Workshop Wednesday

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

  1. By the way Tom. My dad had followed your build here. When I told him where it went his first words were.."why you little rat" HAHAHA yes, he has wanted a 3900 for a while..long while. I'll be nice and let him peak at it through the glass sometime. HA
  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Steve! It sure looks good where you have it. Heck I have enough wheels here to build a few more LOL. I dont want to go into the bidness of building these, but I guess I could build a few. I got an email from Brass Trains today with one undecorated for $350.00. Think I will pass on that one LOL.
  3. gna

    gna Member Supporter

    I think Cary used lead for their boilers. It's pretty heavy. I ran it on my friend's layout last week, and you could see one of his bridges sagging when it ran over it.

    Forgot I took a pic of it, unfortunately not on the bridge:
  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    The past couple of Wednesdays I worked on a special project for local legend, Chuck Hitchcock. He had three N & G Railway Signal Company semaphores that he wanted to operate. My task was to engineer the solution and then install them. Attached are pictures of the engineered solution and installation. They are simply controlled using toggle switches and a Tam Valley Quad Servo Decoder. The five volts that power the servos also drive the LED lamps through 470 ohm resistors. I cut a piece of ash to 1" x 1" square and then 7/8" long (3/4" for thickness of benchwork plus 1/8" for the concrete base) and mounted to the 1/8" x 3" x 3" Masonite base plate, drilled a hole to accommodate the actuator rod and wires for the 0402 SMD LED. Mounted the semaphore using Aleene's Tacky Glue, and then mounted the servo to the base plate. I drilled a 1" diameter hole at the mounting locations and used a sabre saw to make the holes square. Used #8 x 1/2" sheet metal screws to mount the assemblies to the underside of the benchwork.

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  5. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    image.jpeg image.jpeg Not Wednesday, but just finished Bridge no. 2 The water is still wet, hopefully it will cure clear.
  6. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Awe. Some.
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  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Looking good Bill!
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  8. Both look great guys.

    Keith your knowledge is amazing. Bill I am envious of a layout that looks so close to complete.
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  9. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Holy Smokes, William!
    That is beautiful work!
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  10. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Great job Bill!!! Really like the fall colors and the bridge.

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  11. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Thank you to all, makes a person feel good, coming from the great modelers we have on this site.
  12. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

  13. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Got this replacement car finished today. I changed the color of the transformer on this one a bit. I found some thick sheet lead on a peg board behind a bunch of other stuff. Milled the underside of the well deck (man there is a lot of plastic there) enough to lay the lead in, and place some .005 sheet plastic to cover it up, also was able to mill under the ends above the trucks, not so much plastic there,placed lead where I could there too, got the car heavy enough to run MT, so this car is unloadable. I will get this out on the MRR one of these days and place it in service.

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    Thanks for stopping by.
  14. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    That's a lot of talent there. Guess you noticed those Gon,s on the stub track, their your loads.
  15. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Contest quality model. I bet that car glides smooth as silk.
  16. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks William.
    To be honest, I was so busy looking at that trestle and scenery, I didn't even notice those flat bottom gons on that stub track. Thanks for showing me.

    Thanks Jim.
    Yessir, it rolls right along my friend. I see you are selling your Nn3 stuff huh? I agree thats pretty small to work with I bet. I couldnt help but see in the background the Zalma branch. Did you do some more expanding to it?

    Thanks fellas for the comments.
  17. Looks great Tom. What did you use for the connection from the rods to the top of the transformer? (Clevis?)
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  18. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    TOM, Jeeze! You just get better all the time! The detail on that car is phenomenal.
    What is amazing to me is the fact that when you make up your mind to do something- you never back down, What I wouldn't give for just an ounce of your drive; mind seems to have literally "flown the coop"! DRATZ!
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  19. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Steve,
    I made them out of .060X.060 square stock and .010X.080 strap, drilled holes in them and attached with plastic rod. This transformer was modified by the designer after I suggested he modify the lift/hold down lugs, he made them pretty thick. He just had some downward facing hook type things originally, the lift lugs on your transformer are actually lift lugs for HO F units. So your clevises are a bit smaller like .040 square stock.

    Thank you too Sherrel,
    Don't know if I am getting any better or not.:) Seems all I know, is the older I get, the better I used to feel.o_O I probably would still be trying to do it, if it hadn't been made possible by a young man in High School and 3D printers.

    As always, thanks for the comments.
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  20. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Absolutely phenomenal!

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