jcm@gwr

Inglenooks and Timesavers

Recommended Posts

Thanks Jack,

 

Must admit, I didn't check myself, but my local

model shop said someone came in looking for

them 'cos Maplins didn't do them.

 

Maybe they were just out of stock, I'll check

later if I think I still need them.

I'm not sure because last night at club, after

painting the track and checking it all worked,

one of the point motors started playing up. :(

 

After lots of 'faffing about' (diagnostic testing)

it looks like the clutch has gone. So I'm about

to find out how good his after sales service is!

 

Just in case of any hold-ups, I'm going to fit a

couple of manual switch levers, which will also

operate micro-switches to change frog polarity.

That way it will still be ready for the open day.

 

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another late up-date!

 

Once I finally got round to e-mailing him about the duff motor,

his response was quick and helpful.

He sent me a new motor in the post, and asked for the old one

back so he could test it, all within the week!.

 

I picked up some S & W 7mm magnets at Railex (great show as

usual) and have fitted them. That took a bit longer than it should

as I had been a bit keen and done all the ballasting!

 

Also had a delivery of Lincs Auto-Couplers, built one batch and

have fitted 2 vans & the loco. It took a bit of faffing and deviation

from his instructions, but they do work well. Only thing is, until I

get some brass links I will have to leave off the 3-links, as they

tend to get a bit in the way due to getting magnetised.

 

Finally, the club were given some (new) switches, incl the type I

needed, so that's sorted now as well.

 

Just got to get my finger out and do the couplings on the rest of

the wagons, and get some photos done. Some for here so you

can see what I'm rambling on about, but also of the wagons to

make a laminated set to shuffle for the puzzle.

 

Jeff

Edited by jcm@gwr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi guys,

 

Once again time has done the dirty on me,

and whizzed by before I realised!

 

The layout had it's first testing session on

Monday's club night. We'll gloss over the

act of vandalism (by Richard, :P) as I was

able to re-solder the switch-blade.

The biggest problem was that the Lima is

not slow enough! :(.

 

So, it had another session Wed. morning,

but this time with Ted's Ixion Fowler, much

better. Until it kept stalling on the point, :angry:.

After a bit of testing, it turns out one of the

micro-switches had failed, that's now been

sorted, :rolleyes:.

 

Hopefully that's it for problems and it will

be okay on Saturday.

 

Nearly forgot, a big thank-you to Daniel,

Sevenage91, for the photos of the wagons,

(for use as shuffle cards in the puzzle game).

And Ted, who not only has lent his Fowler

and some wagons, but has scratch-built a

small hut to cover the point motors.

 

There WILL be some photos soon, I promise!

 

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The layout had it's first testing session on

Monday's club night. We'll gloss over the

act of vandalism (by Richard, :P) as I was

able to re-solder the switch-blade.

The biggest problem was that the Lima is

not slow enough! :(.

 

Well, you did say to test it through its paces :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, open day at the club has been and gone, so update time.

 

Despite the slightly overcast weather, it was a good day.

 

The layout certainly provoked a lot of interest, from both girls and

boys, young and old.

 

It behaved reasonably well, the point motors didn't miss a beat,

although the micro-switches were a bit 'iffy.

 

The couplings, hmm, overall, I am pleased, but I had 3 failures,

out of 23 fitted. 2 fell off and 1 came loose, all from the steel to

brass joint, (I was never happy with that joint method anyway)

 

All in all, a success, but in need of a bit of fine tuning, possibly

even some modifications!

 

It's next official outing is Stevenage Museum Day, 9th August.

 

So, still on the to do list:-

Make and fit a lid, that makes it a box, with carrying handle.

Make and fit the fold down front, (to place the cards on)

Fit adjustable feet, (it's got to be level, or the wagons roll away)

Find and fit an LED lighting system, (in lid)

Add scenery, etc.

Decide on/make nameplate!

 

Jeff

 

Edit: wrong date for museum day!

Edited by jcm@gwr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, the museum day has come and gone,

so I thought I had better do an update.

 

I managed some of the things on my list,

and did a few others that weren't!

 

I sorted the couplings, and changed the

original Lima chassis/motor for a spare

power bogie from a SR 2-BIL (from my

F-in-L, Electrifying Trains).

I bought 3 Peco buffer stops, painted the

backscene (B&Q tester pots) and added

some green scatter stuff!

 

Once again it generated a lot of interest

and I had people waiting to have a go!

 

The only problem this time was stalling

on one route through the 3-way (again!)

I discovered (on the Sunday) that I had

been too keen when cutting the isolating

slots in the copperclad, now sorted. 

 

I now have an invite to the St. Albans &

District Model Eng. Soc. show in Sept.

So I will carry on with my list.

 

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's a good question Franco!

(I was hoping people had forgotten!) :rolleyes:

 

There is good news on that front,

on Tuesday I dropped my phone,

down a toilet, :angry:, despite my (and

the phone shop's) best efforts, it has

been declared 'past it's sell by date'!

 

So, I've had to upgrade, I've now got

an HTC Windows phone and, once I

have learnt how to drive it, it should

mean I can take pics and upload to

the forum without too much hassle.

 

Watch this space, Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well not a lot to report really,

I can take pictures with the new phone,

just can't work out how to upload them!

 

It's less than a week to the St. Albans show,

I have done a bit more to the scenery, and,

thanks to Bob, I 've finally decided on a

name, so I just have to make the name-

plate (Havatry, BTW).

 

I'll see if I can get any of the others to take

some photos at the exhibition and add them

to this thread for me.

 

Better still, you could come to the show and

'HAVATRY' yourself!

 

www.stalbansmes.com

 

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Evening all!

 

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity today to get some photos of 'Havatry' and Jeff has ask me if I would be kind enough to share them, so here they are!

 

Hope you enjoy them!

 

 

post-378-0-97221100-1418576158_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-50747200-1418576161_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-90487000-1418576163_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-84217000-1418576166_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-02255900-1418576169_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-93458100-1418576171_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-04072700-1418576174_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-59516200-1418576176_thumb.jpg

 

 post-378-0-84384700-1418576194_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-35012400-1418576197_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-93858500-1418576199_thumb.jpg

 

post-378-0-29774400-1418576202_thumb.jpg

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi guys,

 

Finally, and only due to Dan's kind assistance,

we have the long awaited photos!

 

So, here is an explanation of the photos, in order:-

 

Photos 1, 2 & 3,

 

These show the construction of the baseboard,

using the stiff cardboard sections.

 

Photos 4 & 5,

 

The back and end of the layout, showing the use of

sheet as well as the angle section.

 

Photo 6,

 

The slow motion point motors, mounted on standard

Peco bases with extension bars.

 

Photo 7,

 

The hut that covers the point motors, built by Ted, also

known as a shunters bothy (where they made their tea).

 

Photo 8,

 

Front view, showing the control switches (point motors),

the spirit level (!) and exhibitor badge from the St. Albans

show earlier this year.

 

Photos 9 & 10,

 

View as seen from front with stock, almost ready to use.

Loco is modified Lima shunter, No 1 'Woodbine' AKA

'The Brown Bomber'!

 

Photos 11 & 12,

 

Fully ready with controller and latest purchase, a Pola Maxi

German outline, 0-6-0, outside cylindered steamer.

 

Also, the last few photos show my hand made trackwork,

which I'm quite proud of, as all the stock runs perfectly on

it.

 

Hopefully this will satisfy all those that have waited, almost

in vain, for these photos. Thanks again to Dan, for a very

professional photo shoot!

 

Breaking news! I've just had an invite to the De Haviland's

exhibition next spring.

So I have to get my finger out and do some more work, I've

still got quite a long list of things to do/finish! Including a new

wagon kit that I picked up (at the same time as the loco) at

the Reading show.

 

Cheers, Jeff

Edited by jcm@gwr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very interesting indeed, congratulations and now some little questions:

Have you had any problems with twisting and warping ?

Have you had any problems with humidity?

If so in both cases, how did you go trough?

Cheers

Franco

Edited by Franco

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Franco,

 

No problems with twisting or warping, I strengthened

and braced to make sure that it didn't.

 

Humidity is not an issue (so far) either, once I'd built

the board I gave it a coat of shellac, then a coat of

floor seal (satin varnish).

I also keep it in the house, not the shed!

 

Cheers, Jeff

 

P.S. I've just had an invite to another show!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...