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  Advise for Hand Painting?
Posted by: Amalynn - Yesterday, 02:52 PM - Forum: Tips and Tricks - Replies (1)

So my last two projects have been hand painted with a brush and Vallejo acrylic paints as I don’t have an airbrush or means to do any spraying with a rattle can or airbrush anyways. I’d like to hopefully change that sooner or later, but in the meantime I have been painting by hand. I’ve produced serviceable results but I‘m not as happy with the final products as I could be. What sorts of advise can you guys offer to improve the quality of my painting? Are there any particular products you guys would recommend? What’s your workflow look like when you do hand painting? Literally anything would be incredibly helpful.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 9/29 - 10/5/23
Posted by: bdw9535 - 09-29-2023, 03:43 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (3)

WPMA-40 makes a pull from Pier 34.



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  Weekly Photo Fun 9/22-9/28/2023
Posted by: Charlie B - 09-22-2023, 04:12 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (10)

Hauling coal over the mountain.     

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  Weekly Photo Fun 9/8-9/15/2023
Posted by: tompm - 09-09-2023, 06:02 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

A late start this for the thread this week.

Lehigh & New England Alco S-2 Switcher (Atlas) pulls some boxcars through a very busy Leiperville Union Station.

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  Building EBT Coach 8
Posted by: Amalynn - 09-03-2023, 03:30 PM - Forum: Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining - Replies (5)

EBT Coach 8 was built by the Laconia Car Co for the Boston Revere Beach & Lynn. The car was sold as part of a batch of identical coaches to the EBT and numbered 8-11. When the EBT acquired M-1, they set up Coach 8 with roller bearing trucks as a dedicated trailer for it. The car survives and is at the railroad today, though it is currently down for some repairs.

The kit I’m building is a 3d printed resin kit made by Western Rails.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 9/1-9/7/2023
Posted by: Charlie B - 09-02-2023, 07:04 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (3)

A day late and no entries.  
Aerotrain making a trip along the Wilderson Division.     

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  Weekly Photo Fun 8/25 - 8/31/23
Posted by: bdw9535 - 08-25-2023, 04:17 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (5)

The pier yard jockey waits while WPMA-40 sorts out some trailer flats that were mistakenly added to their consist.



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  "PistonBroke" a Computer Controlled Layout
Posted by: OBJack - 08-21-2023, 01:53 AM - Forum: Layouts - No Replies

Hi everyone, I will again try to explain how I set-up my layout to be controlled by a computer.

I couldn't really find a suitable part of the forum that dealt with this sort of topic so...... here we are.  Icon_cool

I started to do this on the PistonBroke Thread but will now start separate thread here for those who are curious

So I will attempt to copy and Paste the relevant posts from the other thread to refresh and start again and see how we go


This new layout will be using a computer to control it (when I call it into action) with the "Train Controller" ®  programme by Freiwald Software
Here is a PDF of the computer drawing of my layout done with the "Train Controller" software
Which is a very simple exercise, just using the mouse as a pencil .


Seeing as I was thinking that I wanted to mainly try and run trains with a computer controlling all turnouts timetables and schedules, I tried to keep the layout as level as possible to maximise my grossly inadequate track laying skills, and minimise any future problems. However I do have one line over a tunnel on the layout so as a quick turnaround run is achievable. This meant gouging out two rights of way into my foam baseboard to give the required clearance.

The Set-up

When using these computer programmes fun facts are easy to come by ........ if I can just find where to look!!
eg: There are 77 turnouts,
     4 of which are double slips,
     1x3 way turnout
     33 left hand turnouts
     and 37 turnouts are Right hand.
With a few more to add, about 3 I think.
I drive them all with Tortoise switch machines connected to DCC Specialties Wabbit Feedback stationary decoders.
I don't have the feedback component connected yet.

Moved Wabbit decoders out from under for accessibility 

each Turnout will be able to be switched from the side of the layout via a momentary on toggle switch, as well as by the throttle and computer ......... eventually.
Below is my crude attempt to make a switchboard with these toggles switches in a busy area of the layout.


But they will mainly be just on the side of the layout near the turnout, like this.
The layout is divided into 75 blocks, for detecting where the trains are at any given time. .....Hopefully...... 
These 2 DR4088's are some of the Block detection modules
You just keep adding them in series to increase the number of sections that you need feed back from 
and 5 reverse loops.
 Each Reverse loop is controlled by a DCC Specialties "PSX-AR Power Shield Auto Reverser/circuit breaker"
I know this is not a huge layout compared to some I have seen on the internet in American Basements but I think this will take me more than my lifetime to complete.
Happy days for my kids when the time comes to clean up Pops mess when I depart.   null 
I have a Lenz LVZ100 Controller from my old layout, but I was intrigued by the Digikeijs "DR5000" controller as it has the ability to connect to either Lenz/Rocco (Expressnet System) or the Loconet System, all the while being able to just use a USB to connect to your computer and relay any system Info. to the programme.
Seems like all the magic in one box. 
I bought one, so we will see.  Icon_e_biggrin
Here we go this is the Brains. 
I have no idea why I am embarking on this tech Mission, as I would be the least Computer literate fellow around.
I guess it's the Challenge. ...... Wait. Wut. did I just say that!   Icon_rolleyes
But I have started, and I am enjoying the journey, so I guess that's all that matters.

Cheers,   219  Jack


..... Abandon the search for truth  

Look for a good fantasy

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  Saying Hi
Posted by: davidstrains - 08-19-2023, 01:38 PM - Forum: Get To Know Us - Replies (5)

Returning to the forum and looking over the past posts. It is going to be a while. I remember a lot of the "fallen flags" from when I was active on the old board. Sorry to hear and read of their passing.
Is anyone into shelf layout track planning? That is where I am headed.

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  Trying to restart.
Posted by: davidstrains - 08-19-2023, 11:54 AM - Forum: Stop here and say "Hello" - Replies (9)

Just found the group again. I dropped out around 2007 or 2008 after Shamus and Matthyro passed away, and I lost my train room to grandkids. A lot older now get want to do a layout again. I see that Tyson is still here looking for a few others,

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