2017_08_10 Sound installs

2017_08_10 I better finish off Al's B Class!

Most of work is done. Everything fits and its neat enough. Only problem is the headlight wasn't working. In the finish I asked Mike and was referred to his installation page on the B Class.
You need to get rid of switch to install speaker in tank. The switch turns off the headlights...and so you need to short out the wires to the switch...duh!!

Some pictures. Again I did not check them as I went, and the dreaded blur is coming back again :(


The yellow tape on right holds down excess wiring, but in the middle is a white plug that I disconnected the switch in the fuel tank from. This switch leaves number lights and marker lights on, but turns off the headlight. I should have shorted out that plug, to turn on the headlights

 The switch wires are soldered to the speaker wires on chip, taped top of old switch.

Ok tape chip in place as low as I could snuggle it down. It sits on top of 8 pin plug though.

Siliconed speaker to inside of styrene lid for fuel tank and glued lid in place.

Soldered speaker wires to old switch wires and pushed wiring back into diesel body. Then blackened styrene inserts and screwed tank back onto body.

Attach couplings and test it all works....

Click here to watch video of Al's B Class



2017_08_05 Sound Scenery!

2017_08_05 A new sound project and more scenery.

Trainbuilder Walker 153hp.

Decided to fit a DCC Sounds as they recorded the Walker at healesville. Nice sounds.

Could not get camera to focus. :(  Not sure what is going wrong here.

 Cut away  shrink wrap

Remove 8 pin dummy plug.and replace with ESU Loksound mini 8 pin plug.

 fit decoder and tape everything inside guards compartment. Unfortunately to make room, you need to remove weight and internal walls.

 I made a false floor by duplicating the dimensions of the old floor.

Then just reverse the sequence and put it all back together .

More Scenery. Finishing off the Mountain

This is a special mix we bought from an artist store. Think its called "Sculpt It"  by Educational models P/L Bayswater.  Mix it with water and spread it on when it looks like this thick paste.

 A bit damp?  Throw some more in.

With shaped spatulas start smoothing out the surface and fill in the bigger gaps.

Keep spreading it, but leave the gaps in the rock molds.

 Filling the gaps between the rock moldings with plaster

Laying a surface on the baseboard, to allow shaping of roads, gutters and the shallow stream under the lines.

And that was at least 5 hours work, Now back to my wiring and replacing that track, near the tunnel..
The good news is that I tested the wiring and got the reverse sections to work. When the wires are soldered on, and track replaced, the BG track will be continuous and all working.

SG still has a little way to go. Too bloody cold (still!!)


EDIT Look at these pictures of the new Helix.  sent to me today :D

The top of the donut is used to carry the BG Terminus Station out of Honeysuckle. Its a Return Loop back to Honeysuckle. Probably be a terminus station, end of line, during .timetabled sessions.

Each leg between the donuts, is a measured distance apart. This means we attach blocks to support track bed as it winds up at 1.8% gradient. The blocks are placed to allow super elevation, and so reduce drag up the hill.

The track bed will spiral from bottom out of Albury Station. to top level (20cm below top donut) and exit out along wall to return towards Honeysuckle and enter other half of room.
The inside of bottom level has room for a return loop back into Albury, to turn trains and or store them, till they head back in the opposite direction.
What do you think?


2017_08_04 A video

2017_08_04  Playing around with video edits

Well not a great video, however its a start.
I can now run BG and SG trains from the new section of layout in other part of room, near honeysuckle to the bottom, via the old helix. Its a start on editing, I guess, just something to fill cold evenings in with.

Still cold. Spent an hour in shed, managed to get the Walker 153 running, but thats all.


2017_07_30 Scenery day!

2017_07_30  Graeme tries his hand with rock molds!

Whilst Graeme was carving out and gluing in rock faces, I installed the Wodonga head shunt and played around with wiring .
During the last week I have ordered 7 new Loksounds and installed three in S Class' received recently from Trainorama

My new helix is being built in Kilmore East, and a site survey is scheduled for Tuesday.

In addition to the 3 S Class decoders,I ordered 3 B Class decoders as well as one for the Walker 153.
I need one to finish Al's B Class (before he returns)
Lets see Saturdays pictures...

 Turned out harder than I thought. Where I joined on the additional track had droppers soldered on preventing fitting rail joiners. I had already pre-cut track, so I had to cut away the soldered end, clean and add fish plates. Meant track is short, but can be disguised with buffer stops, I guess.

In reality, only one head shunt, however I get my cutting, and a little more storage for wagons.

Making mountains.

 Initially Graeme matches rocks up, checks on clearances and using water based liquid nails, fixes it all in place

Fixed down, just needs filling in between the moldings.

Unfortunately water based nails is about double the price, but it makes the work a lot easier.

If you cant get an easy fix, just break ends off and fit it in place. We can fill in the holes later and match them in with a sculpting knife.

It really is easy, but Graeme has an artists eye. Wait till you see it filled and painted :D

So here are some more hardening up in the Woodland Scenics Molds for next time.

I forgot the mix already, I think it was 600ml of warm water (to help with mixing it up) into 1 kilo of plaster., which filled these 5 moldings.
Well that's about all I have.
On Tuesday my Helix gets a site survey and exciting times ahead.


2017_07_25 Other things....

2017_07_25  Sound Installs How easy it is, now that manufacturers are listening to us! We got lights, then we got DCC ready, sound ready and finally they were dragged kicking into sound installed :D
Well actually they took the final sound install easiest of all. Thank Goodness ;)

Today I started on installing sounds into the three S Class Diesels.
As a comparison, I have also started on an older B Class which is definitely not a nice engine to fit out with sound.

Click on caption to play each video

Oops that's not right

Now that's better!
 Now it took me 10 minutes to fit sound, including changing out the speakers and reattaching new ones.
It will take a lot longer to sort out the cv's to get them speed matched and running right though.

B Class
Now lets start looking at the B Class. It will take a lot of time, especially as I just found the sound chip might be damaged. More tomorrow...

First job was to try and glue the side grills back in. New out of box, both grills damaged by buckling. I think I got it.

Then remove the switch from the bottom of tank after removing two screws and putting some braces aside and removing tank from under engine. Fill in the hole, and save the wiring to the switch, as you will need it to connect to the speaker. Its easier than trying to get new speaker wires down there :)

Cut out a new styrene tank top. Groove it to match indents in sides (Fuel fillers) create a notch for wires to exit behind new speaker. Draw lines from corner to corner. Where they cross in middle is where you drill out hole for speaker.

And so next job is to glue (silicone) the speaker inside the tank. (Hole is a couple mills smaller than speaker. Notch tank near battery box to allow wires to exit, and seal box with silicone or body filler before painting black to match tank.
Put tank back on engine tomorrow. Time to go inside and warm up


2017_07_21 (continues)

2017_07_21  Discovered another reason for my wiring problems

I think I have learned something knew about reversing loops. It appears that I have fluked my earlier installations. But in upgrading my wiring (strewth!! what a job!) I moved several reversing loop sections. I moved two sections to a place between two command stations. As I use TAM Valley frog juicers and have had exemplary service up until now.,my mistake helped to burn out two Hex juicers valued at $140 (ok repairs in States actually cost $40 plus postage both ways)
It seems that you cannot reverse between two command stations, and so it failed, and finally burned out two juicers. I kept reading the instructions and finally after the second burned board I noticed the bit about two districts. Now it seems to be working ok

To get away from the other power district (read command station) I had to cut in an extra insulated section. Diagram should show you what happened.

2017_07_21 Hardware Shopping Wheeeeeeeee!!

2017_07_21 Nice day. Should be in shed, but I have run out of food and need to shop. Anyway need stores for the shed. So off to Bunnings for a $12 sheet of 3mm MDF cut up for forming the fascias.

So home from shopping

Well I did get the MDF  (cut up free! thanks Mr Bunnings)

And the Post Office had a parcel from Bob's Hobbies. Takes 5 days and usually 7 for damn Post Office to move stuff from Sydney to Wodonga via Sunshine Mail Exchange, and 7 km's away people in Albury can receive theirs in 24 hours and worst cast 48 hours. Morons won't treat us like twin cities, even as they close Wodonga mail center down You got a 3 post code then you go via Sunshine! Morons!!!

I have worn out my remote power point switches. They are 8 years old. These Arlec ones were $35 and saves me bending down under layout to shut off power. Good for this old back.

I found some nifty little LED strip lights in battens and at $18 each, pretty cheap.  Might fill in light in the corners.

Gorilla Glue is here. Now we can find out if our Yankee mates are right Is it the best glue in the World?

Security lights to replace the 500 Watt power eaters the kids broke with a basket ball. only 20 watts and almost as bright.

Liquid nails, water based, to glue foam in place Twice the price but pretty good stuff.

Oh and did I mention a parcel from Bob's Hobbies?

Start timer! zero

1 minute!

1min 30 seconds!

2 mins!

2 mins 30 secs!

3 minutes!

4  minutes! Now where is the DCC chip? Removing the bodies is just so easy, particularly if you didn't cut your finger nails the night before. Simply spread body out above fuel tank valence careful not to drop the mech. as it is heavy. Do it an inch above a surface so it will not be damaged. To place it back on, simply line it up, push it on, and press sides in to ensure the tabs have locked in safely. I have seen these disengage so make sure it is tight before holding on to body to lift it off track,

ok ok Lets read the nice instructions......

10 minutes later, I decided to test each engine with a silent chip, and come inside and order some sound chips from Mike  at  DCC Aussie Sounds
Was going quite quickly for a while too ;)