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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Train Station Location
« on: December 04, 2020, 07:31:33 PM »
Look at an old map of Los Gatos California. 

There may have been additional freight tracks nearby.... The passenger service was pretty much at the end.

I’ll look later and see if I can find a photo. 

See ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: dulcoat
« on: December 02, 2020, 09:35:45 PM »
Yes.  All lacquer products start out as gloss.

They add “flatting to it to defuse the final appearance. 

Shaking well is mandatory. 

The warming of the can helps.

With any rattle can,  frequent and light thin coats work well to set a base. 

On the final coat get it “wet” so it can flow out. 

See ya

Kit Building / Re: Scale Structures Tickner's Watchworks question
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:30:33 PM »

I too am a metric person even though I live in the inch part of the world.  I find it so much easier to use when scratch building.

If you have a digital caliper, you may find it has a conversion button from metric to inch that would make such switching back and forth very quick and easy.

Tichy Train Group has both scale window dimensions for their products as well as decimal inch dimensions for the rough openings.

Someone owns Grandt Line now and their previous pages had similar dimensions.  I don't know if the new owners have put such data up on their site.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wed - Dec. 2, 2020
« on: December 02, 2020, 01:03:03 PM »
Mornin' all....

From listening to all of you one would think that summer is about over.  It certainly is here in downtown Idaho.

Still getting lots of bench time in and a lot of projects done.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: SHINOHARA crossover
« on: December 02, 2020, 12:45:56 PM »

I made one of these work on a friend's railroad but not without some head scratching.

Dave's response above should be helpful.

He suggests that it must be mapped.  He is absolutely correct.   An digital Ohm meter can very helpful here but............ the turn out  must be free of any connection to power sources or other parts of your railroad. 

Am Ohm meter basically can see electrical connections but it is not able to tell you how far it had to look for that connection.  So it can lie to you and still be telling you what it sees.

The one I made work was a older version and it runs off of four Tortoise machines.  The electrical connections capability of the Tortoise are a requirement and the frog powering must be independent for each machine and the part of the larger turnout that it controls.

Essentially these can be treated like four separate turnouts and my experience is that the manufacturer did a pretty good job on insulating the crossover portion in the center.

Word of caution.......... do NOT attempt to depend on the switch points to bring power to the frog.   The Tortoise machined will give you that dependability.   

Now to a guy named O'Toule and his law...........  he said Murphy was an optimist ! ! !

The more difficult it will be for you to get at the turnout the more trouble you will have.  So map it well and sort it the operation before any scenic or ballast stuff.

Hope this helps..
see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sugarcube speakers
« on: November 29, 2020, 02:45:06 PM »

It still is an interesting idea.  There is so much air wire stuff out there that I would suspect someone has considered it.

Let me know if you come up with something. 

See ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sugarcube speakers
« on: November 29, 2020, 12:14:35 PM »

I have no experience with that. 

See ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Covid-19 update on the Langfords.
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:06:01 PM »

Just now getting up to speed here. 

COVID is a real thing that cannot be ignored. 

Best wishes.  Take care of yourself.  Keep us up to speed. 

See ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Keep trying please! Report any bugs here...
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:53:51 PM »
A test from my phone....

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sugarcube speakers
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:44:10 PM »

Soundtraxx products are super.  The people there in Durango are also great.

I use their smallest sugar cube speaker as I have no space in my small wood burning steam locos.  In most cases I have them on the tender step facing forward and a few are set back in a bit to be a little less obvious.   One is buried under the wood load and the sound comes out of the lower edge of the extension board around the load area.

Words of caution............ the tabs are a bit small and hard to solder to.  Use a liquid flux so as to make the soldering go off really quickly.

Polarity does not seem to be an issue.

Be sure to cover the solder joints in plastic styrene glue so as to insulate them.  If they see a short to ANYTHING it will fry the audio output transistor RIGHT NOW ! ! !

Go out on you tube and find George doing clinics on setting up the sounds.  Their products can be programed on the fly and seem to be infinitely adjustable.   I downloaded all of the relevant manuals as there is too much to memorize.

Keep a log of your settings and values.  I write directly in the manual with the loco number and the final value.

You can use a Sprog and JMRI to keep the values also in a data file in that software.

Hope this helps....
see ya

Kit Building / Re: Finals - IAH Seabiscuits
« on: November 23, 2020, 01:00:35 PM »

That is terrific ! ! ! !


Modeling: Roofing Techniques / Re: Chipboard ?
« on: November 23, 2020, 12:58:43 PM »
T C....

Have you considered framing out the roof?  it doesn't take a whole lot more time and it looks really cool up close under the eaves. 

You do go through a lot of wood however.  Additionally, it will never warp or curl along the edges ten years from now.

Here are two photos from a build on this forum many years ago with Jimmy's Falberg Station kit.  He did not provide for framing but I chose to do it as it supports and demonstrates how they originally support a hip roof.

see ya

Scratchbuilding / Re: A Narrow Gauge Icing Facility
« on: November 23, 2020, 12:51:14 PM »

This is a great start.   Given what it takes for some craftsman kits out there, starting with raw materials as you describe is really cool and not much farther from conclusion than when you open the kit box.   I'm not sure if you are aware of the Achievement Program of the NMRA but this has all the starting points for an evaluatable model.  Some kits out there are also complex enough to be evaluated but many don't pursue it.

Go to the NMRA web page and under education click on Achievement Program.  Follow that to structures and take a moment to read the rubric for that area of construction.

You can use someone else's plans.  Take photos often and close up to demonstrate detail.

I'll be watching.  Let me know if you have additional questions.

see ya

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Wednesday the 11th of November- Veterans Day
« on: November 11, 2020, 01:13:59 PM »
Mornin' all...
Thank you all for the kind wishes to vets and myself.    Hard to believe that it is fifty one years ago next week that I got out of the navy after returning from Nam. 

I would have stayed in but if I had re-upped they would have sent be back to the same boat division that I had just left.  After a year on the Cambodian boarder I had used up all my good karma.

Just working on small projects and getting in some good bench time.  Summer is definitely over here in downtown Idaho.

see ya

Kit Building / Re: KC's Workshop Steelton Feed and Seed
« on: November 10, 2020, 03:08:52 AM »

What a cool structure.


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