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    Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Before I got my platform from the Olszewski studio I had made my own platform. The platform I made wasn't great but it was fun to work on. In the process I learned how to create connectors to light up my pieces through the individual transformers. I had stopped working on my own platform when I heard I could get one through the studio. (was very happy about that).

    (old project detail here: http://www.tasod.com/mspweb/tamsppix/indexmsp.html )

    I have since wired all but the Castle and Hub (they are the 1st edition).


    Towards The Train Station


    Table with lights.


    Table with Flash - but internal lights still on. Looks great in low light.

    Parts list
    22 awg stranded wire red ($9.95 spool)
    22 awg stranded wire green (9.95 spool)
    2.1mm two conductor barrel connector female ($2.95)
    Molex friction connector four conductor ($.90)
    Misc on hand
    Solder iron / solder and flux
    Tie wraps
    Shrink wrap tubing (1/8th)
    Crimper for Molex friction connector pins
    Wire cutters/strippers

    Steps - Sculpture side of the wire
    Cut one red and one green wire one to three feet long.
    Strip one side of each wire about 3mm to crimp to molex friction connector pin. Crimp one pin on only one side of each wire.
    Connect green pin to position 1 (see picture).
    Connect red pin to position 3.

    Cut three inch red wire.
    Strip both sides and crimp to molex friction connection pins.
    Connect the short wire to position 2 and 4 on the molex friction connector.
    This will line up to the colors on connectors on the sculpture.


    Molex Friction Connector (flat side)


    Steps - Transformer side of the wire
    Place about a two-inch shrink tube piece over both wires (this will be for the molex connector side) - optional.
    Place barrel connector cover on both wires (stress relief towards molex connector)
    Place another two-inch shrink tube piece on both wires (this is for barrel connector side) - optional.
    Place a small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) piece of shrink tube on the red wire (this is to protect the center conductor from shorting in the barrel connector) - optional.
    Strip and tin about 3/4 of an inch of the wire.
    Solder the red wire to the center conductor of the barrel female barrel connector. Trim excess as needed.
    Solder the green wire to the outside conductor. Trim excess as needed.
    Shrink the tubing for the center connector - optional.
    Shrink the tubing over both wires at the barrel connector side. Leave far enough back that the barrel connector cover will screw on correctly (see pics for position) - optional.
    Screw on the barrel connector cover.
    Shrink the tubing by the molex friction connector - optional
    Tie wrap wires together every couple inches and trim excess tie wrap "tails."
    Connect to your sculpture and power adapter.
    Press on the hydrant and enjoy!





    Barrel Connector Female 2.1mm Center conductor positive.



    Shrink tubing over center conductor to prevent shorts.



    Shrink tubing for stress relief. Note, back a bit to allow cover to fit.





    Barrel connector cover screwed on.

    Notes:
    - Your materials may be different. Adjust as needed.
    - Adjust wire length dependant how for the piece is from the access hole.
    - My Castle and hub weren't made for the a/c adapter. I have to work on that.
    - Olszewski studio is planning to release a lighting/power kit. You can wait for theirs. (it will probably be cheaper than total material costs of do-it-yourself )
    - The lights only stay on 5-10 minutes then time out. I think this was to preserve the life of some of the bulbs. My City Hall piece does not time out though.
    - Right now each piece is run on the individual power adapter that came with the set (wire nest). But, I unplug all power when not in use (they get warm - even if not lighting the set). I plan to make a larger transformer and interface board.

    Placing Wires

    Wires with tie wraps just added.


    Tie Wraps trimmed.


    Running under the road.


    Wires through the access hole.

    Ready to light!


    I truly love my collection. I also love that I can work on it for more presentation possibilities and that the set just doesn't sit on a shelf (I am sure the investor-collectors shudder). I will also tackle the track kit in the future.

    I hope this helps another. Let me know if any questions or if I should clarify some points.
    Next DLR Trip: 6-11 Oct 2010
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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Tim,

    Now I'm motivated to clean so I have room for my set!

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Great pics! I'd been wondering how much room there was under the roadway for running wires etc.

    I'm trying to come up with a system to add sound. I want to play the Main St. loop to give it a little more life. I'm not anywhere near starting assembly though. I'm still working on getting all my materials together though. lol

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Very nice. I am seriously considering building a model of the Magic Kingdom and this is a great example of what can be done with your imagination. I am not sure whether I should start from scratch or redirect a bunch of track and wires that are pre-existing in my landscape layout.



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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by sneakerspray View Post
    Great pics! I'd been wondering how much room there was under the roadway for running wires etc.

    I'm trying to come up with a system to add sound. I want to play the Main St. loop to give it a little more life. I'm not anywhere near starting assembly though. I'm still working on getting all my materials together though. lol
    It is a terrific idea to add sound!

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    I was thinking about sound too.

    I was thinking about using a small inexpensive mp3 player with external speakers...

    I will give that a shot.

    tim

    Quote Originally Posted by sneakerspray View Post
    Great pics! I'd been wondering how much room there was under the roadway for running wires etc.

    I'm trying to come up with a system to add sound. I want to play the Main St. loop to give it a little more life. I'm not anywhere near starting assembly though. I'm still working on getting all my materials together though. lol
    Next DLR Trip: 6-11 Oct 2010
    Club 33: A really big fan...
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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    What an amazing model! Thanks.


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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by flyboyhi View Post
    Before I got my platform from the Olszewski studio I had made my own platform. The platform I made wasn't great but it was fun to work on. In the process I learned how to create connectors to light up my pieces through the individual transformers. I had stopped working on my own platform when I heard I could get one through the studio. (was very happy about that).

    (old project detail here: http://www.tasod.com/mspweb/tamsppix/indexmsp.html )

    I have since wired all but the Castle and Hub (they are the 1st edition).


    Towards The Train Station


    Table with lights.


    Table with Flash - but internal lights still on. Looks great in low light.

    Parts list
    22 awg stranded wire red ($9.95 spool)
    22 awg stranded wire green (9.95 spool)
    2.1mm two conductor barrel connector female ($2.95)
    Molex friction connector four conductor ($.90)
    Misc on hand
    Solder iron / solder and flux
    Tie wraps
    Shrink wrap tubing (1/8th)
    Crimper for Molex friction connector pins
    Wire cutters/strippers

    Steps - Sculpture side of the wire
    Cut one red and one green wire one to three feet long.
    Strip one side of each wire about 3mm to crimp to molex friction connector pin. Crimp one pin on only one side of each wire.
    Connect green pin to position 1 (see picture).
    Connect red pin to position 3.

    Cut three inch red wire.
    Strip both sides and crimp to molex friction connection pins.
    Connect the short wire to position 2 and 4 on the molex friction connector.
    This will line up to the colors on connectors on the sculpture.


    Molex Friction Connector (flat side)


    Steps - Transformer side of the wire
    Place about a two-inch shrink tube piece over both wires (this will be for the molex connector side) - optional.
    Place barrel connector cover on both wires (stress relief towards molex connector)
    Place another two-inch shrink tube piece on both wires (this is for barrel connector side) - optional.
    Place a small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) piece of shrink tube on the red wire (this is to protect the center conductor from shorting in the barrel connector) - optional.
    Strip and tin about 3/4 of an inch of the wire.
    Solder the red wire to the center conductor of the barrel female barrel connector. Trim excess as needed.
    Solder the green wire to the outside conductor. Trim excess as needed.
    Shrink the tubing for the center connector - optional.
    Shrink the tubing over both wires at the barrel connector side. Leave far enough back that the barrel connector cover will screw on correctly (see pics for position) - optional.
    Screw on the barrel connector cover.
    Shrink the tubing by the molex friction connector - optional
    Tie wrap wires together every couple inches and trim excess tie wrap "tails."
    Connect to your sculpture and power adapter.
    Press on the hydrant and enjoy!





    Barrel Connector Female 2.1mm Center conductor positive.



    Shrink tubing over center conductor to prevent shorts.



    Shrink tubing for stress relief. Note, back a bit to allow cover to fit.





    Barrel connector cover screwed on.

    Notes:
    - Your materials may be different. Adjust as needed.
    - Adjust wire length dependant how for the piece is from the access hole.
    - My Castle and hub weren't made for the a/c adapter. I have to work on that.
    - Olszewski studio is planning to release a lighting/power kit. You can wait for theirs. (it will probably be cheaper than total material costs of do-it-yourself )
    - The lights only stay on 5-10 minutes then time out. I think this was to preserve the life of some of the bulbs. My City Hall piece does not time out though.
    - Right now each piece is run on the individual power adapter that came with the set (wire nest). But, I unplug all power when not in use (they get warm - even if not lighting the set). I plan to make a larger transformer and interface board.

    Placing Wires

    Wires with tie wraps just added.


    Tie Wraps trimmed.


    Running under the road.


    Wires through the access hole.

    Ready to light!


    I truly love my collection. I also love that I can work on it for more presentation possibilities and that the set just doesn't sit on a shelf (I am sure the investor-collectors shudder). I will also tackle the track kit in the future.


    I hope this helps another. Let me know if any questions or if I should clarify some points.
    Wow, it looks fantastic! I have enjoyed the pictures very much. Thank you for that.

    Take care and keep us all informed!

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Hey Micers, anyone having toruble finding any of the raw materials, PM me and I'll help you out. My company is a custom cable assembly harness business and in ALL cases I can get FREEBEE samples of all raw materials needed.

    And note to FlyBoyHi: nice work pal! impressive! just got my platform but am having a custom plexi cover made before I dive into putting it altogether. I'm afraid of dust accumulation in my house -- kids, dogs, cat..

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    I dont see any info on the Olszewski website about the wiring kits anymore. Does anyone know if they been cancelled?
    Next DLR Trip: 6-11 Oct 2010
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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by flyboyhi View Post
    I dont see any info on the Olszewski website about the wiring kits anymore. Does anyone know if they been cancelled?

    According to Bob Olszewski on the official blog the lighting kit is currently being tested and should be ready by septmeber.

    http://olszewskistudios.blogspot.com/

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Yep, sounds like a bit of a delay...wonder if they had production troubles. Anyone know where the lighting harnesses were/are being manufactured?

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Quote Originally Posted by All4dISNEY View Post
    Yep, sounds like a bit of a delay...wonder if they had production troubles. Anyone know where the lighting harnesses were/are being manufactured?
    Probably like everything else at Disney and Walmart.... from China

    (but, I doubt I could afford it any other way unfortunately)
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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    Usually for that size of a harness one wouldn't go to CHINA with anything less than a 1000 piece order...otherwise it would be more cost effective to make it here. Would be nice to know if the harnesses coming in September are a prototype run or a we've-ironed-out-all-the-kinks-and-made-it-a-little-better-harness production run...regardless, will be nice when I finally have it IN hand...

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    Re: Wiring MainStreet Platform Pieces

    shoooot, looks like the harness is available more like October than September. sure hope it isn't much later than that, I'd hoped to get the whole thing all set up n' lit up in time for the holidays....y'know, since that town square came w/ Xmas tree n' all -- it seems like the right thing to do!

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