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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2017 10:53 pm
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You light up my life...

While we haven't filled the reservoirs or trimmed the wicks, we got the lights hung!  I am using SMD LEDs that are yellow to stave off the "blue" or "incandescent" glow.  I know that this isn't my idea, I saw this somewhere and have spent the last 1/2 hour looking for where I got the idea.  Might have been Doug's but I can't seem to find it.  I want to give credit where credit is due, so if anyone knows where this came from, please post and take the credit.
How did I build mine, I started with the following: 0.12 brass wire, a couple of jewelry beads from a local craft store, an SMD LED, and earring back, and a couple of drills.

Next I enlarged the hole in the earring back with a drill bit, then took a rat tail file to it until it fit the conical plastic bead, so that the bead just struck through, then I drilled two #76 holes across from each other on the earring back.




Then I glued the conical bead to the hole.

In the other little silver bead, I drilled two #80 holes across from each other. I then bent some of the 0.12 wire around a fatter paintbrush.



Here glued the ends of two pieces of 0.12 wire into those holes, keep the wire somewhat long.  I used two pieces of long wire. 

I fed the LED through the fat end of the conical bead, DON'T pull too hard, don't ask me why, but there were at least 3 choice words chains used!  Then feed the two 0.12 wires through the holes on the sides.



Get the wires centered, I didn't push the chimney all the way down thinking that maybe I'll get more light that way.  The gap is about 1/32.  The bring the brass wires together and twist a couple of times.  Secure the shade and twist with a little CA.  I left a tail on one of the brass wires to hang the lamp.  I will run the electrical wires over the ridge and down behind the bar when I next get time to work on it.  Baddabing! Kerosene lights.



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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Super lamps Steve. I like the use of jewellery beads. I used them for the lit globes in Updah's gas station pumps.



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Yes, really nice lamps! Ahhh, the jewelry section at the local "craft" store...That's where my links & pins are found for my couplers. And phone pole insulators, and power line insulators, and......so on. It pays to look everywhere you go, I have even found "details" at the grocery store.

Woodie
Again, the lamps are great, I will purloin your methods also.



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W C Greene wrote: Yes, really nice lamps! Ahhh, the jewelry section at the local "craft" store...That's where my links & pins are found for my couplers. And phone pole insulators, and power line insulators, and......so on. It pays to look everywhere you go, I have even found "details" at the grocery store.

Woodie
Again, the lamps are great, I will purloin your methods also.

I once was complimented by a nice lady that it was considerate of me to accompany my wife to the craft store.
Hunh?
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Steven B wrote: Lee, the bottles come from two sources, the first is like your cornfield and are 3D printed, this also gave us the beer mugs and glasses.  It is called Stewart Dollhouse Creations, they are on the web.  The second, where the barrels and boxes also came from is Black Dog, a military modelers source.






Thanks, Steven! I just looked up the first
website and they do have a lot of stuff. The bottles aren’t cheap but it’s
something hardly anyone models. I’d love to scatter a few ‘empties’ around the
layout, for people to find.




As for my cornfield, that isn’t 3D printed.
They’re individual stalks, made from wire, plastic and paper (I think) by JTT
Scenics: http://www.jttmicroscale.com/viewcategory.asp?DirID=162 I bought a
pack of them every time I was at the (somewhat) local hobby shop and/or Hobby
Lobby, stockpiling them over time. There are just about exactly 400 of them in
that field, each one hand-placed in tight rows.



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Thanks guys.  This has been fun.  And I am no where near done.  But my time is running short before I have to go back to work.  I have to pay for this hobby somehow.
My wife accompanied me to the craft store.  I think she is my ticket to get in.  There is some kind of secret handshake or something, I certainly know how she feels when she goes to the train store!
Lee, 400 stalks!  See what I mean about bottles.... bottles - corn all very expensive, but very cool details.  This was why I had to put lighting in this thing.  :)  Be sure to through a few of those bottles down the outhouse!  Maybe in a few years we can dig 'em up and make some money :bg: to pay for them.
I knew that I had seen the idea somewhere Doug, thank you.
I hope to work quite a bit more next week.  I am trying to finish it for the "Great Divide Meet" in Roanoke in April.
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I've been back to work for a while now.  I don't get to model much if at all.  It was 69 days before I got my first few hours off... whew.  But, I read all of the new posts and model vicariously through y'all.

I was looking through some photos and found some that I thought would make a great story and allow me to share some of my work done last year... This is the story of Reuel C. Gridley and the Sanitary Sack of Flour.



Reuel was chronicled by none other than the fabulous Mark Twain in Roughing It.  You see Mr. Gridley ran for mayor of Austin, Nevada in 1864.  Mr. Gridley, a resident of "Upper" Austin, was the Democratic candidate and he made a bet with the Republican candidate that the looser would carry a 50 pound sack of flour from one residence to the other.  Mr. Gridely lost the election (and the bet) and thus was to carry the sack.
To much fanfare, a band to accompany him, and a lively crowd, Mr. Gridley set off with the sack of flour on his shoulder.  When he had reached his destination he made the decision to auction it off as a benefit to the United States Sanitary Commission.  This was a forerunner of the American Red Cross during the American Civil War.  So with quite rowdy bidding the bag fetched a resounding $250!  When asked where the man who won it wanted it delivered, he cried, "Auction it again!"  The crowd grew and grew, fueled by drink and the excitement of the moment.  And, so the lowly sack was auctioned over and over 300 times until the bag had raised over $8000 and the sun had set.:rah:


The Gridley store still stands and it will be modeled eventually.
When word reached Virginia City, he was invited to sell it there.  When he arrived and the auction ended, the metropolis was humiliated, raising a mere $5,000, much less than the dramatically smaller city of Austin.  A call went out and the auction resumed the next day in Gold Hill down the road from Virginia.  When the first bid came in the morning, the Yellow Jacket Mine opened with a $1000 bid.  By the time everything was done and Virginia finally got back into the picture $40,000 dollars had been raised.  Twain claims this was about $3 for every man, woman and child in the Comstock.:2t:

Gridley was asked to tour California and the rest of the United States.  He ended up raising over $275,000, a massive sum in that era.  When he returned to Austin, his business was in ruins and he was ill.  He and his family moved to Stockton, California nearly penniless.  When it was found that he was destitute, $1400 was raised to buy him a small house and a small farm.  He died in 1871 and is buried today in Stockton.  In this day of division, I thought that I would share the story of Reuel to show that politics can, if allowed, be good natured and come to a classy resolution.  ;) 
I model a time 10 years after the passing of Mr. Gridley, but... who am I to stand in the way of a good story?  I mentioned on another forum about how I modified my western fighters by removing their guns and employing them in more peaceful pursuits.  This was the example that I found.  This fellow was carrying a shotgun and a hog leg on his hip, I removed all of them, repositioned his arm and added a sack.



The photo at the beginning shows Mr. Gridley in dark trousers, but I wanted him to be a little more vibrant so I gave him some plaid trousers.  The figure also got a beard, the fighter did not have one.  I then painted him to be my version of Mr. Gridley.  I am looking forward to getting him a store someday soon.  I think that I have some fellows for a band and I know that I have people to cheer him on.



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Hi Steven :wave:

Great stuff as usual !

:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:

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Thanks Si, you are quite generous with moosies!  I have more but I have to search photos in my down time.  If time allows I'll get some more cool stuff up this week.



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Well I got home for a couple of hours today.  Not for great reasons, had a broken pipe in the bathroom. Argh... fortunately insurance will ease the pain.

Delays in getting the house done for the CFO have necessitated the storage of household items in "Eastern" Nevada.  The broken pipe just pushes out "ground breaking" on the H&T Rwy.  :time: But the CFO must have her house before the railroad can be brought to fruition (the stuff stored out in Nevada awaits... and the RR waits).  We are working on a 1940 farmhouse and it has had its challenges for certain, the broken pipe moving up the bathroom remodel, and putting the dining room on hold.  Sigh.

At any rate there was advancement in the last month, the Rural Lectrikfrication Act got us lektrik out to our new railway house (thanks to a buddy).  Look at the beautiful conduit bringing 60 amps to our operation! :!: Of course now I have to wire, insulate, rock, light and hook up the panel.  Not to mention getting that STUFF that belongs in the house out of Nevada.  I think of those old wagon trains abandoning their stuff as they moved across the Great Basin... that's what my RR building has in it... abandoned stuff.  Looks like I need to weed whack too... sheesh all this extra stuff just to get 'em rolling.  It's a helluva way to run a railroad.



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