NKP Caboose

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by COX 47, May 3, 2008.

  1. COX 47

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    This is a NKP caboose that I just finnished...Its a old Roco-AHM from the junk box the I stripped and put new couplers on...Decals are not as good as I would have liked as the old decals came apart and I had to piece them back together on the caboose...Kinda tuff in n scale...Cox 47

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  2. steamhead

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    Hey...!! That's a good looking 'boose....Never mind the decals...In N-Scale you'd need a magnifying glass to see them anyway..!! Show us som'more of your stuff...:thumb:

    P.D. I think from my avatar you can tell I'm into cabeese....
  3. COX 47

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    Gus I am a big caboose fan too...here is one of my favorites..IC transfer caboose...kit bashed from a Bachmann caboose...Bachman GP 38 handrails..scatched frame with Bman steps...Cox 47

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    That's a neat "conversion"....I did something similar with an Athearn caboose kit, of which I had two...so I decided to turn one into a MOW car....:mrgreen:

    This is what I ended up with....

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  5. COX 47

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    Gus thats a neet MOW car...Do you have any more MOW cars? I would like to see them...Cox 47
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    Hi...No..That's all I have at this time....Gotta build a couple of more to put together a MOW train....

    I do have the "original" of the avatar pic....

    It was lighted at first, but the flickering of the lights (truck pick ups) was a real turn-off. I'm going to go the battery/reed switch route to get the lights back on....

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    What's the battery/reed switch route? Maybe it's something I could use in my Kato Amtrak passenger cars with the flickering lights.

    John
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    Hi John....You use a battery(s) for power and a reed switch to turn the light on/off. The reed switch is mounted internally and is turned on/off with a magnetic "wand". That way you don't have to poke holes on your cars....
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    You could also just wire up a large CAPACITOR to your current wiring situation, so the car can maintain a more even lighting situation. It costs nearly nothing, and the results are very good.
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    I like that idea. Think I'll try it.

    John
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    Hi...MilesW...Could you elaborate a little on this..? What size/rating capacitor, and is it wired in series or in parallel to the bulb..? Also, what kind of a resistor might I use to bring the light level down, as the 'boose will be operating on DCC (14-16v)...? Tx..
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    Gus,

    I'd say a fairly large one, I read back in an MR article about this technique for passenger cars. I wish I had better info.

    I'd imagine it'd be one of those capacitors that look like modern aluminium beer kegs, but about O scale in size. Sorry for such sketchy info.

    Perhaps installing two, one going to each wire would be good also?
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    Actually it DOES matter..A poorly decalled locomotive or car looks bad regardless of scale.Now unless you have bad eye sight you surely don't need a magnifying glass to see N Scale decals..Even with my glasses off I can still decal my N Scale equipment.
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    Brakie your blessed to be able to see n scale lettering without your glasses...I can't so just have to do the best I can..I was also working with old decals that came apart when I put them on and had to piece them back together..Cox 47
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    I really hate when decals fall apart regardless of scale..It makes the job that much harder..

    I think you did a very good job under those conditions.:thumb: To be honest I pitch 'em if they come apart in to many places.

    Rest assured my comment WAS NOT directed toward you.It was just a blanket statement concerning decaling in general.

    Of course hindsight being 20/20 I wish I included that in my first reply.:oops: