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 Posted: Mon Sep 6th, 2021 02:33 pm
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I am curious about the HO narrow gauge layout you are working on. 

Is it HOn30 using N-gauge track ? 

I've dabbled in HOn30 for over fifty years. 

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David Laughery wrote: 
I am curious about the HO narrow gauge layout you are working on. 

Is it HOn30 using N-gauge track ? 


Dave

It's - like my main layout,
a device to watch + enjoy my numerous models. 

No fancy scenery (maybe later) no turntable + roundhouse,
no train order operations, no industries to switch. 

Basically a mainline with a rudimentary yard area to lay over trains,
and a few scenic accents to make it less boring. 


The background to the future N.G. layout is that I also - like you,
have been fascinated by those tiny critters (EGGER!) for fifty years. 

Frustrated by the lousy performance,
I have stored them in the most remote corners of my house. 

Now, with acceptably running models available, I want to give it a try.
And, as I have bought some HOn3 brass models in the last ten years. 


Plan was to add narrow gauge track to the main layout.
Abandoned the idea as mainline + trolley track is already enough.

So the N.G. layout will have US style HOn3 (11mm) on ground level,
and HOn2 (9mm) on higher ground, with trestles and truss bridges.


Want to operate anything that runs on 9mm there, old Egger locos,
new Bemo and Minitrains stuff, and a number of scratchbuilt oddities.




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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2021 09:40 pm
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Sounds like a lot of fun, to me. 

HOn3 meant brass engines (and prices),
so when HOn30 appeared in the 1970s I was interested. 

Recent MiniTrains stuff got me thinking N.G. again. 

I still hope to get a tiny layout started (with the help of a friend),
for the few engines and rolling stock I have. 

Shapeways parts will help converting a lot of N-scale to HOn30. 

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Next one... 

Resin body, pirated by 'Funaro & Camerlengo', from a brass model. 
A really perfect resin casting. 

What was less perfect are my painting skills.

Why did nobody remind me ?
Resin castings are supposed to be washed, so the paint will adhere.


Big mess...

Looked nice, but paint came of when pulling the masking tape. 
Washed the thing with Alcohol, then started at zero.


Benefit was I had learned how to apply masking tape in a smarter way.

Painted the front window area first in silver, then masked it,
painted the body yellow, then the side window area + roof silver.

This because I found it very hard to mask the yellow front sash,
when painting the front windows later


Quite happy now,
have an old new Halling Zuerich streetcar drive that fits nicely.   







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Really nice work on that body casting !!

I eventually settled on Scotch Magic Tape,
when masking painting jobs,
masking tape never worked for me.

Looks like you have it down pretty well !

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Gerold

Just curious.

With the resin casting,
how does it stand up to hot weather ? (40 deg+)


Many years ago I bought a wagon made of cast resin,
and when I picked the model up from the track after completing the build,
it immediately became banana shaped.

I would think compounds and ingredients have improved since the '70s.
I have thought of trying resin casts again, as mould technologies have improved.


You have a nice looking model there,
you should be very happy with the result.

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Peter

A question that worries me for a long time.


One of my first interurbans,
I casted - maybe 20 years ago ? - with resin from Micromark.
 
That was easy to work with and cheap, but was never finished,
and I stored the body somewhere out of sight.

Years later when I dug it out, it was a banana too !
It was bent upward in the middle.


Another, which I had finished, developed a light "sag" while on display.
This is slight only, and may occur on a prototype too.

Other models remained stable over decades. 


Maybe I got the mix wrong ? Maybe a bad charge ? we will never know.
However, all remain hard - none ever became soft.

But I think I never exposed any to the full heat of the sun.


A friend who is in automobile modeling, told me a trick to fix distorted models,
is to put them in hot water, then bend them into shape.




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Another worry...

How will all those 3D-printed models stand up to the challenges of time ?

Nobody knows now.




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I tried straightening a model years ago in hot water,
and it worked out very well until the next hot day.


When I think of the old 1950s Tri-ang models I had years ago,
they are still around, although maybe starting to get brittle,
but they have lasted well.

As for todays plastic models that are very finely detailed and super light,
time will tell how long they will last, I don't think they will last 50 years.

As for the old 1970s resin models, there are still many of them around,
probably on shelves or in boxes, as some Aussie models weren't finely detailed,
and they were so heavy, but they are still around in large numbers.


At this point in my life, if they last another twenty years they will out do me,
maybe I should start a contest to see what lasts the longest. Haha.

:old dude: :glad:  ;)  :2t:

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Slow progress on Osgood Bradley trolley... 


This is a Halling Z├╝rich three truck articulated drive,
robbed of the center truck and suitably shortened. 

Cheap Mashima motor which works fine in this application,
plain Lenz decoder mounted low.


Love those drives,
as they allow free view through all windows. 





Here is the underside.

Trucks are designed so they may be used for 12mm 11mm and 9mm track,
by simply shortening axles. 

Think some of my smaller trolleys may migrate to the narrow gauge roster. 







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