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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2017, 08:43:53 PM »
Has it really been 7 months? wow. I guess it's a good thing you enjoy the electronics side on par with the rest of hobby. So many people would be close to madness if it took them that long to build their control panels. Mind you, you did virtually 2 per month which is not bad going.

What comes after control panels, besides installing them?

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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2017, 08:51:22 PM »
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What comes after control panels, besides installing them?

  • locate panels, drill attach holes
  • trim fascia for connector clearance
  • tape, mud, paint fascia
  • install panels
  • connector plugs on module harnesses
  • find and fix all my mistakes  :'(
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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2020, 01:30:51 PM »
What comes after control panels, besides installing them?
- Tim

Since you asked 2-1/2 years ago ;D, this is what comes next. Lots more pics on the LK&O site: http://www.lkorailroad.com/fascia-finished/

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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2020, 07:57:56 PM »
Looking good Alan,

Congratulations on the upcoming retirement. More LK&O time! Looking forward it.

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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2020, 09:33:37 AM »
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It's alive! It's alive!

First two control panels are wired and working.





Gory details: http://www.lkorailroad.com/panel-wiring-part-i/
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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2020, 09:40:18 AM »
Nicely done, Alan. I won’t ask how you were able to type the wire info on all those tags.  :o
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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2020, 10:40:19 AM »
Worth the wait!

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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2020, 11:20:10 AM »
Nope, I don't believe it, your having us on! I suspect what really happened is that in the intervening years since you started the control panels the railroad got tired of waiting for it's interlocking supplier and went somewhere else. You photoshopped that LED glow in didn't you? ;D

I must say I'm surprised you don't like crimping Alan, I'd use it everywhere I could just to get away from soldering wires. It must be a case of the proper tool for the job, and in the case of the JST series connectors that proper tool looks like it's an automatic strip-feed-crimp-cut to length machine I saw in action (online) once when I briefly considered whether making motherboards like what TCS and the Decoder Buddy guy did but for RP's 9 pin setup was something viable. BTW, the JST headers are available in way cooler colours than white too but you'd probably have a hard time finding them outside of the JST online shop.

Actually there is another type of JST crimping tool out there. Not sure if it does the XH size or not but it looks like a set of long nose pliers; much smaller than the ratcheting set.

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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2020, 01:03:17 PM »
I must say I'm surprised you don't like crimping Alan, I'd use it everywhere I could just to get away from soldering wires.

- Tim

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I learned to solder before I was 10 years old. 50+ years on it is second nature. Everything else on the layout is soldered, why not the panel connectors too!
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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2020, 08:15:56 AM »
Alan, I think you need to brush up on your Red Green episodes.  Your mobile work station didn't have a scrap of duct tape on it.   ;D
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Re: Layout control panels
« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2020, 06:46:58 PM »
BTW, the JST headers are available in way cooler colours than white too but you'd probably have a hard time finding them outside of the JST online shop.
- Tim

Darn you Tim. Couldn't stop thinking about your comment on connector colors. Sure enough, JST offers 9 colors. Would have been perfect to color code the panel connectors as I would have needed 8 colors at most. I guess it falls into the "if I had it to do over" category.

Alan, I think you need to brush up on your Red Green episodes.  Your mobile work station didn't have a scrap of duct tape on it.   ;D

Oops. No Possum Lodge invitation for me.  :-[
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