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  1. Hope this is some sort of test layout in the track closeups as there is some atrocious track laying shown.
  2. Will access to the items be limited to 2mm members only?
  3. These may help. This video has some loud burst of music at the start. Good luck
  4. I have read several threads about using mechanical cutting (eg silhouette) for DIY card kits such as Scalescene . Has anyone seen anything about using laser cutters to cut out DIY card kits? Sort of print A4 page, scan and create a cut file, mount page on card stock, somehow register page with laser cutter and then cut with laser?
  5. How many persons are in the TC company? Sometimes seems to be one but other times more than one. I never purchased TC (did play with the demo versions as they were released) as I thought it was a one man band and I have been caught out before when the man just quit being around. If he is in his mid 60s then I certainly would not consider buying. Rationality and mental acuity are heading for the basement. Personal experience here (I'm 67).
  6. I know the relco unit I had put out about 50V according to some printed material but I have no idea of frequency. There were others available (DIY?) whose outputs ranged up to 1kV. Even some claimed to be DCC decoder compatible. I have vague memories about a couple of mV limit and some mods to commercial units.
  7. Again we stand to go off into the realms of nit-picking. What are we trying to achieve with measuring the voltage, what was the OP trying to do? Just trouble shooting wiring problems or trying to fix booster/supply circuit problems, DCC signal quality? I assume the former for the OP. My NCE adaptor just monitors voltage at the booster outputs, really not doing much except noting shorts and indicating all is fine at the booster. For checking wiring quality I use my little DMM on AC setting usually. I don't care what the voltage or what the measurement bias really is as I am lo
  8. I use a small adaptor based on a circuit published around 1995 on NCE yahoo groups, to measure the voltage using a DC meter, analogue or digital, or a DMM. I use a 20V DC analogue meter. Works a treat but a digital readout would be better for visibility at a distance. Basically stores averaged near peak voltage in a capacitor. Consists of two transistors, three capacitors and three resistors. Claimed to be accurate to within 100mV, probably due to the necessary charge and bleed resistors plus transistor biases. Should cost about 5 to 10 quid to make. Pity the topic wandered
  9. Wonder if automotive clear coat would help, as per refurbishing headlight covers.
  10. I give each area or group of points a different base value (say 100,200,300,etc) and then number points that are typically used together with sequential numbers (201,202... and 210,211....) so that is easy to dialup sequential numbers when needed. Label track plan or mimic panel with the number of the point so I don't have to remember the number.
  11. I have routing where up to 6 points will switch in a yard simultaneously. Shouldn't make generalizations.
  12. Depends on how far apart (size of layout) the points are. I have about 10 or so CDUs, with local panels.
  13. Might be able to get one from one of these: https://www.themodeltraincentre.com/product/po263-00-h0-scale-corner-shop-red-brick/ https://www.englishmodelrailways.shop/model-kit-oo-ho-corner-shop-red-brick-metcalfe-po263.html https://cdn2.therailwayconductor.co.uk/model-railway-scale-model-buildings/product/metcalfe-po263-corner-shop-red-brick-card-kit-00-h0-gauge https://www.roxleymodels.co.uk/po263-ooho-scale-corner-shop-brick-p-3457.html https://www.model-junction.co.uk/product/metcalfe-models-po263-oo-ho-scale-corner-shop/ https://www.bourtonmodelrailway.co.uk/
  14. As per post above, something like : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AC-DC-5-35V-to-3-3V-5V-9V-12V-24V-Buck-Step-Down-Converter-Linear-Regulator-S60/264491809274?hash=item3d94f0b9fa:g:L~sAAOSw7k9dnGw6
  15. I would like each page of the kit to be numbered and location of each part, when introduced, to be noted in the build instructions. Sort of like: "Glue the Buttress capping base layer (3, MR) squarely into the centre of the back of the cover layer." This would be page 3, middle right. Would save me a great deal of searching for the right bit of the kit.
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