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Re: Estate Update

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:41 pm
by Bilco
TrainsOnArran wrote: And Gari’s clock seems to have blown off again.


Yep - blown away in the Great Gale of October 1987 and not replaced ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:05 pm
by Bilco
Despite the interruptions of preparing for and going to Wimborne, and immediately afterwards going off on holiday in Madeira, some progress has been made ...

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A start has been made in building up the ground around the track - more bits of foam board cut into odd shapes and glued down, then painted to look something like concrete - Stackers has concreted over most of the Stable Yard - Arfur Biscuit will be rotating rapidly in his grave ...

The wiring has finally been finished and tested ...

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... looking like a particularly untidy mare's nest from the front ...

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... but not too bad from the back. Those square push switches fit quite neatly, Christopher ...

There are family visits scheduled for the next couple of weeks, so I've had to vacate the dining room table - I managed to polish out the scratches before mai laidy wiaf noticed ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:52 pm
by Thorness
"I managed to polish out the scratches before mai laidy wiaf noticed ..."

Sounds like a lucky escape!!

Cheers
Don

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:02 pm
by Bilco
While I was away doing other things I applied what's left of my mind to projected operation of the diorama/photo plank/mini layout. At first I thought that a simple traverser, to move between the two exit tracks, and to store off-scene trains, would fit the bill. But that would mean that there would be travel in one direction pushing any rolling stock - not ideal, given my dodgy coupling arrangements.

In the back story I mentioned a line out to a balloon loop (and maybe to be realized in model form in years to come), which would mean the locos and whatever they were pulling would arrive back the other way round from how they left. So perhaps I need a turn-table instead ... or as well ...

So, a traversing turn-table, or a rotating traverser?? A travturble?? A Rotaverser?

On t'Bay I found this ...

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... a 35cm bamboo wood Lazy Susan. I also found some drawer runners and, putting these together with some wood from the pile at the back of the garage, I cobbled together this...

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Not a masterpiece of the joiner's art, but it does the job. It is still in development, of course, with a few matters to be sorted out - attachment to the Yard, power supply, control of movement fore and aft, and round and round ...

Hours of fun ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:41 pm
by Bilco
A little more progress to report - on the Rotaverser ...

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I got a leadscrew on Amazon and fixed it to the base to control the movement of the traverser part of the Rotaverser. The leadscrew is meant to be part of a 3D printer - so does this qualify me to post on 3D printing threads? The metal bracket attaching the traverser to the moving part of the leadscrew, and the handle for operating this strange device came out of the 'useful one day' store at the back of the garage ...

Hours of fun ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:14 pm
by Jon Randall
Looks interesting Bill and very neat. 8)

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:24 pm
by Bilco
Progress continues at a slow pace ...

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Track has been laid on the turning part of the Rotaverser, and seems to match up quite well with the scenic part of things. A little fine-tuning of rail levels is required to (hopefully) get a smooth transition from one component to the other. The radius that I ended up with for the two curved sections is less than the 12" I hoped for, but better than the 6" that I deployed on Berger Hall 1900. Also, there is no scenery close to the track to give clearance issues, so I hope everything will run acceptably (if not perfectly) ...

A little scenic work has been started at the front of the Stable Yard - stonework columns to (a) support the stone walling (yet to appear), and (b) support the balustrading along the edge of the upper Yard (also yet to appear) ...

Hours of fun ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:54 pm
by PeterH
Good work.

That fiddle yard reminds me of a carnival ride. Just add flashing LEDs.

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:46 pm
by Bilco
Maybe I can arrange things so that the 'Magic Roundabout' theme music accompanies the turning of the handle ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:54 pm
by chris stockdale
‘Hello dear thing,’ said Ermintrude, twirling a daisy in her mouth. ‘Love the Rotaverser, very clever. Now, must go, busy, busy!’

Cheers,

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:21 pm
by Bilco
Things progress slowly ...

I've arranged a simple system to attach the Rotaverser to the diorama/photo plank/layout ...

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... 2 steel right-angle brackets fixed to the scenic bit ...

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... and 2 Mega Magnets - rare-earth magnets about 12mm diameter - inset into the end of the Rotaverser.

The whole thing fits together neatly, so that the 2 sections can't move sideways in relation to each other, and are held tightly together ...

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This last photo also shows that I've wired up the tracks on the Rotaverser to 2 sub-control panels. Power is tapped off the controller on the main board via a pair of plug-in flying leads, which are moved to the other side when the turn-table component is rotated through 180 degrees. Power is sent to the required track by the rotary switch.

The only thing to remember is that the black wire goes to the far rail, whichever way round the turn-table is. The first photo shows the R and almost erased B that I marked on the end of the scenic section to remind me which wire goes where ...

Rail heights have been fettled - some adjustment to the 'feet' of the 2 parts was required first to ensure that they are level and stable...

Hours of fun ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 7:29 pm
by Bilco
This weekend has been spent balustrading ...

I bought a couple of dolls-house scale wooden balustrades from t'Bay ...

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... much too big and bulky for what I wanted, but I cut out the uprights, shortened them slightly, made a base plate and a top rail from Woodlands Scenic plastic sections, and fashioned intermediate columns from 2 x 1.5 cm wooden strip and card ...

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... and here they are after a spray of undercoat, just propped in place ...

Hours of fun ...

Re: Estate Update

Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:31 pm
by Jon Randall
They suit it well Bill 8)