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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 08:55 am
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Robert Comerford
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Tony, I often use a T-rex type stripper (mines an old one from Jaycar)to allow soldering of the feeder wires to the bus. You just need to be careful when using them that they don't cut the bus wire.
Other options can be slicing one side of the insulation with a hobby knife, wrapping the wire around and soldering. By applying the solder and iron on the exposed side a reliable join can be made.
A pair of side cutters can also be used to pull back the insulation, but it takes practice.

Others use suitcase connectors but I am not a fan of them as both wires need to be the exact size required for a reliable joint.
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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 09:07 am
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Morning Si, that be over kill, the A/4's with the motors in the boiler have some grunt and pull 11 coaches with ease with a price tag $200 +, took some time to get the two powered tenders working, now I can run the tenders with out the front loco.

We have had good broad band speeds for years, did start off dialup and yes was a pain, even 4G on the mobile phone is faster, than the old dial up, we have NBN her fibre to the house to the house, 100mb's a second, I thought you have faster that us with board band .

Yeah it took some time but what I had to do was change pic to URL link, it is like putting a you tube file on the forum .



The most pics I put on a post is 4 yeah agree what you are saying about the forum being like a book, I love the forum can get so much info and help and everyone is friendly .
Here is the pic again you can see the wires I piggy baked from he first tender motor, painted them black to look like air hoses, worked out well no one at the old train club could pick the wires, they never see this loco again, As far as I know I am the only one in QLD  that has done this, do you know anyone that has done so in the UK.
I reckon the forum is a bit like face book.
We are going to be copping wild weather the whole week , BOB has just gone through it .

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Hi Bob, wiring can be very time consuming especially the way I strip the wires  stripping the middle of a wire till now if only I can con my wife into buying it, Bunning sell it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHJR72oDGE8  .
AS you say you have to be carefully when stripping the wire , I sometime cut a strand, with this  tool no problems and so fast, I use a knife to cut the wire and peal the outer cover back and cut , takes time. will sure speed up the process of adding feeder wires to the bus wire, I make the bus wire up like a car harness wires, pics to follow .
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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Tony, that version does work as it should. The reason I did not recommend one of that type of stripper is due to the wide variance in quality of those tools. Before buying I would advise a demo first.
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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 09:54 am
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Evening Bob C, I had a look at the Irwin wire stripper, very nice indeed yes going to buy one tomorrow, the bloke at Bunning said I can try before buying, the main reason is splicing the wires to solder in the feeder wire will  speed  up how long it takes to solder them in, very nice feel as well..
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 Posted: Wed Mar 15th, 2017 05:43 am
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Hi Bob, I ended up buying those wire strippers after having a demo first well worth the money spent, will speed up when splicing the bus wires to solder  in the feeder wires.

What  I found you have to hold the first strip with your thumb nail or actually twist the feeder that will stop the  outer plastic stuff moving what I found, it is very quick a matter of getting the right technique.

The strippers replaces a the old wire stripper and knife also has a crimper as well, get rid of the big thing my brother in law gave me don't know how to use it anyway.
Brand is Irwin.

Tony from wet SE/QLD

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 Posted: Wed Mar 15th, 2017 06:48 am
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Here is the new way I mark large radius curves with my beam compass, have tried using a tape measure, all I need is to  make an adjustable beam , have in the past marked out 6foot radius curves.











The last pic is the pivot end, I put it in an inch from the end of the beam, this curve decking is for the end of the lower level of the spiral four foot radius comes around onto a 6foot bridge and the back corner module after that module is the 27foot bridge.

The bridge be modelled on the Denmark to Sweden double deck cable stay bridge, I will be using 5mm dowel for the cables be 40 on mine the bridge isn't to true scale be 5metre span in HO scale and there is the approach sections on each side.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 16th, 2017 11:34 pm
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Good, you have purchased a stripper you know works. The trammel with a pencil on the end is indeed a well known method of getting track laid to the desired diameter. I have used it many times. Outdoors we used a string line.
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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 08:42 am
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Evening Bob C, yeah the wire stripper worked well, I was even stripping two wires at once, until I master the new stripper I had to use the other one to strip off a bit of wire cover on the feeder wire.

The last couple of days I have being working on the first and second block, it sure takes time when you have to cut the bus wires to go through three modules to the control panel at least there wasn't any feeder wires needed. Still a lot of work as I need to cut out a panel  one every second module for the wire plugs so the panel can slide up in under the module, having a rest the weekend, start planning the control panel I don't know if I will have a track plan on the panel, thinking of just marking what the block switch number is.
Was pretty hot here as well chased me inside the nice cool house peaked 36 degrees  and  humid as well, same the next couple of days .

Tony.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 21st, 2017 12:02 pm
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I cut out and made the mini plug panel that will connect the bus wires from the first station module, the panel slides up in under the module I did the same on the older module layout.




The top pic shows the three different bus wire plugs, the double ones are two tracks small plug one track and the blue plug 25way computer plugs, I have already made the leads from the older layout and can be used again. Yes I have colour coded plug plan, got it down to a fine art soldering the wires to the back of the computer plug .






The last two pics the inside of the panel making sure I leave enough wire for the panel to slide freely, the ast pic is the best way to hide the panel and protect the plugs, have tried hinges this is the best way. Each module will have one panel at each end need three more.

Back to wiring bus wiring tomorrow, I bought some 19mmx42mm pine to replace the timber frame on the spiral corner module has caused the module to have a bow in it, next weeks project., coming along nicely, took all day to cut out and make that panel next one be easier.

Tony from down under



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