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kyle 2015 - all roads lead to...kyle...

bcnPete

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Evening all,

 

Another heavy week at work lead me to want to get some modelling done this weekend. This followed a lightning 90 minute visit last weekend to the St Albans show to keep the mojo topped up.

 

Progress has been in the form of fixing the 4 roads to the fiddleyard in place, which has once again put my basic soldering skills to the limit. To aid this process, I have used both Solder paint and red flux from C+L so was feeling a bit light headed after breathing in fumes the last two afternoons :O

 

I also managed to modify the base beneath the sliding deck as it became apparent it was a tad higher once the feeder roads had been set. Much scraping of foamboard and mess gave me a new deck to work from which was built up in card layers to the desired height - a coat of grey paint on top has reinstated the base before I attach the perspex fiddleyard.

 

Whilst the perspex is quite fun in its appearance, I am not sure that it works so well with hand built trackwork...especially my soldering, which I will go back and clean up when I come to check gaps/test run etc. Fibre glass sticks, flux, solder paints and solder all seem to leave a residue so the overall deck is not as clean as I would have liked...but at least it seems strong and stable. Next step after cleaning up and checking is to sort the alignment and power issues and finalise the lighting to the scenic boards.

 

Lesson learnt from today was that, even after making a workbench with compartments to prevent liquids being knocked over, is to not remove them from their designated place closer to the work in hand :no: Right at the last minute I managed to completely knock over my red flux on the workbench over the cutting mat and surrounding areas...thankfully not to much damage done just a strange red glow to a part of it :D

 

A few pics of progress...the deadline has been adjusted to 10:00am in line with Andy's sharp observation :P

 

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google earth shot...

 

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arrival and departure roads...

 

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from outside...soldered joints will be refined a litte now the lines are in place...

 

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grubby first signs of evidence of work being undertaken...

 

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clocks ticking...

 

As always, comments welcome.

 

Pete

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I'm sure your soldering will stand up just fine Pete.

 

FWIW, my preference is green label flux. It is quite aggressive though and needs cleanup but sometimes lets me do things that I didn't think I could do. It's also a no-no for very thin double sided PCB because I've had it cause the insulation to break down several times.

 

I also use Orange flux - this is pretty sticky and less effective but allegedly needs no cleanup. It does smell nice though.

 

Regards, Andy

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Would it be easier to build the track firt then lay it onto the perspex (bit late to suggest that now). I have an old association track jig (from Phil Kerr I think) which allowed you to make up a section leving lengths of rail sticking out so you could move it up to do the next section. Just the thing for doing the FY track.

 

Don

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I'm sure your soldering will stand up just fine Pete.FWIW, my preference is green label flux. It is quite aggressive though and needs cleanup but sometimes lets me do things that I didn't think I could do. It's also a no-no for very thin double sided PCB because I've had it cause the insulation to break down several times.I also use Orange flux - this is pretty sticky and less effective but allegedly needs no cleanup. It does smell nice though.

Thanks Andy - that's really helpful for soldering...

 

Would it be easier to build the track firt then lay it onto the perspex (bit late to suggest that now). I have an old association track jig (from Phil Kerr I think) which allowed you to make up a section leving lengths of rail sticking out so you could move it up to do the next section. Just the thing for doing the FY track.

Thanks Don - that was sort of the original plan...I had a 3mm perspex sheet which I was going to assemble the track on and then drop into place complete however it would have meant lowering all the base to the sliding deck for alignment so I omitted it :) the jig sounds good though...

 

welcome to the clumsy club :jester:

Think I might had said FFS when it happened...For Flux Sake :laugh:

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It looks just as neat and quasi-sculptural as everything else you achieve, from where I am looking.....Maybe I need to up my game somewhat? :D

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What Mickey said.

 

I'm repeating myself but that design looks so coooool !

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It looks just as neat and quasi-sculptural as everything else you achieve, from where I am looking.....Maybe I need to up my game somewhat? :D
Thanks Mickey - Good to see you dropping into blogs too...

 

What Mickey said. I'm repeating myself but that design looks so coooool !
Thanks Mikkel - Wait until I install the discrete white light from below and the trains move to the sound of Billie Jean :D

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Oooh! Will you be operating with a diamond-studded glove then? :D

:laugh:

 

...and a hat tipped towards Kyle...

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Neat work as always Pete! I may have to drop by at Burgess Hill again to see this one.

 

Thanks Jeremy - Would be good to see you at BH...

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