Workshop Wednesday

Discussion in 'General' started by yardmaster, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    He also shared some pics of some finished pieces on his layout. No Frisco yet but I'll get him there.(y)
  2. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I soldered an Arduino Pro Mini to a project board, then wired up resistors, power leads, sensor leads, and one of the streetlights.

    With overhead light on:
    Overhead light off:

    Going to my friend's house tomorrow to work on his layout. He said bring something to run...Hmmmm....
  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    Brought an Athearn Genesis Mikado and my Bowser Ten Wheeler. The Mikado runs poorly on my layout--it has trouble with Atlas turnouts--and it ran poorly on my friend's layout. He has Peco track, but it still had problems. I'm gonna have to do some work to this one.

    The Bowser ran great, though. A little noisy, but pulled just fine.

  4. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member Supporter

    gna, the Bowser 4-6-0 looks like it would make a nice 1400-class. The domes appear too far apart for a 1100-class, but just right for a 1400. I bet you told us your plans for it, but that is too far up the thread by now :) !
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  5. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I think I posted about it in HO Steam Locomotives. I wasn't sure what number to give it. The drivers are smallish, in the neighborhood of 62", so 1400-class is not quite right. The dome shape and spacing is off for a 1100-class, so I called it 714 and said close enough, though that's not right, either. Maybe I'll make it a 1400-class. Anyway, I like the way the vandy tender looks, so I'm keeping it. There's a video of it on page 3 of this thread, on a different layout.

    I had a plastic Pyle headlight on the plastic coonskin lamp bracket, but I managed to break it off. :mad: (where's the "clumsy" emoticon?) I also got the bracket on slightly off center, so I need to redo with brass ones. I finally found some brass pilot ladders, so I can detail my Bowsers and an MDC Roundhouse 2-8-0. These old kits are pretty crude compared to the new plastic steamers, but when you get them tweaked, they sure can pull...
  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Good stand-in for the 1406 - the one with the Vandy tender.
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  7. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    George, you bring up a good point. I've been wondering if it's time to separate each modeler's offerings into individual-specific threads.

  8. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Tie strips came in for my FastTracks pretty much done. Gave it a quick shot with the Rustoleum camo, but will paint along with other track once on the layout. Need to order some long tie strips for the one in the middle....for some reason, does not come with the pre-made strips.

  9. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Here is mine this week. My buddy Terry texted me the proto picture one night after he stumbled on to it. I needed one. I found a cheap old Ramaxx car and got on it. It is almost done,just got to fade the black BN logos and lettering. I figured I wouldn't do anything extra to detail it just paint and decal work so it would be cheap and quick. Enjoy.

  10. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Steve, you do find some dandies. Curiously, about how long did that project take you from start to finish?
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  11. dwoomer

    dwoomer Member

    I agree, Steve is definitely a master!
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  12. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Steve - Neat! Where did you find the Ramax?
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  13. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    Thanks guys. The old Ramaxx car was just an eBay find. I was looking for an undecorated one and ended up getting a couple Frisco ones.
    Far from a master but I do appreciate the compliment for sure. I just happen to like painting stuff. I have no layout even.
    I’d say there is about 8-10 hours in that. With a couple to go fading the logos next. The first set of decals were old an Herald King set and they fell apart in the water. So I had to buy a new set. Frustrating. My fault for not testing them or just clear coating them to start with.
    Thanks for the good words guys, I appreciate you checking this out.

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  14. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I tried to make my own ground foam several years ago--I found an old food processor and I cut the foam up and added craft paint, water, and alcohol. It was still very coarse, but I got a coffee grinder recently, and ground it up much finer:
    Grinder got a little warm, so I'd let it cool down before I burned up the motor.
  15. pbender

    pbender Member Supporter

    Interestingly, MicroTrains released a very similar car as part of thier n-scale weathered releases this month
  16. modeltruckshop

    modeltruckshop Member Supporter

    That’s neat. I will have to look for a proto photo of that. Odd coincidence it just came too. Ha. Thanks for sharing that.
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  17. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Great find Paul, I'll add it to the Manufactured Releases Matrix and post the matrix tomorrow.

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