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Mr Clumsy has made an unwelcome appearance in the shed last week. Whilst changing a speaker for an annoying buzz I managed to let the new speaker touch the rail while I was testing it. The result, the engine ran ok, but without sound and when I checked the cv's it would not read them. A replacement is on the way to me. I have ordered a set of wheels for one of My Fairburn tanks to replace a worn coupling rod and crank pin. Bachmann have spares and are not too expensive.

I have started filming bits for a new video and once complete I will probably post it next week.

There is a chance of dry weather in a few days, so I will take the time to do some outsde maintenance. The conservatory has turned green over the winter and the shed needs a lick of paint.

If the lock down carries on I will remodel the viaduct area to increse the clearance beneath it

All for now

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QUOTE (Derek Goodwin @ 18 Feb 2021, 12:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...Whilst changing a speaker for an annoying buzz I managed to let the new speaker touch the rail while I was testing it. The result, the engine ran ok, but without sound ....
Sure many of us have been there. One of my biggest lessons learned with DCC: all decoder fitting &c on a workbench with no DCC track power on it, just a programme track which is only powered when changing or reading a CV.

QUOTE (Derek Goodwin @ 18 Feb 2021, 12:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...If the lock down carries on I will remodel the viaduct area to increase the clearance beneath it...
How much time do you need? My MP is a member of the cabinet and is always asking for input, so I could make a suggestion.
 

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How annoying the little things can be. I've recently killed a Zimo MX600 decoder while trying to solder a ground wire for a stay alive unit. MX617's in future for non sound loco's.
 

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Lessons are always being learnt here. Both engines are now off the sick list, only one left is a smoking Jinty which I traced to the motor. It also ran erratically once the smoke appeared. As soon as I can work out what the spare part no is I will order one from Bachmann.

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The motor for the Jinty is on its way. I have decided to replace the sound decoder as well, the one fitted is an early one with no provision for stay alive, essential in my book for sound loco's. I will also fit working lamps. All is prepared.

Jinty by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

This does mean drilling holes and the judicious use of a Dremel. Its surprising how many bits the Jinty comes in. I have always used other people to fit my decoders for me, If this is a success I will do my own in future. Its not so hard to do if you take a brave pill first.

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You learn more with every decoder fitted.

My top tip on the first ten years or thereabouts of steam loco introductions with decoder sockets provided, the first thing to consider removing is the bulky and poorly positioned decoder socket and its even larger mounting. Between an unnecessarily bulky installation which 'eats' much of the internal volume, and poor positioning which divides what volume is left into small unusable segments, these are often a testament to lack of imagination on the part of the mechanism designer. Why should the socket be plumb on the centreline? Moved to one side, a decoder can easily go upright the other side...
 

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Hi 34C

Most of my steam engines are too early to have a socket or it has been removed to make more room. The Jinty is all fitted with no major drama's and while I was at it I did a second one of similar vintage.

The video of various tank engines is now on You Tube here


Their is also short one of a before and after upgrading the parcel unit to a Baby Boomer speaker. Worth the small effort I think.


All for now. First jab next week, looking to seeing a few more people soon.

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It's been a while since I have posted, I have finally got around to removing a scenic support that did not have enough clearance for the track below it. I obviously did not think when I installed it and left only about 2mm of clearance, a little movement and loco.s started getting stuck underneath it.

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Viaduct2 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

And after

Viaduct3 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

I only had to remove about 25mm of the scenery to get a jigsaw at it.

I have never been completely happy with the steepness of the land behind the viaduct, so am currently having a rethink. I will probably raise the ground level at the base up to where the card is wedged between the piers and change from a stream to a semi derelict canal with a couple of locks. Before I do anymore I will make a mockup to try and get the right proportions for everything.

Golf ball hunting has restarted and the garden is showing signs of life so it may be some time before any significant progess is made.

More to follow.
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The next update will be welcomed whenever you choose to post it.

I thought the thing with golf balls was to have a special ball dispensing pocket in your baggy trews, and if the one you hit wasn't readily visible, just discretely drop a replacement and use your bat on that instead. (And yes, I do know this is bad form, but I am in the 'golf is a way of ruining a good walk' camp, with some J. Clarkson overtones.)
 

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QUOTE to have a special ball dispensing pocket in your baggy trews
Don't you need a steel rimmed bowler hat to go with it?

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QUOTE (dwb @ 20 Apr 2021, 02:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don't you need a steel rimmed bowler hat to go with it?

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And a fat Chinese bloke with no neck.
 

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Golf: A plague invented by Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man's sins

The bit I enjoy most.

20210421_141152 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

The view from the balcony, pint of Harvey's close to hand.

Today my intention is to paint the outside of the shed and then get on with a mock up of the canal.

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It has been a fine weekend for protecting shed exteriors and prolonging the fencing's life by application of various specified treatments, which ate much of my model railway playtime. Whatever, that leaves the rest of the year clear...
QUOTE (Derek Goodwin @ 26 Apr 2021, 08:48) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Golf: A plague invented by Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man's sins...
Golf: originated as a highly enjoyable pastime on the sand dunes of the North Sea, with the earliest documented reports of this activity originating from the people of the low countries in C12th. Subsequently recognisably formalised into its current form and thus transformed into a plague by means of a most hideous collection of rules invented by Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man's sins.

FTFY.
 

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Having tested the concept of a canal under the viaduct, I found there is not enough room to make it look convincing. So I will have to revert to a river, I will raise ground level and rather than have a large waterfall I will make it tumble down is a series of small steps.

I have carved a large hole in the scenery and started on a base for the stream.

20210510_145938 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

20210510_145925 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

The chances are I will also remove the church and continue the road over a low bridge higher up, to hide the hole above the electric heater.

All for now
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Good progress on the scenic front.

Your good work on the van stock made me pull my finger out on upping my LMS design van contribution to the layout stock over the winlockterdown, and now it only waits for a fine still day for the outdoor spray application of BR wagon brown (+ filth in varying degrees) to about 30 of the bodies to move this project on. See the influence you have among us lazy types...
 

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Hi

Been a bit lazy myself lately. Progress has been slow as the garden has burst into life, weeds mainly. I made the mistake of furtillizing the grass a month ago and am now paying the price. I have not had a lot of time for the railway, but it has always gone in fits and starts. All the major chores are mostly complete, only the deck to be cleaned on the to do list.

Some small progess on the senic front...

20210531_162931 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

Off to the craft shop today for fresh card supplies and as I will be passing Gaugemaster tomorrow, I will stop off for some more static grass. The chances are I will come out with more than that, the temptation is strong.

I am all jabbed up and looking forward to visitors soon. Lots of track cleaning to do before then as it's been a while since anything has been run.

Derek

Consevatory cleaning has now been added to the list. Damn!
 

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QUOTE (Derek Goodwin @ 1 Jun 2021, 08:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>... Progress has been slow as the garden has burst into life, weeds mainly.

Some small progress on the scenic front...
You are not alone, the persistently wet May has produced a long to do list outdoors, just as we have good sunlight for some of the more delicate modelling jobs.

The scenic work looks fine, just a little paint and minimal water in the channel I'd buy into that as the tidal section of a river, at low water.
 

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The grass around here put on a real growth spurt once the weather warmed up and dried out about 10 days ago without the benefit of fertiliser so I shudder to think how long yours must have got
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Your bridge section is looking very promising.

If you follow 34C's suggestion for a 'tide's out' version, you won't have far to go to study the real thing. You might even have to pass Gaugemaster again


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Hi

I have been pottering around doing odd jobs and have made some more progress with the basic landscape.

The road now connects to the main road to the station and the church has benn removed.

20210615_113105 by Derek Goodwin, on Flickr

There is a lot more detail work to do and I have acquired some woodland scenics rock moulds and water products to complete the stream.

I will post more as I make progress...

Derek
 
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