N scale "What's on your workbench?"

Mark Watson Oct 28, 2009

  1. Massey

    Massey TrainBoard Member

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    Today was a busy train day. I fixed a Kato GS4 that had the weight come dislodged inside the tender and the upper draw bar became dislodged as well. Quick easy fix, engine sounds and operates as it should. Installed an ESU decoder and speaker in another GS4, loaded the sound file and again good to go. I have been working on getting my Elm Street house printed and #1 today got stuck to the base, and while it could work, I decided to try again. #2… well let’s just say #2 is a nightmare of it’s own. I kinda dig it though, I will most likely paint it just because. And #3, not pictured because it’s being cleaned is a pretty good print, it’s gonna end up on a module. And lastly, I ended up saving a couple of Black Widow F-unit shells and installed them on my old old mech Kato F-unit frames. These were new mech engines originally.

    I think I need a drooping clock wrapped around a tree branch with this one.
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  2. mtntrainman

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    There was a crooked man and he went a crooked mile,
    He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
    He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
    And they all liv'd together in a little crooked house.


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  3. country joe

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    Starting on this kit.

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    The kit includes 2 roof sets, 1 with dormers and 1 without, 2 different front doors and 2 different front walls, 1 with 2 windows and 1 with 3. The walls, windows and doors are all molded in the same color so I’ll have to paint the walls and doors and maybe the windows as well.

    Here are the parts.

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  4. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have three workbench areas. Layout, inside office/den, and heavy duty garage.

    Can you guess which one is the most cluttered?
     
  5. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    I would guess the layout workbench because it’s the one most used.
     
  6. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    I used that same kit to make two different buildings for one of my NTRAK modules. I used Evergreen sheet and Grandt Line windows and doors to make enough wall sections.
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  7. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    You made 2 very nice houses. I really like your module. It’s well done with a lot to see.
     
  8. cbg

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    If you rotate that house counter clockwise a bit it would look like a nice perspective shot... with angles converging on a spot in the distance.
     
  9. country joe

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    The cape cod house is done minus the chimney which I dropped and haven’t been able to find thus far. If I don’t find it I have a plan B.

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    Next up is this ranch house.

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  10. Massey

    Massey TrainBoard Member

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    Huh, looks like I forgot to post the 1428 Elm street house that actually printed as it should have. Well here it is. A few boogers to clean up from the supports, but that’s no big deal.

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  11. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    It looks really good. 3D printing is pretty amazing.
     
  12. Caldreamer1971

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    I am currently decaling a Norfolk Southern GP30. Just need two more numbers on the cab and add window glass.
     
  13. country joe

    country joe TrainBoard Member

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    The ranch house is done.

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  14. jwaldo

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    Any way you could 'accidentally' print more of these? I just had a great idea for the work-in-progress suburban space on my club's layout :ROFLMAO:
     
  15. Massey

    Massey TrainBoard Member

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    I doubt I could get that lucky a second time. It happened because the print fell off the build plate as it was printing and that is what caused the warp. I do like how it turned out.
     
  16. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    . [​IMG] .

    An intro to how the HandCab works. Click on the image above or ( HERE ).

    Hopefully in action soon with a loco on the tracks.

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  17. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    My 0G Zephyr gave up the ghost after almost 20(!) years of service. I could go get the latest generation with all the bells and whistles but this one has some sentimental value as I got this to get my 3 year old son at the time into N-Scale. :D

    Loco was running fine. Then all of a sudden it started to sputter and at the same time I noticed the address display getting dimmer and dimmer. Until no display and the loco stopped. Then I started to smell the dread burned electronics smell and after handling the unit, felt a quite warm spot on the upper right.

    Still don't know what caused it but I'm guessing aging of components. Since Digitrax no longer repairs this model I decided to open her up and see if I can fix it.

    Immediately saw the culprit. A burned out MOSFET that puts out the DCC power.

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    Interesting that one burned out and the adjacent one did not. Usually both go at the same time. And if you noticed the picture, even back then, it's a SMD board. Ugh, they are tricky if not next to impossible to repair.

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    As you can see, I removed the burned up MOSFET and cleaned up the board. The big trace for the back plane of the MOSFET has already lifted off the board but intact so the odds are really against me. But what the heck! For a $1 part (plus $5 shipping) from Digikey I don't have much to lose.

    While waiting for the part to arrive, I used some scrap decoder wires and soldered it to the board. My plan was to bring the leads to the two legs of the MOSFET while soldering the back plane (GND) directly to the trace. Doing all 3 connections directly to the board would have been a challenge.

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    Made the final connections after the part arrived.

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    Fingers crossed and plugged in the power. Track power! The repaired worked and I have been running locos for over an hour now.

    Damn I'm good....no(!), just lucky! :ROFLMAO::LOL::D:)
     
  18. samusi01

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    Tracks. A lot of tracks.

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  19. MetraMan01

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    Love that you put the spare road wheels, spare track blocks, and vehicle ID panels on the turret!


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  20. Massey

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    A friend of mine is going to Evansville this year and he is bringing a set of Free-moN modules. He needed a bit more room for a warehouse so I built him a shelf for the extra room. If all goes well I will be going with, but no modules for me this time.

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