The M - K & Eastern RR

Graff May 18, 2017

  1. Graff

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    Bought a horse and wagon kit yesterday.
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    Really nice metal kit.
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    I've also started on the DCC and sound install on my K-27 #455.
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    I make ports in the tender for the wiring between loco and tender so they don't get tangled.
     
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  2. bremner

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    Looks a little too European....
     
  3. Graff

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    You take what you have on hand...
    I needed to install DCC and sound in a K-27.
    So I found a sound decoder in an old locomotive.
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    A 21-pin ESU V4.
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    I took out the circuit board to avoid having to solder new contacts on the decoder.
    I manufactured phosphor bronze pickups for the locomotive.
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    I also replaced the gearbox cover with a piece of circuit board laminate.
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    The decoder did not fit straight into the tender, so I 3D printed an angled holder.
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  4. Graff

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    I just finished a coal bridge for my layout.
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    As it's a laser cut kit, I decided not to use a wash to color the wood, instead I painted it.

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    I used Vallejo IDF gray primer.

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    I then applied an oil based wash from AK.

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    The crane got weathered by various rust colors and powders.

    Then some gloss oil spill.
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    This will be a nice addition to the engine service facilities.
     
  5. Graff

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    I set it on the layout.
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    Can look good when scenery and detailing is done.
     
  6. Graff

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    Spruce/fir trees 2.0
    Faller's fir trees are really not at all good looking, but with a few minutes of work their appearance can be much improved.
    I use Polak model turf and some spray adhesive for this project.

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    They are very coarse as they are...

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    I trim the armatures to avoid the cone shape.

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    Less is more...

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    I applied some spray glue and two layers of turf.

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    This group of five trees took me 10 minutes to do, a time that can be reduced severely if made in a series.
    I have over 1000 trees to do, so any savings of time and money are very welcome.
     
  7. Kurt Moose

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    Nice trees!

    Better save one for some Christmas lights!:D
     
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  8. Joe Lovett

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    Graff, you should decorate one for your layout. Then it would be Christmas every day.

    Joe
     
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  9. Graff

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    The town of Holy Cross needed a turntable at the engine terminal.
    So I decided to build my own 75 foot turntable from plans.
    I haven't followed the plans 100%, but almost...
    I designed the pit in CAD and 3D printed it in three interlocking parts.
    The track around it is in a small trench in the print. I haven't even glued it yet as it fits so good.
    The bridge is all wood.
    There's some details left to do as the stay wires and the drive system.

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    The C-25 looks at home.
     

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