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Knuckles

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    Nuneaton
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    Scripture, Religion, Weight Training, Martial Arts, Railways, Modelling Railways, 'The Railway Series', Guitar Playing (Metal Types Mainly) Film Making and Editing, 3D Printing.

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  1. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sparkshotcustomcreationsscc?section=3.5mm+H0+Flying+Scotsman+1969+%26+Tenders&s=0 Boom, yup. 3.5mm H0 Scotty is released. 4mm one following in a day or two once everything is uploaded. On the Photon can print everything bar the loco bodies at around 50% of the price although I haven't yet calculated the costs exactly but roughly that. Loco bodies are a Shapeways only purchase currently due to the Photon being a smaller machine. Will be buying a 2nd one soon. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sparkshotcustomcreationsscc?section=4mm+Flying+Scotsman+1969+%26+Tenders&s=0 - Right, now where is that 812 tender I was working on...and the 2-4-0 Victoria, and the...and the......Yeah..... Need 20 hands.
  2. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sparkshotcustomcreationsscc?section=3.5mm+H0+Flying+Scotsman+1969+%26+Tenders&s=0 Boom, yup. 3.5mm H0 Scotty is released. 4mm one following in a day or two once everything is uploaded. On the Photon can print everything bar the loco bodies at around 50% of the price although I haven't yet calculated the costs exactly but roughly that. Loco bodies are a Shapeways only purchase currently due to the Photon being a smaller machine. Will be buying a 2nd one soon. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sparkshotcustomcreationsscc?section=4mm+Flying+Scotsman+1969+%26+Tenders&s=0 - Right, now where is that 812 tender I was working on...and the 2-4-0 Victoria, and the...and the......Yeah..... Need 20 hands.
  3. Well, I walk you through building a turntable, installing a crane and there is awee animation at the end ye may like.
  4. They really do look splendid. You have a nack for making the best out of WSF. Would you be ok if I used some of these pictures as promo shots? Ok if not but they'd look good.
  5. Page 33. I've only just seen that gorgeous green loco you did from one of my designs. I wish you showed me earlier! Great job.
  6. I've been looking at Protocab for a few years but waiting for that magic "We have sound and smoke" development that they nor the competition ever seem to get around to. I'd agree smoke doesn't scale but I still think it looks better than non, as you say a personal choice. Sound is highly desirable. Wiring track doesn't bother me too much, some of it i enjoy doing. Stay Alive's are also a reason DCC interests me seeing as I like filming and crappy running I'm sick of. Quite a battle that never ends quite frankly, but if I go RC no sound n smoke and would still have to wire the layout for point motors and anything else so.....eh, dunno. Maybe just bung some RC gubbins in 'Naughty' loco's that can't balder over a scale coin on the rails.
  7. Just a quicky question for Corbs: As you know I've been following your RC venture with grewt interest since your first SiF postings on it, even fitting units in a baby Skarloey of all things. As I am soon to start track laying the NWR, I am to finally convert to DCC. Two main reasons, smoke and sound on demand. Less wiring is a bonus. Lack of these extra functions is the only thing stopping me going RC instead. Thoughts???? I know some firms are workijg on RC functions but they are way too sluggish to get stuff to the market. Persuade me otherwise!!
  8. Can't always do it as I find uploading via mobile a swine. Twitter link is just 20 times easier! Was saying on Twitter some details are missing, need changing or a bit thick for printing etc as it is still a work in progress at the moment. Will do pics for the 812 tender progress later.
  9. Daisy is officially a special modification of a 101 into a Bubble car or a new one off build from a 101 basis. Unsure where you get the other class from.
  10. More Wibbles to come! As well as working on the 812 Tender, Also working on a few commissions. Here's the USA 1969 Scotty progress, ultimately doing it as the client wants a H0 model but it's agreed to release things in 4mm too.
  11. I've printed in clear resin before. Sometimes it does go a little cloudy so no guarantee there. Currently though I have no clear resin in stock, would have to spend around £20-50 to buy some. :-/ Usually use grey, black or white.
  12. It is a big project but I've got over 100 Anyrail files over 7 years of constsnd redesign, each edited multiple gimes trying to shuffle all this together optimally so I'm pretty determined. Plan is go build the smaller Junction stagion 1st, the track and electrics to get stuff moving and then move on to the beast. Must admit though, automation is something I have zero interest in. Plan is trains will be stored in the terminus and the lines above, a pilot can also shunt some rakes in. Train leaves and can do a few laps or stop at a signal and a 2nd train leave, then 1st train move to next area or station then it can go around into the middle (several removable scenic passes for filming) and either there or at the junction do a run around and return to the terminus. Mean while, shunting can happen at the junction and loco's can be moved about the MPD. That's the general idea, but automation isn't for me. :-/ Maybe one day.
  13. Wow! I didn't expect such a collective response, so many thanks to ye. Much appreciated. I'll refrain from a detailed reply just ywt as I need time to digest all that has been said. However I'll touch upon a few pointers: I've wired 3 layouts up so far in DC, 1st with Tortoises and the rest with Solenoids and CDU, the 2nd layout had 3 separate track circuits and an auxillery for points so I got the concept at least. Just unsure how best to go about this beast. Baseboards are 85% completed. The plan is here.. https://mobile.twitter.com/KnucklesSCC/status/1188883742250717185 The coloured tracks are how I'm thinking if separating the wiring into districts but this can changed. It's how I'd do it for DC (with isolator switches) although in DCC maybe make the double track main line a single district. The Cobalt IPs interest due to the decoder being built in abd with such a big solo project reducing wiring is high up there, although secondary priority. The dufference between the other Cobalt motor I'm unsure if. Would it be easier to keep the points and things as part of the track circuits but keep them within the coloured track districts? That way it'd still be split up nicely. Anyway, as above I'll read over your replies, if ye see any insights from the track plan please advise. Note: there may be a fiddle yard in the center but the center is modular to switch scenes etc. Note 2: five of the points I may not be rigging to a motor, undecided. Many thanks Will reply later.
  14. I've started building baseboards for a layout nominally 18' x 11' that likely will have between 40 and 45 points/turnouts powered by DCC. I've calculated the costs and it's scary, but forget that for now. Current plan is to use the Z21 system (old app if it isn't phazed out soon, new app I hate) with Cobalt IPs for points. The layout will mostly only have 2 trains moving at once, sometimes 3 and rarely 4. Stationary loco's/trains could eventually be up to 10 or 15 I don't know. DCC Sound and Smoke on demand is part of the plan. Been looking at power dustrict options and as usual it takes about 2-3 hours of internet searching (been doing it) only to again be unsure what to do. I think the Z21 is a 3 amp ststem. Enough? Not sure I need boosters so DCC Circuit Breakers may be best, unsure. Looking at the NCE EB1's as they might be the answer, wiring them up is simple enough. Have a few puzzles though..... Basically, I want to convert to DCC and thinking of using Z21 system with Cobalt ip point/turnout motors and EB1 Circuit Breakers. 1) If I rig those to an accessory bus instead if the track bus doesn't that mean the frog crossings would also be powered by the accessory bus seeing as they go through the Cobalt ip first?? Is this a problem or defeating the object? 2) I think the Z21 is a 3 amp system, if circuit breakers are set at 2.5 amps does that mean I'm limiting the full capacity of the system? Similarly if I set it to 3.5 amps (the next one up) does that mean it'll only work once 0.5amp extra has been used meaning the DCC system may be cooked. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
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