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Old 07-17-2019, 06:56 PM   #31
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:15 PM   #32
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May I ask, what in particular, can be done to these RC turnouts to achieve maximum efficiency. I like the idea of using the variable output at 13v and 24v bulbs in the indicators.

I've given my three (60-70 year olds) some basic attention. I cleaned the contacts inside with 1000 grit and contact cleaner. I straightened a few bulb sockets (just a bit). I've cleaned the exteriors gently, along with the thumb screws and track. And I've adjusted the pawls inside to get positive action. Even put a minute dab of grease on the pawl tip. And a drop of oil on the pivot point.

Anything else I can do or adjust to improve operation? Tricks? Closely held secrets?

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Old 07-18-2019, 05:04 AM   #33
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May I ask, what in particular, can be done to these RC turnouts to achieve maximum efficiency. I like the idea of using the variable output at 13v and 24v bulbs in the indicators.

I've given my three (60-70 year olds) some basic attention. I cleaned the contacts inside with 1000 grit and contact cleaner. I straightened a few bulb sockets (just a bit). I've cleaned the exteriors gently, along with the thumb screws and track. And I've adjusted the pawls inside to get positive action. Even put a minute dab of grease on the pawl tip. And a drop of oil on the pivot point.

Anything else I can do or adjust to improve operation? Tricks? Closely held secrets?
I've done a few tutorials on re-building AF switches. Check them out. All my switches have a nice "snap" when I'm done, and all perform flawlessly.I break them down to just a bake-lite shell.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:02 AM   #34
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I've done a few tutorials on re-building AF switches. Check them out. All my switches have a nice "snap" when I'm done, and all perform flawlessly.I break them down to just a bake-lite shell.
Oh, thanks. I keep forgetting to search on the site before asking questions. I'll do that.
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