Workshop Wednesday

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  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    The previous two days I was wiring all the connections to one of three CTC panels for Stephen Priest. The picture below shows 1/2 completed of close to 200 individual solder joints. IMG_2981[1].JPG
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  2. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Hey, most of them were train related, Arduinos and DCC++. The other stuff I was fixing to earn my allowance to buy more trains! :p

    I installed supermagnets in the old Tyco/Mantua Little Six motor:


    Runs better now, slower and pulls fewer amps. Still a bit noisy.
    The paint on the body is stubborn, though. I built this kit when I was 12, so I probably brush painted it with Pactra Enamel paints they used to sell at the Woolworths. Brake fluid doesn't seem to be doing the job. What strips enamel?

    My friend is having a train sale this weekend, in conjunction with his neighborhood garage sale, so I've been pulling together items for the sale. For some reason, I had some N scale sets, even though I model HO, and I had to clean up some of the grease in the trucks of these LifeLike E8s to get them to run:



    I'm amused by the vista dome in the Con-Cor Frisco Set :LOL:.
  3. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Good stuff guys.
    Spray booth looks great Keith. I like the shelves for paint on the side like that.
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  4. Friscotony

    Friscotony Member

    While this is not a modeling project, Just some info. Last week we made a visit to the Hart of Dixie rail museum in Calera, Alabama. We happened to be there on a Thursday that they were running student trips and offered to let us ride along. One of the cars on the train was the Frisco heavyweight coach #1062. They have restored it and I was lucky to be able to ride in it. It is a 6 mile out and back trip. I have never riden in a Frisco car before and was thrilled. Car is in great condition.

    Tony LaLumia
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  5. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Gary, how much do you want for the Frisco passenger train? I would like to buy it.

    Keith, great job on the control panel! Is the other half of the wiring harness go to the right of the panel?

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  6. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    PM sent...
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  7. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Joe, all the harnesses leave to the same side so the panel can be wired into the Chubb I/O cards from the front.
  8. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I bought what I thought was an Akane USRA Lt 2-8-2 on ebay. Pictures/paint was so crappy that I THOUGHT it was a light mike. Turns out it was a heavy version, so I stripped it and am soldering parts back on that fell off and will resell it. I got fooled!
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  9. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Been working on a D&RGW, derrick/wreck train for a while while waiting on some parts for a couple Frisco projects.
    Here is a couple images the drop deck flat is an old A-C metal kit, that was heavily modified
    first the prototype:
    Then the model:
  10. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Quite impressive, there Tom!
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  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Andre!
    You folks have seen the MW cars and equipment seem to sometimes come out a Frankenstein work shop this one is no exception. It started out as 2 40' boxcars that were welded together with only a small portion of the "box" on the B end of the car, that section was shortened in height by 2 ft is about 6 ft long. The car still exists in Granby CO as part of the RR museum there. My version is when it was in panel service here in GJ circa 1996.

    My prototype image:
    My version


    I will be getting back to Frisco modeling now that this is done. :)
  12. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Impressive work Tom
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  13. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Ethan.
    Have you been collecting more MRR stuff while in School?
  14. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    Your willingness to build VERY GOOD models of such distinct prototype is one of the elements that really takes your layout/modeling efforts up way above us average slobs! :LOL:
  15. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Freakin awesome Tom!!! Yours looks better than the prototype. The railcars and dozer are both standouts. Great work all the way around. I wondered what you had been working on, this was worth the wait!!
  16. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Not really. I added a few pieces from the Athearn releases over the past couple years. Grabbed one of the SD45's, a GP38-2 and managed to score two GP40-2's. Other than that I've been out of it completely.
  17. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I got my Tyco/Mantua Little 6 stripped:
    The brake fluid worked--I was scrubbing with an old toothbrush, which must have been too soft, when I noticed my thumbnail was removing lots of paint. I found a brass brush and got it cleaned up.
    I've also found out why some Bowser tender trucks wouldn't pick up very well--the blackening they apply to the wheels interferes with pickup. I used a wire brush in my dremel and cleaned them up, so now they run better...
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  18. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Completed 2nd layout bench this weekend.

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  19. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Primed and painted my Little Six, isolated the motor brushes, and reassembled:


    I was too hasty--I tried to install a decoder without testing it thoroughly first on DC, and I let the magic smoke out :eek:

    I had a pile of rings from scotch tape dispensers I've collected. I lined them up, glued some scrap sprues inside to help hold together , and cut a top from .020 styrene:


    I'll put some piping and ladders on, maybe turn them into oil tanks.
  20. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Those tanks look great. Good idea.

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