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Hello
Thanks for thoughts about the Dinghams, Id forgotten just what a neat design they are. Another one for the consideration pile!
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Andrew

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Having used used both B&B/D&G and S&W couplings, I found both worked but S&W were more difficult to fit, though easier to make. On the whole my preference would be for B&B.
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Hello Stephen
Thanks for your thoughts as well. I must admit to being rather taken with the Dingham coupler looks even if it does look a bit of a fiddle to build. Think I'll acquire a pack and try them out. I really don't know what I'm doing getting all excited about couplers at the moment, I've got no railway working to run anything on and no stock converted to EM to put on it. 

Daft but fun!

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Hello everyone 
I’ve been in touch with John (The Laird) over on RM web and he’s sent me his latest incarnation of signal servo tower which I first came across this time last year on his thread Leeds City, the Midland Side. The first samples he sent me were in 2mm MDF which I showed back on page 6. He’s now moved to a neater stronger material in the form of Perspex. Photos are below and he’s improved the design in enabling removal from the baseboard easier. 

I’m really excited by this development and am wondering if I can discipline myself to do the signalling as I go along rather than coming back to it later or worse as an afterthought. 



This is the front view of the tower and you’ll need to imagine a two arm signal sticking out the top of it. This narrow single version will hold  servos and therefore operate up to three signals arms. There is a double width version which takes 6 servos. Impressive amount of operational power in a tiny amount of space. A great piece of design and I’m indebted to John for his help and willingness to share his design 

And here’s the same one side view. 


Back to baseboards. There’s a downside to surface mounted wiring. As you can see from this photo there’s almost more brass tube topside to take the wiring than there is cork sheet!  But as soon as I begin to doubt the wisdom of this approach I remember what it’s like on all but the last baseboard (which also has surface mounted wiring) and am greatly relieved that I can see everything at a glance. And if that’s true for wiring then it’s all the more the case for topside mounting the servos....so much easier to adjust!

Heres a picture



And here, apropos of nothing at all, is a 2011 photo of my Gibson 0-4-2 517 class that I came across the other day, just about to get its first coat of paint. Really worth the trouble of having models that unbolt into subassemblies for painting and maintenance. I’d forgotten that this was how I made this engine and I’m really glad as I’ve  now somehow got to get EM spaced wheels into that very narrow body!




Well that’s it for now, back to track making!
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Andrew

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Six servos sounds impressive,I have not as yet needed to exceed four as per The MERG design. I have found that tapping the horn 12BA I can use a short bit of brass tube soldered to the operating rod to make the signal easily demountable from the servo.

I will try and post some photos tomorrow when I am back on the PC
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Tried to upload a photo but couldn't get it to work, referred to MW.
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I have now managed to upload the photo a different way. Hope it explains things.
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Hello Stephen
Yup understood now. A neat way of getting adjustment from servo to signal arm. 
(edit) With the one that im going to use you can remove the whole thing, servo tower and signals attached, from above so the only the power cables to unplug.

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Yes I very often do it that way but it's not really practicable in 2mm scale, it would make the signal base too big.
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Yup understood now. A neat way of getting adjustment from servo to signal arm. 
(edit) With the one that im going to use you can remove the whole thing, servo tower and signals attached, from above so the only the power cables to unplug.

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Stephen Freeman wrote: Yes I very often do it that way but it's not really practicable in 2mm scale, it would make the signal base too big.

Hello Stephen
I don’t know how wide it’s can be in 2mm but when I got home this evening I measured the single one that I photographed and it’s 12mm wide on top and needs a 10 MM wide hole in the baseboard as per the photos below. Is that still too wide?

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Depends. Most of the ones I have done in 2mm are less.
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