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  1. markgd

    NCE v Gaugemaster

    I downloaded the Z21 app and had a play with it. Its all come a very long way from my old gauge master DS2 DC dual controller! When I bought that I thought it was the bees knees. Now it will be relegated to powering the accessories bus in due course. Could also use it on the car solenoid motors for my outdoor points in time. The Z21 is not cheap at all here in NZ. Nor do any of my local model shops have one to go and look at. When spending that kind of money I would like to see it first. It will soon me model show season here soon. I think its worth getting a quote for repair Mick. The prodigy is still a system on the market so I am sure gauge master could be asked for repair or replacements. You never know. They may be sympathetic and replace them. Worth a try.
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    NCE v Gaugemaster

    Its coming up 2 years since the last post here. As I am in the market for a DCC control system are there any new thoughts on the way to go? Anything new on the market since these last musings? We all have our preferences but I do like the thought of being able to control my shed part of the layout from in the shed and the garden part whilst actually in the garden. And whilst on the subject could you wise people explain what on earth a sniffer port is? Mark
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    The Applebee and Lavendar line.

    The protective top plywood sheets are now in place. Dowels glued into the back shed wall battens and two supporting legs locate into holes drilled into the plywood sheets so that they can be taken in and out easily when working on the baseboards themselves. Afterwards they can be put back to protect the actual layout below from falling tools and so forth in the event we get an earthquake or a clumsy me when working in the shed but not on the layout. Now I can start laying track once my electrofrog points arrive from the UK. I have not decided on point motors to use yet. The SEEP PM1 with the frog switch looks good. But now there is the autofrog switch so am I am trying to decide which way to go. It seems to me the PM1 point motor is enough and cheaper than fitting a PM2 point motor and the autofrog beside it. Am I missing something?? I have purchased cork tiles to use as track underlay. Mick mentioned cork roll. I cant get it here. I cant import it either as it will be confiscated at the border under New Zealand bio security laws. As its a natural wood its a no no. Even though if I bought it in the UK and brought it home in my suitcase it would be ok. Frustrating. I think the tiles will do for now. I have not done any more in the garden yet. Its still too chilly to be doing that. Spring is just around the corner and then I can work in the garden. I have around 8 metres of track bed in the garden available to lay track on joining the baseboards in the shed. So I am at least hoping to get an out and return line working when i get back from my next trip to sea. There are some new houses being built not far away. I may need to check out the skips to see what off cuts of wire can be found for bus wires and droppers. Needs must you know! Mark
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    My son uses those Vallejo or AV acrylic washes on his wargaming models with great results. I need to buy some cheap wagons and give it a go. I will show you my results in due course. Cheers mark
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    I think it’s looking really good Mick. Are you airbrushing or using powders and dry brushing? Cheers mark
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    The Applebee and Lavendar line.

    Its been a while. I now have a baseboard down in the shed that will connect to the garden railway. I am quite pleased with myself. Its constructed from 12mm plywood on a 2 by 1 battened frame. As the shed floor is so uneven I fitted adjustable legs so that I could get the top level. Its also constructed in two parts simply because a sheet of ply was 8 feet long and the shed is 11 feet 6 inched long. No other reason than that. The width is governed by the need to get lawn mowers and other stuff in. The top is not very high simply because it had to be at the same level as the rail outside. There is enough room to get under it with a drill to fit point motors and such like. The two sections are bolted together with coach bolts and so the two sections are able to be lifted out of the shed should the need arise. I may well take them out to put the track down to make life easier leaving only the join to the outside to fit once in situ. I will have to fabricate portable covers to put in place when the layout is not in use to protect it from tools being dropped or falling in an earthquake from the shed wall above. Having the baseboard on legs and not fixed to the shed will also mean that if there is a bit of an earthquake rattle the baseboards can move inside the shed. The only thing that can then get damaged are the rails connecting it to the outside lines which can be easily replaced if bent. Now I had originally planned just to have a storage yard here. Now I am thinking of a station with storage sidings. That way I can operate in the shed independently of the outside line. We shall see. A few Peco track point print offs lying on the baseboards are tempting me. I am now going to buy some cork floor tiles which will be used as track underlay. That will probably be all I get done this leave. My ship will visit Torquay and Falmouth in September where I hope to buy my points. So much cheaper in the UK compared to here in New Zealand. Less than half the price in fact. And just to keep me going my Class 50, Ark Royal has just arrived from the UK. It is DCC ready but has no chip yet. I am tempted to fit the legman sound into it. But have to spend the money on points first. cheers Mark
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    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Love the scene from watch house tunnel. The tunnel portal looks amazing. Great work Mick. Cheers mark
  8. markgd

    Modelling Tor Corona Ro ,Ro vessel in 87 scale

    Tony, never got the email. did you send it to captainmarkdexter@gmail.com? cheers mark
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    Modelling Tor Corona Ro ,Ro vessel in 87 scale

    Hi Tony, I am currently on my way from Valletta in Malta to Sardinia and just passing the western tip of Sicily. I leave on the 6th from Valencia in Spain and will be home on the 8th July. Not long now. Its been really wet and cold at home so I am looking forward to seeing how my external woodwork has held up. Next plan is to get the baseboard down in the shed and continue along in the garden with legs supports and decking. With 3 boxes of Peco flexible track and a new black 5 to play with I need to get some track down. Also have a second hand class 50 to check out as well. cheers mark
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    Modelling Tor Corona Ro ,Ro vessel in 87 scale

    Progress is really good Tony. The bow will be the most fiddly bit. The flat sides and stern should be much simpler being mainly of box section. cheers Mark
  11. markgd

    Waterloo - Exeter line loco hauled Mk2 set

    What are the couplers you have on those coaches? Are they Kaydees?
  12. markgd

    The thoughts of Chairman Q

    Get them into boats young. I learned in Toppers, Mirrors, Optimus' then wayfarers and enterpise before learning to capsize regularly in lasers. Fantastic fun! We have hobicats on board here but I have not plucked up the courage to take one for a run when we are at anchor. Too fast for me! cheers mark
  13. markgd

    Waterloo - Exeter line loco hauled Mk2 set

    Very Nice Iain. I remember riding these rakes on the run to London from Gillingham, Dorset. I have already got Ark Royal, my class 50. Need to start collecting the coaches at some stage. Have you had it running on your new layout yet? cheers mark
  14. markgd

    Quick question

    Just one will do fine Deano with a simple throw switch across the join for power on/off. (so long as you dont have any power feed droppers to the bit of rail on the isolating side of the plastic fishplate! I know it sounds obvious but I talk from experience.) In my old days of cab control I would have sidings with isolating plastic fishplates on the live rail to store my DC locos on. Take a look at www.brian-lambert.co.uk in the electrical section for all you could ever need about electrics. cheers mark
  15. markgd

    Deano’s Garden Railway.

    Thou shalt not covert another mans roofing felt! I tried last time home to get some of this in New Zealand. Even took a picture of a roll from Wickes off their website into our Mitre 10 mega. ( think big B+Q). The guy said whats it for. I looked at him. Its roofing felt I said. But whats it for he said. I left. Here they tend to use tin roofing for such things or polycarbonate sheeting. Oh well. Being an expat pom can be frustrating sometimes. cheers mark

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