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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by Clockwork » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:16 pm

I like the sound and look of this layout will be watching with interest.
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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by Andrew » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:31 pm

Afternoon all,

The Chocolate Factory project took a small step forward with this week, with the arrival of a cheap-ish O Gauge train set from E Bay:
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It doesn't look much like the old Fry's Sentinel at the moment of course, but most of it will end up in the bin, it was this I was after:
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I reckon this should be just about the right size to power my model of the Fry's shunter, and if it will run well on just 2 C batteries instead of the intended 3 I should be able to fit them in the loco - if not they'll have to follow behind in a van. I can't test that at the moment because I've broken the connection between one of the wires and the motor - I'll post in the Help and Advice section about that!

I'll probably put the two tipper wagons up for sale at some point to help fund the project. They're not exactly super-detailed but would look OK painted and weathered I think, in either 16mm or 7/8ths - I haven't tested them through pointwork etc yet so don't know how they run, but when I have I'll put them in the Sale section on here. If anyone wants them untested in the meantime I reckon a tenner for the pair would be about right...

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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by FWLR » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 am

Waiting to see the building of this Andrew.. :thumbright:
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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by Andrew » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:29 pm

Half an hour with a hacksaw and all that's left of the big yellow diesel is this - the power bogie, battery box and on/off button:
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I've replaced one of the batteries with a dummy and it now trundles round at a much more suitable pace. The strange bogie flat wagon (with only 4 wheels, the others are moulded fakes!) will join the loco in the bin soon, but for now it's useful for lugging the batteries around because it has the same strange coupling as the bogie currently retains. I spent lunchtime today messing around with the photocopier at work to re-scale a drawing of a BR box van - that will take the role of battery tender, because they're not going to fit in the loco...

More progress as it happens, although I fear it may not be rapid, it seems to be a busy time of year...

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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by FWLR » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:34 am

My brain isn't at it's best at the moment Andrew...I have no idea how this is working...How the heck do you use a dummy battery to get it to run at a more reasonable pace.. :scratch: No doubt mate you will explain it to this simple soul.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

You are quite right Andrew, it is a busy time...I have to make Anne a Christmas Box....I know, at our age asking for a Christmas Box..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by Andrew » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:44 am

Hi Rod,

My wooden dummy is just a battery-sized lump of wood with a screw in each end and a length of wire running between them. That way it does the conducting part of the battery's job without providing any power, so the loco's got a third less oomph than it had before and trundles round more slowly - but I can swap another battery back in if I ever want it to go faster again.

I'm with Anne on Christmas - Grace and I still put out our stockings for Father Christmas. They get filled, too...

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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by FWLR » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:09 pm

Thanks Andrew. :thumbright: :thumbright:

It makes sense now.... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Andrew and the Chocolate Factory

Post by FWLR » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:11 pm

I love Christmas too Andrew, I am on with making the box, but it's getting very cold in the garage, so all marked out for now...
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