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Forum: The Welcome Forum 21-02-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Bigfilmguy
Welcome to the forum. Don't be afraid to ask...

Welcome to the forum. Don't be afraid to ask questions, everyone here is dead helpful, even to newbies like me!
Forum: Scenery 11-02-2018, 12:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Backscene boards

Hi all,

I've started ballasting Black Dog Junction, but my next thought is to install backscene boards around 3 sides of the layout. It's only 4' x 2'6" so I won't be able to curve the backscene...
Forum: The Welcome Forum 07-02-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 360
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Welcome to the forum! I've only been here a...

Welcome to the forum! I've only been here a couple of months myself, but everyone is friendly and super helpful.
Forum: General Chat 06-02-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 890
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Does this count as the first manned mission to...

Does this count as the first manned mission to Mars? Just kidding, but you gotta admire Musk's style, sending his car, with dummy driver, to Mars. I mean, you're not gonna forget it! Like others have...
Forum: Analogue 03-02-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Thanks Flashbang. I'm not overly familiar with...

Thanks Flashbang. I'm not overly familiar with making electronics so I probably won't make my own, but at less than a fiver a pop, I don't mind buying the Gaugemaster relays.
Forum: Analogue 03-02-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Gaugemaster Universal Relay Switch

Hi all,

As you're probably aware, Black Dog Junction is an N gauge layout. I've done lots of reading on various forums and I have seen several people mention that polarity switching using...
Forum: Members layouts 30-01-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Thanks for the suggestion Itch, but I haven't got...

Thanks for the suggestion Itch, but I haven't got room to have the crossover anywhere else. This is why I've gone for the longest radius turnouts available.

On a random note, I'm an idiot. Today...
Forum: Members layouts 27-01-2018, 11:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Because of the brewery, Calne has a fair amount...

Because of the brewery, Calne has a fair amount of commuters and the Calne Railway Company has recently invested in a brand new Class 350 "Desiro" 4
car unit to handle the large number of...
Forum: Members layouts 27-01-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Ok, here are the first pics of Black Dog...

Ok, here are the first pics of Black Dog Junction. Sorry about the image quality, I borrowed wifey's camera, not sure on the best settings.

Black Dog Junction is named after Black Dog Halt, a...
Forum: Members layouts 27-01-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Peco SL14 track pins. I believe they are smaller...

Peco SL14 track pins. I believe they are smaller than the Hornby ones so I thought they would be more suitable for N gauge.



I have tried that, but I can't get it to go far enough into the ply....
Forum: Members layouts 26-01-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Black Dog Junction

Hi all!

I'm pleased to say that Black Dog Junction is now running in its first loco! I've only wired one track so far and still have some pinning to do, but I'm finally running an actual train!...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 24-01-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Just as an aside, I have put a return for every...

Just as an aside, I have put a return for every feed, but do I need so many?
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 24-01-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Sorry if I wasn't clear about my plans, but I...

Sorry if I wasn't clear about my plans, but I meant should I have a bus wire for powering points totally separate from my main track bus wires. I totally get that you can't run points etc from the...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 24-01-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Accessory Bus

Hi all,

I've got my controller now, and I am planning to lay down some main bus wires ready for droppers, but I was wondering, should I install a bus wire for accessories? I'm only planning on six...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 24-01-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Thanks for that, I was actually thinking they...

Thanks for that, I was actually thinking they would be ideal for cutting point motor pins as well, now I know not to do that!
Forum: Track Layout & Design 24-01-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Thanks for the heads up. Luckily, I've got a bit...

Thanks for the heads up. Luckily, I've got a bit more flextrack than I need, so I'll do a few practice cuts to make sure I'm using the cutters the right way around.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 23-01-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
That's what I've ordered! Found a real steal on...

That's what I've ordered! Found a real steal on eBay at 12.99 with free delivery.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 23-01-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Called it. Track cutters are on order. I thought...

Called it. Track cutters are on order. I thought I'd get away with a hacksaw, not a chance! Track laying is on hold til Friday. On the plus side, I'll have my controller and train by then. :D
Forum: Track Layout & Design 23-01-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
I've already planned for that, but thanks for the...

I've already planned for that, but thanks for the advice. I'm also following a Flashbang tip and pre-wiring a polarity switch lead to the frogs of my points ready for when I fit my point motors.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 23-01-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
That's a really good idea. I've got plenty of...

That's a really good idea. I've got plenty of scrap wood, I can make something like that quite easily, thanks for the advice.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 22-01-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,302
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Post Track laying tips

Hi all!

Well tomorrow is the big day. My baseboard is complete and I get to order my controller, first train and buy my track. The baseboard has been sealed all round with 2 coats of a diluted PVA...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 20-01-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Thanks Steve, I think I'll get two motors...

Thanks Steve, I think I'll get two motors initially and see if they fit, if not, I can always use one on another point.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 20-01-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By Bigfilmguy
Point Motor Spacing

Ok, I'm trying to plan ahead here, so bear with me.

I'm doing my layout in N gauge using the Peco Setrack spacing, which is 35mm centre to centre. BTW, I'm not changing it, I'm happy with it,...
Forum: Scenery 20-01-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By Bigfilmguy
That's brilliant Martin, looks absolutely...

That's brilliant Martin, looks absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had the skill to do something like that, but I've only got enough wood skills to make my baseboard!
Forum: Members layouts 18-01-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,202
Posted By Bigfilmguy
I get why you are doing it, but it's still a...

I get why you are doing it, but it's still a little heart-breaking, surely? I must admit, I watched loads of Everard Junction videos on YouTube, and when he started ripping up the old layout, I got...
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