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by dvdouden
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: T Gauge Modelling Tips, Tricks & Tutorials
Topic: Making Trees
Replies: 12
Views: 26306

Re: Making Trees

Received the trees I ordered, pretty happy with them. Got them in a tiny bag that made me wonder if they had sent me the wrong item, but lo and behold, it actually contained exactly 100 happy little trees :D trees.jpg Looking pretty good in my opinion, doesn't look like I need to do much reshaping; ...
by dvdouden
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: First layout:Kyushu
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

Re: First layout:Kyushu

Weekly update no.5! Not much going on on the layout, trying to make something out of the large flat area at the front. Caught a cold so there's not much energy left at the end of a working day to actually do something. Spent most time on the tiling tool. And yes, by now I could've tiled a lot of hou...
by dvdouden
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 31
Views: 10626

Re: Dauntsey

Oh wow, that looks amazing! :o
by dvdouden
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: First layout:Kyushu
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

Re: First layout:Kyushu

Hi Chris! Thanks for the link, that's some nice inspiration! I have a resin printer with a 47 micron resolution (0.047 mm) and a 40 micron layer height, so in theory it _should_ be able to print those details if my math is right. If you look closely you can see the individual layers on this model: p...
by dvdouden
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: First layout:Kyushu
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

Re: First layout:Kyushu

Not much happening on the layout in the last week. Tried out the spray glue I bought for gluing down the XPS, seems to work fine without reacting with the polystyrene. Also tried using the Dremel with a sanding drum (grit 80), that works great but it's incredibly messy, really need to have the vacuu...
by dvdouden
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: T Gauge Modelling Tips, Tricks & Tutorials
Topic: Making Trees
Replies: 12
Views: 26306

Re: Making Trees

Just found an eBay seller offering a hundred 32mm trees for a measly $12 and free shipping. (and 400 for $30 and some change). And since the trunk of the trees is supposedly made of metal wire, they should be somewhat customizable so you don't end up with a hundred identical trees. https://www.ebay....
by dvdouden
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: 3D Printing for T Gauge
Topic: A new toy!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 6859

Re: A new toy!!!

Did a test print last week to see how well it can print thin objects. Increased the exposure time per layer from 8 to 10 seconds and printed a bunch of poles, square pillars, walls and trusses, ranging from 1.0mm thickness to 0.1mm, most 10mm high. torture.jpg I messed up the print in multiple steps...
by dvdouden
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: First layout:Kyushu
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

Re: First layout:Kyushu

Small update: Been hacking away at XPS for a couple of evenings now, the landscape is slowly starting to take shape. It's not going as fast as I thought it would, I'd like to incorporate a river, some bridges and a small village or two, but figuring out where exactly to put those and how large they ...
by dvdouden
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: 3D Printing for T Gauge
Topic: A new toy!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 6859

Re: A new toy!!!

Quick update: did my first print this morning, in a freezing shed. Printed six small 20mm tall figurines with default settings, the two in the center came out good, the other four ended up as an unidentifiable mess. The stench isn't as bad as I expected, nowhere near as bad as IPA, but it'll probabl...
by dvdouden
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: 3D Printing for T Gauge
Topic: A new toy!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 6859

Re: A new toy!!!

Have you tried some of the newer resins yet? They don't require an IPA bath to rinse your prints, normal water will work just fine. I just ordered an Anet N4 Resin printer and a bottle of Photocentric resin to give it a try, this type of printing seems perfect for printing T scaled houses, cars, tra...
by dvdouden
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: First layout:Kyushu
Replies: 5
Views: 3173

First layout:Kyushu

A recent visit to Miniworld Rotterdam inspired me to finally drive to the nearest store to get some sheets of XPS and start working on my first T layout. My layout board has been folded against the wall for nearly a year now, with a layout plan and flex track pinned to it with thumbtacks, kind of st...
by dvdouden
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: Searching for block occupancy detectors
Replies: 1
Views: 2435

Searching for block occupancy detectors

Been playing with the idea of adding block occupancy detectors to my future layout. Got a few hall effect sensors; they detect magnetic fields and I was hoping I could stick some under the track and that they would be able to notice a passing train. Unfortunately the signal is so weak that the noise...
by dvdouden
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: I hate January!
Replies: 8
Views: 10280

Re: I hate January!

Best of luck to you Nutter, that sounds pretty awful :(


So much for this month's budget, 26 more days to go...
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I need a bigger man-cave :oops:
by dvdouden
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

It could probably fit horizontally in an un-powered shell. The board needs a bit of trimming on the sides (the manufacturer has a minimum board size of 1/4", but the board can be trimmed down to 5.1mm width). I'm not entirely sure how thick the board will be with all components fitted. The PCB itsel...
by dvdouden
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

In case anyone is interested in the code of the PWM controller: https://github.com/dvdouden/tgauge
Off to draw some wiring diagram for it :)
by dvdouden
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: I hate January!
Replies: 8
Views: 10280

Re: I hate January!

My budget problems are more of the marital kind. Still haven't mastered the art of spending hard earned money on fun stuff without alerting she-who-must-not-be-angered :roll:

Oh well, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission :lol:
by dvdouden
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

First version of my decoder pcb arrived today. Hooray for surface based pricing and free shipping, can't imagine anyone made any money on this. ($0.75 including shipping from US and a free promotional sticker) It's not going to fit inside the train, but it's small enough to attach to the train and d...
by dvdouden
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

This is fascinating information on this board...... I wonder why they're not supplying them when their distributers place an order for them.....in my case an order was placed in October last year! :cry: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: One can only guess... When I bought my soldering iron fr...
by dvdouden
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

Power enters the board through the Left and Right Rail wires and passes through the diodes at the top and bottom of the board (in red). This rectifies the incoming voltage. The rails are constantly switching between positive and negative voltage (AC), the diodes rectify this so one end is always pos...
by dvdouden
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: Chassis dimensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 20792

Re: Chassis dimensions?

Thanks Neil! I guess controls is just a matter of preference. I like using rotary encoders, it's easy to use them for setting multiple values, they're more accurate and I had some in my parts collection. Potentiometers on the other hand are easier to use, but they can be a bit jumpy. And I was all o...