Plastic should be fine. I doubt that the grease has dried ... morePlastic should be fine. I doubt that the grease has dried out if the trucks are still sealed in the original plastic. Should be good to go.
If you do decide to open, inspect and clean, just use a small amount of grease.
I just decided to compromise and do small locos in 1/24 rubber s... moreI just decided to compromise and do small locos in 1/24 rubber scale indoors. Same great idea with the small locos without the giant size. No Devoning this one. I will leave 7/8ths and On30 to others.
As for the book, I looked through my stuff the other day. I am done with school and that was the excuse I used to stop writing it. Maybe after the build challenge I can get after it. I dunno.
This looks very promising:
http://www.frontendjunkie.com/2015/04... moreThis looks very promising:
Hosting with Amazon..
I just discovered this tonight..didnt know it was a thing! :) im going to do more reading on it..
I guess I'd be considered a Newbie here. Over a hunderd posts he... moreI guess I'd be considered a Newbie here. Over a hunderd posts here and my rep is still 'Neutral'. Guess I have to get in real good with the regulars here to be 'Well Respected'. I haven't said a swear word here (yet) and I went to church last Sunday and I haven't beaten my wife or kick the dog. I also cleaned the garage and raked up all the leaves in the front and back yards yesterday. And I just spent all my Christmas cash on a USA Trains reefer that I've wanted for months. Am I respected yet or do I have to hammer down a golden spike first?
Anyway, 'nuff about me. I'm glad Paul Burch will be posting here more. I would like a train set just like his. Have any of you seen that picture of his layout with two beautifully detailed Southern Pacific diesels sitting next to each other on the tracks? What a realistic scene that is - the track work and all. Just like being there. Paul, would you please post more pictures of your trains and layout; especially your engines? less
Thanks for all the compliments on the big Porter. It's a "fun" e... moreThanks for all the compliments on the big Porter. It's a "fun" engine to operate.
Just an update to what we have been doing since September when I started this thread...........Dan (the 84 year old) sold his 1-1/2 inch scale Gene Allen mogul to a guy in Ohio and is concentrating on finishing this 3-3/4 inch scale Porter. He called me today telling me he has finally decided on the color to paint the engine and has lined up a sign painter to do the lettering.
Yesterday, I sold my 1-1/2 inch scale Gene Allen ten wheeler to a 28 year old private corporate jet pilot. Works a couple of days a week and spends the rest of the time building steam engines in all scales, from the gauge 1 stuff all the way up to the 1/8th scale. I've built and owned it for over 36 years and I was a little sad to see it go. Almost like "selling" one of your children :).Now I can concentrate on my 1/8th scale Arrowhead water bottle car and our seven P.E. Baldwin-Westinghouse freight motors!
Kevin is going to continue on building h... less
Following a system I began with early operations indoors; I labe... moreFollowing a system I began with early operations indoors; I labeled up the tracks and industries on the new expansion. This helps me remember what track is what and should make it a little easier if I ever have any guest operators. Having a supply of scrap vinyl in multiple colors; polystyrene and a label maker are handy.
First both tracks of the gauntlet section had the tie ends and clearance limits marked in yellow...
Next, small styrene track and industry markers were made up using a label tape machine...
Also note the reflective white markers on the tie ends. These mark the clearance points for movement on the adjoining track. And, as discussed above, some heavy duty bumping posts were constructed and installed...
That little hill in the foreground was an experiment with a scrap of grass mat using a heat gun to droop it over some crumpled paper and the eraser end of a pencil to poke it while hot.
I've broken my fair share of Aristo bumpers. This broken one was modifie... less
Earlier b... moreThe 57091 came two ways, you have the later one
The nubs for mounting the fan are a standard, but I'm wondering about airflow... the fan makes a breeze downwards, but where does the exhaust go? In the small gap between the fan bottom and the case top? I'll be interested in your observations. I have some recommendations in to Precision RC, but I want to do some thermal tests myself first.
Nice to hear the sound file is a bit improved. What we really need is a single horn blast, and then another function for the crossing sequence. I think they got the crossing sequence wrong on both the diesel and the steam.
Be looking forwards to your observations and results of downloads. Really would like confirmation on what I think the sound files are, but I think they are pretty good guesses ha ha!
tac Foley said:
Thank you, Sir. Yes, that makes sense - th... moretac Foley said:
Thank you, Sir. Yes, that makes sense - the first to get a new loco is more than likely to be the dealer.
Props to Mr King - that is a beautiful piece of work, and puts my coffee stirrer effort totally in the shade, if not dreckly into the garbage bin.
Tac, Jason actually instigated and developed the Forney with Accucraft, so he's the one checking to see it meets his specs, and getting the pleasure of running it.
Dan Hall said:
Nicolas Teeuwen said:
The controller box it comes... moreDan Hall said:
Nicolas Teeuwen said:
The controller box it comes with supplies power to the rails right away. It's like the engine has some sort of DCC in it. It doesn't play music though, just fake engine noise and an annoying startup sound. I mute my right away as I find the sounds cheesy and the start up sound annoying.
The power supply it comes with only supplies 10V and 3.2 amps (will double check) so be careful applying more to the cars then that. Not sure which part of the whole setup would not like getting too much power.
Good points. At one time I thought about grabbing one of the controllers and an oscilloscope and trying to find out what "signal" it was sending on the rails. But I haven't seen any of the controllers for a reasonable price, and I'm OK with how it runs. I have a mini MP3 player and battery powered speakers that I use to play carols as it goes around. I take power directly from the rails and haven't had trouble with overvoltage, though my analog power supply is an old Lionel ... less
So Star Hobby came all the way out to L.A. from the Right Coast.... moreSo Star Hobby came all the way out to L.A. from the Right Coast. But USA Trains didn't. At the National Garden Railroad convention last Summer in the Bay Area, USA Trains was represented by a small booth with one, maybe two guys at the most minding the 'store'. Bachmann was not represented at all.
I would think two of the largest manufacturers of G scale trains would show up to train conventions/shows in major metropolitan areas. Maybe they don't feel that it's a worthwhile investment to represent the company in person, answer questions, and 'press the flesh' at these big shows? I know it's not cheap to travel between the two coasts and set up temporary shop but...... less
Travis, next to the picture in Photobucket there's a "Share this... moreTravis, next to the picture in Photobucket there's a "Share this photo" with few windows under it. Run your curser over the one labeled "Direct" and left click on that. It turns yellow and says copied. Then just paste that URL in the "Insert/Edit image" box and that should take care of all that extra code your seeing.
For those of you with Accucraft live-steamers with axle pumps -&... moreFor those of you with Accucraft live-steamers with axle pumps -
Last Thursday the skies cleared for the first time in a couple of weeks, so, after checking out all round, I took my Accucraft Royal Hudson, build #41, for its first stem up this year.
Doing all the things you do to get fired up, I started pumping water into the boiler via the tender pump. It came straight out of the bottom of the loco. Looking, I could see that the banjo connector was hanging clear of the pump body, and turning it over confirmed my fears. There was a stub of threaded bolt in the pump body, and a five minute hands-and-kneesing in the muddy ground found me the sheared-off bolt head.
The bolt head showed clear signs of crystallisation, as did the remains of the bolt itself when we got it home to a small screw extractor. This is not the first time this has happened - the last episode was about five years back, and Cliff over at AC sent me a couple of replacements. I got an instant resp... less
Darn... 2 years ago we rode the Cumbres and Toltec, kinda of a b... moreDarn... 2 years ago we rode the Cumbres and Toltec, kinda of a been there done that for them....
It's a 10 hour drive to the mesa and a half day from there to Farmington. Would have been doable in Durango ...
I'm ok on track and only 'need' a half dozen sway back flat cars, should I ever get my cellulose firma finished.*
* ok it's never finished ...
I have to be careful making promises about what I can do, my memory discounts the effects of radiation and chemo ....
Ron Leo said:
Steve, How'd u know that was my first car?!!! (pai... moreRon Leo said:
Steve, How'd u know that was my first car?!!! (paid $2300 bucks for it new, backup lites & seatbelts were optional IIRC!)
Mobil1 it is, will lube up...
Greg, I'll chk you lube pg, thx for that!
Well, Ron, you just seemed like a Mustang guy. I paid $400.00 for my 65 couple, in 1971. I got it as cheap transportation in grad school. It needed some work. Over the years I've restored it to practically perfect status. I still have it, with seat belts, 3 on the floor and an am radio. less
Dan Hilyer said:A rehab center would get plenty of business with... moreDan Hilyer said:A rehab center would get plenty of business with this group. That will be a nice addition Aaron and good use of the stones.
I think I am past rehabilitation. I have Narrow Gauge Madness too acute to treat.
The smallest decoder is the C.T. Electronik, and we have fitted ... moreThe smallest decoder is the C.T. Electronik, and we have fitted them to locos smaller than the 0-6-0, in fact the Searails units.
I can't get on the laser to start cutting parts until Tuesday. &... moreI can't get on the laser to start cutting parts until Tuesday. Then it's only for 1-1/2 hrs and I can't try to reserve it again until I use my time. Makes for slow going, especially if you don't get it right the frst time.
Meanwhile, I've been gathering a few things from the parts box wondering how they may find use.