Model Rail (UK)
STEP BY STEP
This billboard has three neatly wired LEDS providing light to the advertisement. The wire that supplies power runs down one front leg of the billboard. Full installation instructions are provided.
Alternative advertising hoardings can be created, using pre-printed signs, or you can make your own by cutting images from magazines. I copied the masthead from the cover of an issue of Model Rail!
Having scanned and printed the masthead, the sign was carefully cut out with a sharp scalpel and steel rule. Working on a selfsealing cutting board helps with accuracy and prolongs the life of the blade.
I laminated the printed Model Rail sign onto a thin piece of card, to give extra depth and avoid any wrinkling. It was then simply laid over the existing Conoco advertising sign.
The two outermost front legs feature extended locating pins that provide the billboard with its stability. Holes needs to be drilled into the baseboard for each of these two pins.
Carefully mark the position of both support pins and drill a pair of holes with a 7/64in (3mm) bit. My baseboard was a piece of hard foam so I could simply push a tool through the material to form the hole.
The two tiny wires attached to the leg need to be threaded through the hole before the structure is secured. After ensuring everything fitted, a few dabs of PVA glue were brushed onto the base of each leg to fix it.
This is the Splicer Plug (being held) already fitted with the black and silver wires that will link to the Just Plug Light Hub. The wires from the billboard will fit into the other end of the Splicer Plug.
The red and black wires from the billboard need to be pushed into the other end of the Splicer Plug, ensuring that the two black wires are fitted to a common terminal. Simply press each button to allow each wire to enter the plug, then release to hold the cable secure.
The power cables are then plugged into the Light Hub unit, which in turn is connected to a Just Plug power supply. It’s also possible to power the Light Hub from a suitable power outlet of a layout controller. Dimmer controls are provided for each lighting output.