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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:30 pm

Several good ideas there. Going to be an interesting build in the new year.
I had hoped to get the full length of flex track ready to glue down in one piece.
I may be able to still do this by assembling the track before gluing, soldering the joints, etc, then moving it aside as one piece, applying glue and then moving it back into place. Not as easy as it sounds.
Rather than using insulated rail joiners, wider gaps might be better, cut with a Dremel disk. That way they can be added after the track is down.
Still a lot to do and acquire before this project is started.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:48 pm

More module ideas.
With the new broader curves coming into service, the station corner will be retired soon.
This four track pass through station module set is interesting me.
Four Track Station Module.jpg
It would to suck up a lot of resources.
I have the turnouts but would need to buy the rest of the materials. One or both of the end modules should be power modules. It might be possible to build the center four modules as two-third long modules, giving six shorter modules instead of four standard length modules. It would give more flexibility at the expense of more module joints and non-standard module lengths. Both ways have their merits.
It would not be built until after the end loop rebuilds and another crossover module or two.
For loop setups it would also need a third set of corners, 30 degree or perhaps 22.5 degree.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:37 pm

A few items.
Shims: we have been cutting shims from thin wood or Matt board. I found these at Lee Valley tools while picking up Christmas presents.
20181230_Lee Valley Shims.jpg
In four thicknesses: 2/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4" thick. Bought one set to see how they work.

I wanted some Canadian tanks to use as flat car loads.
20181231_MK5 Centurions.jpg
These are MK5 Centurions from Butler Printed Models in the UK. With this quick paint job using Vallejo paints, they are ready to use
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby RodTT » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:56 am

Is that the Shapeways flat car the tank is standing on? If so can I ask what you used for trucks and wheelsets?
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Arseny » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:23 am

Bill Dixon wrote:I wanted some Canadian tanks to use as flat car loads.


BTW, if you need some, also M4 Shermans are available from Hauler

american-military-stuff-in-tt-t2843.html
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:54 pm

Arseny wrote:
Bill Dixon wrote:I wanted some Canadian tanks to use as flat car loads.


BTW, if you need some, also M4 Shermans are available from Hauler

american-military-stuff-in-tt-t2843.html

Thank you Arsney. Some interesting items there.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:03 pm

I have started rebuilding the power module.
The PSX2s have been removed and will be mounted on their own board.
The track wires were moved to the terminal strips, one wire had to be extended.
Both power connectors have had a second set of power connectors added.
The leads are long enough that they can be connected together so the layout could be run with one power source
20190101_rebuilding power module.jpg
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:25 am

RodTT wrote:Is that the Shapeways flat car the tank is standing on? If so can I ask what you used for trucks and wheelsets?

Yes it is.
I used Peresvet MT50 truck with, I think Fox Valley Wheels.
The flat cars are one of the good things I got from Shiteways. May have to order a few more.
Need more trucks too.
I have since added lumber chocks to hold the tank in place although it is still remove able.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:02 am

This is the new Power Module setup.
20190102_new power module setup.jpg
The PSX2s have been moved to a separate board. This will sit under the layout with the Z21 and booster. If there are problems with the PSXs they will be easy to remove.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:53 pm

We use Anderson Power Pole products for our power cables.
I keep a stock on hand.
When I checked my stock the other day I found 38 shells and Four contacts.
20190109_restock of APP.jpg
I purchased more stock today and now have enough complete Shell sets for twelve ends and contacts for ten. Will buy more contacts when they get them back in stock.
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