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 Posted: Mon Dec 25th, 2017 12:01 am
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I added some bracing across the top that may or may not show once the deck is added.  I then ran the wood block through the table saw to open up the area beneath the bracing.  Once the wood is painted black it should help add some depth beneath the bracing.
- Tom

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 Posted: Mon Dec 25th, 2017 12:15 am
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Hey, that's an idea!



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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 02:13 am
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Progress update on the turntable.  I got the pit formed but need a sheet of Homasote to fill the upper 1/2".  I'm waiting on the wheel dollies from Diamond Scale before I can form up the ring rail because I need to verify the correct depth on that.  I got the rivets from Archer and spent a good part of today working on that.  I had to paint the bridge in primer so I could see what I was doing with the rivets.  Tedious work.  Still have a lot to do on the rivets but have included an update photo here.  I've added a few details to the girders.  In the center section is the pivot bearing mounts.  There is additional reinforcing on the inside in this area and it shows with additional rows of rivets.  I also added additional rivets in the area where the frame is notched for the wheel dollies.  This is to indicate the addition of splice plates.  The story is that this turntable was lengthened when the railroad added the 2-8-0 to it's roster.  Making  progress.  Having fun too!
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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 02:47 am
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Looking great! Now, aren't you glad that you built the turntable yourself? An excellent job and something that isn't on everybody else's layout! Carry on, sir.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 12:23 pm
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Woodie - Thanks again for the push.  I'm finding that using my own design and building from scratch is much more rewarding than simply assembling a kit.  More time consuming because of the design stage but the artistic satisfaction is higher and I think that's probably what I'm in this hobby for.
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Got the bridge airbrushed in engine black then worked in some Bragdon powders for weathering.  After all that work for the rivets they hardly show after paint and weathering.  If the light is just right.....  In the end I've decided they weren't worth the effort.  Still waiting on my Kapler order for the bridge ties and decking.  I have been spending some time thinking about the drive system and have decided to go with an Arduino driven stepper motor using a keypad and LCD display.  There is some code named AccelStepper that provides very smooth acceleration and deceleration for the stepper movement.  The plan is to be able to enter a track number in the keypad and the turntable will slowly ramp up in speed and then ramp back down as it approaches the track.  Will also have a one button command to swing the bridge 180 degrees.  Fun stuff.
- Tom

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Well, maybe the rivets are hard to see...but you will know they are there! Nice work.

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Looks the business!Will dry-brushing with a highlight colour bring the rivets up?

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Len - That's a good suggestion.  I'll give it a try.  I did try highlighting the rivets with light grey powder while doing the weathering but it doesn't stick the same as dry brushing.  The weathering was interesting because I thought I had it pretty good but when I saw it the next day it was too brown so I went over it again a few more times.  I'm happy with it now but am afraid to go back in the room to look at it again :).
- Tom

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Been spending time on the turntable control using the Arduino sketch so there hasn't been much to show in the way of progress.  Yesterday I spent the day in the shop though and got recesses cut for the coaling tower, ash pit and turntable.
- Tom

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