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by SealionSteve
Wed Oct 13, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Insulation Flammable???? Yes or No
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Insulation Flammable???? Yes or No

Sorry, trico = trichlorethylene, an industrial cleaner/degreaser/solvent. If you google the long name you will see it is potentially rather unpleasant 🙂 I remember 2 things in particular about it. Firstly, it smelled horrible, like ancient, unwashed socks. The contents of the capsules originally sup...
by SealionSteve
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Insulation Flammable???? Yes or No
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Insulation Flammable???? Yes or No

I think (not absolutely sure) that expanded polystyrene, as widely used in packaging, was used for ceiling tiles here in the UK in days gone by but is now prohibited because it could spread fire very quickly but more so because of toxic fumes given off if it burned. As I say, I may have got that wro...
by SealionSteve
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Locos and rolling stock
Topic: Break-in period
Replies: 3
Views: 185

Re: Break-in period

This applies to new locos or those which have had a new motor fitted. It lets the gears and bearings bed in. If you have a continuous circuit just let it run round at a medium speed for 20 mins or so then ditto in the opposite direction. If you have a rolling road you can use that instead. Most manu...
by SealionSteve
Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Arduino
Topic: Arduino pin types
Replies: 2
Views: 6393

Re: Arduino pin types

Thank you (I only just got a notification of your post).

Steve
by SealionSteve
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Locos and rolling stock
Topic: Lubricate Steam Locomotive
Replies: 3
Views: 2541

Re: Lubricate Steam Locomotive

Hi Light oil, preferably plastic/nylon compatible as many gears and chassis parts are made from this. I use Dapol's "Dapoil", but I don't think it's readily available in the US. Bachmann do a light oil "E-Z lube" which seems similar. Looks expensive but one bottle should last for...
by SealionSteve
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Common return when wiring solenoids?
Replies: 2
Views: 2455

Re: Common return when wiring solenoids?

Thanks Bill!
by SealionSteve
Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Common return when wiring solenoids?
Replies: 2
Views: 2455

Common return when wiring solenoids?

I am running analogue rather than DCC. I intend to use a high-power CDU and a diode matrix to operate up to 6 points simultaneously using Peco solenoid motors to set the road for any one of 7 storage loops in my "fiddle yard", with the option of switching between my 2 main running lines at...
by SealionSteve
Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Track layouts and designs
Topic: 22" curves??
Replies: 1
Views: 2581

Re: 22" curves??

You might think a minimum of 44", i.e. twice the radius, asuming you need a 180 degree curve, but you need a bit over that. It would be best to obtain a few curves of the radius required and do some measuring up to see what the actual radius to the outer edge of the track is. The 22" quote...
by SealionSteve
Fri May 21, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Making mountains
Replies: 2
Views: 2677

Re: Making mountains

I always thought a mountain was something at least 3000 ft above sea level (note sea level, not the surrounding land), but I have just been having a google and there isn't really an official definition, although it seems 1000 ft above the surrounding land (note, not sea level) is a generally accepte...
by SealionSteve
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Locos and rolling stock
Topic: engine goes slow
Replies: 2
Views: 2815

Re: engine goes slow

Is this happening over a short stetch of track or a long stretch (e.g. more than an inch or so?). Most of my ideas apply to the former scenario. Is this the only loco which behaves like that? If others are ok over that bit of track it suggests a very small irregularity in the track at the point wher...