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 Posted: Sat Mar 25th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Tony M
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Had a very good day with the electrical department finished the second station module, started on the first station module, will finish it tomorrow afternoon. Can them move onto the third station module, e a lot harder as that module will have the wires splicing  off to the control panel, have to count how many blocks and making the larger plug panel.



The first pic shows how I solder the feeder wires to the bus wire, you can see the heat shrink, with the heat shrink I  drill  a hole in the middle of the cut heat shrink and then slide the heat shrink after soldering the feeder wires to the bus wire and with the solder iron shrink the heat shrink, what a fantastic product no more stick tape.



The next pic is the finished bus wire , the new wire stripped makes a big difference.




The last pic is the feeder wires ready to be soldered onto the track, got the feeder wiring down to a fine art now, making sure my soldering iron doesn't get too hot.

Will only post three pics per post, takes a lot of time, enjoy the progress of my layout.


Tony from down under

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 Posted: Sat Mar 25th, 2017 12:36 pm
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The last lot of three pics are of underneath the module showing the bus wiring.



The first pic is of the plug panel back, with the wires through to the bus wire plugs 



The second pic is the other end of the module waiting for the next module plug panel so the bus wires be cut to size, good to have a bit more wire.


Last pic is the plug panel closed in and the finished bus wires, I pair of the bus wire and twist the together after the feeder wired are soldered to the bus wires.

With the layout being so big I like to have feeder wires on every piece of track especially the pieces of track between the points. takes longer but worth it in the end.

Tony from down under


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 Posted: Sun Mar 26th, 2017 09:11 am
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Good to see it all coming along Tony
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 Posted: Sun Mar 26th, 2017 09:30 am
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Evening Bob, many thanks, I managed to solder the feeder wires to the bus wires for the first station module, thanks to the new wire stripper made it far easier to strip the wires managing to strip two wires at once.
Tony.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 30th, 2017 10:11 pm
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We survived cyclone Debbie and thanks to Debbie had lake Camdale  in under the pergola glad I shifted the modules and put them up high.  Was worse with the 2011 cyclone the pergola was a raging river and a water fall at the end of the concrete sadly it happened last night  the camera couldn't put up the water coming off the floor into the garden.
The water started backing back to the back door.

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style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Tony from sunny S/E QLD down under.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 30th, 2017 10:16 pm
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The water was flowing over the gravel pity the camera didn't pick it up I am going to have to put in a concrete drain on the other side of the car port to stop the water coming off from the neighbours yard, where the gravel is was a garden as well and 2011 was washed out .

Glad I put the modules up high as they would of got wet had an inch of water there backed back to the house,, Lake Camdale taken from form the southern end .

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 Posted: Sat Apr 1st, 2017 10:28 pm
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I have finely finished wiring the first two station modules, set the two up on saw houses and a painters trestle so I can cut the wires to size and tint each wire to make it easy to put to wire wires into the plug, the only time having to be on my knees.
The first two pics are of the finished feeder wires and of the feeder wires soldered to the track, got the soldering down to a fine art  not taking long to  solder the feeder wires to the track .






 Two pics of the finished feeder wires and second close up pic of the feeder wires soldered to the track, the only problem I have is the soldering tip getting too hot, can't  adjust the heat so I cool the soldering tip on a sponge.
Tony from down under

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 Posted: Sat Apr 1st, 2017 11:04 pm
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The next two pics are of the  bus wires connected to the bus wire plug panel second module making it easy to connect the wires to the plug panel on the next module.







The last pic is both modules set up close together, wont know how quickly I can set up the whole layout hopefully end of June.

The third station module will have two bus wire plug panels second panel connecting to the control panel, starting on the third station module tomorrow.

With the new wire stripper will make light work of stripping the wires mid-stream on some of the blocks that will go through to the next module.

This morning had that nip in the air so starting to cool down 29 degrees yesterday.

Tony from down under.




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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 02:32 am
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Finely cut the final piece of ply filling last  gup on the spiral and yesterday I rebuilt the frame of the corner spiral module fixing the bow at the end of the module, I cut the leg 5mm too long and will use a saw mitre box on the leg. Have repositioned the legs as well so they can fold up inside the frame of the module making it easier to store the module, the old way the legs were onto of the frame, had to have cut pieces of ply to hold the leg iin place no need now and much tidier.

When I am back on the layout  construction I will be cutting the thickness down on the leg as well to 22mm, looking good.



Once I finish the wiring on the station modules will move back to the spiral, set the level jig up and cut the new legs to the height of spiral grade, then move onto the last curve coming off the S bend on the lower spiral level connection to the back of the layout, nearly there and final track decking be the bridge..



The small piece of ply that filled the gap is after the double track on the deck on the path way and lighter colour ply decking now the job joining them up as well we have to show how I did it only needing two screws and track lining up every time on the join.




I rather have the legs higher than too low, you can see the different in the last pic 55mm's to cut off the legs, going to use a mitre box and hand saw be too hard with the electric saw.
Once that is done I have to put back the bracket that bolts the first station module use a clamp to hold the bracket too easy , magic stuff.

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Tue Apr 18th, 2017 11:47 pm
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The latest update on modifying the spiral front corner module is coming along nicely, thanks to Si us windows 10 edge can now access our gallery with out the need of G for gallery square works a bit to set up but once you are post the first few pics the rest be easy .






I found out that you put info between each pic or they will for some reason join up


Pic 1 and 1 A is what I am modelling on the corner module, modelling the arches on the bridge , the width of the road with the three arches plus the walk way tunnels both sides of the road works out to be 20 inches long

The bridge above the bus is the tram bride, if you go to Google Earth and type in Sydney Central station you will what I am modelling .

In pic 1 I will be moving the module leg down another 6 inches out the way as there be a bus wiring  plug panel for the bus wire  plus, module has being cut back a foot  as well.

The off to the front of the module is the suburban track and the new front extension will join up making it easier to cut the track on the module join.


Pic 2 the front module you see in the next pi what I am modelling there, it is going to pure awesome when finished , not sure if I will model the park across from Sydney Central station

I think cutting back the front corner module looks heaps better can have too much modules comments welcome






Final pic for this post part 1 is the bus lane which I be modelling too, at least I will have some scenery on the front station modules and need to buy more buses car and people a lot of them.
If anyone wants to know how I did it , I will go through on another on the next post but you do need to the have a second tab for it to work and second tab being  your gallery.
Tony from down under is on a high thanks to Si awesome love this forum .

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