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 Posted: Fri Jan 2nd, 2009 06:40 pm
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Doug, the Dec 08 edition of model railroader has an article on an extremely similar item, but used for changing hauls on a train.  From what I can see from your diagrams and what they have published, the outer tracks taper outwards to the edge of the panel, this sorts out the alignment issue.  Obviously I can't post the images on here so, if you can't get a copy pm me your address and I'll photocopy the relevant stuff and send it down

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 Posted: Fri Jan 2nd, 2009 08:39 pm
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Thanks, Lawrence, I have pm'd you!



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 Posted: Fri Jan 16th, 2009 05:15 pm
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Having had a break from the cellar during the colder weather I set to Wednesday and took it all apart, increased all the clearances, stuck some cork down on the table and made up some cams by cutting out 4 circles of laminate flooring with a small tank cutter, soldered up some curved extensions to a Peco turnout and today played around until it all seems to work. In the photographs, the rails are held down with drawing pins during the trial. I'll go round now and replace all the 3.5 x 20 mm screws in the construction with 4 x 25 mm, add some fillets of PVA here and there, lay cork at both ends where needed and fix down my first piece  of track that leads off of the traverser.......:Happy















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 Posted: Fri Jan 16th, 2009 05:55 pm
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Now you've got your track coming off your traverser the fun can begin!!!(Lets see some trains!!!;-))

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Looking good Doug

are you going to use the screw with the raill soldered to it for positioning or just fix the rail as is in place?

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I think I will just stick it with PVA. I have yet to bring it all up from the cellar to a bedroom where it might dry out a bit and twist/warp so nothing will be 'set in stone' yet. I want to do the messy bits downstairs!

Besides, I have to sell a complete pine cottage bedroom suite before I get in there....



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Doug

just chop it all up to use with the scenery:mutley:mutley:mutley

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One of the trickier bits of installing point motors IMHO is keeping the motor in 'mid-position' whilst marking and drilling the fitting screw holes. Suggestions include cutting a little piece of slotted card to slip over the actuating arm, making a blank pattern of the base plate and so on. The card drops out. The pattern doesn't have a pin sticking up in the right place for an 'eyeball' test.............aaaarrgh!

So, I have altered one of SWMBO's clothes pegs by turning it inside out and cutting two differing sized slots in the 'handle' end of the peg to slide around the spring on one side of the moving part and the actuating arm on the other, see below. It keeps the actuator in mid position and doesnt drop off onto the floor. TaDaaaaaa!  I've decided that pushing two bits of card either side of the moving rails to centre them works best for me.












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who is a clever boy then, neat trick where were you when i did my
37 point motors then????

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Brilliant!  Quite a handy way of holding on when soldering as well!

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Ingenuity eh, this forum has more than it's fair share.
Can somebody give me an explanatory name for this tip as I want to put it in the Index?



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Seep point setting gauge

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Seen to that. We also have another method by a member, posted back in 2007 which I had forgotten about. Should try looking in my own Index.



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:It's a no no:It's a no no:It's a no no Tut, Tut, Mr FC  :cool wink:cool wink:cool wink

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Owen - 37 point motors then????


AAAaaarrgh.........runs screaming from workshop:shock::shock::shock:



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As promised- a picture of the new motor, £4.65 in maplins, Basingstoke.  It is rated 6-15 volts, and has plenty of torque, so I have done away with the pulley that was on the Lego motor and run the band [which incidentally is a nitrile rubber driving band from Lego, not just a bog-standard 'laccy-band'] directly round the motor shaft. At 6 volts it takes about  15 seconds to make the trip from one side to the other, and the 'inertia sensing auto drive-limiter' [slipping belt] comes into play just 'bootiful' when the traverser hits the stops.







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Now....for some Bob Heath-style money saving bits and pieces!:lol:

I have decided to use 1.5 sq/mm blue sheathed cable* as my '0 Volts' return busbar.

* I've got loads of it...

This is pretty chunky stuff compared with the telephone cable [story about that later] that I intend to use as connections to and from individual switches and components, so is a no-no for most connectors.

I want to be able to work on any of my three base boards separately, so do not want to 'join' them together by a hulking great 0 volt bus bar and have chosen to link each board to the next by means of a 'self aligning auto-expansive juxtaposing facility' [spring-loaded contacts].

So, be prepared to be bored rigid by the pictures below of.....

A brass drawing pin soldered to a piece of wire around which is placed a spring, won from an old computer printer, and a washer..........






In the side of the base board frames I've drilled a hole big enough to let the wire slide back and forward, yet too small to let the washer pass though so that the drawing pin sits on one side exactly like a spring buffer assembly.

The 'clip', below......is taken off and soldered on the stripped piece of wire to hold the drawing pin just proud of the mating surfaces of the base boards






once the wire has been threaded through one side member like this....










the drawing pin presses against another on the mating base board, which is slightly recessed so as not to prevent them taking up their proper alignment [remember the 'Earwig'?]







Once the boards are bolted together, the sprung drawing pin presses firmly against the unsprung drawing pin, which is locked in place with a similar hairpin type clip.

Finally, to hold the bus bar up under the board, other drawing pins and a dab of solder are used to hold it up out of the way.






Lots of pennies saved for more Scottish Laughing Water [SLW] :thumbs:thumbs






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Doug, you certainly won't be getting the "Dunces" hat coming up with those ideas.
Do I assume that the hole for the washer/spring combination does not go all the way through the timber- but just a small hole for the wire all the way? Because in the 3rd photo showing the soldered clip, I cannot see the washer.

Ideal for Gwent Rail's lift out modules especially if he went DCC - just need 2 of the  'self aligning auto-expansive juxtaposing facilities'

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Another one for the Index but I need a suitable explanatory name, which eludes me for the moment.



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