N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. in2tech

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    Time for some sidewalks, driveway, and walkway. Hope it works? Redid the roads too, with another thin layer.


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  2. Grey One

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    I am working on designs / ideas for storage and transportation of 'Mystrium'. I envision a super cooled for the liquid version, covered something for granular and heavy duty flats for blocks of it.
     
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    Right now I am waiting for an upgrade chip for my NCE Power Cab. I have the 165 version and the upgrade will make it a 165B version which I need to use my NCE system with a WiFi control via WiThrottle. This will eliminate the need for using JMRI and a computer. Relatively easy upgrade, remove nine screws replace chip reinsert nine screws and done. What could go wrong? What could go wrong?? What could go wrong???
     
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    When your finished the upgrade I've got some ocean front property in Pa for sale! It's only a few hours drive from Pittsburgh. ;) ;)
     
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    Not in the market for ocean front property. Just not a beach person. I own a couple of bridges in the Pittsburgh area if you are interested. Can make you a real good deal too, got three tunnels as well as a portion of the PA turnpike too.
     
  6. logging loco

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    Inkaneer; I must admit that I appreciate the offer but I'll have to pass.
    I own a piece of coal from the Williamsport &North Branch, a chunk of rail from the Susquehanna and Eaglesmere, and a spike from the New York & Susquehanna.
    I almost forgot, some homemade scrapple too.
    Life is good!
     
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  7. logging loco

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    Two tooling type projects I've been wanting to get to.

    First

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    Trying to free up a frozen pin vise. It was this way from previous owner.


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    I cut semicircles in some cedar scraps I had laying around. Then I clamped everything up nice and solid.


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    I got the collar free using a steel pin punch. I boogered it up just a tiny bit. In hindsight site I should have tried a brass drift first.


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    All disassembled and ready for a good cleaning.


    Second project.
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    A little benchtop dust collector cobbled together from a 4"x4¼"x3" down spout adapter a 12v muffin fan, a 12v wall wart, some screws and nuts.

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    I still need to cut and add filter media along with solder and shrink wrap leads. For now switching will be done with a sewing machine foot pedal.

    If it works satisfactorily I plan on eventually making it adapt to my mini table saw but be easily removable for use on the workbench.
     

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  8. freddy_fo

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    Just finishing up a 4-6-4 BR62 DCC conversion and tuning the motor settings. Boy does this engine creep and do it so smoothly. Probably the nicest running steam I have and this includes my beloved Kato's. I'm going to attempt a sound Install once ESU releases their upcoming "nano" sound decoder. Room is going to be tricky but if the dimensions are truly what ESU states I might be able to pull it off.

    So temporarily (I hope) I am using the ESU lokpilot micro decoder with the next18 connector. This way when I get the sound decoder in I should be able to swap out pretty easily by just unplugging/plugging. Right now the decoder fits all the way in the coal bunker but the sound board is a bit longer so will extend into the cab area a bit.

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    I just got in these dual color nano LEDs (red/white) so I could model EOT/Pusher ops for the rest of my Euro steam so this is my first try with them. Reduces work a little bit and helps to keep things cleaner but each cathode leg (common anode configuration) still requires soldering a resistor in line which is my least favorite task when prepping them for install lol. The engine came with GOW lamps so rather than rigging up my own mounting I reused the brass casings by clearing out the glass and filaments then stringing the LEDs back through them. I used UV glue to build up the "lens" around the exposed LED to duplicate the profile of the glass.

    Sorry about the quality but I couldn't get my phone to properly focus on the lamp. One can get the idea though.


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    Light casing installed.


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  9. logging loco

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    Does super cooled Mystrium require liquid nitrogen to reach cryogenic temps?

    Since you are wanting modify rolling stock on hand a few of these cars might be a straight forward modification.

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  10. Grey One

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    Yesterday I did up 3 'paper container home structures' as part of a test / practice.
    I'll try cardstock today.
     
  12. in2tech

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    Walters DQ Grill & Chill.
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    Best I can do in N Scale. Looks pretty good from a distance, not so much close up with a camera. Thank goodness I bought the paint pens and even they are very difficult. At least it has some color like the box photo. Still not finished yet.
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    I think it’s gonna work out good enough.


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  13. Martin Station

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    Your DQ build is really coming along good! Like what you did with the front entrance. I just finished building this kit not long ago and it was an enjoyable build. If you are interested, I added 2 Walthers HVAC Units (933-3269) to the roof (4 units come in the kit, 2 large and 2 small even though both look a little large) and also used a Rix n scale ladder from a farm grain elevator to attach to the back to reach the roof. I am still planning for a grill vent or maybe some duct work to add also. To find prototype photos for the roof I jut Googled DQ Grill & Chill photos and one popped up of a construction company site that was installing this equipment on the roof. Anyway looks like your having fun, enjoy!
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  14. in2tech

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    Was yours N Scale or HO? Either way I would like to see it and did you paint the front wall like I am doing? Have some generic roofing HVAC and other components coming 3D printed from a friend in the next few weeks, which I wall add to the DQ Grill & Chill as well as the DPM Transfer Unit I think it is called. I would really like to see photo's of yours?
     
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    Not perfect by any means. But from normal distance, me likes.


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    Mock up of the DQ Grill &Chill. More work to be done.


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  17. Martin Station

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    in2tec, I did paint the rock wall like you did. I used micro brushes and it worked out really well (or at least I think so). Like your idea of using 3D printed parts. I will try to post a photo soon.
    Ralph
     
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    built this one myself a few months ago. Yes the brickwork sucked, but the rest of the model went pretty ok. Here is what I ended up with.

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  19. Massey

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    Here is what’s on my workbench.

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    So, this is a set of T-Trak modules for my club that are going to be used as a fund raiser. It is a kiddie layout where for a donation we will let kids run trains around this layout for a while. We are going to speed limit the trains so full throttle doesn’t sent equipment flying. Since we are a T-Trak group, we made the little layout out of modules, which will allow expansion as well as integration.
     
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  20. Grey One

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    My 'Work Bench' is my most pressing project right now. With so many projects planned I realized I need more room so, using materials on hand, (including shelves from the flat pack cabinets), I'm building freestanding shelves over / on the bench.
    Projects
    Mysrium Transport
    Excursion Train
    Cleaning and oiling of locomoties
    Cardstock buildings, Retaining Walls and more
    Special Days Train - Flat cars or Gondolas which will hold changeable signs for holidays and people's birthdays.
    Note: The layout is in the living room so I'm doing my best to include family whenever I can.
     
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