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  1. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks Paul. As always, the advice is much appreciated!
  2. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks JR. Good question. I'm planning on breaking the city into a few sections that will lift out. They'll need to lift out to access the tunnel, but also so I can get at the wiring for LEDs, signals, etc. I probably should leave the tunnel segments that don't have a "window" unbolted, so it's easier to lift them out, without using a screwdriver and wrench. I could also make the lift out city pieces line up with the tunnel segments, so iI could access a derailed train without opening up the whole thing. So I guess, tunnel sections 1 and 2, as well as sections 3 and 4 would be permanently bolted together. So the tunnel would be comprised of three lift out sections. I could have city sections, approx the same shape, directly over them for access. I may add a short straight segment to the tunnel at the back of the layout. But I'll wait on that until I have some concept of how the city will look. My main question about the city is how I can get from low elevation to high elevation in a convincing way. I'll have to research it for a while. I'd really like to make a city with gradients but I think I probably don't have the skill or experience to pull that off.
  3. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Thanks for your wise words Paul. One step at a time 🙂
  4. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Finished another phase of the project. I'm really quite relieved. I was very afraid that the sections wouldn't come together right. The exoskeleton is fairly crude but it's surprisingly strong. The dowels hold the tunnel in place. The whole tunnel can be lifted out as one piece, or each segment can be removed by itself. I'm exhausted. I'll probably take a break from this project for the rest of the weekend and pick it up again next week. I'll have to adjust the way I mold the 'window' sections using the expandable foam, as the first method was a bit of a mess. But I'm planning on doing everything else in the same way as with the practice tunnel, with only some minor tweaks. So far I've learned about a lot of techniques and materials that were new to me. But I'm getting a bit scared at the thought of tackling the "city" that hopefully will go over the tunnel. The artistic side of modelling is still foreboding to me. For now I'm trying to keep it out of mind and just focus on where I am right now.
  5. I have a Digitrax system. It works fine with all decoders that I have from a range of manufacturers. But I'm having an odd and similar experience with two Fleischmann decoders. One is a Function decoder. The other is a motor decoder. I got the function decoder first. It comes pre-installed in a Fleischmann Inter-City "Steuerwagen" - a driver cab at the back of the train, without an EMU. When I start the system I'm able to turn the lights on and switch directions (red/white). But after a while it just randomly changes. Sometimes, it goes off or changes directions. Sometimes it just stops responding. I'm not able to change the address using JMRI. It's still set on 03. I just got the motor decoder today. It's for a Fleischmann BR101. It works at first. Forward/reverse, lights on/off. But after about half a lap it stops responding. If I power off/on it works again, but the same thing happens. I've done a search for compatibility problems between Digitrax systems and Fleischmann decoders. I've found a couple of posts where people ask about Fleishc/Digi compatibility problems. One person said he heard that there can be problems. No answers confirming this. However, I was only able to find answers where people said that they must be compatible, NMRI, etc. But I didn't hear anyone saying from first hand experience that there's no problem. Anyone able to make sense of this?
  6. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    A little more progress. The first tunnel segment joint, and a couple of dowels. I had to use a thicker piece of wood for the segment one end place as the end was not completely square. The wider wood allowed me to affix it a little askew to correct the defect. I'll smooth the interior with vinyl Spackle. I used epoxy and hot glue. You can see I put a sheet of paper between the two segments as a sort-of diaphragm to prevent the endplates from getting glued together. I should be able to use two masonite plates for the remaining joints.
  7. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    My airbrush setup is almost complete btw. All I'm missing is the air filter and fan. I have a question. A lot of people on YouTube use aerosol primer. Seems dumb to me as you essentially have to do it outside. I'd rather use my nice little setup in the workshop. So I ordered some primer that you can spray with the airbrush. See any problems with that? I'm really looking forward to airbrushing.
  8. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    That thing looks useful. But I don't think it's in the same league as the saw. What sort of jobs can you do with it (that you can't just do with sandpaper)?
  9. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    I'm calling it a day for now. I was going to make the scaffold and then add the endplates. But now with the saw..... I think I'll do both at the same time so that access to the bolts can be optimized. I'm going to lay out a replica of the track so I can get the geometry right before going further. I'll probably do a bit more during the week. The saw is a bit addictive. I already want to get back to it. I made thirty or so, identical light guides yesterday. Very tedious, and took forever, but I'm glad it's done.
  10. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Good news/bad news. The bad is that the foamboard is useless at resisting lateral or tortional stress. So it can't be used to make cross struts. The good is that this forced me to christen the new saw. I LOVE it. With masonite struts this thing is really quite rigid. It wasn't hard to do at all. I'll probably just make the whole scaffold out of masonite or wood for the remaining tunnel sections.
  11. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    Interesting. I could probably get is just right by oversizing it and sanding it down. Not really necessary in this case as the hot glue fills in nicely. But it could be useful on another project. Especially for visible joints. That's pretty much what I've been doing. My gun is plenty hot, I think. It's hot enough for the glue to burn you. I don't think I'd want it hotter. Incidentally, I picked up an interesting product at the local art shop. I went looking for hot glue sticks. What I found instead (as well) was a long role of glue stick. Like a long string of the stuff, so you don't have to keep replacing the sticks so often. Looking forward to trying it.
  12. gavino200

    Gavino200's Layout phase II - Modeling

    First experience with foamboard. I like it. It's not as rigid as card but it's much easier to cut. I haven't added cross beams yet. I used hot glue as it's very 'space filling'. That's an advantage as the tunnel surface isn't completely regular and gaps tend to be present. It also dries very quickly.
  13. Kato Orient Express, apparently at the Kato Hobby Center. The video has a recent upload date but I think it might be the previous 15 car release. For unclear reasons it's being pulled by German locos (Except for an EF-65). It looks very nice. I can't wait for my OE to arrive next month.
  14. Dani, I used your write up for my conversion. I found it with a google search. I actually made a link to it earlier in this thread. I'm delighted to have the chance to thank you for making the write up. It was very clear and easy to follow. I had also never heard of D&H decoders before reading your guide. Since, then they've become something of a favorite of mine for difficult conversions. So I have that to thank you for too. 🙂
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