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    Listening to music, making food, computing... and making far too slow progress on Chard branchline in the early 60's

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  1. Should I be panic buying froth before it is in short supply?
  2. Hi I need some advice about how to power DccConcepts accessory modules. I have a layout where I have two buses running via four pin XLR connectors between each baseboard, one for track power and one for accessory power. I have a NCE power cab and a Cobalt ALPHA control panel that are connected to a 5 amp Cobalt Alpha box with DCD-PWR power supply. This in turn is connected to the two buses via a Dcc Specialties Psx1, so that the control bus is on its own section. I have 11 Dcc Cobalt alpha point motors, + 5 Cobalt SS controllers connected to about 14 SS pointmotors (some are crossovers running two points off a single output) I also have two SX-8 solenoid units controlling 16 peco points in my storage yard. My problem is that even with no trains on the track, on switching on the power, the current draw is too much for the 5Amp power supply to cope with, and it goes into overload. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can solve this problem? Should all these units be connected in serial or parallel? At the moment the SS accessory modules that are under the same baseboard are daisychained via the terminals provided for doing this on each unit, so they are grouped as three on one board, and two on another. The two SX-8 units are also daisy chained together. I have considered mounting on/off switches to each daisy chain group so that I can minimize the power surges on starting. But is there a more intelligent way of doing things? I can’t be the only person who has run into this problem.
  3. And they are not that good at pulling trains either.
  4. NO they produce methane which is much worse that CO2
  5. That was only up the the first of July. Now there is no minimum annount before taxes are added: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2021/june/the-european-union-introduces-new-value-added-tax-rules-for-e-commerce-from-1-july-202.aspx quote : "First, VAT will now have to be applied on all goods that are sold online in the EU regardless of their price. The current VAT de minimis threshold of 22 EUR will no longer be applied. Studies and experience have shown that the de minimis exemption is being abused with even goods such as smartphones being declared at a value less than 22 EUR. The new rule means that from 1 July 2021 VAT will have to be charged on all goods entering the EU, ensuring a level playing field for EU businesses." Trust me. I have already been charged vat on a package costing £6. VAT in Denmark is 25% so that was £1.50 + a £20 piracy 'handlingcharge'. I chose to let them throw the package away.
  6. I count myself as a beginner as well. I have built four or five points with varying degrees of sucess. I would like to come with a suggestion. I have decided that in the fiurture I will make a test bed with a few lengths of flexible track than can be attached to points . I thought that my points were fine. I tested by pushing trucks and coaches through them with no problems. But after placing them on the layout have had all sorts of problems with trains that derail, short circuit and so on. So for future points I will test that longer rakes of stock being pulled and pushed by locomotives in all directions works fine before laying in the points place. I always wait with painting and balasting until I am certain that they work as intended.
  7. I have built points using this glue https://www.amazon.com/Tamiya-87038-Extra-Thin-Cement/dp/B000BMYWYC/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tamiya+extra+thin+cement&qid=1626297134&sprefix=tamiya+extra&sr=8-1 it seems to work ok. Capillary action means that the cement gets between the chairs and the plywood. Holding the chair I place under pressure from a screwdriver does the trick
  8. For years people have complained about the death of the small dedicated model shop. They bemoan the rise of the nasty box shifters. Hornby announce that they are going to give good local shops a higher priority than said box shifters and all hell breaks loose. Personally I have to use the internet as there is no shop selling UK outline within 500 miles or more. The last two times I visited a model shop in England, they were untidy, dingy, in need of a clean... I spent hours there and didn't want leave. I got great service. But I have no idea which tier they would be in.
  9. Very true, but the difference is now that you can actually fit cameras inside OO gauge trains, Even before that I have tried putting a go-pro camera on an open flat wagon and running it arround on my branch line, it gave a very different perspective on things.
  10. I think I would try to do something different. I would try to combine computer games and models. What about a range of trains ( simple and robust) fitted with small cameras, combined with a simulated real world computer game? You can drive a train in a physical world environment, but see it in an augmented reality. The real objects can include both rolling stock and buildings, and these are composited with computer generated images, possibly being shown in 3D via VR headsets. I think that kids (of all ages) would enjoy playing with it. Even serious modellers might find a use for it, either as a method of trying things put before really building them, or using it expand the scope of their layouts. You could for example physically model some of the platforms of a large station and be able to see, and interact with the rest of the platforms, having to wait for other trains to clear signals before a real model can get a path to the main lines. Or possibly have a train that runs into a fiddle yard and stops, but then turns into a 100% simulation where you can drive the train on to another station, either in the simulation or another ‘real’ model at the other end of the fiddle yard.
  11. I have a minimum radius of 30" I used the 'create transistion curve' feature in the excellent ANYRAIL programme ( which has a free trial version). I printed a full size version of the transition curve and cut a hardboard templet that fitted between the rails and used this create transition curves at the start and end of these curves.
  12. I am in the lucky situation that I have just be given a whole storage chest of rolling stock, this includes 30+ locomotives, these have not been used for years. I need to fit DCC chips to them. But before doing so, I think that I should make sure that they run OK using conventional DC power. I am thinking of purchasing a rolling road of some sort to allow them to run for a while. But is this enough to be able to get them back into service, or do they need to run on a real track pulling stock?
  13. Hi I have a quick question, As an ex-pat living in the EU, my hobby costs have exploded after Brexit. I recentl bought an item that cost £14 that cost me an extra £22 in import duties and daylight robbery administration. As you are based in Ireland. can I buy your products directly from you as an EU cpompany without paying extra import duties?
  14. Probably not allowed on Youtube... You could try threatening them with 'community service as an RMWeb moderator unless they comply. That would scare me into behaving!
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