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6 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

John Dew of this parish runs his Granby Junction layout automatically. I'm sure he'd be willing to share some tips.

 

 

As John (St Enodoc) suggests.....happy to answer any questions. If, understandably, you dont want to clutter your thread either ask on Granby or send me a PM. I can give you the links to some videos I have made which give a sense of the projects you can do.

 

Computor control is quite expensive and, by its very nature, not for everyone. For me I find it totally fascinating. It adds a whole new dimension to operating for this solitary modeller!

 

On another note I think your Affinity tweaks have made a big difference....those latest shots look brilliant

 

Best wishes

 

John

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Thanks to all who've supplied info./suggestions re automated fiddle yards.  I've made notes for future reference.  (It's a long term aspiration rather than an immediate priority.)  Might ask questions of a few suppliers at Warley too.

 

Cheers,

John.

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But the thing I really need to do in the fiddle yard is to motorise the 17 points, currently operated by Maplin slider switches (which also switch frog polarity) from the front of the baseboard.  This was an attempt to keep costs down in the midst of all the significant outlay when I started building the layout.

 

Capacity in the loops is a bit tight so, pending any automated stopping, trains are currently stopped manually when the front buffer faces align with the 'lollipop stick' indicators in the pic below.  Crude but effective!

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John C.

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3 minutes ago, checkrail said:

But the thing I really need to do in the fiddle yard is to motorise the 17 points, currently operated by Maplin slider switches (which also switch frog polarity) from the front of the baseboard.  This was an attempt to keep costs down in the midst of all the significant outlay when I started building the layout.

 

Capacity in the loops is a bit tight so, pending any automated stopping, trains are currently stopped manually when the front buffer faces align with the 'lollipop stick' indicators in the pic below.  Crude but effective!

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John C.

 

I like the sunset cloud formations in the backscene of that pic! :wink_mini:

 

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Summer 1940 doesn't bear thinking about.

 

Let's enjoy Summer 1939 while we can.

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11 hours ago, Harlequin said:

I hope you don't mind but because you mentioned 1939 and technicolour you gave me the idea to take one of your photos and replicate the distinctive feel of a 1930s colour photo:

I rather like this!  Shades of 'The Big Four in Colour'.  Thanks.

John.

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Magnificent Sir.

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Lovely photos but have you noticed the gap between the front frames and the running plate of the King?

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(It's a bit unfair to put those two photos alongside each other but they show how good the model really is in most respects!)

 

It seems to be a flaw of the model because upon examination my King looks exactly the same...

 

:sad_mini2:

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Your black and white images look absolutely stunning.

Like Harlequin I like the sunset! As I first scrolled down I thought I was about to reveal a Turneresque backscene.

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Getting some great pictures that are really doing the layout justice now.

DoF, colour and lighting just about right.

 

No stopping you now, try the camera on WiFi remote to your mobile phone so you can control it in places you can't normally get to, to operate it.

 

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14 minutes ago, KNP said:

try the camera on WiFi remote to your mobile phone so you can control it in places you can't normally get to, to operate it.

Thanks Kevin. Might try that in due course once I've ceased to be the last person in the country not to have a smartphone!

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23 minutes ago, checkrail said:

Thanks Kevin. Might try that in due course once I've ceased to be the last person in the country not to have a smartphone!

 

Not until I've got one!

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I don't have a smart phone. I can't even find my clockwork mobile at the moment.

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You lot now have a real reason to get a smart phone so long of course that you have a camera it can talk to...….!!!

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6 hours ago, checkrail said:

Surprising what a difference 1/2 an inch makes.

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No, I've changed my mind.

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