Monday, January 06, 2020

Slim Staging: Control Panel

Many model railroaders spend an enormous amount of energy on making really, really nice looking control panels for their railroads (myself included). However, I'm lazy and I don't want to feel bad if I need to throw away a panel because the button layout needs to be changed. Hence my more recent control panels tend to be bare bones.

The panel for Slim Staging is no different. I took an off-cut of 5mm MDF, drew a schematic track plan of Slim Staging, drilled some holes, popped in the push buttons, and wired it up. I left space to wire LEDs in case they'd turn out to be useful. By the way, 5mm MDF is too thick for most through-the-hole push buttons. The buttons are held in place by friction only. We'll see how long that lasts.

Making it detachable from the module and creating a plug for the TVD QuadLN_S decoder took more effort than the panel itself.

I programmed the routes into the decoder, finished building the panel box, and cleaned up the cabling.

The only thing missing is a protective clear spray coating, but it's already functional as is.

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