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Scratchbuilding / Re: New/ Old project. NYC 4-4-0
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:08:30 PM »
         Been busy here.  Just checking in on your progress there.  How's it coming along. Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: New rolling stock for the Empire
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:26:23 PM »
          Excellent work, Great weathering.  I just love the overall look of the cars. Fantastic!  Thanx Thom...

Scratchbuilding / Re: My winter project - Oakley Street Chicago
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:47:46 PM »

The 2017 Expo / Re: 2017 EXPO Contest Room Pictures
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:02:04 PM »
Wow! really incredible modeling.  Fantastic.  Thanks to all for posting.  What really great modelers everyone has become.  I wonder what John Allen would say about modeling today if he were still here?  More so, could one imagine with all the parts available today what he could do with his eye and skill.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Quick gondola upgrade.
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:28:09 PM »
         Pretty cool floor.  I like it! Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Monday November 6,2017
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:55:04 AM »
Morning all,
                 Thought I'd look across the pond and saw that guy standing there yawning & scratching his derriere and talking to himself about some guy name Jack.  Now my day has started off traumatized!  I hope ya'll have a good day!  Thanx Thom...

The 2017 Expo / Re: Expo Altoona!
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:17:25 AM »
Hi all,
         Wow! what great looking pictures and it's so fun to see all the visitors, clinics & great modeling.  Thanks to all for posting.  Whoo-hoo what fun!  Thanx Thom...

Layout Tours / Re: The Atlantic and Southern Build Thread Continued
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:52:20 AM »
         One can always tell a good modeler from a great modeler by the level of Deference one receives in questions presented by the viewer.  Nice job all around Thomas. 

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Sterling Models
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:07:51 PM »
Carol & David,
             Sorry to hear the terrible news of Miss Carol.  I wish her the best and are glad to hear that you bagman have the best trees ever made now.  Please show pictures of her awesome talent for the rest of us to enjoy.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:24:04 PM »
ACL 1504,  Thank you for the kind comments... ow! just hit my head trying to walk through the doorway.  Guess I'd better come down now. ;D 

Jeff, Thank you kind sir for noticing the main detail focus of this model.  :)

Greg, Thank you, glad you found this to be a cool project sir. 8)

Donato, GEEEE!  you use the nicest words.  :) Thank you.

BandOGuy, Glad I had something decent to show you.  Thank you.

Bob, Thank you for the compliment.  I'm just discovering an appreciation for overhead wire engines.  I have almost a dozen I'm working on this year, so I should be well versed by the end.

Thanks all for the kind responses, glad I could capture your attention with a quick upgrade of something not normally seen.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:05:27 AM »
 When you ground the brass frame for clearance, you used a Dremel tool ? What type of grinding wheel do you prefer ?
For the headlights and cab interior, what style, type and brand of Led's were installed for this project ?

             Thanks for the questions.  I tried to keep this a quick simple rework. First as I found the trouble spots with the frame and trucks I made a tiny scratch with a #11 blade.  Took everything apart and started grinding down the marks with a dremel tool using a medium size cutoff wheel/sanding disk.

I use a variety of sizes for different reasons.  I chose a thinner disk here to allow for a curved taper which addressed only the interfering portions.

For the lighting, I prefer to use Ngineering products.  For the cab light I like the 2x3 mm Super-Incandescent LED with a resistor which allows for a certain brightness. (I'm forced to light the cab with a higher brightness over a scale brightness to show the interior better in a lighted layout room) which most modelers view their models.

The headlights are also led's from Ngineering products from the same page.  I use the nano orange color which gives the best Milw rd. colored headlights.  I hold the led's in place with Testors clear window maker which I build up as needed to insulate the backing and a series of tiny drops for the front of the lens. (yes one led in the pic is slightly off) (it's has been corrected already).

This is why I always take final pics, to show things I miss while building. (my mind corrects the mistakes and my eyes deceive me all the time), but the photos don't lie! ;D  Hope this helps.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:55:26 PM »
Here are the final completed pics of this quick Dcc upgrade on this PSC factory painted model.  This was a simple and quick project that was completed in two days with paint drying.  The model was weight balanced for 12.2 oz on front truck and 12.1 oz on rear truck.  Model pulls equally rather in forward or reverse.  The pantograph operates, but is not powered. (that's another movie). 

Hope this helps with your next box cab Dcc upgrade. Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:51:12 PM »
Once happy with the mechanical operating components of the model itself.  I then focused my attention to the lighting.  First removing the single white bulb and installing four correct color leds for the headlight.

I then added a couple crew members and added a cab light, followed up with leaving the clear white markers for a completed front view.  Finally I finished off the lighting by installing a couple leds to the engine room to help show off the interior engine detailing.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / Re: Upgrading an PSC Milwaukee Rd Electric Box Cab to Dcc
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:41:00 PM »
The next adjustment I needed to make was to raise the coupler pocket to center the coupler for proper operating.  I did this by filing the top of the pocket.  A quick and easy fix without having to use an offset shank coupler which looks wrong.

The rear truck was in perfect condition.  Flat straight and square with the pickups in the proper position.  Thanx Thom...

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