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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 10:08 am
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That really is really, really, really good, David.  10 Brownie Points - Oh, and a koala stamp.  :thumbs



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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 09:31 pm
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Ok a few pics of the panel being installed in its new home...












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Dave it looks really smart.

Is there a specific reason why each track section is a differant colour or did you just do that to make it look more snazzy?

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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 09:51 pm
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Hi Brian all the prototype panel pics I have seen show the lines in different colours so I have just copied what I have seen. The up lines use brown/green and the down lines use blue/yellow. The panel switches will be painted once the panel has been fully wired and tested so that all the point control switches are one colour and all the signal switches a different one. I did manage to wire up the first seep point motor and it works as intended using one push button and a relay. The only problem I have is getting the switches on the seeps to work corectly. I did make one of Doug's pegs but I still had problems positioning the seep. I have a cunning plan however to cut mounting slits at each end so that I can slide the seep up and down between the mounting screws to get the switch opperation working as it should. :thumbs 

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good to see things going o.k for you Dave, that panel is the biz,
one of the members had the same prob with his seep motors, he just left the screws a little loose
so it could move a bit.

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Hi, I don't know if you saw another of my posts, it might have been in my Bear's End post to do with the double slip, but I eventually solved the contact problem by loosening off the screws holding the motor in place. Allowed to float a little, the base plate budges fractionally allowing the contact to make far more reliably.

It sounds perverse, but I discovered that a 3mm countersunk head screw in the 3.5mm mounting hole is just right when left loose! Having discovered it, I went back, removed each screw, put a little PVA into each hole on the end of a straightened out paper clip and replaced the screw all bar the last 1/2 turn.

I do hope this helps,

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That absoluitely looks like the bees knees Dave. :thumbs

I sense as few enquiries coming your way once that's "out and about" ..............:roll:



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Thanks guys yes the panel has caught a few peoples attention! Im hoping to pop down the Nigels this afternoon to modify the seeps. The problem I had was that the point motors pcb was hitting the baseboard frame so I cut the corner off. Unfortunatly every time I tried to reposition the motor the screws would go in the same holes in the baseboard ! The mod to the seeps should only take a couple of mins but by cutting a slot at each end the seep can then be slid up and down between the screws untill im happy with the switch opperation. The switching arangement of the coils through the changeover relay works great though with each point being controlled from a single push button.

This morning I delivered the farm to a very happy customer. This caused a bit of intrest in the staff canteen so I will have to add another section to the website for childrens toys as I think I will be making a few more of these next year. Will post some pics up of the farm later. :thumbs

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...but why don't the train describers work on that control panel? :mutley

Proper job, Dave :thumbs

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Now that would be a challenge !

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Here you go guys one of the finished farm...




The roofs on the buildings lift off for easer access to the insides. :thumbs

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Another neat bit of work Dave. Simple and effective. I bet someone is going to be very pleased with that in a weeks time.

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I want one................:thumbs:thumbs

Looks great Dave.  I can also see bright eyes next weekend !!!!



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Hello Dave,
For Control Boards and Lay-out wiring how much advance warning do you require when taking bookings. This electrical power-control work looks fantastic. I also need to look into electrically-controlled semaphore signals in both OO and N Gauge,
Kind regards,
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Thanks guys yes I think that little lad will be well pleased with it next wekend. Michael just give me a shout nearer the time then we can get together and sort somthing out with regards to electrics. I havn't done anything with semophores but I have seen some servo driver boards that we could use to opperate the signals. :thumbs

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Hello Dave,
Many Thanks, mate, will let you know,
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With Christmas now out the way and my workroom now better organised attention has again returned to Portishead this time the platform canopy. This is going to be one big structure when finished ! So far 7 support frames have been cut out of 5mm foamex and glued to the top roof section and underside of the outside bits. 12 x 1.8mm white leds have been fitted to the outside sections and just await wiring when I work out where to hide the resistors! The top of the canopy will have to be built using modellers licence as I only have one pic of the top that I carn't enlarge very well. I am fairly confident however that I can build somthing close to the origanal. Today I have had another baseboard enquiry this time for someone in Durham so I expect to be busy over the next couple of weeks. :thumbs 

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Good news about the baseboard order Dave. :thumbs  If they keep coming in like this, you'll be pleased - not too many to put you under pressure but just steady enough so you can't go on your world cruise.

Any news on Rachel's job ?



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World cruse sounds nice ! No news on Rachels job although I do know that her boss has his interview on the 20th Jan so fingers crossed he stays so that she keeps her job. :roll:

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Just a few pics to show that I am actualy doing some things. First Portisheads canopy...

















Todays wiring progress on the piccadilly control panel...







 

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