Now....what should i do with this?

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by ge_rik » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:31 pm

Sorry, only just caught up with this thread.

I concur with what has already been said. Personally, like Peter, I would go for rechargeables preferably with in-situ charging. However, if you're not at ease with that then the alternative would be to get a battery box for the required number of cells and wire that in. Then you can remove the batteries for charging and/or use non rechargeables.

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by markoteal » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:40 pm

Cheers Rik - yes I think I'm going for the rechargeable ones inside permanently - I think that a number of suppliers do a wiring loom with most of the soldering done - I just connect up the motor/battery wires to it along the lines Peter and Jim have outlined. At this stage I'm not opting for RC on this one as it'll be used less than the others that do have RC

I did something similar with the two battery ones I built a while ago - my challenge with this one was dismantling the existing 1960's set up for C batteries - armed with all your responses, I'm confident enough to give it a go - and I have my safety net of Tom 40 mins away!

I'll see if I can do my shopping this weekend so I can have a go next weekend

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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:46 pm

:thumbup:

I just want you to come and play trains really :mrgreen:

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by markoteal » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:52 pm

You know you can come and play trains when you want! :D
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Post by ge_rik » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:59 pm

markoteal wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:40 pm
Cheers Rik - yes I think I'm going for the rechargeable ones inside permanently - I think that a number of suppliers do a wiring loom with most of the soldering done - I just connect up the motor/battery wires to it along the lines Peter and Jim have outlined. At this stage I'm not opting for RC on this one as it'll be used less than the others that do have RC
Mark
Sounds like a good plan. You can always add r/c at a later date. She is a lovely looking loco, though you might find the motor and mech is a bit underpowered.

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by markoteal » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:03 pm

ge_rik wrote:
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Sounds like a good plan. You can always add r/c at a later date. She is a lovely looking loco, though you might find the motor and mech is a bit underpowered.
Yes - I think it will used on light duties - shunting kindling trains at the wood yard and the occasional enthusiasts goods van rides
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Post by markoteal » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:40 pm

Hi - a quick update

I took the plunge and stripped all the electrics out - didn't take long when I got stuck in
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I've decided for now for a simple wiring job whilst I get the thing balanced and decide on its usual rosters - so one switch and a battery box - I have a loom on standby when I move to re-charge-ables. To be honest, it would probably run at a scale speed with just one AAA - more work required!
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Now with a driver added
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And finally out on test - I'm not showing close up pics yet as I have some detailing to do as well as some weathering - the loco runs ok but rocks and rolls along the track - I need to get busy with some targeting weighting under the chassis and the body
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Watch this space
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Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:53 pm

It's a good looking loco and fits in well with your railway.

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by LNR » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:56 pm

The driver looks very intent, listening for any strange sounds from his new loco.
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Post by Big Jim » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:18 am

That looks spot on Mark.
It is nice to see a Big Big conversion using the steam outline engine rather than the Ruston. I must dig out my box of Big Big Scrap and see what I can do.
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Post by markoteal » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:00 am

Thanks guys - yes its coming along nicely
LNR wrote:
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The driver looks very intent, listening for any strange sounds from his new loco.
Grant.
Grant -LOL - I think he's wondering why it is rocking back and forward like a rocking horse - he's hanging on for dear life!

Malcolm the driver (all my drivers share the same initial as the loco - which will be 'Meteor' (hoping it doesn't crash off the track and hit the ground at great speed!) is at the front of the queue to help get the weighting right on the loco next weekend to see if we can smooth things out a bit!
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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by peter holcombe » Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:25 pm

A great thread to follow and gives alot of food for thought,
and just goes to show how a little thought and skill can produce a
lovely little loco.

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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by markoteal » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:01 pm

Cheers Peter

More test runs today with more weight - getting adhesion right but still rocking along - need to be more strategic with the weight additions - will keep you posted
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Re: Now....what should i do with this?

Post by markoteal » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:50 am

Ok -been adding weight but my (well the locos) taller body seems to be causing some issues -

Tests this weekend

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There are some weights (tyre weights) adhered under the chassis and inside the body - my view is that i need one or two on the far side the counter balance the driver and then a lot more at the front (like a house brick in weight!) as the nose tends to be rising - when it runs chassis only, its not as bad but the bigger body seems to exaggerate things.

Does anyone have any tips about how to best go about balancing locos - I have seen something recently but can't think where? (my age catching up with me)
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Post by ge_rik » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:22 pm

markoteal wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:50 am
Does anyone have any tips about how to best go about balancing locos - I have seen something recently but can't think where? (my age catching up with me)
Hi. I bought a roll of lead flashing a few years ago and use that to weight all my locos. I cut pieces off the roll as needed and shove tailor made pieces into every available nook and cranny.

Regarding balancing the weights - a couple of ways I do it. I put one set of drivers on a set of kitchen scales and the other set of drivers on a pile of books to bring them up to the same height. Note down the weight shown on the scales for those drivers and then reverse the loco so the other set of drivers is on the scales and note down that weight. The idea is to get the weights to be more or less equal.

The other way to do it is to balance the loco on a pencil (or fat felt tip depending on the clearances) midway between the drivers. The idea is to adjust the weights until it just about balances.

I don't have any rule of thumb regarding the overall weight of my locos - it just depends on how much lead I can cram in.

Rik
PS - Just weighed a selection of my locos and they vary from 1.75 - 2.5kg (apart from the Simplex which weighs in at 0.7kg)
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