Feb 4, 2012
A very Merry Christmas for you... for sure.
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Of course he wanted to get rid of his collection, it's Horribly Oversized!
My WP haul from today's train show in Richmond, Ca.
I have a photo of WP 1502 as Union Pacific #1316 That I took in Oakland, way back when:
Bought a couple of SP trailers off Amazon about a week or so ago, and finally found some tractors that weren’t stupidly priced and were 1953 or earlier a few days ago. They arrived together today.
Amazing the detail on these, stuff I can’t even see with my eyes shows up in pictures.
I also bought a 53 356 Cabriolet to fit in the 1:160th Carport of the blue house, but it hasn’t arrived yet.
Purchased 9 Tangent Hoppers a few weeks back, poor design at the coupler box causing serious rubbing/scraping of the forward axles on the screw. Design is angled which seems to be the biggest cause even trying to shorten screw height.
This is not to be confused with their posts running cars on a minimum radius <18.75".
This problem occurs on straight line track sitting the cars down and attempting to finger push them.
Definitely have to run an engine consist due to the drag, I was originally okay with that but the worst part now is the squealing/scraping sound when pulling them.
After contacting Tangent they now recognize the bad first run...
Beautiful models but a huge defect at those retail prices.
I am going to try to salvage these hoppers so I can run them and not just use for eye candy at the coal mine by
cutting out some type of plastic type shim between the trucks to the body. I hope the angle is not so bad that that won't even work.
Makes me think of the DI Intermodal shim issue.
There’s a car in the garage now. 356 cabriolet, v windscreen so it’s a 53-55 and matches the time frame.
Benro Mach 3 tripod to replace my finicky 35-year-old yard sale special. It really is 70" tall without the center column raised--it's a beast. It weighs about 5#, but still need a ballhead. I could get a lighter one, but not for the $125 I paid for it! The whole idea is to use on hillsides and stuff, while standing, not stooping to use the camera's viewfinder. Bought used, but has all original packaging, tags still attached, perfect condition. Slowly upgrading my camera gear....
Plop a Manfrotto quick release ball head on it (medium size) and you would be good to go. If you want fancy, go Acra Swiss.
Bachmann DCC equipped RS-3 in Tuxedo paint
Scale Trains Gunderson 5188 Covered Hopper:
Suggest using set screws, and a little drop blue loctite. A very tiny hex driver will be needed, set screws at that size are 'fiddly'
Or just use elmers school glue internally so it can be detached with a little drop of warm water and a few minutes of loosening up while the glue rehydrates.
Alternatively in old hard drives there are a lot of super high quality very hard heat treated small screws. the QC and the quality is extreme. There will be a few of the near or exactly the right size with tiny low heads, and they should be hard enough to self thread whatever the coupler mechanism has going on internally, metal or plastic it's not going to be anywhere near the hardness of a hard drive internal screw for mounting the read heads or disks turning at like 10,000rpm needing extreme precision to be read, etc. They are like aerospace grade, some of my favorite repurposed common materials.
Just received a late B-day present from my lovely lady, Lynette. M/T DODX Navy 5 car flat car set with Trident missile canisters. This set is REALLY cool and it will be used with my other Navy stuff. Think I really need to keep this one (and her, too) !!!
Looked at Manny ball heads, but found the Desmond Demon DB-44 at a cool $70 but worth 3X that figure. Great construction, competes with ReallyRightStuff, Arca-Swiss and others. Made in Oregon!
Took a look on Amazon and they are "currently unavailable". Looks interesting and great reviews but where can one buy one?
I don't usually buy locos that don't have SP livery or are undecorated (to get SP livery ) but I had to get one of these. I am very pleased with it! If you are a PRR fan and considering this I would encourage you to get one.
I was looking through websites about the paint schemes used by Pennsy and I could not find any reference to any Triplex having received the Tuscan Red (brown) paint. Perhaps they were delivered in DGLE and never were repainted into Tuscan Red. I'd like to display the Broadway Limited consist with a similarly painted Triplex. But perhaps that never occured.
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They'll be restocked soon, but I opted for the DB-46, a slightly bigger one for $68.
Six Micro-Train, one Deluxe, one Trainworx, and one Bowser cars. One Atlas S-2.
PSX ARSCFB by NScaleKen posted Dec 2, 2018 at 7:32 PM
2 PSX-AR-SCFB, seem to pass all tests but have not tried in the layout yet. Super nice PCB and hardware soldered to it, looks very well manufactured. Terminals are big enough to take any gauge one would use and have minimal issues with stranded being hard to insert. These reversers will be used as the end loops to simulate LA to Bay Area trains on my central coast layout. Coast Starlight will run through with stops. Intermodal will run through. Manifest freight will stop and drop off freight cars for the Santa Maria Valley Railroad at a small Guadalupe California UP yard that will be modeled.
BLI ES44ac by NScaleKen posted Dec 2, 2018 at 7:33 PM
BLI ES44AC with Paragon3, really nice though programing 4 digit address is awkward (address is 128 after setting it to long address, then can set road number or whatever). Sounds good. Ditch lights as I have read about online are sadly very dim. Cab light is far to bright. Both I will try to correct, but do not find bad, just could be better. Runs very strong will pull 10 cars up 2% without seeming to even notice them. Top speed seems a little slow, slower than a fast high priority intermodal or Amtrak passenger train would seem to be at N scale. I hope to fix that but it may be a deep issue, gearing or something. It also suggests speed matching for consists will be difficult due to the very different speed profile than a Kato, which all my other freight locomotives are. I can't make it run like them, I have to respeed the locomotives that will consist with the BLI with lower top voltages in the speed tables. Minor issue though not anything I am going to worry about, it's nice, looks great, and should be worth it. It ran out of the box, address 3 and start its break in runs.
Laser Level and Distance tool, Skill ME981901, very nice and shows level to tenth of a degree, great for grades and superelevation. Not just for the layout, needed this for a while but model railroading was the final straw to buy it and retire all my various bubble levels, which now seem antiquated. Its making elevation of grade calculation easy. I have a lot of measuring devices, from the cheapest plastic rulers to very nice drafting tools to woodworking squares and metal machinists rulers with very exact markings. This thing fits a niche, allows me to measure out to 100 feet fairly accurately. Accuracy for me is .001 millimeter, when machining. It's all relative to the job and this laser will do nicely for some. If you own a house, you should have one. It will do area calculations from 2 distances measured, level to tenth of a degree, other stuff great for home improvement etc. Anyone with a garden would find the area function awesome for calculating soil to purchase for a spring replanting.
Self leveling cross line laser tool, Skill LL932301, again something I had looked at for years but went without, found a sale on it and went for it to make level alignment and other things easier. Will be used for many things beyond model railroading, but its first job was finding the entire layout, and actually the floor of the apartment itself, is at 1% grade due east! This will totally matter to how I design my gradients, so this tool was epicly useful immediately. Knowing the exact 90 degrees to gravity is pretty important to a multi level layout with long supposed to be 2.25% grades. The floor issue would have made anything measured from the layouts main level 1% different as the layout runs west to east primarily.
highly useful little tool by NScaleKen posted Nov 29, 2018 at 7:18 PM
Rockwell BladerunnerX2, works great and is more durable and seemingly more worksite worthy than I would have expected for $80. It seems like a rediculous bargain at $80 as it will do a resonable impersonation for a table saw on light framing, notch plywood panels etc. It's just basically a jigsaw upside down mounted in a thick plastic table to run stuff through on. It is very light in a good way, very thick ABS plastic is tough but light and I can lift it with a reconstructed knee and back
Bought 8 pairs of JTC 40' containers this past week: 8 in SM Line, 4 in APL, 2 in UASC and 2 in Ocean Network Express (ONE).