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 Posted: Wed Feb 22nd, 2017 10:25 pm
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Tony M
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Hi Paul, I started a new thread on 3/D printing make a master for moulds in general talk I will start adding close up pics only one pic per post , can't access the gallery to do with win 10 Edge, Chrome is the same, see you there .
Tony from down under.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2017 05:52 am
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Today I re-motored a Lima 4F.
Drive wheel gear teeth worn down too far.
Cheap 1833 equivalent off ebay and Ultrascale gears.
Motor mounted with hot melt glue as an experiment as I did not have silicone in stock.
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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 09:27 am
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The station building is ready for re-use. Considering what I started with it is more than acceptable for outdoor use.
Cardboard and umbrella ribs to the rescue.
Spikes in the platform and holes in the floor will keep it in place when it is in use outdoors. Just got to remember to bring it in at the end of play.

I suppose it is time to finish the repairs to the platform now :>(
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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 10:05 pm
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Morning Bob, was the motor you replaced noisy, I have a Lima 3801 I think have a simular motor to your steamy has a very noisy scream to it other  than that she runs well would love to replace the motor, one day.
I got some old Lima FP45's that have the old pancake motor will be replacing those motors with new megs the problem is they are 00 scale.
Tony.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Morning Bob, nice work on your repair to the station looks pretty good, even better on the platform, have repair there as well, I wont have that issue with  my layout being modular.
We had a bad storm yesterday I had to put my modules I had just finished painting up on the saw horses we copped 50mm's in  30 minutes had a lake in on the pergola floor the drainage channels couldn't cope same with the roof gutters.
How is the weather in Glen Innes, be hot again after the weekend, hope Saturday isn't too bad I want to do some woodturning, turning a couple of pens.
Tony.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 10:47 pm
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You are welcome to send any excess rain over this way - the cracks in the ground are big enough to fit my fingers into. The crickets probably think that is terrific, because it saves them from having to dig their own holes and then they can put more energy into their midnight serenading. The noise at night is driving me nuts, [whack] and we badly need a good downpour to drown the little sods.

Paul Woods

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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 03:24 am
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Tony, tThe motor I replaced was a pancake one. I cut away the unneeded mount and carved a slot in the chassis to mount the new motor and gears.
The reason I had to do this was the gear on the driven wheel (similar to their 16.5mm range) had teeth worn down too far to always engage with the drive gear. If Lima was still making them I might have just ordered a new wheel. I only have one left driven by the original Lima drive, I have a motor and gears ready for it one day. Outdoors they are not noisy enough to be an issue. With some attention to detail I was able to make the HO ones run reasonably quietly.
If you have one making excess noise then something is not aligned right or needs some grease applied. The motor bearings might need the tiniest drop of oil.

Paul, amazing to think NZ is in drought. I was told by ex-pats that no rain for a week was considered a drought over your way :>)

My crickets love the rain! I go out and selectively step on some of the closest holes some nights.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 03:25 am
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Here is the station back in its rightful place.
The platform is being repaired now too.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 1st, 2017 12:21 pm
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Hi Paul, gee I am surprised that  you are in a drought on the North Island thought you got your fair share of rain, pretty bad what you say about those cracks in your yard , we get them as well in the dry months of summer the heat doesn't help either.

I mowed the grass last week when we were copping those real hot day and after mowing the next day the heat brunt the grass just  starting to come back yesterdays storm will do its trick and you can fertilise as much as you can, over night after a storm you can see the green  colour coming back.

We don't have an issue with crickets only when it rains, I wondered why after it has rained small holes in the yard from crickets then.
 No storm tonight rain all week Saturday is a mild day hope to do some outdoor woodturning.


I finely nailed  some track down on the first station module temporary main line and soldered the track module join and cut the track looking good. keep an eye out on my  Camdale layout post in the 00/HO scale garden railway thread.
How are you going with that drawing of the pedestals.

Tony

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 Posted: Mon Mar 20th, 2017 11:32 pm
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Hi Bob C. I found a link to Overlands O scale sand tower, how tall do you think it is and the diameter of the actual piece the sand is in, I would love to have a go at scratch building it.

Heljan bring out a sand tower has platforms as well but you need 2 feet of space in the  service facility, this unit will save space double track as well.
You station building repair has come along nicely, well done.
https://www.trainmaster.ch/Z-750.htm

It has being raining for the last few days, Sunday had a morning storm I should of done some work on the layout outside, the only work I can do is the bus wiring on the station modules,planned for today. Be making a small panel to hold the bus wire plugs, point motorand signal wire plugs, rain be around till the weekend.

Tony


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