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    • October 29, 2019 10:17 AM EDT
    • Great looking pick .. It looks like it will due the job splendidly .. Have her take a pic of it @ the barn before she uses and then a couple of months later ..I'm wondering how it will look after all the diff … elements have made contact .. I like mine with the brush ..to clean the hoof a little better for inspection .. Very nice Buddy ..

    • October 28, 2019 7:23 PM EDT
    • John Passaro said:
      Rooster ' said:

      Very nice !  That would make any farrier proud to display !

       

         Who do you think you are, calling this man's sister a farrier ?

       

       

      Well perhaps she might be a borderline farrier but at least she has a beautiful "tool box" with a pick!

    • October 28, 2019 7:21 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Pete Lassen said:

      Nice job !! best looking wood I have seen that had pine bark beetle on it! 

       Its not just the regular cream of the pine and the "blue" of the fungus but there are oranges and even a slight bit of green in there.

       

      I'm a sucker for the orange hues with pine!

    • October 28, 2019 7:13 PM EDT
    • Rooster ' said:

      Very nice !  That would make any farrier proud to display !

       

         Who do you think you are, calling this man's sister a farrier ?

       

       

    • October 28, 2019 7:05 PM EDT
    • Very nice !  That would make any farrier proud to display !

    • October 28, 2019 12:24 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Nice job !! best looking wood I have seen that had pine bark beetle on it! 

      With all the variation in different colors you would think I had stained it to produce those effects. Its not just the regular cream of the pine and the "blue" of the fungus but there are oranges and even a slight bit of green in there. The color is just amazing and that picture really doesn't do it justice. I need to take some better ones of it.

       

    • October 28, 2019 11:57 AM EDT
    • Nice job !! best looking wood I have seen that had pine bark beetle on it! 

    • October 27, 2019 7:02 PM EDT
    • That's a fine looking tote and hoof pick, Devon.  Your sister will be proud.  I really like the use of the light colored pine and dark walnut on the pick.  The walnut makes the blue pine pop.  Nice turning, too.

    • October 27, 2019 5:57 PM EDT
    • Well done, Devon.

      My lesson for today, I had never heard of blued pine. Sure is purty.

    • October 27, 2019 5:52 PM EDT
    • Here is my first project with some of that "blued" pine. Its a tote for my sisters horse grooming tools. Its her Christmas present. After a single coat of linseed oil it really popped. once a few more coats of oil are put on I will wax and buff it. But man the colors are pretty.

       

       

      I also made her a hoof pick as part of her present. It still needs to be sharpened, But it is stainless steel with a Douglas fir burl and black walnut handle.

       

    • October 2, 2019 10:18 PM EDT
    • That's some great looking wood!

    • October 28, 2019 9:17 PM EDT
    • That's great, Eric! Sounds just like a real GP9. Looking forward to hearing the Leslie or Nathan P5 Airhorn! Maybe hook up an external speaker now so everybody can hear you comin'! 

    • October 28, 2019 8:16 PM EDT
    • Pretty neat, but I would sure be tempted to program a steam sound in that Phoenix...maybe a Shay?

    • October 28, 2019 7:54 PM EDT
    • That's funny!  I used to play a diesel sound CD in my car. Of course it didn't match speed at all like your set up. Way cool!

    • October 28, 2019 7:34 PM EDT
    • Really cool Eric!  I'd love to see folks reactions in a parking lot when you start er up!

    • October 28, 2019 7:30 PM EDT
    • LMAO !!!  You really need a HOBBY Eric !!

    • October 28, 2019 7:13 PM EDT
    • That is awesome. Now just to get the airhorn programmed into the car horn.

    • October 28, 2019 6:36 PM EDT
    • I bought a Hyundai Kona EV (electric vehicle) back in February.  It came equipped with what Hyundai calls a virtual engine sound system (VESS).  It makes an cartoon spaceship sound at low speed to alert pedestrians.  It's pretty annoying, so I immediately unplugged it, but it gave me an idea.  I wanted to make the car sound like a locomotive instead.  I tapped into the appropriate CAN bus and spent a good deal of time mapping the various messages.  

       

      Eventually, I yanked the VESS to work out how to operate it on the bench.  Here's a little video of that effort:

       

      I figured the easiest way to generate the locomotive soundtrack would be to use an off-the-shelf sound module and build a CAN to DCC converter.  I chose the Phoenix P8 because of its single-ended logic level DCC input.

      I first tried using a basic Arduino to do the conversation, but it was nowhere near fast enough.  I moved to a Teensy 3.6, which has CAN built in, and it is plenty fast.

      Here's the setup.  It's just the Teensy, the P8, and a buck converter to power the Teensy.  The red and black wires are spliced into the CAN bus in the car.

       

       

      Today, I got everything into the car to test it out on the road, and it works really well.  Very smooth.

       

       

      Right now, the DCC speed packets are generated from the vehicle speed data.  However, I will experiment with using the actual power going to the motor instead, as this should correlate better with the load on the prime mover.  I can also tie the regenerative braking in the car to the dynamic brake sound.  I also plan to have manual triggers for the bell and horn.  And of course I can load any Phoenix file into it to experiment with other locomotives.

       

      The Teensy has a lot more horsepower than the P8, and I have an audio module for it.  Eventually, I'd like to have it generate the sound itself, but this was a good first step.

       

    • October 1, 2019 6:45 AM EDT
    • Ric,

      Los Angeles Live Steamers will be having their first Operations Meet on November 9th on the 7-1/2 inch gauge RR. And we have been here for over 60 years! We're all looking forward to this meet. This will also be "bi-directional and also goes into a "night" operations meet later in the day. This should be very interesting :) .

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      Too many miles and too little time to do it all.  Has anyone heard about advancements in the study of cloning?

       

    • September 30, 2019 1:29 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:
      Bruce Chandler said:

      Are they into "operations" now?

      Roger Caiazza has a very good switching puzzle set up on the #1 Gauge Garden Railroad.  The Finger Lakes Club also has a good operations setup on the

      1 inch (4.75 inches between the rails) ride on trains and we keep pushing for "Operations" style running on the 1.5 inch (7.25 inches between the rails) track.  Maybe someday, but the "Roundy Rounds" are still in control.

       

      Ric,

      Los Angeles Live Steamers will be having their first Operations Meet on November 9th on the 7-1/2 inch gauge RR. And we have been here for over 60 years! We're all looking forward to this meet. This will also be "bi-directional and also goes into a "night" operations meet later in the day. This should be very interesting :) .