Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DCC in kitbuilt locos?

Andy Rossiter asking the questions.

In your “adding extra pickups to model locomotives” workbench article I assume that the picture you show is of a ‘OO gauge” chassis and not ‘O gauge’.

I am currently building a K’s pannier tank white metal kit and using their chassis kit with a new motor. (second full loco kit construction since teenage years, now 59, first was an old Wills pannier kit partially built and bought for a £5 and I’m currently trying to marry a Hornby 0-6-0 chassis to it).

The K’s kit has gone ok and electrical pick up and motor mounting have been achieved but not very well so I am starting again in this area, once I’ve got it running as a DC chassis I want to convert it to DCC.

Do white metal kits present more short-circuiting problems than plastic kits or ready to run when dealing with DCC control?

Chassis with waggly bits

I can't see that DCC would be impossible, but there are some challenges along the way.

First, you'll need to hard wire the chip in. I think that means you need to identify the two wires in to the chip from the pickups (or pickup and chassis is this is live) and two wires out of the chip to the motor. Presumably there are some instructions somewhere to cover this sort of thing.

The scond problem is that everything is conductive so the DCC chip will need to be insulated from everything. Wrap it in insulating tape or even clingfilm to be on the safe side. I'm tempted even to suggest heat-shrink wrap but it would need to be shrunk by something like a hairdryer to avoid damaging the circuitry.

Good luck with the project. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fork lift truck build

Gordon Asks:

I notice from a web site that you built a fork lift truck from a Viking model. Could you be kind enough to send me details.

The model I am building - Burnden Park (was featured in your magazine) is circa late 50’s, and we are looking to for a fork lift truck suitable for that era. Any help would be very useful.

My model was built around 2 decades ago so the methods might be a bit out of date. I think you have a better chance of buying something suitable now from Base Toys or Noch. None of that was an option back then, so I started with a plastic model from Kibri

Looking at the photos, I needed something from the days when we didn't care if people died when the trucks tipped over. That meant the safety cage had to go. 


The modern prototype was also too long so I cut the model in half and stuck it back together. Yo9u can see the join under the model but by cutting along an obvious join, this was hidden. #

Fork lift trucks are a vital part of the indusatrail scene, or at least they have been since the 1950s. Early models were quite small though, like this one:

CESAB Fork lift truck

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Warwick classic cars 2017

Locked and loaded bug

Last weekend was the first one off in a few weeks so I'm getting the chance to catch up with some events I've not brought you.

First up, we have the classic car show that takes place in the middle of Warwick. A lovely sunny day and more unusual motors that you can shake a stick at. Well, you can shake a stick if you want but people will just think you are nuts.

Chopped Chevy pickup

Classics were supplemented by hot rods with a few superb customs to be seen. The only problem was that there were so many people it was difficult to photograph things - but that's no bad thing as it's nice to see the centre of town so busy.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Film Club: The Indian Hill Railway

A little more video from the Wiltshire show a couple of weeks ago. This time the popular Indian Hill Railway layout built by the East Surrey 16mm group.

This time I'm afraid the lighting wasn't great for my very basic camera equipment but it's still a fun ride and it seemed a shame to waste the footage.