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  1. That wiring is exactly how I do it, but I put the switch in the positive side rather than the negative side. Not sure if that's better or worse or makes no difference (?)
  2. Its about 28mm, and yes the transmitter is a basic 2 channel only.
  3. I've been doing some experimentation with the little VW vans by Carson, to see if I can get the gubbins into a more realistic looking vehicle. So a trip to my local model shop yielded a Bedford CA, a Commer PB, a Ford 400E and a Landrover Lightweight. The Commer was a right pain to take apart as it was glued rather than screwed, the Bedford's bonnet is too low and the Lightweight is the right wheelbase but there's no chance of fitting the Carson chassis under it. But the Ford 400E is ideal. The Carson van is a very well designed and packaged piece of kit, so I can appreciate it from a product design point of view, even if the body isnt very good and its the wrong scale for us UK modellers: The basic requirements are to replace the wheels with the ones from the Ford, widen the track, make the lights work and mount the Ford body. So I took it all apart (4 screws) and pulled the wheels off, replacing the rear wheels with the Ford wheels onto the same axle as I had no tubing the same diameter as the axle (~1.4mm). For the front axle I made a new 1mm axle inside a 2mm bearing/spacer, shaped to fit inside the steering pivot (difficult to describe, I should have taken a picture of this). It was necessary to take off a tiny bit of chassis material in various places for clearance of the Ford's larger wheels. For the front lights I chopped the LEDs off the circuitboard and soldered on new wired LEDs, which I glued behind holes drilled in the headlights before plastering them with black nail varnish. Unfortunately, I didnt have any warm white LEDs, so the headlights look far too modern for the van. For the rear lights I just drilled holes in the van and let the standard red LED light shine out, which looks much more appropriate. A combination of white tack and superglue holds the body in position semi-permanently: There is space for a bigger battery if I thought it needed it. The finished article: It drives really nicely, the additional weight of the diecast body really helps take the edge off the speed. It still doesnt reverse perfectly, but I think thats because I didnt quite shave enough off the chassis and it rubs on the wheels in that direction. Video to follow
  4. I have marked my videos as 'not for children', figuring the difference between a 'model' and a 'toy' should be fairly clear cut, and also I have about 12 followers, so I dont think I'm going to go to prison any time soon
  5. For my front axles I have bought from KKPMO in different widths - typically 20mm for a modern lorry, measured between the outside faces of the hubs. As a company, they are so awful in every aspect that I wont buy from them again, which is a real shame as the product is excellent. I have bought from MCC Model Car Parts in Holland, which I think ultimately are the same product from a different supplier, who are at least able to supply the things in a semi-reasonable time. The main issue is that the axles they supply are too short for the bigger lorry wheels. I just glue the wheels onto the end of the brass stub axles, and they rotate inside the plastic hubs, which ultimately is going to wear out. Using bearings is a much better solution as long as the wheels are big enough (I'd probably have to keep doing Land Rovers and Transit vans the current way) I did try to 3D print my own axles, but this basically failed at the first hurdle because I bought a cheap 3D printer that's no good. I have had results printing a 225:1 ratio gearbox though. I'd certainly be interested in using axles of your construction
  6. The front axles in 4mm are the most interesting bit for me. If you've scratchbuilt them, I've no idea how you've done it that small
  7. I use Deltang receivers, mostly RX45 for the normal vehicles. Batteries vary depending on the space available - Sol Expert sell some nice compact 70mAh batteries which I use in small vehicles like Land Rovers, artic lorry cabs have 240mAh batteries which is a nice size giving a good balance of size and running time. In the larger models (coaches, box lorries etc) you can fit 750mAh batteries which will last all day
  8. Great idea about a GoPro time-lapse - and I've got one too! Missed a trick there I did have A5 flyers for people to take, but I didn't have anywhere near enough of them, so after Saturday morning there were probably a lot of people frantically googling where to buy 1:76 scale radio controlled Telehandlers from - good luck with that lol
  9. I totally forgot I even started this thread! Havent updated it for 15 months! Here's a photo of the layout just before the madness of Warley began: I'll take some close ups of the details at the weekend. Here's a video showing some operations: https://youtu.be/KByd6FzzakY?t=215
  10. I've since realised that there's a 'speed' setting on the controller for each channel, which works a bit like the 'momentum' setting on a DCC controller. I'll program this in to each vehicle, so for instance it takes about 3/4 seconds to go from lock to lock in a van, so rather than flicking from lock to lock instantly I'll retain some control over the realism of the vehicles, even if I'm not driving them Switching between the telehandler and the loader, with occasional lorry reversing, is more than enough entertainment for two days straight. Where I work is opposite a building site at the moment, and for the last month or so there's been a digger loading a rock crusher, and a loader just like my tiny one scooping up the crushed bits and depositing them in an ever-increasing pile on the other side of the site. I could drive that machine all day Here's a good clip of the layout in action (from 3:35 onwards in case it doesnt to that automatically): https://youtu.be/KByd6FzzakY?t=215
  11. Well, wasnt that an epic adventure!! Warley 2019 - two days of standing up for 9 hours with no breaks, no food and no drink, and a less-than ideal amount of sleep on saturday night has left me in a pretty much zombie-like state, even this morning after a good night's sleep! I had two wheels fall off (the coach and the police car), both of which were easily fixed with a dab of superglue, but the crane broke on the crane lorry and I've sort of fixed it but not really, which is a bummer. I will take this opportunity to rebuild it with the tiny springs inside, rather than elastic across the top. The main positive of the weekend is both the loader and telehandler worked faultlessly all weekend, apart from the bucket did temporarily jam a few times on the loader, not sure why, but taking the pin out of the bucket and re-inserting it fixed the issue every time it happened. Learnings from the show: If I have people helping me drive the vehicles they need more training on how to do it realistically, or alternatively the vehicles need a slower top speed and slower servo speed to prevent them being wildly thrashed around with zero finesse. We need a new entrance barrier, after my wife demolished it with an articulated lorry. See also first comment People lose interest quickly after the 9th attempt at reversing a lorry into a loading bay. See also first comment Lights are better being wired to be permanently on when the vehicle is switched on, rather than on a function output - vehicles with lights wired to a function will flash those lights when you transfer control to another vehicle on the transmitter, making it unrealistic to park them up while you drive something else. Emergency vehicles entertain children more than adults. 50 flyers isnt enough. They had all gone by 11am on Saturday! Overall we had a great time though.
  12. Uh-oh - Giles is making 4mm scale vehicles! Time for everyone else to pack up and go home
  13. That's a very good point re: transport of wheelsets. When I've got a bit more time I'll re-do them with chocks and straps just like in the photo - in this case I've used the functional wheels off an item of rolling stock, so I need them back after the show
  14. Finally finished the DAF XF truck this weekend. This will haul the train axles into the depot
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