Need some pictures on a control panel or ideas?

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  1. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

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    I would like to see your pictures of a control panel and your ideas on how to build one?

    HO Scale with Atlas or Radio Shack switches.

    Thanks,
    Greg
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    Cidchase thanks for post.

    Anymore, please post. Looking for ideas.
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    Hi Greg,
    Following Shamus's method I posted a pic of my panel under "N scale models" in my thread "The Layout I built from "the Box".

    Using a graphics program, draw a schematic of the tracks on standard size paper, print it out and sandwich the drg between two sheets of 1/16th thick plexiglass (we call it perspex over here in UK). All you need do is drill through for the switches etc.
    Don't ask me about a box for the panel (I'm useless at carpentry :( )
    Because I might move my layout around my control panel is separate from the layout. Connection is made by means of 21 pin SCART plugs/sockets normally intended for connecting VCR's to TV's.

    Errol
  5. Clerk

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    My pictures are not anything like Shamus's. but here they are anyway
    The back is made of 1x6 pine. The sides, front and bottom and 1/4 " ply wood. The top is 1/8 " hardboard. I use Radioshack dpdt and spst switches to control blocks and Atlas switch controlers.

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    Clerk Active Member

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    This is my spegetti. Does anybody have any worse?
    and I am not finished yet.

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    WOW, I think I need a degree in wiring. This is going to be a project. Maybe I'll stay with the Atlas control switches.

    Keep Posting.

    Thanks,
    Greg
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    Here are the two main control panels of my long gone N scale layout. It was made of plywood, and I mounted it with long piano hinges, so that I could open it easily for wiring. The blue.grey rectangles are the two throttles.

    In the background of the pic at right there's another smaller panel for the staging yard. I had a separate throttle for that yard (black knob in the center).

    Ron

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    Awsome electronics, Seems to be very confusing.

    Thanks,
    Greg
  10. RailRon

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    It's not as bad as it looks, Greg! :D

    Essentially there is only one wire to every block on the layout. (For return power I used one common bus wire.) The power from the two cabs is assigned through a double pole, double throw switch per block. If you go slowly, wiring one thread after the other, it's not complicated at all. But of course, all this sums finally up to quite a bunch of wires. And at the first moment this really looks frightening :eek:!

    BTW: You see that I used multicolored wires. I got them dirt cheap from a telephone company - a very thick multistrand cable (about 20 ft, 48 threads in the cable) was more than enough to wire the whole layout! :) :) :)

    I only bought some soft, flexible wire for the connection across the hinges of the boards. (These are the white bundles.) The rest is stiff and doesn't need to move after it is installed. All wires are soldered to simple terminal strips. They are barely visible along the left edge of the picture at right.

    Ron
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    Here's a couple of pics of Gavin Miller's control panel. Man, this guy is a newbie modeller inspiration all the way.

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    Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but the link posted above to shamus' how-to seems to be dead now. Is there an archive of that post anyplace?
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