HO Scale - What's On Your Workbench?

RDGbuff56 Nov 17, 2009

  1. CentralStatesandWesternRR

    CentralStatesandWesternRR TrainBoard Member

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    I got them as part of a mobile home kit. The mobile home isn’t displayed yet. In the meantime I thought I’d give tribute to Chicago’s tradition of parking dibs haha!

    I’ve bought 3D printed folding chairs that are pretty good. These are metal and more difficult to paint and assemble.


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  2. Akirasho

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    First solvent based glue in house in 10 years.

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    … more future projects?

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    Old sheet of self made decals.

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  3. Mr. Trainiac

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    I recently bought some cheap drill bits from China off of eBay. They look like an off-version of one by Micro Mark with the same slide case. The ends were basically flat, no angle to be seen. They wandered all over the place, so I watched some videos on drill bit sharpening and filed the one I was using to make it actually work. The hardest part is making sure the point stays centered so it drills evenly. image.jpg
     
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  4. Akirasho

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    Info on your magnifier please. I'm in the market.
     
  5. WM183

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    Today (and tomorrow, likely) I am painting the brass 2-8-0 and finalizing the locomotive upgrades. The next step is to add all-wheel pickup to the tender, and a 2-wire plug connection between loco and tender for very reliable operation.
     
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  6. RailMix

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    I didn't see specifics in your Seneca branch thread, but I am assuming you got satisfactory results by adding the thrust washers to the gearbox?
     
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  7. Mr. Trainiac

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    This is from Ottlite. A few features: There is an LED in the part where the lens attaches to the flexible arm. I need to get new batteries for mine, it runs on those button cell batteries, like the ones in hearing aids and laser pointers. The base is weighted so it actually has a pretty good range of motion without tipping over. It comes with an optional clamp to clamp it to your workbench. The flexible metal arm unscrews from the stand and reattached to the clamp. I don’t use it because my workbench surface is too thick for it to grab, but it seems strong enough to stay in place on a thinner table. Working through a lens takes some getting used to since every movement is magnified, but it works when I need it to. You can find these at Amazon and JoAnn Fabrics, craft stores, etc. here is the OttLight website where they have some other lenses too:https://products.ottlite.com/p-397-5-inch-led-magnifier-with-clip-and-stand.aspx
     
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  8. WM183

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    I did! I added some thrust washers to tighten up the wormshaft, and it quieted it down quite a bit. In addition, I will be adding a vibration-damping mount between the frame and the gearbox as I have removed the old rubber tubing hookup and replaced it with a universal joint kit from NWSL. I have a decoder on the way, which as it is coming from a distributor here in Holland will hopefully arrive on Tuesday. if all goes well, I will be able to host a short video on Wednesday!
     
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  9. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Finished extending a tunnel portal. I think it came out decent.

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  10. vince p

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    CS&W that is a cool looking tunnel portal like the way it's become a nice double track portal.
     
  11. Akirasho

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    First & Second Generations.

    Continuing to dig through old stuff, I found graphic documentation of advances in HO wellcars.

    The old A-line/PPW kits & RPP kits.

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    both could flesh out well with contemporary detailing.
     
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  12. CentralStatesandWesternRR

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    Adding lighting and detailing a BN caboose. The direction illuminated can be selected by the switch. I’m going to make brass wire end railings and I have the eyebolts in place already. I dulled the roof will apply a new coat of silver in splotches to make it look weathered. Sometimes weathering in reverse is easier.

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  13. dalebaker

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    A bit of weathering and striping going on at the port this weekend. I watched a video of the SKOL turn coming into the port taken last Sunday and this guy was next to the last on the train. Everything else was weathered and looked the part, but this one stood out like a beacon.....
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  14. Chops

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    A Varney Aerotrain shell, motorized. The more troublesome aspect was that the coaches would not track for love or money. Tried weight,
    tried changing to metal wheels, tried new couplers, eventually got it to work by inserting halving some spare OO British goods wagons
    and now it tracks nicely.
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  15. dalebaker

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    That thing always says to me:
    The guys that designed the Ford Edsel designed this after they were fired from Ford............
     
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    The relationship with Henry Ford and his long suffering son, Edsel, as well as Henry's difficult relationship with many friends and
    associates is something to behold. Not only did Henry like to tinker with the new technology of automobiles, he liked to tinker
    with people. You might well know of his Social Police, who went about Detroit and walked into employee's homes and instructed
    them upon every imaginable subject, and how it was to conform to Ford standards of living- or be fired. Fordlandia, in Brazil, was
    another of his disastrous experiments in social engineering. Apparently Mrs. Ford threatened to walk out on him until he called off
    his thugs who were engaged in both assaulting, and murdering (no one was ever charged) labor organizers, the Auto Workers Assoc.

    Edsel had some good ideas about how to advance beyond the Model T, but Henry was apparently incensed that anyone would
    challenge his authority. And, as you alluded to, he also ran a lot of other brilliant engineers off, such as the Dodge Brothers, for
    one, who tragically died in the Spanish Flu epidemic.

    Perhaps the most amazing thing is that in spite of Ford's astonishing misuse of corporate funds
    (such as his attempts to build vehicles using soy bean derivatives instead of steel) that FOMOCO survived at all, and did not go the way of the Huppmobile and many other failed ventures.

    The point is, your point has a point.
     
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    Back to model trains, this is the Varney that went from an empty shell to operational status.
     
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  18. RailMix

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    Just a couple of notes:
    The Dodge brothers, who, in spite of their rowdy behavior, reputedly operated the best machine shop in Detroit prior to beginning car production, were actually a supplier to Ford, machining transmission parts.
    It is also interesting to note that Edsel, who suffered from an ulcer, (no surprise there) died from an infection contracted by drinking unpasteurized milk at the family farm.
     
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  19. astrotrain

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    Corn bins for my Ethanol plant. Fun kit.

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  20. dalebaker

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    I notice on the Left that there appears to be inspiration for this build......
     
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