N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    :eek::( Hope somehow that eye improves!!! (y)
  2. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

    Me too ! I am left eye dominant and this is making life miserable. I have one last eye appt in August. If no improvement they will prescribe glasses. Already told the doc that i dont care if they cut the bottom out of a Coke bottle and use it...as long as I can see again!
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  3. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    Just about completed the box cabs with dull coating and window glazing left. I also redid the decals on an earlier box cab that is in black paint. All three now await some Bandai #5 mechanisms from Japan. Those are 8 wheel pick-up and 8 wheel drive mechanisms which I believe are made by Tomix for Bandai.
  4. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    The Bandai 8 wheel drive mechanisms arrived from Japan and I am now doing final fitting into the box cabs. I also added a small amount of weight to each shell being careful to balance them. These Bandai mechanisms come without side frames the side frames being part of their locomotive or self propelled car kits. Those kits provide extra sideframes giving one the option on which to use of at least two different types. So I had a bin full of the unused sideframes.
    I am using just a small touch of Walthers Goo to secure the mechanisms but not enough to interfere with getting the mechanisms out if I need to. So the first one is ready sitting upside down while the Goo sets up and the 2nd mechanism is ready to fit with side frames. These mechanisms come with Rapido couplers but can be fitted with MT T shanks 1128-1129-1130 or Kato couplers all of which are simple drop ins. These mechanisms as I have said before are all wheel pick-up and all four axles geared with one traction tire. They have excellent throttle response and a nice slow speed. Several years ago I tested a mechanism without weights or a shell and it pulled 20 cars on a flat and level and up a 2% grade. This mechanism can run flat out at scale bullet train speed if it was used for the Bandai models of that train. So it has quite a speed range. The black box cab is slated for the port area switcher while the two green ones will be run as a pair as road freight power. My layout is DC but these could be converted to DCC but it will be a challenge due to the small size.
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  5. J Starbuck

    J Starbuck TrainBoard Member

    I used a Bandai 3 powered chassis in my Milwaukee Electric Light and Power L4. It pulls 20 cars without a problem. Amazing for such a small engine.
    These are very nice mechanisms right out of the box. I also wired mine with a Digitrax DZ126t decoder. I don’t recall it being especially difficult to hardwire because there was plenty of room under the shell.
  6. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    I am using both the Bandai 3 and the 5 mechanisms in various things and because of there relatively low profiles they fit much better than the Kato mechanisms and leave more room at the top to fit other things in like a decoder and wiring. And both mechanisms out pull the usual Kato mechanism mainly because of the all axle drive where the Kato is only two axle drive. I have heard that Kato has finally come out with a four axle drive but I have yet to find anybody carrying them.
  7. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

    Turnouts! I decided to handlay my turnouts using Peco code 80 rail (as Peco flextrack is easily available here) and last night, finished my first one. No special tools; a template, a soldering iron, a handful of files, and several track gauges! It works fine, in spite of not being pretty; micro trains trucks glide through! I need to work on my soldering skills i think.

  8. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

    Maybe I am getting too many N Scale Pacific Electric interurbans...still trying to finish up 1124 and 1445, and I just picked up a a Portland Twelve and a Hollywood Car...today I received a 500 and a 1000....I need 4 more Tomix chassis and 7 pairs of poles.....I have located a 3D printed source of poles in France....my wife is going to kill me....
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  9. Mike Bauman

    Mike Bauman TrainBoard Member

    Why not try my "Green Max" power chassis. You can cut the power chassis to fit. Here's the link — https://www.ebay.com/itm/323401395498 — Mike B
  10. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

    I Bought THE farm....

    Laser cut farm buildings. It comes with 5 buildings but I only have room for the 3 most important; Barn...Tractor Shed....Chicken Coop. The other shed and smoke house I will use later down on the 'Homestead'.

    Tough build...especially with only one eye working :( It took me a week to build 3 buildings :(

    But THE Horse Boarding Ranch is starting to look like one ;)

    Still have the 3 rail fence to plant...but that is a story for another time.

  11. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Is that one of the laser-cut kits? Looks very nice and should make a great scene.
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  12. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

    Yup...its by Laser-Art. A real nice kit...real bad for the eyes with all those really small parts. It just takes patience...which I have little of waiting yet another month for my cataract surgery.
  13. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

    I didnt like their black paper rolled roofing. I have sheets of 1200 W/D sanpaper. I made my own roofing and will scribe in lines with an old dull Xacto blade (y) One good thing about using the real fine sandpaper...if you want to 'weather' the roof...just rub your finger over it :whistle::)(y)
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  14. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Looks great. I like how the sand paper worked out for the roof. Now you just need to paint "See Rock City" on the roof. :D
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  15. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

    Or confuse a lot of people...
  16. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

    7EE09926-C82E-4972-8AAF-DCDD5B3C86D5.jpeg I’m working on a Showcase Miniatures kit, The Tom Yorke Depot at Frijole Flats. It’s been a fun build so far
  17. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

    That's amazing JimJ. Impressed! :)
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  18. Thieu

    Thieu TrainBoard Member

    A new onetrak module of the Old Main Line.

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  19. Sharky_McSharknose

    Sharky_McSharknose TrainBoard Member

    I have a Life-Like Alco PA with the plastic frame on the bench. I have it apart while I figure out how to do a DCC + sound install in it. The wiring looks pretty straightforward, but the packaging? Not so much...
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  20. WPZephyrFan

    WPZephyrFan TrainBoard Member

    I'm curious as to how this turns out. I have a set of Grande PA's that I'd love sound a DCC in them!
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