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 Posted: Sun Sep 23rd, 2012 02:29 pm
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Yep, you need to keep your ballast location secret. Just like my dirt & rock location (behind the house in the alley where the big garbage trucks crush it for me), you don't want everybody digging your dirt...especially those muckrakers from the National Enquirer! It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it (ballasting, not muckraking).

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Dwayne, is this pea gravel, rounded stones from a river bed?



If it is, you may want to rethink your ballast solution.  Pea gravel makes lousy ballast because it will roll down stream with the slightest rain. 

What you want is crushed rock.  I use 3/8 inch crushed basalt for my ballast, and it stays put, nicely.  Any crushed rock will do, it is just that basalt is easy to come by in my neck of the woods.  I've tried 3/8 inch minus, which includes smaller sized crushed rock down to powder, but had less success with the ballast staying put.  I don't know why. 

The 1:1 railroads use crushed rock because it locks together, so the same thing applies in our scale, the sharp edges of the rock lock together, forming a stable road bed.

You have to remember that a raindrop scales out to be a scale 5 gallon "drop." Think what continuous 5 gallon hits would do to your rocks scaled up to 1:1 size.  They will just roll away.

Try hitting your ballast with a hose to wee what happens.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

I like what you have done with the switch.  How did you make the frog?

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 Posted: Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 11:14 pm
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Fellas, have been MIA lately. Work is keeping me busy, time spent at home has been minimal. When I am home, other tasks keep me busy, or I'm just vegging, or trying to spend time with my wife.

Today began a four day weekend for me. Beautiful, sunny 70+F weather here in central Oklahoma. Decided to get back on the stub switch build. Other than fabricating a switch stand/ground throw for it, it's complete. I did manage to install it before sunset. Unfortunately my camera batteries died before I could get a photo of it installed. Will attempt to do that tomorrow.










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 Posted: Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 11:23 pm
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EXCELLENTE! Mui bueno...all that jazz. Yep, the weather has been nice here also. Have a great one...

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Glad to hear you're able to get some time to work on it, Dwayne.



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 Posted: Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 02:05 pm
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Thanks guys.

Snapped a few photos this morning of the installed switch.










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And no one has asked about the industrial strength "bumper jack"--------


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Why it's for asking silly questions, don't ya know.....:P   :)

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After months of inactivity on the Gopher because of work and other home remodeling projects, I found myself at home today as a result of the latest tornado here in OK.

I decided to temporarily hook up all RC components to my Bachmann Davenport.



Next step is to neatly tuck in the Losi ESC and the wiring.



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 Posted: Tue Jun 4th, 2013 10:51 pm
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Dropped in a LiPo to see how it performed in the critter. Worked well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hb6bdbCmw4&feature=youtu.be

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