The local Clinton County, Illinois caffeine and sugar high is cr... moreThe local Clinton County, Illinois caffeine and sugar high is created by "SKI" and that is also the source for "Rumskis". For many years I brought those to the Invasion, but as hearts got older there became the fear of overload. The Excelsior Bottling Company has expanded it's line of liquid refreshment and is now also a micro brewery. Many bottles of that has also been brought to the Invasion over the years. I guess I'm slipping in that department. For 2016 the liquid refreshment ran the other way as I had to bring back a case of "Spruce Beer" under "Doctor's Orders". Our Doctor is a Canadian transplant and craved a soft drink from his youth.
Note - We have made it to Brooksville, Ohio in our treks east. I type this as kids and grandma are enjoying the pool at the campground. less
Great seeing everyone at this years Invasion just downloading a ... moreGreat seeing everyone at this years Invasion just downloading a few pictures from my camera, thought I'd share. The shots of my CPR G3g heading up the pool train on Saturday's standard gauge operations was taken by Malcom on his phone. Ken's C19 has me saving up for one now, maybe next year! My Climax ended up doing yard duty under the guidance of Bernie, he had mixed up his dates and showed up with one of those nasty diesel things!
Dennis I was doing the same. In fact I still have a bunch of tho... moreDennis I was doing the same. In fact I still have a bunch of those regulators in my parts box. But the new CL2, LED driver chips, are so much easier to use.
Tony, yes Digitrax has that. But I find that controller a real p... moreTony, yes Digitrax has that. But I find that controller a real pain to use. I have to fuss with it to get the cab number locked in, and its got them effin knobs that don't have stops to them. So on the clubs Digitrax systems I use the El-Cheepo controllers, one knob, 3 position toggle switch for direction, and very few buttons.
Looks to me like (front to back) USA SD40-2,Aristo G... morePete,
Looks to me like (front to back) USA SD40-2,Aristo GP40, USA boxcar (1) ,Aristo boxcar(3),USA hopper(2),AML hopper(9) and USA caboose
You can get regular end stop potentiometers that can have... moreDavid.
You can get regular end stop potentiometers that can have as many "detentes" as you want. Even though they have those detente clicks they are still proper pots with variable control all the way up.
Ric Golding said:
Good Morning Doc,
Catching and following your ... moreRic Golding said:
Good Morning Doc,
Catching and following your latest adventure. Once again you seem to be pushing all the edges and traditions. Excited to follow your progress. Very interesting start.
All the best.
Thanks Ric. I am looking forward to this build......it is quite different from anything I have tried before.
I am a cheap bast person. That means I recycle or adapt things N... moreI am a cheap bast person. That means I recycle or adapt things Nylon snaps become brake wheels, small metal snaps become valve handles and gusset plates. Jewelry parts become all sorts of things. Why? because these items from the craft store are less expensive then actual model railroad parts.
As for recycling, drink cans become metal roofing material. Spray cans become a source of tin plated steel. Clear plastic packaging becomes window glazing. Defunct computer cables, become a source of coloured wire for various projects. Political signs become building sub walls. Cut off fence boards become ceder strip-wood. Old lace ribbon becomes decorative screen for window openings. Beads become all sorts of glass details. I even cut up old cigarette lighters for coloured "glass".
I usually do not buy the expensive materials to get a project done faster, I enjoy being creative with what I can easily lay my hands on. But, some projects do require going the more expensive route, so that I can complete the pro... less
The 81099 chassis can be made to fit (I have done it) you... moreLouis,
The 81099 chassis can be made to fit (I have done it) you will have to shorten the air tanks though.
The gears are still some sort of plastic. According to the Bachmann parts catalog, this is the gearbox that is in the 81099 chassis...
This is the link to the Version 6 chassis WITH metal gears...
Sounds like great ideas. I used Titebond II glue and... moreSounds like great ideas. I used Titebond II glue and held the foam together with shsihkbob sticks until dry. Didn't work fast, because glue had to dry, but it was cheap and I had it. Has held for 10 years without question. Foam is a great modeling structure.
I was able to get on the laser today. It's p... more
I was able to get on the laser today. It's pretty much avaialable any time with a day or two notice.
I'm working on some products for vitange JBL speakers. One is a stand in clear or smoked/colored acrylic for the tweeters.
I need to move the holes out about half a millimeter and open them up a bit more. Also, I'll redo the top angles just a bit. The real JBL stands look similar and are stamped out of sheet metal at $100/pr.
This will have feet that extend back. The drawing file for the feet did not convert properly. The picture was not dead on center when the drawing file was produced so this displayed additional (background) lines in the final file that also cut and the foot fell apart from the extra cuts. I'll get it next time.
Oh, and the image on the left could look nice on there. Nah, I couldn't do that. Image on the right is also very cool!
This shows the slant plate assembly. This i... less
Bruce Chandler said:
Got the front and one of the sides complete... moreBruce Chandler said:
Got the front and one of the sides complete. It's actually starting to look like something!
The windows and doors are just temporarily stuck in place.
Your darn right its starting to look like something. Its starting to look like something real nice.
Hmmm...one thing I do not like about the GTS new website is that... moreHmmm...one thing I do not like about the GTS new website is that there no longer is any sort of link to the listing of which vendors will be there, so I really don't know what to expect come Saturday, there are alot of layouts listed but no list of vendors kinda hurts the cause. Also there also used to be a map of the venue but that has also gone away.
Small clarification on the "convrtr", the 16 amps is surge, norm... moreSmall clarification on the "convrtr", the 16 amps is surge, normally a shorter time than peak, it's to allow charging the keep alive caps in the DCC decoder.
So, I would stick to the 2.5 amp advertised rating, although I heard it was closer to 2 amps continuous.
Joe, that made it disappear, and I have to reload it from utube.... moreJoe, that made it disappear, and I have to reload it from utube.
Never mind, it popped back up enlarged. I'll never get the hang of this 'puter crap!.
Thanks guys.. Yes ( With our crew--Joel Harrison, Geo Nord... moreThanks guys.. Yes ( With our crew--Joel Harrison, Geo Nordstrom, Elden Bartley, Ben Shell to keep things running.) we had a great time.
More photo up on Flickr of ours.
Aside from D&RGW #50, all I have are 3 Bachmann center cab d... moreAside from D&RGW #50, all I have are 3 Bachmann center cab dismals in my entire collection.. All three have been hacked up, like that box cab, which started out as a center cab dismal. I have nothing against Fs, Ps, Gps, etc. I even had a few over time. :-)
Charles Bednarik said:
Yes, to and from the airport on the ... moreCharles Bednarik said:
Yes, to and from the airport on the "back road" spotted this along with a few other interesting landmarks.
Well.. That was funny to see it on your photos....we think the cow went dry as no price on milk for last 10 years.. lol.
We were right across the street from it on the 32nd Nat. GR Conv. as tour nbr 86.
Great photos of trains thro.. laf.