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 Posted: Tue Apr 5th, 2016 04:35 am
   
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Hi Bob and all,
I made it to the Aus7mm Modeller's Forum at North Sydney last Saturday and found two 41 class locomotives -
One still in its box


and one on its wheels in original? NSWGR green


Also of display was the G2 good shed from Model O Kits


and an A3 station building from Bergs Hobbies


and Ray Pilgrim is doing NSWGR lower quadrant signals in 7mm scale as well as HO.

and


May be of interest to you?



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 Posted: Tue Apr 5th, 2016 05:37 am
   
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Many years since I have been to the forum, maybe again in the future.

I'm guessing the signal post and platforms are rapid prototyped that is why they have been offered in 7mm. They look nice. Outdoors is a very tough environment, might contact Ray if I have O scale indoors.
Ray and I were members of the Protype model railway club in North Sydney many moons ago.
I did think the Bergs 41 kit was well made, it was just I had already started my own when they announced it.
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 Posted: Tue Apr 5th, 2016 06:06 am
   
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Hi Bob,
as I understand it, Ray's signals have 3D-printed masts and a servo mounted below the base-plate to operate the semaphore arm.

I missed getting a photo of the new HG brake-vans from Model O Kits but got photos of most of the "stuff" in the trader's room. They still have a few Belpaire 36 Class kits done in conjumction with DJH (UK) available and one on display that I didn't get a photo of.

Anything in particular (locos/wagons/structurea) that you might need? I can have a close look at the photos and give you a read on who had what (and a price if you are lucky and I can read the sticker on the box in the photo)



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 Posted: Tue Apr 5th, 2016 12:48 pm
   
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Thanks for the offer John, no, nothing I need.
I have a 36 class kit; my big spend for the decade !!

At least I am in front of them when it comes to having HG guards vans.:>)

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 Posted: Sat Apr 9th, 2016 09:13 am
   
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Today, while looking for an electrical fault that didn't exist....(don't ask :>;)  ), I decided to give the little rail tractor a spin.
It had just stopped raining and as we all know 2-rail outdoors on wet track doesn't work. Particularly when the motive power is a dinky toy sized 2 axle model that has little weight. That situation has been acknowledged as the province of stud contact operation for many years.
Well the first lap proved it needed a couple of prods but a quick application of the magic powdered graphite soup over a few inches of rail saw the little critter
 happily rolling around at very slow speed.



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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2016 03:43 am
   
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I have been busy populating the layout with scratchbuilt utility poles of various types to give some vertical reference to the trains now the overhead has gone.

Here is part of the layout. the poles go all the way around.



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 Bob

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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 12:45 pm
   
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I have a need for a locomotive to take to operate occasionally on a club 3-rail layout.
Ideally I would also like it to be useful on my DCC layout.
I am confident I can get a set of wheels that can be adjusted to get by on both sets of standards but I had to consider the options for switching between the two pickup systems and protocols.
In the end I decided to go with neither and rather than have a removable skate and switching the decoder in/out, etc  I would go with a battery/radio model.

I have some LiFePO4 cells in stock, some were imported and found to be unsuitable for use in model aircraft. Rather than just dispose of them I am finding low current demand uses for them such as powering my door bells. I also have some perfectly good 2 cell battery packs that are not doing much since I no longer fly the tiny planes they were purchased for.  To get the power up to 12V I have imported some Pololu converters that happily supply current down to an input of 2.5V.
Here is a photo of the test vehicle, a modified Lima 4F. I have as yet to build the loco for the intended use on the 3-rail layout.


The fake A123 cell is the green one sitting out front. By the time I build the loco for travelling between layouts I will know if these cells are suitable for the intended task.
The rx is an orange 6 channel (never be placed in a flying model again) and the ESC is an 10A model with centre off control (overkill for this use). Both to be replaced by a Deltang combined rx/ESC with low off.
The tx (not shown) is a Deltang.

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 Bob

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 Posted: Mon Jun 13th, 2016 09:09 am
   
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Today I finally got around to installing all the ventilators on my steel carriages.
They are made from ferrules from guitar strings and Peco track nails.



Not strictly correct for those carriages but more than sufficient when watching them circulate.
Another roundtuit gets ticked off!

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 Bob

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 Posted: Tue Jun 14th, 2016 07:53 pm
   
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I love it! Guitar parts and track nails to make scale ventilators...a brilliant idea! You can never tell what might work, that's why you should never throw anything away and be on the lookout for bits & pieces wherever you may roam.

Woodie



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 Posted: Wed Jun 15th, 2016 03:38 am
   
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Trouble is I keep throwing things away and the pile still keeps growing Woodie! :>0
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