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 Posted: Thu Apr 2nd, 2015 03:32 pm
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Alwin
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Nice! Many options for detailing the scene/scenery.
Be careful not to use to bright colors, especially on the green colors. In the autumn everything is more to yellow / brown side.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 2nd, 2015 05:20 pm
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Not to worry Alwin, a light, misty overspray of brown usually does the trick. On the plains, it's funny because everything from about September to April is various shades of grey or brown.

I guess you can call it a brown out;)

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Hi James.

Nice work dude.
The plains prototype is very atractive.

My most successful layout, was whilst at college.

It was N-scale in 15" x 7' (3.5' depot & 3.5' lead track).
It folded !
No continuous run though (shame).

The grain-elevator looks like a cool project.
Totaly possible to make impressive buildings in small space N-scale...
...it worked for me !

All the best.

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Update for everyone, I hit on what I think is a rather good idea for connecting the power supply to the layout;

Car cigarette lighter socket and power plug.

Its clean, is designed to run on 12 volts, and completely safe.

I have some 1/2" by 4" pieces of lumber for a solid fascia, and I have a power supply coming from Amazon, should be here Thursday.

I'll be at the swap meet and train show Saturday and Sunday in Sioux Falls. I'll be assembling the grain elevator at the show over those two days but I need to get the scenery 'done' soon and ensure I've got clean track.

My main focus at the show, besides the elevator, will be to acquire a few pieces of N scale rolling stock and maybe a locomotive. I'm done with HO scale, and I've got tons of it to get rid of, so I'm sure a trade can be worked out.

I might as well also announce that by this fall I will either be in Montana or Rapid City, so N scale will be a bit more serious for me by the end of this summer.

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Hi James.

The only problem with the Car lighter plug/socket is...

...the plug is realy designed to 'receive' power, NOT 'send' it.
(in other words, the plug is always 'dead' & the socket 'live')

If you were realy unlucky; the plug could 'short out' on something.

Sockets should always 'transmit' power & plugs 'collect' it.
(like A.C mains)

:moose:

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Well, we're only talking about 12 volts DC current, so it hardly poses a danger to anyone.

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Very nice, enjoyable build! I like those old elevators. I never knew how they were built until I saw one being torn down in North Dakota. Amazing amount of lumber in one of those.
Seasons where you live? In North Dakota, there are only 2; Winter and the Fourth of July. Nothing between there and the north pole except a barbed wire fence. I lived up there for 7 winters. That's how time is measured there.

At least you have a Fall and it lasts for 2 weeks.



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What a great little layout build James, Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted: Thu Apr 16th, 2015 05:31 pm
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" Well, we're only talking about 12 volts DC current, so it hardly poses a danger to anyone."

Quite.

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Some years ago Apple Computers shipped PSUs with a miniature connector plug, not dissimilar to a car lighter-plug.
BOTH electrical conductors were fully exposed.

If I had 100-bucks for every one of these (expensive) Apple PSUs that were toasted due to shorting; and thrown in the trash; I would be celebrating !

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Murphys-Law says:-

Exposed electrical-conductors are drawn toward random metal objects by an unknown-force; and WILL make contact !

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My point is; why tempt fate.

Using a 'suitable' (insulated) connector 'might' save you 100-bucks on a new PSU.

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also true, but...

...The plug and socket is only about $8. If it doesn't work, then it doesn't work and I hardwire the thing.

Thanks for the head's up though, I'll try to wire this right the first time. Power supply came just in time, so very soon I can have a train up and running.

--James:bg:



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