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  1. cteno4

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    A shop guy I worked with when I was young use to rate the various vacs in the shop by how many cats they could suck up! Funny but scary when you put a big open end of a large shop vac hose on the bench near tools and watch them get sucked up! It is amazing how much dust the air cleaners pick up. It’s helped a lot In the basement and I have the ceiling sealed up there. I have high merv on both central hvacs and no carpet and vacuum a fair amount. But we live in a forest so we get lots of fine crap raining down from the trees, mold spores fro leaf litter and soot from the highway after mile away. yes drill press is the next obvious shop tool for your fiddling! Even a cheap small one on sale for $50-100 would do you fine for now and don’t take up huge amount of space! jeff
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    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Shop vacs are usually just a can with the motor on top so you can just pull off the motor and dump the big can. Some can also vacuum water (wet/dry) if you put a filter over the regular filter. They usually don’t use bags so you get the power to suck up a cat. Usually not hepa level filtration but not going to get full suction thru a bag and hepa filter but much better than no bag. They are also louder than regular vacuums but again needed for the cats. size is also an issue small ones are not so loud and can pick up the small and medium stuff, but bigger ones are of course great at sucking up large amounts and pull the cats from further across the room. Smaller ones have the standard house vacuum 1.25” hoses and attachments, bigger ones use 2.5” hoses and attachments. These are very bulky. I have both little and big one. I don’t use the big one much anymore as the big dust handler deals with most of that and the little one is smaller and easy to hook up next to the drill press or attach to band saw or quickly clean up the bench or table saw. I use the big one only now if a big mess on the floor and even then I’m questioning if I need to keep it with the space it takes up but it’s got amazing suction! For just some stuff around the layout room, your scroll saw and sander a smaller one would do fine. Won’t have super suction but fine to clean up stuff and hook to the sander or saw. I got this one last year and it’s holding up well. Not a super sucker but for this size and price you are not going to get a cat sucker. It’s gone up a bit in price in the last year. Most seemed about the same in reviews this one was just more compact as it’s going to live under the drill press rollaround. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0023EY002/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 if you are doing sanding and such in the house and around the layout I would also recommend having a hepa air filter in the room going all the time as they get the fine floaty stuff that ends up getting all over the layouts, in locos etc. great for helping control plain old dust as well. My wife has dust allergies so we have a few of these around the house to suck up schmutz and I’m always shocked how much they trap. Foam prefilter changednonce a month that grabs the big dust and you can vacuum to reuse or buy it in bulk to cut your own very cheap. Main filter changes once a year not cheap. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BWYO3EM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 more inexpensive ones out there as well, these just have a good reputation and have done well now for 4-5 years for us now. the scroll saw was just a gateway... cheers jeff
  3. cteno4

    Loco Camera

    Doh! That makes total sense now that I think about it! Jeff.
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    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Take the opportunity! While you can get stuff shaped ou with files and sanding blocks, s little guy is great as in a few seconds you can round things off or clean up edges pretty squarely. Is like the scroll saw, perfect to just try something really fast to fiddleman you seem to be doing a lot of fiddling. Get some finer grit belts to as it prime day! Hook a little shop vac to it to keep dust down. soon you will have to figure which car will live outside to make room for the shop in the garage, I’m sure it will be the one you drive... Cheers jeff
  5. cteno4

    Loco Camera

    Cool did not know they were close enough to run the cl on dcc power for the camera. jeff
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    Best camera for fun pics?

    I’ve wanted to do this with the little rf security cameras you can get with the controller that flips between each camera for like 15 secs for the club layout to show views like this. jeff
  7. cteno4

    Loco Camera

    Yes you would need to convert dcc to cl I think for the tomix camera as I think it runs on the cl power not the dc. jeff
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    Loco Camera

    It’s powered by the constant lighting power of tomix power supplies I believe. jeff
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    Best camera for fun pics?

    No I got it for looking for bats. Our eves are sealed on the bottom and vent space at the top edge. We got one small bat in the house which I think came in the furnace flue but knew there were vent openings into the attic as well from the eaves and small bats can squeeze thru tiny spaces! It is handy to have when something rolls under something instead if being on your belly with a flashlight! Jeff
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    Loco Camera

    Yep the tomix is cheaper now use to be more expensive. Tomix needs the cl circuit as well. use to be a street price around $100 or less. i think mine was like $90 shipped from japan. always jeff
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    Best camera for fun pics?

    No bats yet, but some more places to check! some of the little endoscopes can be stills at 1600x1200. Mine is not cellphone quality. With a lot these little cheap cameras the higher the resolution the video the lower the frame rate. Not usually mentioned in the specs. probably could lengthen a cellphone camera connections and make a new back formthe phone. But then you need a smart phone. Many start at around 3” focal min. jeff
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    Loco Camera

    Sorry not the one. looks like all the places that had the rf system tc-9 by itself are dead, including at rc system labs. the tc-9 is the one another member and I have rigged to dc. Works pretty well for about 20 feet but it’s 1.2ghz so not super clear ad gets some interference when there is stuff in the way. That’s why I just got a cheap 5.6ghz unit to try, but the. Need to make voltage regulator and charging circuit for it. its this one https://www.ebay.com/itm/Railway-modelling-Small-Camera-Train-Scope-Set-TC-9-Morse-typeS-Japan-Tracking/163148439092?hash=item25fc679e34%3Ag%3AGdcAAOSwDVtaXDcd&_sacat=0&_nkw=tc-9+camera&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=m570.l1313&LH_TitleDesc=0 Or dcced http://www.dcctrain.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1793 jeff
  13. cteno4

    Best camera for fun pics?

    Gavin we have a number of threads on this stuff and discussions on the different types. The little usb spy cams so ok, but their major problem usually is they use a focal lenght that starts like a foot or more from the camera so stuff up close cannbe very blurry. No way to tell till you have one in hand unfortunately. Some of the older ones used almost a pinhole lens that gave a huge depth of field but not picture great at any. some have tradeoffs at frame rate and size of picture. boroscopes are cool but get expensive to get one that gives decent quality is expensive and they also give you that round picture and they tend to have focal depth se very close so stuff further may be blurry. there are cheap usb sort of boroscopes with a very tiny usb camer on a long wire that attach to your smart phone that don’t give hd pictures and high frame rates. They come with 1-5m cables, some or all of which has a bendy wire quality. These are great to have to stick in a tunnel or somewhere you can’t easily see to look for a train or dropped screw. they usually have a magnet and 90 degree attachment as well to see around corners a bit and grab the stray screw. I picked one up for under $30 a few months back to check if we had bats in a section of roof eves. Perfect for work stuff, not really for pretty stuff. there are also the broadcasting cameras that are getting smaller and better from the drone stuff, but again the lens focus is usually set pretty far out. A few have the lens mounted on a screw to change focus some but tough to know till you have it and play. I just picked up a 5.8 ghz camera and transmitter and receiver. Need to set it up to see what I can do on focal range for train cam. There was a great rain cam made by a boroscope company that had a rechargeable battery from track power above 5v and nicely focused lens but unfortunately it’s not on amazon.jp anymore. A couple of us have it in the club and just fits inside a train just have to select one with a big front window! as Bill said fun cameras are now all over the place from cell phones and seem to rev like ev3ry 6 months. Usually want good macro for train stuff and small size to get in places and tracks. Dpreview.com is a good place to see what fits your need. I’ve usually done canon for the pocket cams as I liked the overall feature set, others like Nikon or Panasonic etc. they are pretty inexpensive these days. cheers jeff
  14. cteno4

    B Train 12x24" Layout

    Gatorboard is actually a epoxy resin/wood pulp mix for the facing material. It makes for a pretty tough shell that is very water resistant but cuts a little more like chipboard than styrene. Also as nick notes has some texture to the surface from the wood fiber, not super smooth of stryene. Ultra board is the styrene faced form board. It’s, as it’s name, ultra tough, it’s really hard to put dings in the sudface. Totally water resistant, it’s used for a lot of interior sinage as if it falls won’t kill you and also for a lot of those standup store marketing thingies. But the stryene face makes it very hard to cut with a knife, but cuts great with acrylic blades on circular saws or on scroll or band saws. you can usually find ultraboard (or other non brand name styrene faced foam board) at most commercial plastic supply places and signmakers will sometimes sell it. About the same price as gator board $50-100 for a 4x8 sheet, but well worth it if you want something light but strong and rigid. Many online places sell smaller cut up sheets but usually goes up in price/sqft with shipping. gatorboard is a little spottier to source sometimes locally, it’s popped in and out of plastic places here, but art stores also carry it now and then whereas they don’t carry ultraboard usually. Just have to call around. I love both Gatorboard and ultraboard. there is a third foam sheet called Syntra that is like ultraboard just made out of pvc. It’s a bit flexible and can be thermoformed with some heat (ie heat gun). It’s used to make outside signs a lot as it’s very up stable and a bit flexible to get into sign casing. Local plastic shops have it and also non name brands of pvc faced pvc foamboard. if you need larger bits of just plain sheet stryene (no foam) you can usually pick them up very cheap at a plastics supply shop. Last time I got 040 stryene 4x8 sheet at the plastics shop I think it was like $13, a supply that will last a long time and like 1/6 the cost of buying evergreen or plastruct. Evergreen strip stryene material rocks. While yes you can cut your own strip material, doing it cleanly and accurately is really hard. Great to build up a selection so you can just grab a strip and test fit for your project and then lop of the chunk needed. Evergreen strips are one way I try to keep our local hobby shop in business (they don’t have much in the way of train stuff sadly.) Cheers, jeff
  15. cteno4

    Hi from Orlando, Florida

    Welcome drake! Great you got to start riding shinkansens (and other high speed trains) so young! Lots of of us around the us feel the same and why we love japanese trains! Have you gotten into train modeling yet? Quite fun way to remember your train travels and be creative. cheers jeff
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