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    Go ahead. Especially on design things, I'm...

    Go ahead. Especially on design things, I'm "wrong" more often than not ;)

    Heiko
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    Those two get my vote. Not sure whether I prefer...

    Those two get my vote. Not sure whether I prefer the round or the parallelogram, definitely voting for the wider (higher) green background stripe to the lettering. Though maybe somewhere in between...
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    Sorry for that :lol: :cool: ;) Heiko

    Sorry for that :lol: :cool:

    ;) Heiko
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    Just a quick warning: UK customs are crazily busy...

    Just a quick warning: UK customs are crazily busy with Brexit right now. Sounds crazy, since the rules for shipping to the EU are basically the same as for shipping to (for example) Canada, but all...
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    That was going to be my first sentence on this :)...

    That was going to be my first sentence on this :)

    There's one big problem in any H-Bridge: If you take a half-bridge (N-FET+P-FET with connected gates and drains, like your Q2/Q4) connected to...
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    I can't really make it out from the picture: Did...

    I can't really make it out from the picture: Did it lift because it got longer (or the wood shrunk)? Your note on having to unsolder it sound like that to me.

    In that case, you can "just" make a...
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    Depends on what the stuff connects to. As a rule...

    Depends on what the stuff connects to. As a rule of thumb:

    Stuff that only connects to the track signal (like autoreversers) are compatible with each other (within the scope NDave and TwinDad...
  8. I love them too :) I don't have a proper crimper,...

    I love them too :) I don't have a proper crimper, but I solder them. Works as well, as long as you don't get any solder running into the contacts themselves. The plastic hood is long enough so the...
  9. Thread: Akita Mountain

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    Yes, #5 should work. And it doesn't leave you any...

    Yes, #5 should work. And it doesn't leave you any more exposed to human error than #s 2 and 4 :)

    You could even glue some stop piece on the controller or fashion some kind of removable stopper -...
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    If you can, get it out. Try pushing with a...

    If you can, get it out. Try pushing with a toothpick from the outside, it may be press fit and not glued.

    If not, use liquid masking material. I've had good results with Micro Mask Liquid Masking...
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    I stumbled over some very large import tax free...

    I stumbled over some very large import tax free amount for goods delivered to the US and CA. Can't recall how much exactly, but somewhere in the $400 to $800 range, I think. Don't even recall if it...
  12. Depends on how large your layout is... The closer...

    Depends on how large your layout is... The closer you get your boosters and "power managers" to your power districts the better.

    On an HCD or 8 x 4 that doesn't matter. But on an around-the-room,...
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    First stop: Kato:...

    First stop: Kato: http://search.cartserver.com/search/search.cgi?cartid=s-1078&keywords=926090&maxhits=25&go=Search&bool=AND

    They don't always have spare parts in stock, but if they don't, often...
  14. Thread: Feeder wiring

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    Keep in mind the issue is not really how much...

    Keep in mind the issue is not really how much current your locos draw but how much current your command station/booster(s)/circuit breaker(s) need to detect a short.

    So even if you only draw 200mA...
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    I've been busy programming a little and...

    I've been busy programming a little and documenting a lot for my DIY WiFi throttle controller called wiFred.

    The latest 0.6 version is not really documented in there, but the PCBs have reached...
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    What TwinDad said. Heiko

    What TwinDad said.

    Heiko
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    Yes, or if you were running a 500kHz PWM and...

    Yes, or if you were running a 500kHz PWM and needed to slow down the rise and fall times of the gate voltage on turning the FET on and off to avoid radio interference in a commercial product. Or if...
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    I beg to differ: I'd keep R2. It makes sure the...

    I beg to differ: I'd keep R2. It makes sure the FET stays "entirely off" while the Arduino reboots or is flashed or if you accidently turn the pin to an input. If you leave it floating, it may load...
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    Well, not in general, although I stay away from...

    Well, not in general, although I stay away from #5s and #2.5 wyes for anything I want my FEF-3 to run on. They are fine through the straight path, and running an F-unit or SD40-2 or probably a Mikado...
  20. Opinions are cheap, so here's mine: Use one truss...

    Opinions are cheap, so here's mine: Use one truss and one reasonable length girder section. I think a girder section that's shorter than the truss section would look strange and shortening those...
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    Until @Comfortably numb...

    Until @Comfortably numb responds with more detail, you can read his thread over in the trackage forum: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?48853-Hand-Laid-Star :)

    edit: Oh, and great job...
  22. Thread: Couplers

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    Well, that's what I meant by "mostly work" :) ...

    Well, that's what I meant by "mostly work" :)

    But IMHO there's no harm for @Bruferrit in trying that out for himself first. Just be aware that when they frustrate you, you can always switch them...
  23. Thread: Couplers

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    They mostly work with any kind of knuckle...

    They mostly work with any kind of knuckle couplers - Micro Trains, Atlas, Kato, McHenry (Athearn), probably even Bachmann (never had any in my hands).

    IMHO, Micro Trains couplers are the gold...
  24. Thread: Curved Turnouts

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    Curved turnouts are great where they fit. A...

    Curved turnouts are great where they fit. A modeling friend just had a pair of 40"/30" Fasttracks custom built for him. The only disadvantage is that they limit what radius you can use, unless you go...
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    Thanks guys, I do have a wall of text online...

    Thanks guys,

    I do have a wall of text online at https://newheiko.github.io/wiFred describing the current status. Will have to update when / if this flies (and simplify if not).

    There also are a...
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