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  2. railsquid

    MicroAce - New Releases

    Personally I'd rather just set fire to five 10,000 notes.
  3. Ochanomizu

    MicroAce - New Releases

    Hello, Overpriced by ¥20,000!
  4. chadbag

    What did you run today?

    Tonight I ran a bunch of stuff on DC to break it in (most were never run or only quickly test run a few seconds in the past). Once broken in I feel comfortable doing DCC conversions on them. The KATO ICE4 motor cars from the basic set and the expansion. The Tomytech Gudetama motor car. Two different Micro Ace HB-E300. A Greenmax coreless KiFa 200 Seaside Liner set. I also test ran several Arnold loks I got used on eBay last year. They all need lube and maintenance but they all ran -- some herky jerky, some pretty well but with some contact issues occasionally. I do need to finish my DCC track feeder project. My DC track is the innermost loop of single track.
  5. its ok its only a single car train. jeff
  6. RogerMc

    Thinnest possible T-TRAK module?

    As far as legs, I made these today but not happy with them, talk about ugly.
  7. ben_issacs

    Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

    Folks, RailCam UK has a camera at New Romney pointing at the engine shed and transmitting in real time.Go to 'camera and chats', then 'heritage', there are several RHD cameras listed there, pick 'New Romney 1'. One has to allow for the time difference between wherever one is and the UK. Here in Melbourne, 7 pm give me 9 am at New Romney. Of course, weekends are the best time for seeing more trains, but there's usually something going on at around 9.30 am there. The 'Heritage' site has cameras at several other UK 'heritage' railways also. Regards, Bill, Melbourne.
  8. He posted on FB and I snagged it. My first MA. I was leery. Exceptionally light loco.
  9. There are at least five different conventions for numbering floors in buidlings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storey#Consecutive_number_floor_designations
  10. its is a very cute little train. love mine. glad nariichi still had some! jeff
  11. That is the case, so assuming Ben means "first floor" in the European/Australian sense, the room he was eating breakfast in was labelled "2F" in the elevator so would be the second floor in the US as well.
  12. railsquid

    Takahachikawa

    Slight change of era: rear-left-crossing-2019-10-21_01 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
  13. Yesterday
  14. Actually in Japan, Ground Floor = 1st Floor (US) = 1F (Japan). European (and obviously Australian) usage is First Floor is the one above Ground Floor but in my experience (and from Googling just now), Japan follows US usage.
  15. cteno4

    Thinnest possible T-TRAK module?

    Yep and as a club when we do a show if we have to combine modules into one transport vehicle depending on who can do setup, it can get awfully full as most folks use various plastic tubs to transport and usually take min of 200% plus volume! Just carrying the stacks is a pain and Easy to knock over. So next project as soon as the last few modules are finished for others is to start working on the little carrier crates so we can stack like 4-10 modules in some suit case crates for better transport and better protection. It will be interesting to see what you come up with for the legs, adjusting bolts is the biggest PITA of a setup! Going to 3 bolts greatly helps over 4. Doing the thin modules and setting those on some inset girders is even better as you can do 4 modules at once. We set up at one event on a lawn with a 4” slope down the 8’ of modules. We could never get individual modules leveled over that, would take a few hours, but with the girders is 10 min leveling the 4 x 4’ girders and then just plop all the modules down. They do all need to be the same thickness but all our 25mm modules are 1”. At times we use sections of the 25mm modules on 33 mm setups using transition modules and just use the girders to lift the 1” modules up to 3.75” running height easily. jeff
  16. RogerMc

    Thinnest possible T-TRAK module?

    Ultimately for me it all comes down to space and lack of it. I've got (4) commercial boxes and a number of experiments. I barely have a loop for my layout at home. The commercial boxes are above all else ugly and bulky. They aren't cheap. I've heard of grade school kid clubs building T-TRAK layouts on pizza boxes. That's a great idea! I'm trying to find a flat solution for home while still being able to get together at shows @ 70mm if I am forced to. I want sectional track and scenery in the most compact form I can find. I have no intention of using any glue to construct the module because I wouldn't use the front/back pieces at home, only for shows. Only when I am forced to use that height. Today I'm playing with a simple universal leg design because I tire of adjusting the height by turning a 3-4 bolts. There's an easier and faster way to do this stuff. I'd like to be able to adjust my modules to a specific height in maybe 10sec for each module.
  17. cteno4

    Thinnest possible T-TRAK module?

    Yeah the 2.75” face is really a bad distractor visually to the diorama on top. Painting the face black or brown just makes it stand out even more (it does not make it go Into negative space!). it was made that way to allow a wide range in running heights with a single set of bolts, not for it to look right. Really should be around 1-2” for the optimal feel of an edge there on a long run while visually not catching the eye. We deal with this all the time in exhibits with case and trim work. Natural finished wood is what will make the eye accept it and move on to the diorama and just use it as the edge of the visual world without becoming another world. you can get 3” heat glue veneer, but it’s a bit rarer and more expensive. I did pick some up a few months back in cherry (my proffered wood for the fronts as it has nice grain and color without being too much and you can pop it if you want with some wood dye) for folks that wanted full height Ttrak modules in the club. I usually do 2” fronts these days and the 2” tape is about 25 cents a foot and the 3” is like 70 cents a foot. rogers design with the dado slot is nice also because it’s uber simple for someone to glue up. I keep thinking of what’s the easiest, cheapest and minimal in bulk and weight to ship for the economy module as lazer/CNC kits can get expensive especially with shipping these days. I think for Ttrak to really take off there needs to be a way to get the modules simple and very economical for newbies. At $30-60 per module shipped that can really get pricy for just a small loop. for my own modules I’ve been also noodling on what the most aesthetically looking options would be along with simplicity of setup. The three bolt option really helps this a lot. keep at it roger! Great to keep kicking this can around and around! cheers jeff
  18. Enjoy the Joyful Train! (Tetsudo Hobby Train) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyful_Train#/media/File:JRshikoku_tetsudo_hobby_train_kiha32_3.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyful_Train
  19. The Next Station Is...

    Thinnest possible T-TRAK module?

    Hi Roger, I think it could look pretty classy with the front and backs made nicely - I always like a layout or module with a nicely finished front. Would you have the front piece flush with other modules, or have the front of the visible scenery in line with the front of other modules? Jeff - that iron on veneer sounds interesting, thanks for the mention! My T-Trak modules could definitely use something like that (currently showing exposed laser cut ply).
  20. Welshbloke

    Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

    Would that be the one which was originally built for the Eurotunnel exhibition in Folkestone? I remember visiting a couple of times, annoyingly the kits for the shuttle wagons are long out of production. I have the power and dummy locos (on Kato chassis) somewhere and a four coach single deck shuttle train along with a few HGV shuttle vehicles. All need restoring and repairing, the problem is that they won't clear standard platforms or viaduct track sections.
  21. GDorsett

    What did you order or the post deliver? (N Gauge)

    That's neat looking. Was it a special prototype or was it just made for the model?
  22. lighthouse

    Trainsetter (Germany)

    Perhaps we should consider for the coming year to construct a wire to hang (similar to Sommerfeldt or Viessmann). However, the many lengths are problematic, so the price can not be set very low.
  23. Claude_Dreyfus

    Trainsetter (Germany)

    As I suggested above, it is down to the layout builder to correctly space the catenary poles. They would only need to use a standard length wire to bridge the gap. It is just the fixing to the pole which is a challenge. Strong enough to withstand the rigours of use (boards moving, fitting/removing etc.) but flexible enough to fit.
  24. Claude_Dreyfus

    Trainsetter (Germany)

    We use the detachable option on our club's H0 layout, and it is the most practical way of doing this. However, this works where there is a method of fixing the wires to the poles (we use Sommerfeldt catenary and wires). The Kato catenary poles do not readily have a way to fix without glue, so I was curious to see if this had been looked at. I am not in a situation as yet to check, but will be happy to do so nearer the time...to me, a layout with catenary always looks better with the wires as well. It does, of course, require some careful planning on the part of the layout builder to ensure the poles are the prerequisite distance apart at the board joins!
  25. Mail arrived early today. KiHa 32 baby 0 Hobby Train arrived from MTP.
  26. TimWay4

    My Personal IG-Nippon Module Layout

    It might take you 2 1/2 hours per module but in my opinion it looks beautiful. The photo looking down the road is super cool too.
  27. cteno4

    Potential Laser Cutter

    Yeah laser cutters are slowly getting there. 30w would do me fine, even 20w as I don’t think I’d do ply unless I could do 5mm, but then I’d need a big boy! they have 10x what they went for pledged with over a month yet to go. but still out of my current spending area at $1500. If I had a lot of time maybe I’d think about it, but I have enough toys right now not getting the attentions and use theY deserve! cheers, jeff
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