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 Posted: Tue Jul 18th, 2017 06:25 am
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Encountered a few problems with the rail truck.  The truck requires a high voltage to get started.  More voltage than the Li-Po battery can supply.  Also, while fooling with the truck I managed to short out the board in a puff of smoke.  Got a new, and much better, RC car to use. 

I re-powered the trolley truck with a 20 RPM motor.  Looking at the truck there are some reducing gears.  Probably to overcome the high voltage required to get the thing started.

In testing out the rail truck it took about 13 minutes for it to go one foot!  That's about one-third mile per hour.  Talk about counting the ties!  So, a 200 RPM motor has been ordered.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 18th, 2017 06:34 am
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Puff of smoke, must have been a diesel. Grins.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 18th, 2017 07:31 am
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Wasn't planning on adding a smoke unit.

Note to self:  Insulate bare wires BEFORE plugging in battery!  :bang:



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 Posted: Thu Jul 20th, 2017 09:45 pm
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While trolling for 1/35 scale figures I came across this:


1/35 Machine Gun Girls

https://www.bnamodelworld.com/model-figures-modelkasten-mk-f-3-1:35-machine-gun-girls-3-figures?zenid=d3c95a9a4e56f806de22a619882c23d0


A little pricey but something to add to my wish list.

BNA Model World also carries other female figures. 

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 Posted: Fri Jul 21st, 2017 05:32 am
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Stained the frame of the layout and put some polyacrylic on to help preserve the wood.

The vacant pad on the right is where the mining office goes.  Just need to put some lettering on it. The vacant spot left rear is where a small station will go (once I get it built). Next on the list is an outhouse.

This I'll make it out of corrugated tin. Hey, you gotta have a few outhouses for the local population.





Any progress is good progress.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 23rd, 2017 09:55 am
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The Roundhouse Gang Model Railroad Club put on a swap meet today at the Old Santa Fe Railroad station in San Bernardino.

Picked a few things.  Two rerailers, two Atlas Custom-Line switches, a pair of doors (about 5'6" in 1/35 scale), and some figures ranging from 5'6" to 6'3", and what looks to me like a mule.



The rerailers I'll cut down in length and use them as short connecting tracks between each section of layout.  The Atlas switches will have several ties removed, and then painted.  Once ballasted and some of the ties buried in dirt you'll never know the difference.  The figures I got for a buck each; not a bad deal at all.



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 Posted: Sun Jul 23rd, 2017 06:34 pm
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Hi Michael :wave:



AWESOME progress ! :thumb:



Your outdoor photography is great with REAL sun.

U.S. Mail No.59 looks like a nice addition to the roster.

Genuineee aluminium siding as well. :)



The first layout section looks AWESOME outdoors in the 'California Sunshine' as well.

I'd be playin' the Beach Boys outside here, if it would warm up & stop raining for 5 mins. ;)

The structures are  T:cool::cool:   C:cool::cool:L  as well !!



I am altogether very envious :f: of your first running section Michael.

I gotta get some track down & some damn paint splashed about ...

... am such a slow coach though. :slow:



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



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 Posted: Sun Jul 23rd, 2017 06:56 pm
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Si,

Thanks for the compliments.  Even though Section 1 is small it at least allows me to do a little running.  For me that gets the juices flowing. 

Been spending the morning on the framework for Section 2, which is 18" by 42".  That will contain a very minimal yard, short turntable with a few engine tracks, and a unloading facility for the borax cars.  I take a lot of inspiration from Woodie's Mogollon.

Since the area I'm modeling is desert I don't have to get fancy with the scenery.  I've been using some sifted dirt, sand (that's used with concrete), and some course sand with pebbles from some sand bags that I picked up at the county service yard.  Twigs and such from the backyard, along with some green and yellow grass that I had tucked away from years ago.  I used diluted wood glue (Titebond) to attach everything.

For the guardrails I used some rail from some Atlas track sections and glued it down with epoxy.

Nothing fancy here.  Not breaking any new ground here with scenery.  I'll keep adding little details here and there.  The only major change will be moving the ore tipple to the left-hand side when Section 3 gets built.



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 Posted: Sun Jul 23rd, 2017 08:26 pm
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The layout is looking great! Something you might investigate is the dirt & rocks that seem to be (here at least) in the alleys, gutters, and where cars & trucks tend to crush it down. That's where I find lots of scenic material. All the way from small stones, which may be too large to use, down to very fine dirt which would even work in N scale! I try to find the dirts & stones which are light in color. Here in Texas (and probably where you are also) "Austin chalk" rock is just below the surface. That's what mixes with the darker dirts to make the lighter colors that I like. And I can use larger pieces of the stone for rocks, it takes stains very well. I also take chalk rocks and pound them down to make finer grades of material.
Nature provides better scenery than what can be bought in a store...my opinion. Keep your eyes open and look at what will work on the layout.
Have fun and run a train today.

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I've been meaning to go over to Cajon Pass (BNSF and UP run through there) and pick up some dirt and small rocks.  Just haven't made it yet.  I wanted to get down some basic scenery so everything didn't look so naked.  I'll go back and add some more.










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