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    I've always had (albeit relatively minor) issues...

    I've always had (albeit relatively minor) issues when trying to mix manufacturers and rail sizes. For that reason, I won't mix rail sizes, and try to use the same manufacture for all track...
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    It's been done before......

    It's been done before... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmGUNGs-1qg
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    Great job!!! The only thing I see missing is...

    Great job!!! The only thing I see missing is some tie-downs.
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    One thought... If you angle the cars/locos...

    One thought...

    If you angle the cars/locos (say 45 degrees) you'll be able to display more than if you displayed them nose to tail.

    If you want to display an 80 ft car at 45 degrees, your shelf...
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    Depends on how the circuit is designed. If the...

    Depends on how the circuit is designed. If the LED is part of the charge/discharge path, then yes, the flash rate will change.

    If based on a 555 timer (or similar) circuit, then no, the LED is...
  6. Well, it's been a while since my last update, so...

    Well, it's been a while since my last update, so here goes....

    After much research and study, I've decided to redesign my electronics plan to use the CAN bus instead of serial communications.
    ...
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    I'd call that close enough for guv'mint work. ...

    I'd call that close enough for guv'mint work. Good job!
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    What @Doug Gosha...

    What @Doug Gosha said -AND- check your loco wheels with an NMRA gauge.
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    msyoung Welcome to nscale.net. Glad to have...

    msyoung

    Welcome to nscale.net. Glad to have you. Feel free to ask questions and to maybe chime in with an answer now and then.

    I also share your interest in the Santa Fe, having grown up not...
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    Yeah, looks like a turkey ... I'll stick with my...

    Yeah, looks like a turkey ... I'll stick with my favorites: Mouser & Digikey.
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    Ran across this one the other day... ...

    Ran across this one the other day...

    https://www.futurlec.com/index.shtml

    Offices in the USA, the UK, Australia, and Thailand.

    Haven't ordered from them yet, but will certainly check them...
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    A piece of cardboard with a slot cut in it, like...

    A piece of cardboard with a slot cut in it, like a stencil, an air brush, and slightly lighter or darker shades of the grass color?
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    I would first double check the wiring...

    I would first double check the wiring connections.

    Then I would double check the Arduino program to make sure the desired pin is set to OUTPUT and that you are indeed writing to the same pin.
  14. Keep in mind that 'craft' paints are not...

    Keep in mind that 'craft' paints are not formulated with model railroaders particularly in mind.

    Confirm that your paint does indeed say 'matte' on the bottle. If you're unhappy with that brand,...
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    Electronics Component Suppliers

    Just found this forum. Is it new?


    Anyways, some of my go to electronics components suppliers:



    mouser.com
    digikey.com
    jameco.com
  16. Gryxter: Glad you found something useful. ...

    Gryxter:

    Glad you found something useful. Please keep us posted on how this little project progresses.
  17. @Grysxter: Check out this google search link...

    @Grysxter:

    Check out this google search link and see if there's anything useful...
    ...
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    I'm in total agreement with @NtheBasement...

    I'm in total agreement with @NtheBasement. It's been my experience that common rail wiring causes me more headaches than not.

    If your track sections are properly isolated (both rails insulated at...
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    What kind of tool are you using the drill bit in?...

    What kind of tool are you using the drill bit in?

    If you're not using a pin vise you should consider getting one. Something like this:...
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    Resin Casting

    Just ran across this U Tube channel on resin casting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPA1NCFqYebL6RBW5-bnOrg

    The few videos I've watched are well presented and informative.

    Now I've got...
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    Anyone using the CAN bus ?

    I ran across a u-tube video the other day about the CAN bus, primarily used in the automotive industry in vehicles.

    Has anyone here used the CAN bus on their layout?

    Pro's & Con's? ...
  22. patrick: My oops. meant to say 'Data Bus' ...

    patrick:

    My oops. meant to say 'Data Bus' (need to hire a new proof reader:slap-head:). Like LocoNet, I2C, ???

    Thanks.
  23. patrick Question: What kind of database are...

    patrick

    Question: What kind of database are using using (or considering using) to connect your district boards?


    Thanks,
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    Just had another thought on this...

    If you tie both ends of the 'climbing rope' to a spool connected to the motor, you should be able to control both the up and down speed as well as the travel...
  25. You can power the Uno or Nano using the VIN pin. ...

    You can power the Uno or Nano using the VIN pin. VIN can be anywhere from 6V to 20V although the recommend range is 7V to 12V.

    You can then drive the stepper controller and motor off the +5V or...
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