MODELING It's Monday, January 6th 2020: Weekend Modeling Accomplishments

Jim Wiggin Jan 6, 2020

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome back from the weekend. I hope you had a great weekend and you got a lot done.

    Saturday: A quiet day at the dealership, I think there was a bit of post holiday resting going on. Once home I did the same thing.

    Sunday: Took it easy. Worked on my few garage projects and called it a day. Didn't even get close to the layout.

    So how about you? What did you accomplish? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Friday the 10th to start the process all over again. Until then, have a great week, stay safe and as always...

    High Greens!
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  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Built a tapering jig for my table saw to taper the width of the legs on my train table. Not necessary, but I enjoy woodworking and wanted to try something I'd never done before. I have a small saw, so built the jig as a sled with a runner that fits in the table saw's miter slot. Those are Harbor Freight toggle clamps, so you know they're of top quality. :LOL: I ran one test piece and the results are spot on. :)

    20189-12-31 Tapering Jig - for upload.jpg
  3. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    I had a mixed bag of a weekend.

    Friday: I had to take my Mom to the ER - she had fallen and figured she had cracked a few ribs. They checked her out -- nothing more then that. Her head, neck and back are fine. Just the cracked ribs.

    Saturday -- We had our granddaughter -- so, my modeling work was sporadic. But, I got most of what I wanted to do -- done.

    Sunday: Completed the decaling on said project.

    Hope Y'all had a great weekend!!
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    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Sorry to hear about your mom falling Wolf. Glad it wasn't any worse than that.

    Saturday, put down some more scenery material and worked on the highway bridge a little.

    Sunday, did some wiring work (not as much as I wanted to) and even a little more scenery.

    Small steps every weekend but the progress is slowly adding up. Will put some pics in my JPT Sub thread later today.
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  5. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Thank you, very much!! She is very sore, but, she will be OK.

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  6. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

    re: SP-Wolf, sorry mom had a fall. Glad report was as good as it was. I did finalize the passenger depot diagram. As of this writing, I am picking out cardstock in appropriate colors. I sorely need to do "landscaping". I am trying to work it in. :D
  7. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Thank you, very much!!

  8. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Dang Wolf-scary Friday. Cracked ribs are no fun. Could have been worse and I'm glad she's fine otherwise!

    This weekend I braced parts of the layout skirt I put in so the top of the masonite would rigid. Got cardboard lattice put in for about 15LF around the outside edge of the layout. The rest of the weekend was spent in my upstairs office setting up a new laptop, monitors, and docking station. Also spent considerable time going through old papers, trashing and filing. I came across quite a bit of model railroading papers, flyers, old registration cards for this that and the other. I reorganized the file system for all the model railroading stuff.
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  9. SP-Wolf

    SP-Wolf TrainBoard Supporter

    Thank you -- and, yeah, that'll get your heart pumping --

  10. Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson TrainBoard Member

    I was only able to finish the flying of the cork road bed. And prepping for the soldering of feeders (yuck) to the track.
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  11. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    I resurrected an old project I wanted to build - an Arduino-controlled DC power pack.

    It came back to life when I was diagnosing an engine and one thing led to another, so I ended up at the electronics shop where I picked up an OSEPP motor driver (2 channels, 2 amps each) to add to the Arduino Uno and the Proto Shield I already had (and were sleeping in a bag since 2013...).

    I wrote a short test program to check the PWM outputs with an oscilloscope, and I started soldering wires to the proto shield to turn it into an interface between the Uno and the motor driver. Nice...:cool:

    I still have plenty to do before it gets connected to any tracks. And with two channels on the motor driver, I can do two zones.

    After I have a basic setup (potentiometers for speed control, and switches for direction), the next step will be to send commands via the USB port from a laptop. And from there, Bluetooth.

    I'm taking my time to bring this one up to fruition, testing every step along the way. And thoroughly enjoying a nice project that's for me, my trains, and nothing else.

    Perfect to keep one's sanity.:)
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