty enough to bend the Code 143 point rails.



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been toying with that sysdtam myself,got my servo`s from china very quiet and cheap,
did mine with dpdt switch and press to make buttons,but I do fancy the set-up you have,video maybe?
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Hi Owen

I hope that your chemo is working out for you.

I did see a video on YouTube about it, but I can't find it now.  :cry:

I can try to make one myself.  Which bits are you wanting to see?



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thanks Max,no need for vid Ihave that one on youtube too,at the mo Iam setting mysemaphore sigs with them,
as for chemo, it is all going well so far,only bit Idon`t like is having a pump on for 48 hrs at a time,but then Ithoght them bum bags looked stupid too:lol:
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More impressive modelling here Max. I really like the dock side and water.

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The way to go Max. Absolutely magnificent !

Do  you employ a full time cleaner  coz I've never seen a workshop as clean and organised as that !

This is mine, AFTER a clean up !





 

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Thanks, Guys.

I guess that I'm just a neat freak, Allan.  :lol:



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Thanks, Guys.

I guess that I'm just a neat freak, Allan.  :lol:

And a bloody clever one at that mate !

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Thank you, Allan.

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The next step is to test all of the turnouts using a locomotive.




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Exiting times mate, first train to run is great, hope there are no gremlins in there for you.


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Thanks, Pete.

There are few Graemlins, but Sol is coming over this afternoon to help sort it out.

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