N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. nscalestation

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    Started a curved, segmented, concrete trestle that will have a ballasted deck. Building it around a curved piece of styrene with the parts added to show the segments. Bents are made from Rix Products highway bridge kit columns and .240 x .240 pine strips for the horizontal beams.

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  2. BNSF FAN

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    Tank car and tank truck loading platform is in progress on the workbench.

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  3. Pie39

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    I've been slowly building an Ann Arbor sand train of two-bay hoppers, but I've always been hesitant to try the Michigan Interstate-era cars, due to the metal logos on the sides (I'm terrible with anything styrene).

    But...measuring twice and cutting once does indeed work, and with a decal set released recently, I had to give it a shot. I'm really happy with it, and there'll surely be more to come!
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  4. nscalestation

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    I had recently ordered some Kato low profile wheel sets and they arrived yesterday. Last night and today I got them installed on 2 SD40's and an SD45 plus an Atlas SD60. They do make a difference, no more rumbling over my code 55 turnouts. The actual wheel is the same diameter but the flanges are slightly smaller and the wheel width is smaller.

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  6. Massey

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    So my workbench looks the same as last time. But this time the engine has all the pieces inside with the covers on. I’m only missing 2 gaskets and the engine will be 100% complete. One of the gaskets will be here tomorrow, the other isn’t critical, I could seal up the thing with silicone, but I want the gasket. Tubes for the tires will be here tomorrow as well and the bike will have wheels. It will prolly be rideable this or next weekend! I’m excited .
     
  7. Carl Sowell

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    Earlier in this thread, I posted images of my new gas flare project for my oil refinery. Below are 2 images taken earlier today, still work in progress. Since making these pictures I have added 4 pole lights, a micro wave dish, a control panel and power wiring for the motor. I need to add some worker bees decked out in their Nomax suits. I will complete this project Sunday as tomorrow is vacuum, mop day. The cotton flame needs tweaking but this shows the effect is doable..........................
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    Be kind, be safe, be well,
    Carl

    PS: as always all comments are appreciated especially some ideas to improve the scene.
     
  8. mtntrainman

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    That is awesome Carl !!! Sure looks like a flame to me...:cool::cool::cool:
     
  9. Calzephyr

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    Yep... that is very realistic

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  10. tehachapifan

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    Yes, the flame is awesome! Is it illuminated with a flickering LED?
     
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  11. mtntrainman

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    Carl...I just googled...refinery flare images...and I am beyond impressed how you made that look so danged realistic...wowsers.

    Kudos again (y)(y)(y)(y):cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
     
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  12. Run8Racing

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    I think it's perfect !!!
     

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    A Southern Pacific SD35 being weathered:

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    Carl,
    How did you make the flame on the flair!!!
     
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  17. Massey

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    So my workbench is void of an engine. I still have Trail 90 all over the place but the bike is 95% assembled now. I wasn’t able to get a pic I lost daylight. Tomorrow I will get some, and maybe even start it.
     
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  18. Carl Sowell

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    Thanks for all the kind comments, some have asked how I did the flame so I offer the following as a quick reveal:
    I did not use a flickering LED but rather the large item is a bulb that came in a kit with a control board that I never used 'til now. It does not flicker but rather fades in and out. I can control the speed of the fade but it looks best as set now. In addition there are 5 LED's of various sizes and colors plus the 5 light poles. Some of the LED's, including the light poles are set at 3v supply and the others are made to operate at 5-12v (have 840 ohm resistors) and I am operating them at 10v.

    1. Lights off showing the mess of lights, also on the bottom there are 2 small mirrors to help reflect the colors into the cotton balls ..................
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    2. Here are two, cheap stepdowns, one set at 10v and the other at 2.4v...........
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    3. Here is the lighted version sans the cotton..............
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    Thanks for looking. Stay well,

    Carl
     
  19. mtntrainman

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    Lots of work there...but it definately gives the desired affect...(y)(y)(y):whistle:
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  20. Massey

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    So here is where the engine that used to be on my workbench ended up.

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