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Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:38 pm
by Mike_R
They are all installed now, the last three took one hour (wiring was already in). They worked while the board was clamped to the Workmate. Then when back on the supports and connected to the layout, the rear, hardest one to reach on that board (it has to be that one!) would not reliably stay in position, not a motor fault but my linkage and micro switch (no slack on these leads either!), 2 #**#! hours later it was working. Murphy's law strikes again!

The other rearmost one, even harder to reach, which drives through one of the bridge girders, the turnout is on the bridge, is a bit slow so I may have to redo that one. The rest are Ok after several hours of operating.

Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:51 pm
by Mike_R
Cloudy weather may not be good for going out in but it does give some interesting lighting on my layout.

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Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:31 pm
by PeterBowen
Conrad Motors

Where can I buy these from?

Peter

Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:12 pm
by Mike_R
PeterBowen wrote:Conrad Motors

Where can I buy these from?
Unfortunately they are no longer made, typical, you find a source of reasonably priced switch motors and they stop producing them a few months later. I may try servos for future layouts.
Until the Conrads I used Fulgurex, between Conrad and Tortoise for price, but a bit noisy. They have proved reliable and have good auxiliary switches and can move both turnouts in a crossover with one motor.

Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:52 am
by catweasel
I've started using servo's myself. The controller I'm using is a Megapoints job,http://loolee.org/megapoints/index.html, which will control up to 12. A DCC module is also available for it. The servo's themselves are cheap Tower Hobbies micro's as they don't have to work hard. Mounts I get through MERG, which are laser cut alloy and come with 2 micro switches for frog and signals if required,along with all screws. The Controllers are very easy to use. Just connect the signal leads, apply a 9 volt supply, such as a battery pack, and the points are centred.Then connect the servo's, adjust the throw and you're done. Full details are on the Megapoints website. I'm just a very satisfied customer.

Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:50 am
by Mike_R
Interesting set of products, the bounce would look good on crossing gates. If you use semaphores, well, watch the video!

Re: 11th Avenue

Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:07 pm
by PeterBowen
Henry,

Many thanks for the heads up on the Megapoints and Tower Hobbies which servos are you using?

Peter

Fire station

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:52 pm
by Mike_R
After a long time another building finished. For years my fire station was as bought a Walthers ready built. I have painted the exterior, detailed the interior and added lighting.
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Image11th Avenue vehicles by Mike Ruby, on Flickr
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ImageFire station 11th avenue by Mike Ruby, on Flickr