Weekend Photo Fun 11-7/11-10

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rhoward

S.L.O.&W. Trainman
Thanks Ray and Brian: Ray, It's all your fault. You motivated me to start on them. Yes, they were a bear, but, like every thing else, they did get a little easier, the more I did. It's a real exercise in patience. Looks like you had a fun day!

Alway glad to help!! ;);):D
 

UP2CSX

Fleeing from Al
John P., that's some good looking mud. I've been pondering about how to more realistic looking mud in my swamp and now you've given me a few ideas.

Alco, I've got Terry's 1989 book also. Purchased it at the North Platte Amtrak gift shop while we were on a 30 minute servicing layover going east on the Zephyr. It was $19.95, which was a lot of money at the time, but I figured I'd probably never get the chance to get it again so I sprung for it. Good thing too since I've never seen it again except at much higher prices. He was a great detailer and mechanical engineer.

Gramps, those switch stands do make a really big difference in the appearance of the yard. I'm taking the middle path, replace my CI ground throws with CI high level switch stands. I'm hoping for a more prototype look without removing as much hair from my head as the Details West switch stands require.

Ray, I sure hope I'm able to do an exhibit at an MR show when I'm Harold's age. That guy in the last picture looks like some kind of hippie musician...oops, sorry, I guess that's you. :) Nice bumpers though.
 

wheeler1963

Aurora & Portland Owner
As always, great work everyone!!! :) I didn't get much done this week, kinda been waiting on decals and parts again.
 

jeffrey-wimberly

Dr Frankendiesel
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dk-espee

Member
It's been a while since I have posted on this forum or this thread, but I follow it every weekend!!! Here's what I have been working on this weekend....

Atlas GP40, detailing and painting it into the DRGW 3079.

Here's the chassis with an NCE decoder installed. I used micro-bulbs and fiber optics for the front headlight and mars nose light. The nose light will be programmed as a mars light.

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Here is the shell ready for masking and a coat of Polly-scale engine black.

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After the coat of black.

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Decal process started.

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The yellow-orange paint was mixed from floquil, 2 parts SP Daylight Orange- 1 part Reefer Yellow. The decals are Micro-Scale 1128 (the older DRGW orange). Final details and weathering should be completed by next weekend. I have a handful of these to paint up, this is the first of the bunch. My next unit will be a "B" unit, with the only difference being the lack of sunshades, speed recorder, and designation by DRGW (lack of federally approved toilets or something:D).
 

lmackattack

old school
no pics from the weekend but I did have some storys.

friday I re painted some old BN coal cars into the IC name.decaled and all looked great
Then I bought a TS1000 alco decoder (turned out to be faulty and had to send it back today) buzz kill!!!
went to the club layout on sunday and my Sound traxx equipped IC mountain would not respond to commands. I think its in the layout system as it works flawless at home.
then I put my BLI heavy mike on the layout and the chuff goes out! got a new reed coming. only good news I had was today as my IC passenger cars showed up tonight opend the box and checked the wheels.... they wheels barley turn

bad weekend so far LOL

Trent
 

dk-espee

Member
Nice work dk! Who makes the bulbs and fiber optics?

Miniatronics makes the bulbs, they're the 1.5 volt 1.2mm bulbs. I can't recall who makes the fiber optics. I threw the packaging away a long time ago. I bought it at my LHS (Hobby Town USA), the cost was something like $10 for 5 feet or so.
 

macjet

Member
Miniatronics makes the bulbs, they're the 1.5 volt 1.2mm bulbs. I can't recall who makes the fiber optics. I threw the packaging away a long time ago. I bought it at my LHS (Hobby Town USA), the cost was something like $10 for 5 feet or so.

Thanks!

Be sure and post pics of the final product.
 

macjet

Member
Does that replace the clear formed plastic that comprises the headlights or do you just run the fiber optic up to that point?
 

lmackattack

old school
that looks like fiber optic strand at .04" thick.. I would just run that to the head lite /ditch lite hole etc.. or to the back of the headlight plastic lenz.

Trent
 

V&AL

Fred's Loco Shop Foreman
I'm working on a Lighting test unit right now. I have an OLD Bachmann E-60 that I am setting up. Fiber optics on one end, and LED's on the other. I'll let y'all know how it goes once everything gets here and installed...

For fiber optics I'm using .030 and .060 from an Ebay supplier...

This is the Test Unit,
E-60X #6011
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dk-espee

Member
I just measured the inner diameter of the Atlas headlight housings and it is .075. The fiber optic lens inserts they use measures .072. If you want a good fit I would suggest using a similar diameter fiber optic.
 

jeffrey-wimberly

Dr Frankendiesel
I've finished the wiring that joins the pickups of the two SDP40F's together. In the photo below you can just see the red and black wires passing from one loco to the other like MU cables. The white wire is tied around the two X2F couplers. This way they can't separate but are free to move.

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grumpybob

Lake Shore Lines
Jeffrey,

Just a thought. Use some of the black coated heat sink tubing to cover the wires exposed between the engines, then it will look like air line and brake line cables. it comes in a small enough size so it looks better than the red and white wire that is exposed.


Bob
 




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