What's on your workbench?

JR59 Jan 29, 2006

  1. MMR283

    MMR283 TrainBoard Member

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    Just fantastic to look at! Reminds me when my mother would take us kids to get KFC chicken in Fremont, California. You’ve captured the correct look that you would see in the 50’s & 60’s.
     
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  2. rray

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    No, the bucket don't spin, and it's not going on my Lester modules, it's like the Centerbeam Car, Auto Loader Ramp, and the Cherry Poppin's cathouse, just things I wanted to do. I get the idea, and then that is what I work on, even though I have lots of work left to do on my Lester modules, I take a break from them by doing something fun or fantasy.




    Edit: So I started thinking about rotating the bucket, and came to the conclusion I would need a very small stepper motor, and a reduction gear. Thinking....
     
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  3. tjdreams

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    Now for those who like the MTL F units but not the coffee grinder drive, The test runs are looking promising, And there is room for a decoder.



    I have a couple other Can motor upgrade possibilities in the works.
    While the one in this video (a drop-in conversion, No milling required) ran fine in testing it did run a little slower and lost a bit of pulling power.
    The 2 others versions that I'm still working on and testing, will require some minor milling & filing but should maintain most if not all the pulling power with out any of the coffee grinder noise. And still leave room for a decoder.

    I just need to find time to improve my flywheel making and gear modifying skills on my new lathe.
     
  4. JoeS

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    So glad you put a video on you can hear the difference! Nice!
     
  5. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, that's sweet!(y)
     
  6. Joe Lovett

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    Can your KFC handle a order of chicken for everyone on TrainBoard? Ha

    Looks great, Ray!

    Joe
     
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  7. rray

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    Just busy painting and detailing things, a pile of stuff:
    pileofstuff.jpg
     
  8. CNE1899

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    Rob,
    You are a mad man! Look at those KFC packages those tiny customers are carrying!
    Nice stop signs and mail boxes BTW.

    Scott
     
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  9. JoeS

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    The open door on KFC is such a realistic touch! Now stop signs…yet another item forgotten. Fantastic!
     
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  10. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, holy moly, that's awesome!

    Need a fried chicken smell generator, just sayin'!:rolleyes:
     
  11. HoboTim

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    I agree!!! Robert is a Mad Man!!!!!!
     
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  12. rray

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    Just messing around... I guess you can tell what comes down the workbench next:
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    Prototype:
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  13. MMR283

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    Great looking KFC building and all the detail. Mail boxes look great for the 1950’s period. Stop signs look great as well. McDonald sign looks great so far. My McDonalds good use a great lighted sign like this!
     
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  14. JoeS

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    I can’t wait to see how you use these fast food buildings! Looks like your off to a fantastic start!
     
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  15. MMR283

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    F5629770-CDD1-4ED5-A44A-EA29189EF4A1.jpeg 2C0E45BE-E054-475C-B547-4104A90955BF.jpeg Planted my stop signs in one of my intersection’s. Also placed the lighted Shell sign and the KFC sign. A big thanks goes to Robert for coming up with great looking signs!
     
  16. JoeS

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    The Taco Bell is fantastic! But I’m really envious of that $1.99 a gallon gas!!!
     
  17. MMR283

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    It was only a about 18 months ago gasoline was this cheap! Hopefully in the near future it will return. When I started driving gasoline was only .16 a gallon. Those where the Days!
     
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  18. rray

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    The signs look good Clyde! It looks like you were able to solder and decal the stop signs OK too!
     
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  19. rray

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    Continue illumination testing. I laser cut these arches out of cast acrylic, way larger than needed, to make it easier to wire up. It also serves as a test for illumination levels, like how much resistance do I add for 12V to get just the right glow. And to see if the sign will illuminate as well as the arches.

    So, I painted it flat white, then quickly brushed on 2 coats of Tamiya Clear Yellow, as I want maximum light transmission. I will experiment with resistors later.
    Image2.jpg
     
  20. CNE1899

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    Rob,
    Great looking arches!
    Is there something you can do about the hot spots?
    I have done a lot of light pipe projects for products, and sometimes going in thruan end helps with hot spots.
    Have you tried shining the light up thru the legs? I take it create small pockets for the light to sit in.
    Looks like you've frosted some surfaces as well.

    Scott
     
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