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  1. Andromeda

    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    The links to Bricklink above, only have second hand parts available. I would offer to make some, but trading is not allowed, and you do not have enough posts to PM me I've attached a screen clip of the pickup from Autocad because it was easier than figuring out where to put the DWG file, all units are mm. brass works well.
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    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    Indeed! Luckily I had followed post when i created it, and received a notification! Now I need to fix my other posts...
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    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    Hi All, I have been able to turn a few these of my own since purchasing a lathe. PM me only if you are really stuck?
  4. Andromeda

    12V Signal switch dissassembly and repair

    Hi People. I need to find the pics, re-host and upload. Please bear with me...
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    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    Of course! I was looking up the spares number, not the part.... Good find Peterab ! I think if I was going to use the pickup studs from one, I'd keep the metal plug tines too, they may help in fixing any broken tines on the 12V switches, signal, point etc...
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    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    Alainneke has been in touch, but he is incredibly busy ATM bu(sy)ilding until next year... But unfortunately it is not Lego building... I have taken apart a 1151 and the pickups are identical... but there are only 11 pairs left on Bricklink, and they are 13EUR+ a set...
  7. @DET I'd ask you to PM me, but I think less than 10 posts stops you. I have a spare spring that I can get to you...
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    What got you into lego trains!

    I started my Train collection with the 7710 push along for my 8th birthday, and I was fortunate to have had the 7861 lighting set, 7864 Transformer, 7865 motor along with the power rails for Christmas... Over the coming years I had the 7867 light set, 7862 decoupler, 7860 signal, 7859 remote points, 7821 repair car, and the 7838 freight depot. There ended my childhood collection until I was in my 30's, that's when I decided to aquire the sets that I'd drooled over in the toy stores as a lad, and more....
  9. Andromeda

    Brickexpo Canberra 2015

    Totally Awesome layouts! Thanks for sharing .
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    Repair of broken 12v (4.5v) couplers

    Nice tutorial Pirate Rob ! How did you fix the new piece into the coupler? I would recommend welding it with a small drop of MEK.
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    12V Signal switch dissassembly and repair

    That's great Andy, glad that my thread has helped you... JopieK, now we're just showing our age... No?!?
  12. Andromeda

    12V Train Motor(BB12V) disassembly and repair

    Thanks for the positive feedback ! I absolutely love the 80's Train era, I now as an adult have every(well nearly every) set that I ever wanted and more... I'm only glad I can help others fix some of the rarer Lego items from our past train sets . @ LEGO Train 12 Volts If you missed it above , I sent Alainneke the drawings, and he custom made them on a lathe for me as a test. I have looked him up on Bricklink, and he is selling them in his store 'Sage Rail Works', but it is closed right now. I have tried to get hold of him, but perhaps he is on holiday, but he may not be speaking to me - he did send me those pickups two and half years ago... Edit: Having said that, his store has been closed since November 16th, 2014... Hope all is well with you Alainneke???!!!??? Edit II: You could break open a set of 1151's, I have not done this, but they appear to be similarly constructed:
  13. Hi All, It's been awhile since my last post, so I thought it was time I made another. I have been in receipt of a BB12VB-RED recently! Ahem, probably more like a year or so ago. As you can see from the photos, one of the pickups is very damaged… Another Eurobrick member, Alainneke, had already kindly made some replacements out of brass… I had sent him the diagrams of the pickups in AutoCAD, and extremely excellent reproductions were sent as a test in return. At the time I’d only opened my 'teenaged' black motor, as seen in photos, and the new brass pickup studs were supposed to be destined for it… The RED 12V motor is very, very rare, I have held back on using the replacement pickups until now… I am glad I have waited though, my apologies Alainneke! After reading VGO’s suggestion in post http://www.eurobrick...pic=50345&st=25, post #28, I tried the idea out on a black motor and it moved during the operation and I snapped a tab off the end, see pic. So I decided to build a jig out of Lego to hold the motor. The top part of my jig is real Lego, while the bottom is entirely made of Fako(Fake Lego) due to my needing to augment some of the pieces to fit the underside of the motor and wheels. I used MEK(Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone) to ‘weld’ the pieces together, along with some small strips of a smooth(no embossed numbers) credit type card, see pics. Okay, My advice is that you try and run a razor blade around the circumference of the bottom of the motor, hopefully using a ‘jig’ like shown. I do mean “Razor blade” as a “Stanley” knife blade will do the damage that I have shown in my earlier openings, try a ‘BIC single blade’… Making and using a ‘BIC’ single razor blade… I used the razor whilst the motor was in the top part of the jig. Once in the jig, use a 2.5mm rod/nail and hammer in both power plug holes, to gently persuade the bottom to come loose on either side. Seat partially opened motor on the ‘bottom’ part of the jig, and use the remainder of the credit/shopping card to gently hammer down on the wheel axle to pry the last of the plastic welds apart. The motor is now broken open… Here are some pics of the open casing with the old and new pickups, I will update the post after I have cleaned up the motor parts. If for whatever reason you need to take a wheel off, I.e. for cleaning excessive hair/crud in sleeve bearing, then you start by removing the cir-clip next to the sleeve bearing. Move bearing nearer to gear cog, then gently pries the cylindrical spring clip out of the wheel in the same area as the hole in the wheel. When you're cleaning the parts inside, be careful with the metal part 'A'. There are two small hardened steel discs that sit either end of the spindle, only the dirty grease is holding them in.... Now it's time for reassembly and re-greasing...
  14. A good quality screw driver! EEEEEEEK! A thin blade between the join first to break any vertical chemical weld, then a hook through the holes to pull the bottom piece carefully away:-). The piece missing from your manual DET is a piece of shaped spring wire. If I come across one I will let you know.