The California Wild Fire and Growth Exhibit

sams Nov 11, 2019

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    That thing is awesome haha !! Cheap too which I dig. I have to ask though it may be a stupid question. lol

    the applicator it self uses electricity to create static correct ? this is so it all sticks together and stands up. I havent really been able to find a site that explains how it works ??... which I'm most curious about !!

    More Good News !!! Lights are working ! I ordered flashing bulbs but they dont flash. I thought the idea would be cool but I'm guessing I need a few more components then just the LED and a resistor though Amazon customer answers say it should work. All the videos I've seen of an LED flashing are with at least one type of diode. I'm no expert but if any one wants to chime in on that I'd listen.

    Not to picky here though I just wanted them to work !

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    Happy Friday people !! :D:D:D:D:D
     
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    Static applicator... you are adding a negative charge to the grass fibers in the hopper and as they drift to the air then finally attach to the glue the like charges of each fiber cause them to repel each other and align the way they do. Like north of two magnets repel each other.

    LEDs on their own don't have the ability to blink. You'd need some additional circuitry in-between to make that happen. There are people out there selling blinking LEDs with everything ready for direct connection to ~12v. Check this page out. The "normal" flash rate may still be too fast but they are a bit smaller and very realistic looking for you application. I use a beacon on a water tower that has a slower flash rate using an NCE light it board, pico LED and a 1000ohm resistor. It's a little more expensive but you can power 3 of the pico LEDs with a single $8 board. If you are using DCC for your trains you can power the light it board with your track power and even turn the lights on and off with your cab controller if it has an accessory menu. You can see my setup if you pay attention to the top right section of the video.

     
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    Wow that’s a sweet layout !! And that’s what I thought when I got the package on amazon saying “flashing led kit”. Which only came with a resistor and LED haha

    Ya I plan on using my DCC zephyr express by digitrax. Its my first ever Dcc system so I have to do more research on research. I do have my first DCC engines coming in as well.

    I ordered 2 SD50 Chessie system locos with ESU Full Throttle sound decoder.

    I’ll have to see if the zephyr has an accessory menu. Cheers!
     
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    The zephyr does control accessories as far as I am aware so definitely be thinking about those light boards if you want to control your lighting from the throttle unit. The zephyer also has plenty of juice to run lots of LED lights (I think it's 2.5A output) and still run a couple of engines simultaneously.

    Thank you for the nice words about my layout. Back when I built it over 20 years ago the incandescent lamps were how most layout lighting was done so I didn't bother much with that aspect. It was only here in the last few months I decided to retrofit LED lighting on the layout and boy does that add to the cool factor. Everything but the signals are turned on and off through my controller using those light it boards which are super easy to program and better is that each of the 3 channels has 16 different lighting effects (dcc only). You can setup the lighting effects for a DC only setup but it will be the same effect for all 3 channels.

    Oh, I don't think it's shown in the video but the crossing signals flash too using two outputs from the same lighting decoder. I set up one side of the LEDs to channel 1, the other side to channel 2 then programmed each channel to Railroad crossing signal phase A and B respectively. Set it on it's own function control on the throttle accessory menu so I can turn on and off as needed. It would have been better to automate it but that is more $$$ of course.
     
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    Hey People of the hobby world. ! Hope all is well. I've been gearing up for thanksgiving and cant wait to eat. I plan on doing ALOT this week as well to the layout since i will have plenty of time and cant wait to show yall.

    One Question though. Does anyone know of any maps of railways for northern California ? I've been searching for a few days and cant seem to find anything other than public railways for commuting.

    thanks in advance ! Cheers see and see ya soon !
     
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    Hey People of the hobby world. ! Hope all is well. I've been gearing up for thanksgiving and cant wait to eat. I plan on doing ALOT this week as well to the layout since i will have plenty of time and cant wait to show yall.

    One Question though. Does anyone know of any maps of railways for northern California ? I've been searching for a few days and cant seem to find anything other than public railways for commuting.

    thanks in advance ! Cheers see and see ya soon ! How do i delete post ? Computer error :eek:
     
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    Welcome to December !! Its been pretty cold over here and painting has been a challenge. I didnt give up though. I was able to get a lot done the last few days. The center piece of the layout is ready to be painted and have resin laid to represent the river, which is exciting. All the 4 bridges I complete will allow me to complete the track work and really test the loops I have in the track.

    The Main piece of hardware I've really wanted to use is from my grandfather which originally was designed for HO scale but now N. I cleaned it up a bit and airbrushed. Plan on dry brushing with some type of gray later on.

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    Next step is painting the river and adding props !!



    This was Great thanks. Some of the railways seem to be out of service which is pretty good to know as well !! The only thing running close to where I am at, near trinity lake, is Amtrak !! To bad I dont have any Amtrak Locos !
     
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    Wow !! well, seems I haven't been visiting for quite some time ! I've been extremely busy which is ok but I have missed my mini mountains haha

    I have been getting some wiring done and more importantly the center of the layout which connects it all. A lot of toilet paper, mod podge and paint. We are almost there. I'm finally going to be able to start building this crazy bridge and connecting loops to run trains !! Yes I will actually be able to run trains on the layout. !!

    India Ink also worked perfect for the center "Giant" bridge and also the mini piers I fabricated. Those were from an Atlas Pier kit. I also have a haunted house I'm going to be building. There are so many pieces in these modeling kits... I had no idea !!

    I'm looking for the small alligator clips that are connected rods which you insert into foam. This way you can spray them or paint them easily and not have to hold them. Anyone have a name for these ?! lol. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:


    Whos ready for Christmas !?!


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    Is this going to be Northern California (more traditional forest tall trees environment) or Southern California (more Chaparral brush on rolling hillsides)?
     

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