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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2019 04:52 pm
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After what seems like a lifetime, I have finally finished wiring the point motors to the switches on the new control panel.  Each point motor has six wires and the layout has four point motors. The numerical amongst you will have worked out that twenty-four wires require to go somewhere or the other!  And this is just a small layout!  The new control panel is a simple affair made from three pieces of ply...



The two triangles were glued to the underside of the ends of the rectangle with my trusty tube of 'Hard as Nails', available from the local £1 emporium in a town near you. The simple track diagram was drawn on a piece of card with permanent ink and a spray of matt varnish was wafted over it.  Holes were drilled at the appropriate places and the switches were fitted from behind.  Voila...



Not quite as extensive as the track diagram for Clapham Junction, but it works for me!


 


Here is a rear view showing the works.  The panel will be sited over the tag-strip and will be removable, being attached to the shelf via screws from below biting into the two small blocks of wood glued on each side ('Hard as Nails' strikes again!).  



I just need to cover the original holes drilled in the shelf and splash some paint over the lot to make it all more presentable.  Meanwhile, here is a general view of how things currently stand...



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Very nice Terry.

I know it might be a bit late but if the panel is going to move about, shrink wrap over the wire connections to the switches and tag strip could help avoid unwanted issues.

That said, still very nice work.


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Very neat Terry. :thumbs

As you so rightly say, the wires required can mount up alarmingly - as you know, DCC is only 2 wires ................... :cheers

I'm impressed with your faith in "No More Nails" - it it really that strong ?   Maybe I should re-think my screw collection............................... :hmm



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Thank you Barry and Peter. 


The 'Hard as Nails' is part of the '151' range of items sold, I think, by Poundland.  I have found it to be a very useful solution to those awkward problems where you can't use a screw, such as fixing small blocks of wood to the underside of the thin ply baseboard top.  I used it when attaching the point motors as shown earlier in this thread.  I have also fixed small blocks of wood to give me something to hang the wiring from, as you might see on the top left of this rather poor photo...



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 Now the track and point motor wiring is finished I decided the time was right to paint the sides of the code 75 rails.  But which colour?  Study two different pieces of track in two localities and the chances are the rail colour will look different.  To me, it seems that the rail colour varies from dark brown through different shades of red oxide.  If you have a book with colour plates therein, have a quick look and you will see what I mean.  I dug about in my paint drawer and came across this old tin of Humbrol Matt No. 168...



It appears to me to be a deep red with a brown shade to it.  This is how it looks on the rail...



I used a brush which was wide enough to paint the chairs at the same time as the rail.  Paint finding its way onto the sleepers around the chairs is no problem.  Look at real track with wooden sleepers and note how the rust often stains the wood in the area of the chairs. 


Before getting bogged down in the chore of ballasting, I decided to glue the Scalescenes platform walls in place.  This is how the card walls look tonight, groaning under the combined weight of whatever I could lay my hands on...



Next job will be to add the ballast.  Deep joy!


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Hi Terry. Strange title that “ The art of compromise “ . I f it was my work, or lack of?, It would be apt but from what I can see you have vision and utilisation skills,and you can create exhition standard models.Best wishes Kevin 



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Thank you Kevin, very nice of you but you had better reserve judgement until it is finished.


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Hi Terry. Looking at your track,reminds me at one show I asked about dirty track, and the stall holder sold me, what he either thought I wanted or what he wanted to sell? But when I got home and had a proper look at what I purchased, he had sold me “enamel track wash” by A K , more for war gamers. I think? Have you either seen this or used it?
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Passed Driver wrote: , he had sold me “enamel track wash” by A K , more for war gamers. I think? Have you either seen this or used it?     Best wishes Kevin 

I think Kevin, you purchased a lemon - looked at the item - it is for weathering tank tracks. But with care and not leaving on the rail tops or the inside curvature of the rail head, it may do the job.



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Hi Ron.  Yes, I worked out that one for myself .  Best wishes Kevin 



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