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 Posted: Mon Dec 18th, 2017 02:33 am
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The Bachmann GE 44-ton:




Now!  How does one get DCC decoders into these little gems.  Actually, the narrow gauge diesel will not need to be DCC.   The narrow gauge will have but one locomotive.

I haven't decided which 44-tonner I might want to use, if any. 

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 Posted: Wed Jan 3rd, 2018 12:35 am
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Well, the last building for the west end of the layout has been completed.  I am acquiring the major buildings before laying out track center lines so that I can be sure of having room for what I want to do.

One of the shortcomings of the defunct On30 project was not having room for anything but track.



This is Walthers Cornerstone station.  it is a great kit.  I put this together in about two hours with the tools displayed.  Actually, I only used one of the files.  The kit could use a bit of paint and definitely a bit of weathering.  The siding has great detail that doesn't show up very well.  A dilute wash of india ink would really bring that detail out.

When completed, and with a little bit, a very little bit, of dress up, this easy-to-assemble, inexpensive kit could rival a craftsman type kit. 

I plan to do some paint and weathering on these plastic buildings down the road.  My structures are always mounted on the layout to be easy to pull off for detail/repair/what-have-you.  But right now things are getting slammed together in order to get trains running. 

The stand for the MEK is a must.  I use a tiny bottle with a fine point brush.  The small bottle cuts down on the escape of fumes.  The block prevents spills and serves as a holder for the brush.  

The project board is another "must have" tool.  The right angles help line up right angle joints, and can be used as a back stop when trying to hold something in place while applying the solvent. I have several of different sizes.  Not only does that approach provide a work surface commensurate with the size of the project, I can have several projects going at once without having to clear one project off the work bench to make room for a second project.  Just move the whole project, on the board, onto a shelf off the work bench.

I have also completed the plate girder bridge to span the "slough".  I built the bridge by splicing two Atlas plate girder bridges together.   The span is 14-9/16", so it is a pretty long plate girder bridge.  As predicted, it looks a bit unlikely.  But it will serve for the time being.  This bridge will be easy to take out and replace. 

I have a long term plan to build a through truss bridge for this location.  But the plate girder bridge will serve to get trains up and running.

Photos of the bridge to follow.

Reg

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 Posted: Wed Jan 3rd, 2018 01:48 am
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It's a tight fit Reg, but those 44 tonners can hold a small decoder.  Test the amp draw on that Bachmann unit and then choose the smallest decoder you can find.  Digitrax N and Z decoders are tiny and should fit inside the engine.

By the way if you're looking to include the grand kids, take a look over at card stock structures forum, a lot of neat stuff there.

Keep going on the layout Reg, it looks great!

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Jim:
I actually started a couple of card stock model projects not long ago.  

Very addicting.  I will probably finish the projects I have squirreled away sometime in the misty future.  

The card models are another type of project where you can set up on a card table in the family room, close to the family action, instead of being sequestered away in the shop or basement. 

At the moment, plastic goes together a lot faster than card.  Working with MEK as a solvent parts can go together just about as fast as you can cut them off the sprues.  Using ACC on the card models makes assembly pretty rapid, but accurate cutting and folding is time consuming.  But fun and relaxing.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 8th, 2018 09:22 pm
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I got started in laying out the track center lines for the west end.

I discovered that two of the buildings I purchased are simply too large.  

I found that the trick of photo copying turnouts as layout aids works really well. 

I have been going back and forth on the use of #8 turnouts.  I think the Atlas #8's are simply too ugly.  I don't see an alternative to hand laying those, and that is outside the goals of this layout. 

I have seen some Fast Tracks #8's and they look really good.   But the cost of admission, for the few I would need, is just too steep.

I decided to stick with #6 turnouts throughout.  I have two Atlas #6's and will be ordering six more today.  

I will also be looking for a kit for an industry that is no more than 7" wide.  I will also order at least two more Walthers "background" kits.  

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The west end has been laid out.

The trick of making photo copies of turnouts and gluing the copies in the turnout locations works great.

There will be a few more structures.  Mostly "background" buildings along the backdrop. 

The "unlikely" plate girder bridge is in the background.

Putting down the cork roadbed is next.

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I notice I need to sweep the floor.  There is still debris left over from taking out the On30.

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Ordered the turnouts I needed for the west end from Walthers.

They back ordered most of what I ordered (Atlas #6's).

Canceled the back ordered items.

Ordered Micro Engineering #6's.

Still waiting.

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Hi Reg :wave:



Lookin' good.

Benchwork seems pretty flat & solid, after taking out the previous stuff.

Roll on those 'rare' No.6s !



:)



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Howdy Reg...I haven't ordered anything from Walthers for many years, that's about how long they take to get something you ordered to you! If I need anything, I order direct from the manufacturer. Micro Engineering, Grandt Line, Precision Scale, and all the others have websites and welcome taking orders. If they don't have something, they will let you know at once. Here in the states, we have the luxury of being able to call the companies and ask if they have the needed item(s), if so, then a Paypal or debit card number can get the thing in a hurry. An example, I needed 20 packs of Grandt #16 NBW's and the LHS told me that they would have to order them from Walthers who in turn orders from Grandt...when they have enough orders to make it worthwhile. Well, I called Grandt Line and found that they did indeed have 20 packs of the stuff, I gave them my debit card # on a Tuesday and a box with the NBW's was on my doorstep by Friday! The same for PSC and ME also.
You might try it anyway.

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