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    Narrow Gauge Diesel conversion from HO.

    Wa Hail, here is O'le 96 tooting around the oval.
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    Narrow Gauge Diesel conversion from HO.

    I like doing my own models and have designed and printed and using both GE90's in original and rebuilt configurations. Currently I have three running and one unmodified KATO chassis to convert. I've had better luck with Soundtraxx mobile decoders rather than the Digitraxx ones I started out...
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    Improving Our Steam Engines Performance

    I work in HON3, White Pass and Yukon. I have a couple of lovely and expensive Blakstone K27's but my real workhorses are KATO NW2's that I narrow gauged into GE 90 Series Shovel noses. Those locos can pull the wallpaper off the wall, having huge dual flywheel motors and a solid metal chassis...
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    Narrow Gauge Diesel conversion from HO.

    My best runner, ole 96 ground to a halt the other day. The Cliffs Notes version is a piece of grit got through the open bottom of the truck and jammed the gears. This stressed one of the couplings which then started to slip on the shaft. Complete disassembly and popped the bottom off of the gear...
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    Narrow Gauge rolling stock 3D printing.

    I borrowed a couple of couplers to try these out. the secret to having a good running 3D printed car is careful alignment ot the truck bolsters. The printing process will not always have these perfect and of course later alignment is essential fro both ends. A little more difficult to...
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    Narrow Gauge rolling stock 3D printing.

    Ordered a bunch more trucks but no couplers showed up. Oh well, tried again! I designed and printed two WP&YR 1200 series drop center flatcars. Under the drop center is a steel bar stock which adds very low weight. Initial test behind the loco went well. WP only had three of these so...
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    Ho engine leds

    Hard to believe it doesn't matter which way you wire the LED's as they are a diode which by definition only pass current in one direction.
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    How to Make Trees and Shrubs

    The large scale trees have come out quite convincing!
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    55 Gallon Drums

    Ralph Nader was rightly criticized for his comments, but it pretty much did in the unique auto's sales. The issue was with the swing axel design which was shared by the VW Bug and an army jeep of the era. Both of which could exhibit unpleasant consequences if mis handled. In the name of...
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    Kriegsloks building shops

    That's a Big AZ caveman motor! Bigger even than the KATO motors in my Narrow Gauge Diesel conversions though those have room for a flywheel on both ends. Should be a great puller if you can get enough weight in it! Fun project! Cheers: Tom
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    55 Gallon Drums

    The Corsair is deemed 'Unsafe at any speed" according to Ralph Nader so at least it's parked! Nice car models. I have printed great numbers of 55 gallon barrels as well as 5 Gallon Jerry cans. The drums are hollow such that I can glue "liquid lead" (fine shot) inside for use as needs...
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    Comment by '747flier' in media 'IMAG0179'

    Nice track work!
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    Narrow Gauge rolling stock 3D printing.

    Some things don't go well, I tried several times to order directly from Kadee but never got any email response that my order went through. As opposed to receiving a sophisticated joystick form my NYC Fav B&H Photo which arrived in Alaska from less than 24 hrs after I ordered it for the same...
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    Digitrax throttle

    I don't remember the CV number but one can set up the throttle to give a higher starting voltage to locos that need it. Mine fortuitously all start out with a nice slow crawl with just a little throttle movement.
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    Finally got around to building the critter

    Good stuff, heard it was no longer available?
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    Finally got around to building the critter

    If I was going to start over I might have built in 1:62using HO items for a 3' narrow gauge since I am not using any commercial components for anything but track, wheels and engine chassis.
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    Finally got around to building the critter

    What flat finish are you using?
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    M.B.Klein sold

    I have made quite a few orders from MTS in the past and was looking to order some HON3 Truck, couplers and trucks. Got all the way to shipping and they wanted $43 to ship some very small items that would rattle around in a sandwich bag bottom at most.
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    Narrow Gauge rolling stock 3D printing.

    I have been looking around at getting some more couplers (Kadee 705) and wheels and trucks. I found them at Model train stuff who I have ordered from many times. I got all the way down to shipping, all this stuff would rattle around in the bottom of a sandwich bag, and they wanted $43 to ship it...
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    Digitrax throttle

    Thanks for the info! I have the DCS 52 unit which I chose as it is much like the old power packs that I was used to. Looking at eventually Getting a cab unit or two as the trackage expands. Cheers: Tom




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