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What did you do today on your layout? (HO and other scales)

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marknewton
On 7/1/2018 at 10:48 AM, Kamome said:

Nice work Mark. I still need a quiet moment without toddlers to number mine as well as numbering a load of Takis and Kokis. Do you add a layer of clear coat over yours? I wondered how well these dry transfers hold up in the case of imprecise handling.

 

Thanks. I always give the dry transfers a coat of semigloss varnish to protect them. I apply it with an airbrush through a mask that's randomly shaped so it's not easily seen against the original finish. Although on a few of my passenger cars I've oversprayed the entire side with a flat finish to simulate the appearance of paint that's faded and starting to go chalky as it deteriorates. From what I've seen that's about as weathered as JNR coaching stock ever got in the period I'm modelling.

 

All the best,

 

Mark.

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Kiha66

Not layout, but I completely disamebeled and scrubbed a used Kato dd51 today.  It had been covered in a overly enthusastic weathering attempt, luckily most of it came off with a little elbow grease.  Now I just need to find some replacement parts for the ones that are missing or broken.

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marknewton

I spent the afternoon fitting decoders to my Kato D51s. 

 

Unfortunately, I discovered how easy it is to accidentally fry the damn things and destroy them. 😞

 

The moral of the story is to insulate all bare wires, and turn the power off before doing ANYTHING!

 

All the best,

 

Mark.

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gavino200
2 hours ago, marknewton said:

I spent the afternoon fitting decoders to my Kato D51s. 

 

Unfortunately, I discovered how easy it is to accidentally fry the damn things and destroy them. 😞

 

The moral of the story is to insulate all bare wires, and turn the power off before doing ANYTHING!

 

All the best,

 

Mark.

 

Try using a product called “liquid tape” I swear by it for decoder installations. Don’t worry, I think we’ve all fried a few decoders along the way.

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cteno4

Also run your finger over the solder joint before insulation as at times you get one strand of wire or solder filament poking out that can be very sharp and not get fully covered by liquid tape and can also pierce the ultra thin heat shrink on application if you use that stuff. This then can touch a ground...

 

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shadowtiger25
On 5/2/2018 at 12:39 PM, marknewton said:

Another unfinished project, resurrected from the depths of the storage box - a kitbash of an old Walthers kit for an Airslide covered hopper into a "near-enough" JNR ホキ3100 cement hopper. I can't do any work on the layout right now so I thought I'd finish this one instead.

 

Where do you get your spoked wheels? I can't find any of these things

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marknewton

I don’t know if SEM ship to the US, you’ll need to contact David and ask him. 

 

Although I’m concentrating on the Belgian Congo project at the moment, I haven’t been neglecting the JNR modelling. I picked up one of these Sera1 four-wheel hopper wagons recently on a Yahoo! Japan auction. They were originally produced by Max Model, and are now available from One Mile, whose main product range is 1/80th scale diecast buses. They supply the basic wagon, you apply the details and supply wheels, couplers and numbering. The two cross braces at the top of the hopper body are supplied as etched parts, but they’re just a bit short, and very fragile. So I replaced them with lengths of brass flat bar. 

One interesting feature of these models is that they can be set up to run on either 16.5mm gauge or 12/13mm gauge. Extra bearings and brake rigging are provided for the narrower gauges. Mine’s on 16.5mm, using Tomix wheelsets. All that’s left to do now is some touch-up painting and some light weathering.

The prototype Sera1 hoppers ran almost exclusively in Kyushu, but a few made their way to Honshu to be photographed in service with Seki-type bogie hoppers, so I’ll probably get one or two more of these attractive little wagons. If I do I’ll use SEM wheelsets instead of Tomix, because I don’t have any more of them spare.

 

All the best,

 

Mark.
 

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GDorsett

I have been invited to set up trains at an elementary school again for a holiday event. Rather than take the convoluted mess that I had last year, I figured I'd dig out my old 4' x 8' layout that's been sitting out in the garage for the past ten years and resurrect it.

With the help of a soda, a sandwich, and one track eraser, It has been dug out (almost literally), cleaned off, and had DCC MacGyvered into it as well has a double loop of N-scale tossed in the middle.

 

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Old, painfully messey wiring...

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And this morning, it has seen it's first train in close to a decade.

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Now I just need to get some scenery onto it before Friday and then figure out what I'm going to run on it, since my EF510 won't make these curves very happily...neither will my Amtrak coaches...

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cteno4

Great you are doing this Garrett! Plant those seeds!

 

jeff

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GDorsett

Gotta get em into trains so they can't afford...uh...other things...

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