Tried logging in using a laptop PC, on Win10 / Firefox - seems OK so far - I should have time tomorrow to look in more detail & log in with Android tablet!
Also tried clicking on thumbnail of “EMD shed” bodyshells. Photo appeared OK - slightly less sure about the bank balance later in the year!
Not sure how much time (in total) I’ll get over next couple of weeks. Ghetto blaster gave up the ghost over the weekend & needed to be replaced. (I’ve always found that some Mozart helps me concentrate!). I’d only got the old one in June 1990 - I know, they don’t build stuff to last!
Cue a bus trip to Cardiff (and my debit card getting a workout in John Lewis). Got home to find a delivery of MERG kits “stowed in a safe place” - the cardboard recycling bag!
(OK - you get the general idea - I was slightly less than amused - might as well use the chance to see if emojis work - even if I don’t use them very often!)
Anyway, I’d ordered some “through hole” component “gas lamp twinkler” PCBs - instead received the same number of complete kits for the SMD version - I guess they want me to learn to solder SMDs!
I’ll have no trouble using them.
In all honesty, I would have been capable of designing something very similar - but I’m not complaining that I don’t need to. Actually, I haven’t had PCB etching stuff at home for the last 30 years. I’m actually in no rush to have ferric chloride back here - nasty stuff!
As for generating Gerber files (to send to a PCB maufacturer), I haven’t even got the software - and I’m in no rush to do anything about this, either. MERG’s PCBs will do me just fine … .
Just for info, MERG’s “gas lamp twinkler” kit is a 40106 based astable - with diodes etc. added to change the output waveform. As advertised, it gives a slight spike every so often - flip the diodes & it dims momentarily - I should be able to tweak it to simulate the oil lamps that UK trains had to carry, for years after electric light was shown to work.
I’ll be using 2 of the things on a freelance O gauge “pioneer” railcar. As I’m more into OO, it’ll probably be a “shelf queen” - but could be good for demos!
“In other news”, I might have to make a start on the carriage lighting demo - cheap OO bodyshells - cheap “kitchen” LED lightbars, suitably modified - foil tape, to stop lightbleed - all the usual garbage.
Yes - demo fodder - if I get anywhere with it, could also be a talking point at VAG meetings (“might be better to go about it some way that works”) … .
Anyway, I’ve said enough. Let’s see if long posts get “abbreviated” … .