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Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Decoder installation
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:59:32 AM »
With no hobby shops around Iím striking out trying to find a company or person to do a d coder install for me. The companies that I emailed say they canít do it for another 8 months or more.  Does anyone know anybody that offers the service of putting my Tsunami decoder in a Proto 2000 SW9/1200?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / power supply?
« on: November 27, 2017, 03:04:30 PM »
I have a question--
     What do you guys use for a power supply (for lights, switch machines, turntable....)

I'm looking for something easy to do, not build my own!- I know there are a lot of smart electrical engineers out there, but I'm not one of them!

Scratchbuilding / ITLA question
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:01:05 PM »
has anyone built the elevated bridge sections that Imagine That Laser Art makes?

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Friday, October 22, 2017
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:47:16 AM »
Good Morning!
This is the first time that I have opened the forum! Hope everyone has a beautiful and safe day-

here is a scratchbuild that I did- only had 1 photo to go by! Came out better than I thought it would when I started it

Scratchbuilding / Fox Run Milling Scratch-build
« on: June 12, 2017, 03:25:51 PM »

     Ok, here goes!  This will be a build thread on my attempt at scratch-building the FSM Fox Run Milling Structure.  I will change some of the things such as doors and window (size and type)- using what I have or am able to obtain. 
    First off I need to thank George P. for his help on the dimensions of the structure- I could not do this without his invaluable help-- he is a great guy!
I will try to present this as a bit of a "clinic", showing/explaining how I do things, ect. 
    As far as tools go, you must have a scale ruler and, IMO, one of these low profile squares from Micro-Mark.  I like using a mechanical pencil because it makes a nice thin line.  The other tip I can give is to think in HO scale feet.  A great thing to do is when you are out and about, measure the height of things in the real world such as loading dock height and width, ect. 
    So, I jumped in on this by measuring out the main walls on a piece of aged clapboard material.  I always measure, draw, and cut out windows and doors on the face side of the siding.  I know others cut out from the back, but IMO cutting out from the front keeps me from making mistakes, enables me to use the siding as leveling lines.  I use chisel blades in my X-acto knife and just recently started using the corner punch from Micro-Mark, which I really like and has sped up the cutting time. 
ok, here goes:

Scratchbuilding / Card-stock Scratch-build
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:25:06 PM »
Ok, I dont know how this is going to come out, 
     Its a copy of an FSM kit--- I am only going by photos so the measurements are different

Here goes:
Card-stock is cut and Liquitex stucco is applied with a stippling brush.....

Scratchbuilding / Scratch-building Cartwright's Machine Shop
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:00:08 PM »

     Ok, I am lucky enough to have the dimensions and the instructions book to help me- so here goes!  I am not the fastest modeler, esp. in the summer- so I am not sure how long this will take me.  I am using Northeastern aged clapboard and windows that I had, also from Northeastern scale lumber.  I have some freight doors from Rusty Stumps and a water wheel kit that I bought years ago from BEST, although I don't know why I got it!  This is the first time using the little 90 degree punch I got from Micro-Mark... works pretty good...

     I maybe the only one out there that does this: I don't mark or cut from the backside of the clapboard. I prefer to lay things out and cut openings on the face of the material.  The clapboards help in keeping things straight. I have never split or marred the face of the clapboard doing this, and I think it helps me in avoiding mistakes.  So... Here I go....

Scratchbuilding / G Willikers plans?
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:52:46 PM »
Anyone out there have plans for the FSM G. Willikers structure?

Bob. C.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / decoder help...
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:37:29 AM »

Has anyone installed a sound decoder in a Proto 2000 SW9/1200 switcher? If so, which did you use? I was thinking of the Tsunami, as it looks like a small decoder- not sure of the speaker set-up...
bob c.

Scratchbuilding / The Granby Bates Project
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:56:02 PM »
Ok, so here is where I am at with my scratchbuild attempt at kind of re-creating the FSM Alan Deeks structure.  I'm only going to do 3 sides because I want to set it back a bit on the layout.

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