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by Prof Klyzlr
Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Street trackage (sp?)
Replies: 25
Views: 10669

Dear Gn15 team, I considered using ORR "Girder rail" on my current HO SG street switching layout, but the price was prohibitive to Oz. Handlaying it on PCB sleepers is not particularly hard from research I did down here, and as long as the rails are insulated from each other a la stock PCB...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tenshodo V Black Beetle
Replies: 36
Views: 30260

Dear Trainbuilder, Points well taken, (and often forgotten by those who expect DCC to cure all their locos electro-mechanically based ills! :roll: ). However, if I may ask a question, what is your opinion of the NWSL "school of mech design" thinking, which essentially says "...excessi...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tenshodo V Black Beetle
Replies: 36
Views: 30260

Dear Andy, Sorry for the late reply, but Tenshodo PDTs/SPUDs have 14:1 ratio gearing, and are very light. The "stock" black beetle is the same ratio, but is better engineered IMHO. However, for NG work, the best move IMHO is the 27:1 ratio Black Beetle. Better gear reduction, relatively qu...
by Prof Klyzlr
Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Randim Stackum & Wrackem Inc
Replies: 174
Views: 95878

Dear John, Let me pose a "operating principle" question to you... what will be the "Master" for the layout? - The train? - the factory/environment? - or the forklift? To wit - If the train is under manual control, it becmes the "Master". All other devices must follow it...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Liquid lead
Replies: 11
Views: 4694

Cheap "Pourable lead"

Dear Modellers, I recently picked up a 10 kilo container of Grade 9 shotgun "lead shot", which is as small as is available here in Aust, which should cover just about any "pourable lead" mission I should have, for the next say, 10 years?... :wink: Only AUD$40, and will last me qu...
by Prof Klyzlr
Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:33 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Sync'ing DCC subs

Dear Andy A, Yes, it is "Possible" to mount a DCC decoder under the layout, patch it's audio outs to a Sub-woofer, and have it "respond" to the same DCC control commands as the loco "topside". (Simply add the "Sub woofer" decoder to the "Locomotive consis...
by Prof Klyzlr
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Auran's Display Sound Rig : not quite "scale"

Dear Southpass, Yep, have been the organiser of a show where the Auran guys have been "playing to the kids" by turning up the synthesised sounds of their sim game. Definitely draws the kids, but dang if it doesn't drive the "Modellers" crazy... (I could sit trackside while a 12&q...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

"Confining Sound" : For Jon and Steve

Dear Steve, Jon, Modellers, Steve, far be it from me to "twist your arm" about sound, (I am forever grateful that there's room on this here train for all Modellers, and that being a "Modeller" has no real "minimum spec" qualification, otherwise my inclusion would be scr...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tenshodo disappointment
Replies: 32
Views: 16921

SPUD Alternative

Dear Modellers, Amoung other things, one of the key reasons why the SPUDs run so badly is their low 14/1 gear ratio. Can I strongly suggest you check out the Steam Era Models "Black Beetle", "Black Bug", http://home.waterfront.net.au/~sem/bbeetle.htm and the Hollywood Foundry &qu...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

John G's "Hunslett" cicadas???

Dear John,

I got the hear the results "post live recording" before they were installed in the War Memorial,

I can confirm the cicadas were "surgically removed"...

:lol: :wink:

Happy Modelling,
Aim to Improve,
Prof Klyzlr
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Cumulative Volume at Train shows

Dear Steve, Modellers, I agree that it's pretty easy for a number of layouts soundsystems to sum together, and get "too loud" at a show, (I've never said it should be Turned UP, I Have said it it best Done Well! :wink: ) I personally DO take noise and frequency spectrum level readings at t...
by Prof Klyzlr
Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Martin's "Whole Picture" RE Sound + Steam + Smoke

Dear Martin, Modellers, Getting "realistic presentation" of stem powered operations is simply a case of knowing exactly what you want to achieve, then "problemsolving" what is needed to achieve it :wink: As an example, I submit my O scale WORKING 2 drum Harman "Pair of 8's&q...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

John's "Alco talking EMDs"

Dear John, I agree, if you are intimately aquainted with the sound of a given loco, and a model doesn't match that, then it will only serve to annoy. I personally have recorded shays and climaxes for my Aussie logging tramway, and am fairly confident I could "recognize on by sound". Ergo, ...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Cheap Good Layout Sound Module for Scott

Dear Scott, Modellers, For a CD spec "Layout sound" unit, that is available with both "RTR" sounds AND the ability to easily handle custom/scratchbuilt WAV files, I can't reccomend the DreamPlayer enough. It's not much dearer than an ITTC module or similar, (which, BTW, can be ha...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

To sound or not to sound? for Bob T

Dear Bob, Please re-read my earlier posting, if you personally feel you do not need sound to enjoy Your trains, then far be it from me or anyone else to argue otherwise. (It's YOUR layout, not mine, and I thouroughly respect that! ;-) ). That said, layout sound done <Well>, (IE created, designed, in...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

What is wrong RE LayoutSound

Dear Scott, Your post also just reminded me of something... Most modellers are not Acousticians, Recording Engineers, or "Audio Technicians". As a result, while most modellers would not be able to tell you that "the sample rate of the sound module is not capable of reproducing the fre...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Excessive show layout noise : Oom Paa!

Dear Scott, Just be glad you weren't at the show I exhibited at a few years ago, a small euro layout had a recording of an OomPaa band going at it non stop for all 8 hours of each show day, at a measured 96dB SPL @ 1 metre. (For reference, 80dB SPL is a "moderately busy road"). LayoutSound...
by Prof Klyzlr
Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound?
Replies: 57
Views: 20167

Sound : Yes! GOOD Sound : Maybe????

Dear Modellers, While I would in no way want to suggest that a layout Without sound is somehow "lacking", (If YOU are enjoying YOUR trains, far be it from me or anyone else to take umberage with your layout!) However, I do strongly believe that Well Done sound enhances most any layout disp...
by Prof Klyzlr
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Turnouts
Replies: 50
Views: 22683

Doc's locos, Porter VS Hustler

Dear Doc, by the underside pics you posted, I'd guess that the Hustler's axle spacing is longer than the Porters, yes? This <May> be part of the Hustler's problem, (IE why the Hustler has issues, and the Porter runs OK on this trackwork) the longer the rigid wheelbase, the more critical the loco wil...
by Prof Klyzlr
Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:36 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 28581

LayoutSound : Solutions and Contacts

Dear Modellers, Instad of dragging a laptop of PC to shows to replay 1 WAV file at a time, can I respectfully suggest the following unit? http://www.fantasonics.com/scaledreams/player.html The "Modellers" description http://www.pricom.com/Trains/DreamPlayer.shtml The "Techies" de...
by Prof Klyzlr
Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Turnouts
Replies: 50
Views: 22683

Analog DC reversing loops : Glad to see it helped : Thoughts

Dear Doc, Modellers all, Glad to see the "Reversing loop" technique is working for you. The original testbed was/is HOn30, with 4" radii curves, PECO setrack turnouts, and nothing but a 9volt battery for a throttle/powersupply. As long as the "constant direction of travel round t...

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