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 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 01:18 am
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" The beauty of 18 volt tools no more leads to get in the way "



Hi Tony :wave:



Exactly what my friend said about his.

The other thing he said was ...

... when you drop 'em off the scaffolding ...

... they don't stop after a few feet !



;)



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 Posted: Fri Jul 7th, 2017 11:59 am
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Hi Si:rah:, I don't think I would like to drop mine off the table onto the concrete floor, I make sure the tools are on the floor  and just get knocked over, wouldn't be able to replace one from a fall in hurry.

We had one of the coldest days today, on top of it raining as well, didn't go over 15c degrees, don't know what it was over night but warmer tonight and a sunny weekend, couldn't try out the cross cutting jig will tomorrow, make the most of the weekend rain coming in again on Monday all week

Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 8th, 2017 10:35 pm
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Used the cross jig for the first time today and WOW she worked perfectly, I just have to sort out the best way to cut the small strips of ply.

 

Pics one is after cutting the 8 pieces of ply for the module post hinges, pic two showing how I made a clamp to cut the 8 pieces at the same length.






The jig will for sure speed up the cutting of the sides of the modules, today I will screw the pieces of ply onto the module legs with the hinge and paint in under the module. Tomorrow paint the top side of the module and back into nailing the track and points and all over again the bus wiring never ending all goes well will come to an end just before Christmas worth the long build.


Before I used the jig I did a mock-up point plan swapping the points around, worked out well, will have to buy the single slip cross over now saving on a couple of points.


Tony from cold down under , we had over night 1.4 degrees ouch to a nice 22 degrees today.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 10th, 2017 11:57 am
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There is no more mock-up module point plans for the first approach module car port end, got the nod to actually get the track gang on the move and start nailing down the points  permanently, modules is now fully painted as well.

Where you see the cross over I have the point back to front, have to go to the hobby shop in Ipswich and buy the right one, the only other change is  in shifting the diamond cross over to the first point.

Going to be a lot of fun and tricky bus wiring , what I hope to do is further up just past the last approach  module is the first curve there I will have  cross over points to the left track and hoping switching the point will cut the bus wiring but the bus wiring in front of the point be still powered, will  have operating three way  signals. will that idea work?????


Full swing into track and point laying, I will have to mark centre holes on the points for s switch bar.

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Tue Jul 11th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Nearly done with the points on this module, a tip to the local hobby shop in Ipswich will complete the module, then I will mark where to drill and lift he points and double slip cross over drill the holes for the switching pin nail the points back down.

Then nail the track down, next job make the mini bus plug adjustable panel, finely the bus wiring, completing another module a week later, this be the last module that has a lot of points on it, next module two points  and diamond cross over.

Only a couple of curves sections have a two points, be a lot quicker to nail the track down.nearly there.

Tony from down under.



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 Posted: Sat Jul 22nd, 2017 09:07 am
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I have made the bus wiring panel of the module, with the help of the cross cutting jig made it a lot easier and quicker to cut the pieces of ply needed.

Still I have to move the panel up evenly or it will jam at least it doesn't drop back down when up inside the module frame.

I still have to make a smaller one to take three more blocks for the planned extension for the main line, for two passing loops and single track, I have yet again redesigned the back of the layout and scrapping the double deck cable stay bridge, was going to cost too much to build.


Have come up with my own design still a double deck bridge but with the arch design like the Sydney Harbour m bridge, arch be cut out of ply and main span 11feet and height of the span 18 inches in two half's, making use of the sheet of ply I have got., I be using 5mm dowel for the top deck supports. Be a quicker bridge to build, will still need the cut framing between the road and rail deck, be making a bracket to join the two half's of the arch still be an awesome site indeed  and a second feature for the layout.

Tony from cold down under has being a cold week.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 24th, 2017 10:31 pm
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Decided to do away with the points and diamond coss over in frount of the loco,have enough points to link up the terminus track to the main line went back to the first point mock-up plan .






Today I be soldering tose strips of brass plated circuit board to the module track join them cut the track moving the last station module out the way , be in full swing doing the bus wiring, last station module need buswires as well , be glad to see the end of the fron modules rest be a piece of cake.


Did have an issue with downloading the pics from the gallery to the post couldn't access the first tab worked the second time .

Tony from cold down under zero degrees this morning to a 24 degree day, the weekend be 27 degrees.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 25th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Have soldered the brass plated circuit boards in place on the module track join next, had to be carefull when counter sunking the hole a couple I had to replace because the drill bit wne straight through.

Next time I will use the portable bench drill stand next module.

Tony from down under, hit minus .4 degrees this morning .

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 Posted: Tue Jul 25th, 2017 10:17 pm
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At long last the two modules were finely pulled apart, tested again how the track on the joins go, linned up perfectly 

All over gain the bus wiring will begian on Friday in full swing.

Tony from down under

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 Posted: Sun Jul 30th, 2017 03:22 am
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Started planning front module number six car port end point mock-up plan worked out so well I nailled nails where the diamond cross over is to go, other points ans track for when I paint the module after screwing the sides and beams in place wont need any legs.

The approach module I drilled all the holes for the feeder wires pushed feeder through so when the module is on its side I know what colour wire to solder the feeder wires to the bus wires, will take a fewdays to finish the bus wiring. on the module. The last station module needs to have baus wiring as well, next job.

Had a big update in win 10 last week, lost spell check, Power DVD had to reload it and find a missing file
Tony from down under

 

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