Got in early Guys.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by shamus, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Found a cheaper way to come in on a once or twice week basis. So I will try and answer some of your
    problems all in one go if thats okay.

    Some problems I gather regarding power feeds to the track, what I always do is lay all
    track first with insulated joiners at the relative places
    then drill a small hole at each side
    of the track that needs a power feed, insert a wire (Colour coded for each side)
    then solder the feeder wires to them. Before all wires are connected to a control panel, I
    connect all the colours together and run trains around everywhere to make sure that all is
    working fine, then make a control Panel and wire it.

    As far as using grain of wheat bulbs, I have 100 plus running at the same time from
    12volt transformer, could also run these via a variable transformer to bring the lights up
    slowly if required. My tranny (12v) will handle another 100 if needed.

    Regarding the painting of your stock, I use dullcoat (aerosol spray) makes a grand job of it and seals
    all decals afterwards.

    Now about the driveshaft problem, make sure that the Universal Couplings are in line
    with each other. [​IMG]
    and not at 90 degree offset. This is where the vibration occurs.

    Thanks for the plug billk on my article on scratchbuilding.

    Hi Jim,

    For scratchbuilding materials ie Windows doors etc. Grantline have a good selection,
    I use grantline windows for all my scratchbuilt structures.

    I have also been busy, made a Waddling Fire Truck

    Have fun, be back soon.

    NARA Member #24

    [This message has been edited by shamus (edited 07-11-2001).]
  2. jimnrose

    jimnrose Member

    Great hearing from you again; it's like an old friend has returned although I'm new to the hobby.
    In reference to scratchbuilding, I decided to buy clapboard sheeting but fabricate the doors, windows and tin roof; because I need to duplicate a 200+ year old house that belongs to my daughter & son-in-
    law. I need specific sizes and styles that aren't available thru catalogues. They are planning to add an extension and want to maintain the historic character. I drew up plans but they aren't comfortable reading drawings, plus I am planning to represent homes from my past plus important structures that are meaningful to my family. This hobby has so many facets to it. In this case I can knock off two birds with one effort.
    As always, Thanks & take care, Jim
  3. Dave Hagan

    Dave Hagan Member

    glad to see you back Shamus [​IMG]

    Dave Hagan
  4. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    Thanks for the guid for the uni-joints. They were out of line a bit, but resolved now. Also the Athearn motor had a "claw type" coupling onto the bogie that functions as a uni-joint as well. This sortof gave me 3 joints, hence the wobble and KERPUTWANG!. I jost fixed the uni-join that joins onto the "claw type" piece and all is fine now.


  5. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    Glad to see you back!!!! enjoyed talking to you on the phone in England, sorry I could not get up to see the layout,definatly next time. Great Fire truck, hope you dont have any forrest fires LOL
  6. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Jimmy,
    By now I expect you will be in Canada, quite a shock when you phoned me at home, perhaps next April you can get over to see the Badger Creek.


    NARA Member #24

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