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11 hours ago, Michael Edge said:

The DS10 is available from Branchlines as a Hanozono 10x24. I think the one I have may have had its shaft cut short at one end - for motor bogies like that I use Mitsumi motors but double ended ones can be hard to find sometimes.IMG_0511.JPG.6983b6b60edb7ca8d5e04ccf0351a4c1.JPG

Thank you, I have downloaded their catalogue. 

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On 18/12/2020 at 08:24, rka said:

Are your motors suitable for the Alexander models bogie set up? I think they might be too big at first glance. 

 

When I built my Alexander 10800, I used Black Beetle power bogies - but that was before I discovered the Mitsumi motors.

 

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I would have no hesitation in installing Mitsumi motors - ideally two - as they have plenty of power.

 

As to whether they would fit - I couldn't say, not having used them in that way.

 

John Isherwood.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Michael Edge said:

The DS10 is available from Branchlines as a Hanozono 10x24. I think the one I have may have had its shaft cut short at one end - for motor bogies like that I use Mitsumi motors but double ended ones can be hard to find sometimes.IMG_0511.JPG.6983b6b60edb7ca8d5e04ccf0351a4c1.JPG

Hi I like that simple bogie design - can I ask where you get the  plastic worm/gear sets from and presumably you find the reduction sufficient with the Mitsumi motor?

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Plastic gears from China via Ebay as usual - these are .5 module. The relatively slow running Mitsumi motor gives a realistic top speed for these electric locos, I've not timed one but I think it's somewhere between 70 and 90 mph. Wheels are 4ft diameter, so bigger than most diesels though.

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On 18/12/2020 at 08:24, rka said:

Are your motors suitable for the Alexander models bogie set up? I think they might be too big at first glance. 

When I built my Clayton I used two Bachmann CL25 gear towers, Mashima 14/28 with two flywheels on cab floor. Mounted via press studs under the bonnets. Works well.

 

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Don't worry it will be on its way to you in due course, as a Barnsley loco it wouldn't have seen much in the way of cleaning. Black paint will probably be done next week. The first test run revealed a couple of out of gauge wheelsets, worst of all one of them was the leading driving axle but now all corrected and it runs happily everywhere. It will be better with some weight in it but that's not until after painting.

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Another test track photo but this is something of a before and after sequence.

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A long threatened job was to get the test track shelf down and rebuild it, some of the track was getting in rather bad condition so...

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Here it is, off the shelf brackets, wires chopped and turned round on to the big bench. It's been gathering dust there for nearly 34 years (since I moved here), it's never even had a proper clean. Four different track systems, the multi gauge section with its 28" reverse curve, some Peco O gauge at 6ft radius, Triang TT at 9" radius and some old Hornby Dublo 3 rail. The last one has only ever seen very occasional use but I keep it out of nostalgia more than anything else. The switches seen in the first photo select power between these four tracks, the black button is for an uncoupling magnet. The Din socket is for our standard controller plug and the ancient Triang resistance controller has had its cut out disabled - the transformer feeding it has one with a very slow response.

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The main track has been completely fettled and an additional rail fitted on the left, this is for New Zealand 1:48 scale and is more or less S gauge. The roller gauge I made many years ago to  lay this track wasn't long enough to reach this one though. For anyone interested to pick out the various gauges, the next one from the left does P4 with No6, the third one is 00 with no6 and O gauge with no8. The fourth one does 12mm TT with no6, the fifth one is 9mm with no6. The one on the far right was laid to give Irish 5ft 3in in S7 but turns out to be GW broad gauge with the new S gauge rail as well. The whole thing has thrown up a significant number of useful accidentals, I now have a dedicated EM track now (previously EM had been tested on the P4), 14mm for 3mm scale, 8mm in case I ever need a proper 2ft gauge and somewhere in there is 21mm for Irish gauge. Some of these require rails at different polarities so the middle rail in this picture now has a separate switch to chnge over from inside rail to outside rail.

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The wiring is a lot neater now, with a plug and socket in there so it can be taken down more easily. The extra switch is visible in this picture and the controller socket has been moved down to the edge of the bench. The uncoupler magnet is a bit melted but it still works.

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Last one before it gets cluttered again, the sign at the end forming a new buffer stop was a Christmas present I had to find a place for. The tape measure scale is for the "dynamometer" spring rig to check power of locos by seeing how far they can stretch it out (it's hooked behind the sign). I've also lowered the whole thing one notch on the shelf rack so it's all an inch or so lower.

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Some of the usual inhabitants haven't returned yet....

The Harton loco is finished in any case, still needs lost wax cast buffers ordering (and production etches). The Hunslet 325hp 0-6-0 is also finished, etches should have been here before Christmas but PEC ran out of .022" brass.

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Some more pictures of the DL Sentinel

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The sliding doors can be made to work (and were often left open - it must have been hot in there), showing the rather basic representation of the boiler.

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From underneath it's just the same as the 0-6-0DH, the conventionally shaped cranks can be seen behind the covering discs. No bearings fitted to the compensating beams, this is not going to be a working model - the next one might be though.

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1 hour ago, Michael Edge said:

Some more pictures of the DL Sentinel

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The sliding doors can be made to work (and were often left open - it must have been hot in there), showing the rather basic representation of the boiler.

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From underneath it's just the same as the 0-6-0DH, the conventionally shaped cranks can be seen behind the covering discs. No bearings fitted to the compensating beams, this is not going to be a working model - the next one might be though.

AH brings joy to my battered Manc heart.
I'm really looking forward to this being available. My warchest is ready.

 

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