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  1. Without a doubt it would the the Paul Chetter protodrive sound project through Digitrains and would need to be loaded onto a Zimo MX644D sound decoder. Jeremy at Digitrains does some excellent 3D printed speakers and a very good stay alive too!!! Jinty
  2. I've fitted sound to many many Heljan locos, and have never had much luck with the roof fan. They either make a noise from the beginning or start quietly but within a short period of operation, they become noisy. Not sure if it's anything to do with the signal from the decoder causing interference or not, but I just don't bother now. As for speakers, I am currently fitting quite a few Heljan 37/4's with sound and I'm actually using the tanks as the speaker chamber. I'm also fitting a reflex tube between the speaker chamber (tanks) and the inside of the body. This creates a Bass Reflex speaker in essence, and the deep tones are much more crisper, as I'm sure Andy will vouch for after hearing the class 37/4 I took to our meet up. Also Andy's two 'Rat's' have been fitted with two Bass reflex speakers mounted on pedestals facing down over the gear towers, allowing the sound to come out through the bogie apertures. This gives a nice crisp sound, again, I'm sure Andy will comment with his view on this. Jinty
  3. I know exactly how you feel Peter, Talyllyn is going the same way, I need more room and operationally it would be difficult. Good luck with the changes. Jinty
  4. Hi all, I'm looking for somewhere where I can see a list of which 08's were painted into Intercity livery. In particular I'm looking for one which had a standard IC livery with no name, or even one that ran for a while with no name. Rats, 37's and 47's have their own sites, 08's seem not to. Thanks in advance Jinty
  5. Hi John, Thank you for your kind words. As for the ESU problem I'm not going to be much help as I switched to all Zimo a long time ago. I do believe though that the ESU decoders from the V4 onwards have an 'Autotune' feature which may help the running characteristics for your J39. Google ESU Autotune, or put it into the search box on here and see if anything comes up. I know I've read about it on here somewhere. Regards Jinty
  6. A few class 37/4's have traveled over the WB this last few weeks. You've seen 412 above, and you've seen 413 above. 413 unfortunately was wrong. The nose grilles should of been the darker grey, so I've now corrected that as shown below: Next up is 37426 "Vale of Rheidol" in BR Large Logo Blue livery. Next is 37403 "Ben Cruachan" in BR Heritage Green Livery. And finally, the best livery of all, 37421 "The Kingsman" in Regional Railways Livery. That's all for now Jinty
  7. Class 37/4, 37421 "The Kingsman" in Regional Railways Livery. Jinty
  8. Well you got that wrong, you used the word TELL instead of INSTRUCT!!! Only kidding, but it is only 2 or 3 foot (short of the bottom of the garden!!!). Jinty
  9. Garden, garden, garden!!!!! even if it's only 2 or 3 foot!!! Jinty
  10. Well I won't bore you all with another set of RFD 37/4 pictures, suffice it to say that 413 is finished now, and here is one picture. But also here is a video I did of her on test on Talyllyn Junction. Jinty
  11. Another RFD 37, this time 413.............................. Jinty
  12. Thanks Andy. Ok, the finished article........... Heljan Class 37/4, Finished as 37412 in Railfreight Distribution Sector Livery as she was whilst working the China Clay trains. I've added the extra WR lamp iron at each end next to the headcode box. She is also fitted with a Zimo MX696KS loaded with a Paul Chetter Activedrive sound project. I've fitted two 3w 4ohm speakers wired in series inside the fuel tanks. The fuel tanks are sealed and a short 4mm diameter pipe utilised as a reflex tube. I've weathered this as an 'In Use' locomotive for a customer and will be on its way home later this week. Here are a few pictures: I've got her sister 413 waiting in the wings as well. Jinty
  13. Here's one of the Heljan 37/4's finished as 37412 in Railfreight Distribution Sector livery. Extra Western reigion lamp brackets fitted to the side of the headcode box, as it was when working the china clay traffic. This one's been done alongside its sister 413. Short video to test the sound project. Just awaiting weathering now...... I'll post some more pictures when the weathering is complete. Jinty
  14. Paul, You should find on the Zimo MX645R that there is a live volume function on F27 Volume down and F28 Volume up. As for the extra chuffs F26 according to the chart supplied above, is Shunt Mode which may give you what you require. If that isn't what you want to achieve, than Pauliebanger is your man. Jinty
  15. That's looking good George. Yes we must have a get together soon, life can get in the way a bit sometimes!!! Jinty
  16. Totally agree George, for a start the holes for the handrails are 'drainpipe' size, you may find it easier at this stage to solder some brass behind and re-drill 0.7mm holes to suit the correct handrail size!!! The ploughs are the other pain, bit by bit is the best way!!! Love the T9, looking very good George. Jinty
  17. Peartree wheels Simon, not like Slaters, somewhat more difficult to do that with. I have some ideas for some low friction sprung pick-ups anyway. Thanks all the same. To the next room from the garage and eventually to the bottom of the garden to the shed!!! Jinty
  18. Not a lot been going on due to summer stuff and recently car trouble in bucket loads!!!! Anyway here is the Gladiator Ex LNWR M52 Driving Trailer with a coat of paint on. LMS Crimson Lake and awaiting the weathering stick. I haven't painted the bogies yet as I've been trying to fathom what to do about DCC lighting of the coach. The lamp is a YouChoos bi-color unit which is white/red and this will work in conjunction with the Jinty loco. The driving cabin and the saloon all have lighting fitted, one glowing warm white over each compartment. My dilemma was, do I run the wiring to the Jintiy's decoder via a plug, or do I give the coach it's own pick-ups and it's own decoder? I have now decided to give the coach its own pick-ups and decoder and will run the Jinty and the coach with the same DCC running number so that they work in harmony with each other. This decision was pretty much made for me by the Dapol Jinty not having adequate space for a 5-pin plug/socket under the rear buffer beam. Anyway a couple of pictures, unfortunatley the light had faded so it all looks a bit darker than it is in the real world. Now to fit the bogies with pick-ups!!! Jinty
  19. The 25/3 is the one I did They both look great together. Jinty
  20. Yes Hal Nail is quite correct, early 50's till the 70's I believe. There aren't many around at the box shifters, but they can be found on Ebay and the Facebook groups. They are also short of a little piece of pipework at one end which can be purchased from MM1 models (Ex JLTRT) Here is a link: https://mm1models.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=108_117&product_id=557 Craig (Muddy'sblues) was selling a couple of there style of tanks but in another livery and including the Ex JLTRT pipes. Might be worth asking the question! Jinty
  21. Here is a little example of the AK products on a Heljan tanker. You can clearly see the sheen after drying. I'd put a bit of preshadi g on with fhe airbrush before hand touching up various bits around the vehicle. Please excuse the artificual light in the Phone photograph, it had gone dark so in the garage under LED's I'm afraid Jinty
  22. Try AK Interactive Fuel Stains, it may need a number of coats and a little bit of pre-shading with a darker wash, but it gives a sheen like appearance when dry. Another one is the AK Engine Grime. They are both enamel washes and can be thinned more and worked with white spirit. Jinty
  23. The Zimo decoders pretty much all have active braking now on F2 As you let off the throttle (either drop it a few speed steps or back to zero) I have set the coasting to quite high, so effectively increasing the effect. This allows the loco to 'coast' and by pressing F2 the brake is applied. The longer you press F2, the more severe the application. Live volume control is on F27 to decrease volume and F28 to increase volume. I'm not sure on the NCE Powercab how you get these particular functions. Hope that helps Jinty
  24. I had the pleasure of fitting DCC sound to this lovely Midland 2F 0-6-0 and tender from a Slaters kit. All the gubbins went into the tender, a MX696KS, a 5 x Gold Cap stay alive and two 2w 8ohm speakers. Link wires were passed through to the pick-ups and motor on the loco to take the benefit of as many pick-ups as you can. She runs nicely, will be much better for the drawbar fitted, but the test worked well. Chuff rate synchronized and coasting effect increased so that the active braking can be deployed as per the prototype. A sweet little runner, and a credit to its builder. More again soon Jinty
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