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Thanks Tim, the frame is from MSE, I would if I could have a purely mechanical interlocking system but time and complexity rules that out, the baseboard joints and wanting to operate from either side, but I do like that feeling with the momentum you get with a mechanical drive.

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The lever frame is made up of two seven way frames with brass strip holding them together. The central lever (white) was purchased separately to fill the gap.  It does have a reasonable feeling, much better than a switch or probe.  Micro switches are soldered to a pcb and operated by the lever.  A diode is also mounted on the strip to make a compact unit.  The micro switches trigger a signal to an encoder, the encoder then sends a dcc signal to all of the boards that then trigger the relevant servo. Nice and simple.

 

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 The wiring looks a mess but is simple to follow.  One side goes to the columns, the other to the rows.  Each switch is colour coded so it’s quite simple to give a wiggle when you want to know where it goes.. The connections can be unplugged if necessary, no need to worry as they all follow the resistor colour code.  Quite simple to build and nice to operate. 

 

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Your grain tanker looks good now but it looks like it was a lot of work.

 

All the best 

Phil

 

 

 

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Thanks Phil, very nice.  I asked as they remind me of Westinghouse 'B' style levers see picture.  This was a very rare route locking lever from Baker Street (MB) Met box. I agree about the feel of mechanical locking. Electro-mechanical locking even more so.

thanks for the info.

Cheers Tim

 

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Next on the work bench - well, the dining room table - is a Finney Hall.  Been waiting for a bit of spare time to finish the loco, I bought the Tender at the spring convention so I was all set to get started.

Build as per instructions, it was a very nice build. No challenges and very enjoyable.  Couple of mods - I drilled an oil way into the rocking beam, installed an insulated spacer to make the leading bogie live picking up from one pair of un-insulated D7D970FD-4B4D-4C23-8E73-87DDF60B1ADD.jpeg.697158862fe3c1a73817dcf44a364c54.jpegwheels,  installed plunger pick-ups in the Tender, flattening off the coal hole so as to take speakers.  The Tender will be coaled up so the hopper wouldn’t have been seen anyway.  

 

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These were taken this morning prior to a general clean up, it’s amazing when you take a picture, it seems to show up all your faults.  This was taken just now.  Hope to get some green on tomorrow.

 

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Hi Phil, she looks great.

 

I know what you mean about photos: they show faults that the naked eye does not pick up upon and can be really useful in making the clean up or painting a much better job.

 

Cheers, Ade.

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The Hall is painted.  Dcc fitted. This is my biggest engine and as I probably won’t have another biggey I wanted it to have the 4000 gal Tender.  Managed to fit five speakers, one under the chimney, one inside the boiler, two in the Tender and a tweeter in the firebox. Bit of touching up to do on the edges but more or less done.  Really enjoyed building it .  Layout still stored away, no idea when I’l see it again , as I’m not allowed out except to go to the seaside to check my eyesight is okay.

 

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I do like the Hall next to the dean goods, just such a difference in the size of the boilers.  Both are from Finney kits.

 

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Thanks Ian that’s much appreciated.  Turned out as a nice build and so far not too many “in hindsights”.  Maybe could have used a large scale decoder as there was the space but that would have set it apart from my other Locos. The three watt audio output is okay for normal use but when I took my layout to an exhibition the sound was a bit lost in the crowd.

 

Ade - yep, when the safety valve lifts it does make you jump.  Years ago before YouTube, when people had hi-fi , one of the most important things was to get the speakers right.  So as there was plenty of space I concentrated on the speakers. The decoder has a three watt output so that should drive them.  2 x 23 dia @ 4 ohms plus 2x EM2, 4 ohms series/ paralleled up, plus a tweeter in series with a 0.1 micro F capacitor.

 

The coal in the Tender sits on some brass plates that are spaced apart so sound emanates from above and below, although it appears to be forced forward and hits the inside of the cab, producing a very nice sound. I’m just doing another 57xx , not a lot of space, so after reading your thread I’m trying out a boom box.

 

Pickups are on the drivers, tender and the leading bogie and with stay alive capacitors I’m hoping for good things. I haven’t tried it in anger yet but it negotiates a four ft radius ok. Next is some Modelu lamps but it looks nice on the sideboard and can sit there until the end of lockdown, all nice and clean. Then it’s in for some weathering.

 

 I took a few more pictures outside today but in the bright sunlight and thanks again.

 

Ps. Does anybody have a Collet brake van kit from Castle Models they would be willing to sell?  I had a pair but they were destroyed a long time ago. Like this but a brake.

 

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When I was building the Hall l showed the kit to my daughter and her boyfriend, my wife later remarked that it would be interesting to see how the model evolved from a two dimensional etching and  I should take pictures of all the bits reducing as the model progressed.  So here we go.  Well, everyone should have a grey Mica, from your first Hornby Dublo to a preserved railway.

 

 

 

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Obviously a blown up 4 mm kit but still very good.  Nice to get stuck into a new build.  I’m sure I’m not doing it justice but I’m happy.

 

 

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I’m not sure about the ties, I normally forget to add them but I think this didn’t have any?  I ordered some buffers, partly because I don’t fancy drilling them out ( I know I’m a bit lazy) and partly because of the lack of space behind the headstock. Opting for self contained.  Not many bits on the frets now.  Little bit of weight to add, pop the two bits together and add the casting. I think I have made a few mistakes please feel free to comment.  Then it’s what colour to paint it , it’s  nice to have something white-ish, but brown would have been used for fruit I believe and much more likely to be seen.

Hey Ho, decisions, decisions.

 

ATB

Phil

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The Buffers arrived yesterday, so I popped them on this morning. Blackened the wheels and added the brake pipes.  Normally I don’t like whitemetal pipes but now I have too many wagons really, so it’s not going to get a lot of use and I’m hoping that the long coach buffers will afford some protection.  

 

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ATB.

Phil

 

 

 

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Thanks Ade,  

I think I’m just about there, just the couplings, probably tomorrow now. I would love to know how many of these existed in reality and how many Hornby Dublo and how many models of it have been made over the years.

Lovely kit, nice castings, would highly recommend. It’s been an interesting experience, now I know how long each wagon takes I can try to estimate how many lifetimes I’m going to need to get all these kits I’ve stashed away over the years done during lockdown.

 

Thanks for looking.

Phil

 

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