11th Avenue

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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by Mike_R » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:38 pm

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.
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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by Mike_R » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:51 pm

Cloudy weather may not be good for going out in but it does give some interesting lighting on my layout.

Image11th Avenue glint 1 by Mike Ruby, on Flickr

Image11th Avenue glint 2 by Mike Ruby, on Flickr
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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by PeterBowen » Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:31 pm

Conrad Motors

Where can I buy these from?

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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by Mike_R » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:12 pm

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.
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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by catweasel » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:52 am

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.
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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by Mike_R » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:50 am

Interesting set of products, the bounce would look good on crossing gates. If you use semaphores, well, watch the video!
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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by PeterBowen » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:07 pm

Henry,

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

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Fire station

Post by Mike_R » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:52 pm

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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Re: 11th Avenue

Post by Mike_R » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:45 pm

Now I am taking 11th Avenue to Devon Freemo I thought it was about time I built the depot, I bought the Walthers Union Station kit about 15 years ago! but so far there have only been paper stand ins on the layout.
If you have seen my previous buildings you will know I like to detail the insides and this one with all the windows and skylights has to be done.
I make interior wall liners from black card, to stop any light escaping, of course the interior needs to be lit! I then stick texture paper to the liner, in this case Scalescenes dressed stone. I leave the paper over size so I can overlap the corners when the walls go together. The liner will not be stuck to the wall until the exterior has been painted.
To make the interior of the windows look better I used the coping strips from the Scalescenes sheets to cover the edges after I had attached the glazing.

A wall section with the black card liner
Image11th Avenue depot 14 52 57 by Mike Ruby, on Flickr

The liner covered with the dressed stone paper.
Image11th Avenue depot 16 42 54 by Mike Ruby, on Flickr

An original window on the right and covered on the left, 43 more windows to go!
Image11th Avenue depot 44 04 by Mike Ruby, on Flickr
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