N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the kind words, I guess I never posted a final look at my project in this thread, so here is a very short Y-T video for you:


    Now to answer your question :

    Here is an image, from KATO Parts Dpt., of the SD80 glass set:

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    The SD90/43 looks the same, but is a different part #, and both show "sold out", so be careful. This shows the ditch light and head light tubes plus you see the two side window glass sets and on the upper end of each you see a wing which is the windshield for that side. At the lower end of the glass there is a 90* wing that is a glass for the small window on the rear of the cab. Also this shows the tab that is on the bottom of each side set. I take a toothpick and put it between that tab and the cab wall to spread them apart, then I use a toothpick and press in on the small rear window to pop it loose. I even gently push with toothpick on the windshield right on the bend from side glass to windshield. Work slowly and gently and you should be OK.

    FYI, I found it to be quite a challenge getting it re-assembled correctly.

    Perhaps someone else will offer some suggestions too.

    Have fun, be well,
    Carl
     
  2. John Moore

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    Well a bit of an update on the boxcabs. Ladders to the roof are now on along with handrails of .025 rod and a brass bell hangs on the A end, along with two air tanks on the roof. Daggone paint is flaking some, since removed, I need to get a protective coat on it. Still have glazing to go in the windows and brass airhorns on the roof. A little tungsten putty to go in the shell and decals. 2nd one is under way. Power is a Bachmann 44 tonner mechanism and will operate of DC or DCC using Bmann's decoder. Using the directional lighting system in Bachmann's board. The shell is designed to take the couplers off the 44 tonner.

     
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  3. John Moore

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    Waiting now on some air horns to come in and some minor paint touch ups. I elected to not go with the replacement sideframes but kept the 44 tonner ones. I think the side frames are too brittle. I broke about 4 parts trying to be careful most on the underframe. I may cut the body off the next 44 tonner and just use the underframe from that. The plastic is far stronger than whatever Shapeway used. It is not a four stacker. Those are spark arresters mounted on each stack.

     
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  4. 308GTSi

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    Oh, that is probably the best response to a question I've ever had, quite detailed and all the information I could hope for. Thank you so much.
    You're the exact opposite of the person that wrote the Workshop Manual for my V12 Jaguar !!

    My SD80MAC is going to be the wine red demonstrator 8000 (and maybe 8001 also). I will provide details of paint and decals used once complete.
     
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  5. Sumner

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    On my workbench?? How about a ....

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    .... new workbench and shelving. I posted more about it on the forum ( HERE ),

    Sumner
     
  6. John Moore

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    Well on a rainy windy day work has started on the 2nd boxcab and is going much better than the first one. For starters I am using the underframe of the 44 tonner that I carefully cut from that body with a single edge razor blade which is much sharper than an exacto blade. Once again I broke the brittle shapeways underframe so this underframe is a better choice, and stronger. Plus I get the corner steps. A quick check showed that it was possible to use the 70 tonner mechanism if once again you cut the under frame loose and use that underframe under the shapeways shell. You gain small end platforms doing this and use the same Bmann couplers. So if there is another it will be based on the 70 tonner mechanism.

    Another advantage this time is in using the Bmann 44 tonner underframe I do not have to stand on my head and have 4 hands to try and mount the couplers. Using the shapeways underframe the mechanism will not go onto the underframe with the couplers on therefore they have to be put on afterward in less than limited space.

    I decided to transfer the skirts to the 1st one and left them on for the 2nd one. I just need to paint them gray or black..

     
  7. Joe Lovett

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    @Sumner, really nice workbench and shelves! How thick is the wood on the shelves and vertical supports.

    Joe
     
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  8. John Moore

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    By chance does the work space slide in a bit?
     
  9. Sumner

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    Yep it does slide in some. I have a lot of room where the chair is so won't have to slide it in to get by that area if I don't want to. Slid in like above I'll be able to reach the shelf behind it easily so will probably put things there that will work well with the type of projects I can work on with less workbench.

    Lots more pictures here.....

    http://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/UP Canyon Division/page-11.html

    .... and here....

    http://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/UP Canyon Division/page-12.html

    Sumner
     
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  10. Sumner

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    The shelves are 1/2" particle board (like it since items slide easily on it and it is cheaper). All the rest is 1 X 2's which are also pretty darn cheap. Here are a couple other areas that I have shelving in and are probably less than 25% of the shelfing I have in the shop area. Has worked well for years and is plenty strong as I also have a lot of car stuff on them like wheels/tires and other heavier items.

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    The picture above shows how I did use a larger crossmember across a wider span on one shelf (where the thermometer is). In the build I went a different way (which I've done before) and ...

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    .... I put in supports between two shelves that support the shelf under them along with those above the braces.

    Again all the lumber dimensions and how to put it together start here...

    http://1fatgmc.com/RailRoad/UP Canyon Division/page-11.html

    Sumner
     
  11. Carl Sowell

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    Here is a caboose that I just completed. It is to run with "special" trains when pulled by my rail beast.

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    I took out the factory weight and then put 2 LR44 batteries, switch, and 2 LED's inside. Tight quarters!!

    Thanks for looking, be well,
    Carl
     
  12. Shortround

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    What are those Boxcabs used for? I've never seen one, that I recall.
     
  13. Carl Sowell

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    Those are transfer cabooses.

    C
     
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  14. John Moore

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    Almost done with the Boxcabs but still waiting on parts. I removed the tall spark arresters off the one because they did not look right. Getting replaced by a different type spark arrester. And a modern set of boxcabs in the rear.

     
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  15. Massey

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    They are used mainly in Europe for shunting and rail maintenance. Not sure what they are used for in the US. Whenever I see one I think of Toby from Thomas and Friends.
     
  16. Shortround

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    Like a small switcher engine. Maybe part caboose.
    My two daughters and there friends weren't into 'Thomas and Friends' so I don't know much of them.
     
  17. John Moore

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    If You are referring to my boxcabs and not the transfer caboose boxcabs were the first diesels. They fit many descriptions as oil electrics, diesel electrics, gasoline powered, and electric. They ranged from small switchers to the giant freight haulers. The best known are the electric boxcabs of the Great Northern, Milwaukee, and Pennsylvania. Saw service as both freight and passenger. Could be seen operating as single units to multiple lashups up to four units. Horsepower ranged from 300 HP to 4000 HP. On the Turtle Creek Central the boxcabs range from the 2 unit 1200 HP to the more modern 2 unit of 2000 HP.
     
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  18. John Moore

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    Working on my 2nd order from the card stock building vendor.


    I liked the first order of buildings so much that I made a 2nd order and have made an urban renewal project to accommodate them. From the 1st order I used the smaller structures to redo the Wers the Beef stockyards. There are 4 small buildings in this shot, all card stock, with the 4th one behind the end of the loading dock.


    The 2nd order consists of the Mexican Restaurant, Macy's Diner, Frosty Time Ice cream, and a news stand. Plus again I got a bonus, this time an ice cream truck.
     
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  19. John Moore

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    Well just about finished with my newest card stock buildings. Just need to paint the sidewalks and set them into their new home. I have never seen an N scale model of a Mexican Restaurant or a decent diner plus an ice cream parlor. Even more rare was the news stand and the ice cream truck which was a bonus in this order.


    The news and magazine stand.


    And the rare ice cream truck which will be down at the port. He also makes a Mexican food truck.


    My next order will probably be for a couple of 2-3 story apartments buildings.
     
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  20. in2tech

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    Those are super nice. I just ordered the WS Ike's Ice Cream truck about 2-3 weeks ago. But I'm sure it wasn't that price? But it's cool! And has the family too!
     

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