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 Posted: Tue Aug 12th, 2014 05:03 pm
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Wonderful to see the "overall" pictures of the railroad Ray, as it puts everything into perspective and position. It's clear now just how steep the the whole thing is and how the various scenes blend with the background. As I said on the other thread, great rockwork and modelling brought up to an art form. Very jealous of your visitors though!


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Once you guys get in the picture, the trains suddenly look small.:clown:



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.... and all that area that doesn't need to be mowed.... Jose.



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The past few months, I've had no time for modeling due to a lot of "real life" obligations. I'm finally starting to get a little bit of time, and have used it for a couple of upgrade projects...

First off, i converted my kitbashed, narrow gauge RS-3 to use battery power. With all the electronics inside the hood, there was no room to put the battery in the loco. Besides, I prefer to charge lithium batteries outside of any irreplaceable models, in case something goes wrong. So I turned one of my old gondolas into a battery car.

To hide the battery pack, I made a false load of scrap iron, starting with a basic box made from Sintra PVC foam board. Then I covered the top of it with broken and twisted bits of styrene shapes and strips -- a good way to use up some cutoffs.



I sprayed it with a coat of red primer, then black primer:



Then I used Sophisticated Finishes brand "Instant Iron" and "Instant Rust", and finished it off with a few touches of acrylic to look like old paint on a few of the parts:








My next upgrade project was replacing the lights in my structures with LEDs. Originally I used grain-of-rice bulbs, which are cheap, easy to use, and fit into even very small scale fixtures. Unfortunately they keep dying on me, rather mysteriously and inconsistently. Some have lasted for years, others need almost constant replacing.

I'm getting LEDs in several sizes from this source:

http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/bl-212.html

If you want to see how I installed some of them, go here:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/IRR_Lighting.html


So far I've only converted the lights in two structures, the rock shop and the bakery. I coated the LEDs in the rock shop with a bit of glossy white paint. This dimmed them slightly and gave them a somewhat warmer, soft glow. The lights in the bakery are a bit harsh, in part because there are so many. I may paint the LEDs in the bakery, or remove a couple of them, or both.

Here are some night photos so you can see how they look:




The rock shop is on the left, the bakery on the right:











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Great effect Ray, love it

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As usual, superb.



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Experiment with resistors to dim the LED's Even though they are current sensitive, you usually can get some reduction in brightness by lowering the voltage---

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:glad::moose::moose::moose::moose::old dude:



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Simply outstanding.
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 Posted: Fri Oct 17th, 2014 05:45 am
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Thanks, guys!

Herb, these LEDs already come with a resistor and a diode wired into the leads of each one, which was a selling point for me since all this electrical stuff is like voodoo to me. All I know is that when the magic smoke escapes, things stop working. :)



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