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by mec_alf
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2
Replies: 6
Views: 10702

Re: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2

Lubrication of the worm and motor bearing has had the desired effect, the model runs really smoothly through the range now. It wasn't without its fraught moments, one of the tiny screws flew off into the Bermuda triangle which sits in my workshop, happily I have a wide selection of small sized scre...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Events - Past
Topic: Calder Northern Fallen Flags Meet
Replies: 0
Views: 3255

Calder Northern Fallen Flags Meet

All going well, the following links SHOULD take you to some (rather shaky) footage of my Benson Lumber Shay pressed into switching duties: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101829256724655578661/videos an experimental run of two Centipedes and U-Boat, and a Bachmann Shay (marked up in British Railways liv...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2
Replies: 6
Views: 10702

Re: Westside SP Atlantic 4-4-2

Almost certainly there's a screw under the smoke-box, obscured by the pony truck; certainly that's beenthe case with all my brass steam locos.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 9872

Identity crisis resolved

Having loitered as "maineu18b" since signing up to the forum I have finally identified myself - it turns out that I am actually Alf Milliken, and hae amended my signature to more accurately identify both myself and my interests.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Balboa Drive Train Headache
Replies: 2
Views: 3543

Re: Balboa Drive Train Headache

Thanks Rai, I've installed a short length of brass tubing into the silcon tubing and that seems to have resolved the power-transmission problem. I've just got to repair the trailing truck, after which the loco will be tested on a club layout. If all goes properly then it gets chipped; otherwise it'l...
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 9805

Re: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

Upon much closer inspection I found that the screw securing the red wire to the chassis wasn't screwed fully home, permitting the tag to "float". A quick tightening up resolved the problem.

Sometimes the obvious solution isn't the correct one.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 9805

Re: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

Hello Koos, That's possible, and I'll try it with my elderly ROCO Multi-maus once I've found its instruction manual. I've got several other locos running the NCE decoder, all programmed on the Gaugemaster set, which reduces the likelihood that the two are incompatible. Thanks Maineu18b - as I commen...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 9805

Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

I've got an Athearn Mike that has turned into a chip frier - literally. The problem started with the red power wire coming adrift from its solder tag - so no propulsion. After dismantling the loco I was able to resolder the wire and checked it on DC power where it was quite happy. I then re-installe...
by mec_alf
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 9872

Re: What was your early inspiration?

BrianMoore wrote:Hello, maineu18b,

Thanks for that.

It would be good to know who you really are, too!
When I find out who I am, I'll identfy myself :)
by mec_alf
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 9872

Re: What was your early inspiration?

A Tri-ang train set, with a Jinty, 2 wagons and a brake van as my combined Christmas and birthday present as a child, then a Tri-ang CKD Princess Elizabeth the next year, set up on a 6'by4' chipboard base with no buildings started it off. Fast forward the video of life several decades now. My younge...
by mec_alf
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Balboa Drive Train Headache
Replies: 2
Views: 3543

Balboa Drive Train Headache

Currently driving me up the wall, metaphorically speaking, is a Balboa B-1 Berkshire. :( The problem is that I can't get the motor and gearbox to work together. I've tried 2mm flexible silicon tubing but it wraps itself into a 3-D Mobius strip - pretty but it does nothing for operating. The motor sh...
by mec_alf
Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: Interested in Layout Design?
Replies: 36
Views: 39611

Re: Interested in Layout Design?

Mulling has ceased. I now have the base-boards for an N-scale layout with an 8' by 3' footprint. I just have to decide on the optimum height above groundlevel for it and justify a Kodachrome SD45 and GP9 on a Northern New England-inspired layout :?
by mec_alf
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: 3d printing
Replies: 3
Views: 9786

Re: 3d printing - SDL39s

Now can someone produce the drawing files for the SDL39 sideframes for 3D-printing?
by mec_alf
Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: MoW crane
Replies: 1
Views: 3214

Re: MoW crane

That's a nice model and, as you say, a quick one to assemble. I'll have to look again at my Walthers MoW inventory and put a decent EsPee MoW set together and put a flare at the front end of it. Sometimes I wonder why I visit forae like this one: there are too many good ideas to steal and not enough...
by mec_alf
Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Kato's new mechanism
Replies: 7
Views: 5932

Re: Kato's new mechanism

So that's Kato's new Us-outline model: Double-stacked locomotives, as opposed to locomotives for double-stacked trains?!