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  1. I am very pleased with VSDC which I've used a lot. The free version is ok to start with but the paid version (about £20-30) per year is really good. It's not perfect; you have to get used to a few quirks in the interface, but it's very good at opening all sorts of video formats and has loads of options for exporting the finished product. It has a multitude of editing features. With a little patience while getting started I'd say it's not hard to learn and there are many tutorial videos on YouTube. As with all video software, a reasonably powerful computer helps, but there are quite a few b
  2. If the issue is the gears then there are probably quite a lot of people who would welcome a solution such as a replacement set of metal gears though I have no idea how difficult it would be to fit them . Reading through various posts on here and on tbe o gauge Facebook group I'm coming to the conclusion that improved pick up arrangements and large stay alive capacitors still may not address the issue. I'm no kind of engineer but it seems quite plausible that a bit of excess slop in the gear train would allow the jerking movement to happen. It's the kind of thing that I can live with but it
  3. Yes I did do the Auto-Tune. I assume that means the procedure where you you set CV54 to 0 and light the blue touch paper while the Loco runs off and then stops.
  4. I did change the chuff settings earlier and they seem reasonably good now but since adjusting the speed curve I haven't really checked them. My main aims were to get earlier acceleration and deceleration along with preserving the ability to coast. I can't remember off hand cv53 does?
  5. Hi Peter - Here are the values. It may be worth noting that I've changed my speed curve by altering CV's 68 to 93 for earlier acceleration. CV 2 = 5 9 = 40 51=31 52=7 53=91 54=43 55=30 56=255 116=50 117=150 118=15 119=20
  6. After various struggles with decoder settings and the realisation that I should never use the momentum button on my NCE Powercab as it over-writes decoder settings, my new Mogul is running pretty well now, though I'm still trying to get to the bottom of the occasional jerky movement, some of which you might see in this video. When it first arrived with me there was a loose buffer, an under-gauge front pony truck (both easily sorted) and a definite clash in the crosshead and crankpin area, which I think I've stopped with a little gentle outward pressure on the slide bars on one side, so that
  7. If anyone is interested, I have now got the Mogul running much more as I would wish! Fiddling with CV's 68-93, I have been able to raise the profile of the speed curve so that the loco initially accelerates a bit more briskly and has less dramatic acceleration further up the speed range. Happy to post some CV values if anyone wants.
  8. I agree, some of the manual is in weakly translated English, and, yes, I think unless you're a serious programmer you can't do anything with CV 6, but it strikes me that you could use the facility to set each of 28 steps on the speed curve individually , if you can spend the time; Between speed step 1 and the maximum speed, LokSound 5 decoders will superimpose the speed using a speed curve. The speed curve hast 28 values (Cv 67 to 94). The CVs 67 and 94 are permanently set to the values of 1 respectively 255 in this decoder. The intermediate values can be distributed at will. The speed cu
  9. I spent an hour or two tweaking CV's on my Mogul yesterday (Loksound V5L). Most of the changes were to do with acceleration and deceleration within the practical constraints of my layout. I needed the loco to be capable of reaching a plausible running speed by the time it exits the tunnel mouth at the entrance to the storage table, and to be able to slow down in time for a stop at the platform. I think I've achieved those goals now, though it meant resetting the wheel/chuff synchronisation. I fiddled around quite a bit with CV54 (Back EMF - I think) but ended up doing the procedure that le
  10. Thank you very much Mikkel! I have tried to approach the layout in a bit of a "broad brush strokes first" way - meaning that there is a lot of detail work to do, even on parts that appear finished. The shed is now complete with roof etc, but that whole area of the layout is still very much a work in progress. Future projects on the layout include a small amount of narrow gauge of rolling stock and a derelict carriage shed behind the engine shed, Development of the derelict cottage scene at the top of the Southern (tunnel) end of the layout, one or two road vehicles amongst others. I'll be
  11. Thank you very much Terry! I have Volume 2, and it is very well thumbed
  12. I'm trying to figure out what vehicles might be included in a minimum length GWR permanent way maintenance train around 1946. One end of my layout, "LLanidris" has trackwork terminating in flood damage and a bridge that has been weakened by flooding. This never ending problem for the PW team seems like a good excuse for a train The question is; would such a train ever have been as minimal as a loco, brake van, 4 wheel carriage for the workers and one other vehicle for materials and tools?
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