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 Posted: Tue May 24th, 2011 09:26 pm
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You live and learn. Usually the hard way.

You may have heard of the Roco/Fleischmann multiMaus - a popular Lenz compatible controller on the European mainland.

The mM comes with a standard RJ12 style telephone plug on the end of the cable that fits into the appropriate socket on a Lenz panel. Lovely.

Now, if you happen to have a multiMaus base station rather than a Lenz one, things start to get interesting.

The mM base station has two sockets - one 'master' and one 'slave'. According to the instructions one, and only one, mM must be plugged into the master socket for things to work at all. Any extra controllers, interfaces or other gizmos connect to the slave socket.

So, what happens if you plug a Lenz handset into the mM base station? Not a lot.

What happens if you plug the mM handset via a Lenz panel and XpressNet cable into the mM master socket? Not a lot.

It seems that the mM doesn't follow the 4 wire XpressNet standard. It has two extra wires (1 & 6 on the RJ12 plug) for a control bus. This means that you can't use a Lenz handset as the master controller, or even use standard faceplates or swap to 5-pin DIN plugs if you want to be able to plug your controller in somewhere else.

How did I find out? By swapping to a 'standard' Lenz DIN socket arrangement to make plugging/unplugging the controller easier. It did - but nothing works :roll:

There's nothing like standardisation.... :brickwall

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 Posted: Wed May 25th, 2011 06:54 am
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I believe it's called "marketing" nowadays Ian ...............:roll:



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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 09:26 pm
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After an unreasonable delay work has recommenced on the N gauge layout commission.

See the current state of play here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5LTTbN40pg

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Enjoyed that, Ian.



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And a bit more...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSjIVPOzWhA

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When it kept stopping, I thought "that's a load of cr#p" then I realised that, with my half meg connection speed, it was re-buffering every 10 seconds .................:lol::lol:

Looks great Ian. :cheers

Whilst penning this, do you swap chips from 3 pole motors to Halling of Austria motors ? :roll::roll:



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Petermac wrote: When it kept stopping, I thought "that's a load of cr#p" then I realised that, with my half meg connection speed, it was re-buffering every 10 seconds .................:lol::lol:

Looks great Ian. :cheers

Whilst penning this, do you swap chips from 3 pole motors to Halling of Austria motors ? :roll::roll:

I've been putting road junctions in today so the next video will feature vehicles batting about. I'd forgotten how much fun moving road vehicles are ;-).

I take it that you have given up on your DCC coffee grinder then? I'm happy to uninstall if you want - but by the time it has been posted both ways and charged for, you might as well have a new decoder in the Halling unit.

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Not given up Ian, just thinking what a waste it is to have a good bit of kit like that decoder and "thingy" attached to a pre WW1 motor.

You're probably right about having the Halling unit fitted with a new one.  I may have one sent direct to you from Austria - it would save double postage.........:roll::roll:



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Petermac wrote: I may have one sent direct to you from Austria...
A present? For me? You're far too generous! :lol:

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Ian Morton wrote: Petermac wrote: I may have one sent direct to you from Austria...
A present? For me? You're far too generous! :lol:

You can keep the Toblerone, I'll have the silly little bit of metal .....:thumbs:thumbs



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Here are a couple of pages from the forthcoming tome on DCC. I am fighting to get the title changed to something less smug!

First, the science bit - for anyone who has ever wondered how it all works...


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REMOVED AS FORUM IS NOW OPEN

As usual, comments welcome.

Usual rules - no exposure outside the forum please.

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Good Ian.

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Even I can get to grips with that Ian so, as Sol said, it must be good. :thumbs



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Coming soon to all good bookshops, not to mention one or two poor ones...



I shall be in touch with one or two members about the photos that I've used.


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I wondered what DCC stood for.



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Are signed copies also available direct from the author ? :roll:



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Congratulations!

Nice crisp cover Ian:thumbs Two questions.....other than updating what are the key differences between this book and your previous excellent volume that started me off?

Secondly when will Amazon be handling it?

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Differences?

Well, it's a hardback, it's more expensive and is prettier :lol:

More of the same really.

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:thumbsWell Done Ian, I wish your book every success.

What are you going to do now with all that spare time :cheers

regards,

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Contract is already signed for the next one....

....Harry Potter and the Peco Track Pins :mutley

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