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As we are still in lock down, and unable to work on the boards, a job that was able to be started was the turntable deck.  This came from South Eastern Finecast, same as the well, but can be purchased separately if you only wanted the well.  The frames are vacuum formed, so having cut them from the sheet, the first thing was to fit plasticard to strengthen.  Then fit them altogether

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The deck hasn't been fixed in position yet.  South Eastern Finecast say that  the sides from a Dapol/Airfix turntable deck, turned upside down, can be used in place of the Vac formed sides.  Work will continue on this.

 

With the news that the lock down is likely to be eased next week, we hope to be back working on the boards as soon as possible.

 

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As I need the board with the turntable well, to progress with the deck, that has been put on the sidelines for the time being, another job to be done was to get the control panel started.  We decided to use a laser cut carcass kit from Model Railway Solutions, a nice simple kit that went together very easily.  As can be seen the board cable connections have been fitted, the 15 pin D way socket will be used for the power supplies into the panel.

 

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We had been hoping to continue working on the boards this weekend, but unfortunately Kent has been put into Tier 3 for Covid restrictions for at least 2 weeks, so we are now unlikely to be able to do anymore work on them this year.

 

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Having managed to get hold of the turntable board, work was able to progress on the deck, although work was still needing to be done before being fully fastened down.IMG_3410a.jpg.87ed0825ad5604abfe8b2be1db978631.jpg

 

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The well was also sprayed with primer, and the tracks leading from the turntable fitted but the track pins need to be tapped into the baseboard.

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Whilst things are still quiet in progressing with the layout, I have been able to make a start with the wiring inside the control panel.  As can be seen, I have marked out what connecting block goes to which section or isolation switch, while the 2 sets of connecting blocks in the middle are for the points.  As the lid to the control panel has to be lifted off to allow us to work inside it, the plan is to use 25way D sockets between each two rows of connecting blocks, and the lid, and then connect them using computer ribbons, which we had originally used on Avon Junction.

 

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Some more work done on the control panel, including putting a wood stain on the exterior, and getting half of the wiring soldered onto the 25 way D sockets in the panel.  Will be looking to get the wiring inside the panel completed soon.IMG_20210208_114409a.jpg.1da206872de49c7ad65d7971d03fa1da.jpg

 

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I have now managed to get the majority of the wiring to the boards finished in the panel, the next stage will be to get the trackplan fixed to the control panel lid, position the section and isolation switches and the push buttons to operate the points and get them wired in.  Then it will be look at the wiring on the boards themselves

 

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Managed to get the next part of the control panel done over the weekend.  This included laminating an A3 copy of the track plan, trimming it to size and fixing it to the cover of the panel, then drilling the holes for the section and isolation switches and push buttons for the point controls.

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Due to the thickness of the cover, the back of it had to be countersunk around the holes to allow the switches and buttons to sit deep enough to give enough thread poking through to fit the locking nut on.

 

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The switches without caps are DPDT centre off (on-off-on) and will be wired so that either controller will be able to operate the section, whilst those with caps on are SPST switches for the isolation areas in the sections.

 

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The next step will be to start wiring up the switches, hopefully before the end of the month.  This is so that should the government's road map out the pandemic work, we can look at working on the boards again  (more wiring!!)

 

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With the government's restrictions being eased, this morning allowed us to go back to working on the baseboards.  This was to fit the first 4 point motors onto the baseboards.  We are using the cobalt motors that we had fitted to Avon Junction, and are relatively new.

 

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We will be looking at getting the other 8 motors fitted in the near future, and then wiring can begin.  In between being able to work on the baseboards, the wiring in the control panel continues.


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Whilst we are happy to get back on to the baseboards, work has continued with the wiring in the control panel.  Hopefully the control panel should be ready for when we want to do testing on the layout.

 

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A bit more work done on the control panel, with the 25 way D sockets fitted at each end of the cover and main body.

 

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Inside the main body of the control panel.

 

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The cover for the control panel.

 

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The cover and the main body electrically connected using computer ribbons.

 

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The cover fitted onto the main body.  I still have to do the point wiring, again using a 25 way D socket for the cover and main body and computer ribbon, and connect the hand held controller plugs, but will be done before we want to test run locos on the baseboards.

 

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So after a long time, the three of us involved with the layout were able to have a working morning on the baseboards.  Whilst I fitted the final point motors on the central board, the other two began weathering the sleepers on the station boards.1460092820_IMG_3474(2).JPG.ffacbd1088ecb2d86d69435141cac52c.JPG

 

All the point motors in place on the central board

 

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Weathering duties on the sleepers begin.

 

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With the majority of the work in the control panel done, a start was made on wiring up the first boards.  These are the boards that the station platforms will be  put on.IMG_3522a.jpg.331e0a9344910c587ce831865d677383.jpg

 

The board at the end of the layout.

 

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The board leading onto the station throat.

 

The next stage, will be to arrange for power to be put into the control panel, then we can look at doing a testing session with these two boards.

 

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Having wired up the first two boards, this morning they were put together, and connected to the control panel, and we put power into them.  First of all using just one controller, then when happy increasing to two controllers, which proved to be successful. :D:yahoo_mini:

 

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The rail sides can be painted now, and then platform edges put in position.  Wiring on a third board has also started.

 

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Since we had the testing of the first two boards, another two boards have been wired up, although not tested yet.  These are the board with the turntable and the goods yard area, leaving the central board as the last one to be wired up.  We should then be in a position to do testing on all the boards, just to confirm everything still works correctly.  Once we are happy about this wiring, we can start on the point motors.

 

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The wiring for the Goods yard area, that was done this morning.

 

Whilst the wiring was being done, the weathering of the sleepers on all the boards has been completed, along with some of the missing sleepers being fitted back.  The platform area has also been marked out on both boards where the station will be.

 

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This morning, the track circuit wiring was finished for the layout, the central board being the last board done.

 

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Having gotten that done, and with some favourable weather, we were able to put the layout up fully, for the first time since we started!!  Some testing was also done.  The next stage for us, will be to wire up the points and test them.

 

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19 hours ago, RobinofLoxley said:

What was used on the sleepers?

We used several pots of Railmatch 2406 acrylic sleeper grime on the sleepers, and it is very effective in dulling down the plastic used for the sleepers.

 

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Having been able to put the layout up fully, I was hoping to be able to carry out the wiring work on the point motors.  We were going to use DCC Concepts analogue motors, but after fitting them on the boards, sitting down to read the instructions, we discovered that we would need to have extra switches to operate them, and unfortunately this went beyond the capacity we had available in the control panel or underneath the boards :banghead:.  So we decided to remove those motors, and use a Megapoints board and servos.  This is a system that we have used on a club layout and are happy with how it has worked on that for us.

 

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The Servo controller board fitted in the control panel

 

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Servos fitted on the central board of the layout

 

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The central board showing the majority of the servos fitted

 

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The servos wired into the under board panel for connecting to the control panel.

 

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Having not done much on the layout for a variety of reasons, We managed to have a morning, doing some scenic work.  Two boards were being worked on.  The first board was planning for the platforms.

 

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Whilst this board was being worked on, I went back to working on the turntable, fitting the circular rail.  This was done by using a spare off cut of Code 75 flexi track, with both rails and the chairs cut away from the sleepers and then connected using 2 fishplates and the rail trimmed down to make the correct size circle, before being glued in place.  We can now progress with work on the table itself.IMG_4437a.jpg.d3b53ac2045f54a73ac94110f44e34b5.jpg

 

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