The Third gauge Layout Party!!! :) :) :)

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by N Gauger, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    And here's a Lamp post for the Coaling Site

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    Nice work Mikey!

    What is all that white stuff in the gondola?
  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Thanks Tom :)

    The Gondola has Plastuc Glow-In-The-Dark tubing cut into 1/2" long sections - that make it look like it's "fluid" under the Black Light

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    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Neat trick Mikey!
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    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Here are some more hoppers that I finished changing the plastic wheels to metal. The first five are from an Athearn 5 pack.

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    This hopper is a custom paint and lettering job. It started out as an Athearn undecorated hopper.
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    I now have two left that need metal wheels. I also have two other that need metal wheels, weights painted, extra weights added, and coal loads made.
  7. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I fabricated a brake chain and guides for the U33B.
    The chain was made by weaving 4 strands of .005" copper wire.
    The forward guide is .050" brass tubing with .020" steel wire soldered on then the whole assembly was glued in place.
    The rear guide was made from styrene.
    Even though I'm not going to make the deadline on this one, I should stop fussing with it and put some paint on it.

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  8. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Ray That's great!!! I love that chain!! :) :) and you dont hav eto worry about meeting the deadline..

    The idea of all "the partys" is to get us all started :) Finishing can happen anytme :) :)
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    Ray

    That chain is awesome!

    Even after the party is over keep us updated on your progress.
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    You braided that wire Ray? :thumb: Fred
  11. Ray Marinaccio

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    Yes, I did.
    It's not as hard as it sounds actually.
    Take 4 strands of wire, hold them together and either solder or glue one end so you have a piece of 4 strand wire.

    Clamp the end you soldered or glued in a small vice.

    Spread the strands so one is at the 12 O'clock position, one is at the 3 O'clock position, one is at the the 6 O'clock position, and one is at the 9 O'clock position.

    Move the strand at the 12 O'clock position to the 6 O'clock position.
    Move the strand that was at the 6 O'clock position to the 12 O'clock position.
    Pull these two strands tight.

    Then move the strand at the 3 O'clock position to the 9 O'clock position.
    Move the strand that was at the 9 O'clock position to the 3 O'clock position.
    Pull these two strands tight.

    Repeat this process until you have the desired length of chain or run out of wire.
  12. TrainClown

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    Cool chain Ray! Thanks for sharing how you made it. Another entry into my bag of tricks. ;)

    TrainClown :D
  13. Ray Marinaccio

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    I managed to get some paint on the U33B and some N scale loco shells yesterday.
    Once the blue paint is cured enough I'll mask the shell to spray the black.

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    This is a photo of the things I sprayed black.
    3 GP35 frames,
    a U33B frame,
    an AHM 36' box car frame,
    an AHM tank car walkway and railing piece,
    2 Atlas/Rivarrossi E8 shells,
    2 Minitrix F units,
    a Bachman F unit
    and a Con/Cor F3B shell.

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    With all the free time I have :rolleyes: between work, the yard, comming up here too much, and hanging out at the LHS. I did manage to get alittle done. All the track is down on the left side of the dog bone, and the foam risers and some of the road bed is done on the right side. Still have to build the center section to connect the two, maybe this week.

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  16. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Cool Stuff guys!!!!!


    The party is Officially over ---- We'll give you all a week to tidy up your work areas & finish any last minute details & in 2 -3 weeks - someone remind me to post the "Next Poll" :D :D :D :D :D

    Think September - or October????? for the next party??????

    :wave: :p :wave: :p :wave: :p :wave: :p :wave:
  17. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    That was a lot of great things we all did!!! :D :D :D :D
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    Final image

    here is my trainboard for my new layout, the 'bad' ground cover is somewhat intentional, as a lot of industrial complexes aren't well known for manacured lawns.

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    Hmmm....so much for that, I don't think that I got anything on my list acomplished. :p I did get some other things done though so I am not at a total loss. At the current moment I am in the process of building my turntable. In the next party I guess I will pick up where I left off.

    Freelancer

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  20. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Freelancer - That looks Great!!! You can keep working on it until the next party, that way your intentions for the next party will be to finish it. :D :D Really nice!!!!!