JPT Sub - my new layout project

BNSF FAN Mar 14, 2019

  1. BNSF FAN

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    I am going to try and get a hub either today or Friday and do just that. When i do, I'll see if I can get a shot of how they look lit. :)
     
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  2. in2tech

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    Oh so no hub yet? Have fun, looking forward to what you think! And pictures of them working! Actually you can connect a lot of stuff to one hub. I have like 12 street lights and they all go into one hub. I have no problem dimming them all at one time! And super easy to use, why I like the system! And I have a very small layout too!
     
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  3. Hardcoaler

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    I was at my LHS last week and the owner had just opened up his shipment of Woodland Scenics traffic lights. The wires were hard for me to see with only my eyeglasses, but he confirmed what you wrote. I can't wait until I get to the stage on my layout where I can mess with this stuff.
     
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  4. rhikdavis

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    I got all the stuff and nowheres to put it. :rolleyes::D
     
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  5. in2tech

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    Yeah I have to use my magnifying glasses to put these tiny wires in those connector. No way most people can do it with just regular glasses :) Or most people. Also a tip, if you try to strip the wires with normal tools they usually will break the wire, so burn then with a lighter. It works great. DO NOT burn yourself. This message brought to you buy the safety council, NOT :) But it works great and gets the wires HOT for a second so be ready! But it works great! Should be getting mine today, I hope, and will immediately hook them up for a test! Just a mock up, but I have been wanting these for ages! I like the simplicity of this system. Is it expensive, can be, just go slow! Great for small layouts!
     
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  6. Shortround

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    Instead of a flame, would a soldering iron work for that. It would be safer.
     
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  7. Hardcoaler

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    I'm guessing that the idea is to quickly burn off the lacquer that's used as an insulator on the wire. In the past I've used a X-acto knife to scrape it off equally thin wire without much effort.
     
  8. Sumner

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    That is how I've been doing it as shown ( HERE ). Put a drop of solder on the end of the iron. Put the end of the magnet wire, what it looks like Woodland Scenics is using, into the solder drop. It will melt the insulation and tin it at the same time. Don't need it tinned for this application but I don't see that hurting and probably helps the connection in the fitting.

    Looking for the above link I did find two other interesting things:

    1. Here is a video showing other options but I'll probably stay with what I'm doing or start using option #2 below...



    2. I found that there is magnet wire that if you are soldering it, as I do on decoder installs using small LEDs, you can twist the wire and solder it without removing the insulation. The insulation actually acts as a flux.



    I ordered a spool of 38 AWG for $12 and will give it a try. The spool has over 2900' in it so if anyone wants to try some PM me.

    Sumner
     
  9. in2tech

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    Yep I have tried eXacto knife, those wire cutters, etc... nothing works as well as a lighter :) But be very careful :) It takes a milisecond, but will burn you, slightly :) Don't own a soldering iron! Or a new one I would want to use :)

    @Sumner has a great idea IF you own a soldering iron? I don't, well a safe one anyway!

    Gonna attempt to hook mine up tonight! Well a mock up anyway!
     
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  10. Stephane Savard

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    I have a digital soldering iron, I find the that laquer burns off at 400+ degrees, then reduce temp for soldering the wires.
     
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  11. Sumner

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    I've got three of ( THESE ). Work fine, love them and they don't cost much. More about them ( HERE ).

    Sumner
     
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