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  1. Hi Martin, How could you ever doubt that I would put a set in the rail. However, my commission was to build the turnout kit, following the instructions, which I have done. You may have noticed my comments about not gluing the Vee or soldering the electrical connexions. This is because I wanted to explore other paths after the initial assembly. Oh ye of little faith cheers Godders
  2. Hi Wayne, I forgot to ask, when will the 00-SF be on general release, I need several. Cheers Godders
  3. Hi Wayne, It was an absolute pleasure, your design is excellent. I have just corrected the Check Rail End Gap, following Martin's advice. Even the correction was easy, because of your construction method. That's the beauty of having we peasants building the test kits, we are doing it to see if it can be built by the less skilled as opposed to experts. However, having now built one, I feel I have become an expert. (Yeh, right) I shall attempt to build a curved version, after absorbing the advice handed out by certain people, who are located West of the Severn. However it won't be today, the stress would be too much for a sensitive person such as myself. Again Wayne I wish you the best of everything and hope Good Fortune smiles on you. cheers Godders PS I was really impressed by the strength, alignment and look, of your chairs. It made threading rail so easy.
  4. Hi Martin, you were perfectly correct. Thank you I have corrected the actual check rails (very easy with this kit) and amended my post. cheers Godders
  5. Late on Saturday morning the postman handed me a largish box. I was excited to get it and took it through to my desk for examination. I have been waiting, with baited breath for the 00-SF version. I believe that I was the last (lucky) person to be given a test kit of the: § B7 left hand standard turnout kit, OO-SF with code 75 Bullhead rail. The parts of the kit are clearly displayed in the packaging. I opened the kit package and duly read the instructions, several times. Only then did I arrange the pieces, for photographing, on my desk. I will list them as per the instruction leaflet: · Turnout Base · Cast Crossing ‘V’ (frog) · Code 75 rail o 2 stock rails o 2 switch blades o 1 rail, for cutting to form: § 2 check rails and § 2 heel rails · 1 Tie Bar I displayed the pdf of the turnout, on my PC. https://www.britishfinescale.com/v/vspfiles/pdftemplates/00/Standard/B7/00_B7_TEMPLATE_A3.pdf I also displayed a Templot template of a 00-SF B7 left hand turnout. I measured the lengths of the check rails and duly cut 2 to 52mm, the rest of that rail I cut into 2 parts, to form the Heel Rails At this stage I then prepared every rail end by cutting with Xuron cutters and filing square with a 6 inch file and slightly tapering the bottom flanges. Everything was deburred. This is to help the rails pass through the chairs. I threaded every rail, one by one, into it’s final position, to be sure there were no, “tight spots”, there weren’t. I found cutting the switch rails to length a bit tedious, but I wanted to get it just right and this required a little bit of trial and error because it also needs the Tie Bar to be in place. The Tie Bar itself caused me a little confusion. I was not initially aware that: a. It has a top and a bottom. The top is distinguished by a chamfered section. b. It has tiny holes to accept the pins dropping from the switch rails. In addition to this one of the pins was too long and interfered with the sliding action, not allowing full movement of the Tie Bar/Switch Rails. This was easily cured by filing down the offending pin. I assembled the whole turnout and tested with 3 randomly picked wagons and it worked beautifully, literally as smooth as silk. At this point I realised I had not bent the check rail ends and it is not absolutely necessary for good running, as the chairs guide each end of the check rail, in a gentle arc. However, I got the flare length, from the Templot template: The Flare Length is 12mm and the End Gap is 1.58mm. Even with the flares the check rails easily slide into position. Please note at this point in time that I have not made any electrical connections, nor have I glued the “V” in place. The reason for this is that I want, with Wayne’s permission, to see if I can curve the turnout so that the Turnout Road radius is 30 inches, my minimum radius. I must say I am absolutely delighted with the kit. It is easily built and produces an incredibly strong, realistic looking turnout. I have wondered for years why nobody has made a kit like this and my hat goes off to Wayne for so doing. He deserves every plaudit and hopefully lot’s of profit for his effort Please forgive the quality and distribution of the photos. I've never uploaded photos before.
  6. Hi Wayne, thanks for the heads up. When should orders be placed. cheers Godders
  7. Hi njee20 This is not an argument, it is a discussion. I have no intention of upsetting anyone. I don't know Wayne only studied his products, past and present. My hope is that his products will work fine and by what he has produced so far, I think they will. If I was still working in the petrochem industry, I would be asking many more rigorous questions. However this is a hobby and this guy is trying to produce much needed products at very acceptable prices. I want him to continue and be successful and I don't think this is the time to question certain aspects of what he is doing. All the best Godders PS I also live in (West) Sussex
  8. "Wayne's not used 3D printing before in N gauge though, and he's said it's a blend of multiple resins he's using, so I'd not fancy the chances at being able to say with any real conviction. Again though, I wouldn't foresee it being an issue. Painting it may be a good idea, as that'll stop UV related degredation. Unpainted in a garden may be the biggest issue - a lot of 3D resins go brittle under continued UV exposure." Painting may well slow down UV related degradation but if you don't know what the material is, how can you possibly apply the appropriate paint finish to it. Painting it may be the worst thing you can do. "All of those other suppliers are using injection moulding, which is a known quantity. It's a perfectly valid concern, given people may well expect track to last decades." They may well be using injection moulding but it is not a known quantity, it varies in quality very much. "When plastics first came on the market life expectancy had never been thought as an issue, some plastics last longer than others. Now we know more I think it is a good question " It may well be a "good" question but given the above statements, how is he supposed to give a "good" answer.
  9. I would have thought the question of life expectancy, would be known to, "FinetraX", as they have been manufacturing for many years, in N gauge. In addition the supplier of the plastic for printing will probably, also have a predicted or actual life expectancy. Do people always ask this question, as I don't remember anyone asking the life expectancy of; Peco, Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol, Accurascale or any other of the myriads of suppliers. Indeed, does anyone ask how long their house is going to stand or their car going to last.
  10. Hi Wayne, most of the people, who have taken the 16.2mm route, have done so because of Templot. We want to have a consistent system, please don’t ruin your product by diverting from a well trodden route. Cheers Godders
  11. Hi Wayne, I thought, as you were creating as a B7 the templates would be available by using Templot or am I missing something. BTW best of luck and congratulations. I have been wondering for a long time why you hadn't done this. Cheers Godders
  12. I haven't actually touched one of these but from what I can see, on the Fleischmann site, they are wired as follows; There are 3 connections, Black, light Brown and dark Brown. The Black wire is common, the other 2 change the direction of the solenoid. I have not discovered which direction is which but it is easy to tell. Connect the Black wire to one leg of your power supply, which should be an ac supply between 12 and 14 Volts. to test it touch the other leg of the power supply, momentarily, to one of the Brown wires, observe the way the point moves, if at all, then do the same to the other brown wire and it should change the other way. You have now determined the direction of travel. Write it down and tell us, so other people may know which connection is which. Cheers Godders
  13. Hi Dave, I was surprised, nay shocked, that you were using Peco BH. You were my role model for 4-SF, I thought you would have just, "knocked up", a Double Slip in 4-SF. Hahaha Regards Godders (The fat guy from Three Bridges)
  14. Hi David, your statement is puzzling. If I read you correctly, you are saying a dcc loco uses more power than a dc loco and therefore needs micro switches. However, you only use 1A ratings. Please explain. My friend, who has a large US layout, uses the switch blades only, to my disdain, and has done for 20 years of dcc operation, without problems. The layout is 30ft x 10ft and only has about 6 feeds. It was converted from dc to dcc by simply changing the controller. Thank you Godders
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