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thayer
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Posted - 12/17/2020 :  11:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit thayer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice save. Better to find it now than at a show.


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George D
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  08:21:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're right, Thayer. I wonder what else I'm going to find.

George


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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  09:38:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Yes, it's definitely hard to keep the tubes hot enough so all 3 solder joints are liquid and not burn the whole thing down. But you made it.


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George D
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  12:03:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Frank. I find if I tin everything, I get a good solder joint.

George


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BurleyJim
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  1:05:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,

Now do you need to do both ends of the main switching layout? or already done.

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George D
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  1:08:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by BurleyJim

George,

Now do you need to do both ends of the main switching layout? or already done.

Jim



Finished the layout connectors this morning. I have three cassettes yet to change.

George


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George D
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  9:04:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I mentioned, the unsoldering was difficult. Pete, aka Orionvp17, sent me a PM suggesting I use a business card to slide between the joints once they are unsoldered to keep the pieces from rejoining. I didn't have a business card handy, so I cut some cardstock into little pieces. I slipped one into the heated joint when the solder became wet and it kept the pieces separated while I went on the next joint.



It's a great tip, thanks Pete. I just hope I don't have to use it very often.

George


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Orionvp17
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  9:40:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, George!

Glad it worked, as I did mention that I have not yet tried this.

Don't use thin styrene for this, though, as it will melt, gum up, and so on....

Have fun! Love the cassettes, too!

Pete
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thayer
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Posted - 12/18/2020 :  11:54:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit thayer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That is a great tip, thank you both for sharing.

Thayer



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BigLars
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Posted - 12/19/2020 :  09:33:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great tip. Thanks for sharing it. Not sure how I missed this tread. Going back to read it now. I love the cassettes you made.


Edited by - BigLars on 12/19/2020 09:37:12 AM

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George D
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Posted - 12/19/2020 :  10:34:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete, that does look like styrene. I'm using cardstock the thickness of an index card. It has to be thin but stiff enough to slide into the unsoldered joint.

Thanks Thayer, I'm just following Pete's idea. I did some more this morning and it makes the task easier.

Thanks, Larry, glad to see you checking in.

George


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Bernd
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Posted - 12/19/2020 :  11:02:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's a great idea with the index/business card. Another thing that would work is a piece of thin aluminum such as from a aluminum cooking tin.

example: https://www.amazon.com/8x6x2Aluminum-Disposable-Rectangle-allowable-Containers/dp/B08GYZ9QKD/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&hvadid=78477695754977&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=aluminum baking pans&qid=1608393659&sr=8-13&tag=mh0b-20

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George D
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Posted - 12/19/2020 :  11:10:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bernd, I hadn't thought about that thin aluminum, but I'm sure it would work too.

George


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BigLars
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Posted - 12/19/2020 :  4:20:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,
I have now read though your whole thread. Some great information and I may be borrowing a few ideas. Thanks for posting.



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George D
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Posted - 01/02/2021 :  3:03:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for following, Larry.

I think I've run enough rolling stock through the switches to be satisfied that they are reliable. I'm ready for a change of pace, so I'm joining the Choices Challenge and scratch building an ice platform for the layout. I printed up the side views of my drawings on cardstock and made a mockup to see if it would fit and hide the entrance hole in the backdrop.



I've started a new thread for this construction project. http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53480

George


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