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.