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    ChicagoNW,

    Interesting. Your's is a different shape than mine but it appears that the "inards" are at least similar. I'm wondering about the circuit board. Is it just a convenient place to solder the switch and current limiting resistor or is it also responsible for the random flashing? I know that there are flashing LEDs available but have no idea about the random flashes of the candle LEDs. Maybe its time to disassemble my $2.00 purchase and see what's what.

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    That is what's left after removing the shell. The flame shape was just a cover. The LED could be any shape that fits the flame.

    The circuit board is the heart of the unit. You could change the LED, switch and battery box. But you must keep the board. On the board is a diode, a resistor and IC. The IC is the little black dome.

    The LEDs that flash, should really be called Blinkers. They just turn and off. Just like a LED turn signal on a car.
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    OK Mike, I didn't post any pics at first since most of my emergency equipment is made up of stock items. Since I have 5 fire stations on the layout, here's some photos along with the engines.

    First is Company 21, across the street from the Amtrak station in New Essen. This block is being remodeled and the sidewalk hasn't been modified yet.


    Next is the rather non-descript company next to the Port Carbon station.


    The volunteers at the Coalbrook house were kind enough to pose their equipment on the bridge for me. The fire chief's SUV and the American LaFrance behind it are RP models. All the other pumpers in the photos are stock Athern units.


    The little village of Fritzville has the honor of having the only orange truck in the county.


    Finally, a stock Wiking ambulance exits the alley as the Rainbow Fire Co's pumper leaves the station in the city of Saint Barbara.


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    As an afterthought, I guess this would qualify as an emergency unit. Anyone crossing the Rt. 61 bridge is greeted by a tank in Memorial Park aimed directly at the bridge. Welcome to Saint Barbara!
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    Thanks Jimmi

    Your pictures show that a piece of emergency equipment does not need to be at a emergency to be on the layout. They also show how a stock item can enhance all your efforts on your buildings.

    A tank pointed at a bridge? I don't know about that.
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    The Saint Barbara P.D. takes speeding seriously!
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    I hate suburban cops.

    By the way is the gun on that tank properly filled with concrete?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman View Post
    Here's a video of the fire effect of the LED tea light. It looks better in person than on the video, however I think having two of these would add to the effect.

    [YOUTUBE]GQDqXt0t0-4[/YOUTUBE]

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    Hey, that's pretty cool! how about cottonball puffs of smoke as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    Hey, that's pretty cool! how about cottonball puffs of smoke as well?
    Or a few well placed smoke generators.
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    Here is a slightly modded Athearn Rescue Truck. It's another place for me to erase that four letter F word off my layout. The C cab was replaced with a White cab from Classic Motor Works. Some trimming was done to the interior and chassis of the Athearn to fit inside the White cab. The bumper was removed from the CMW chassis and glued to cab.



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    The candles I have gotten from the dollar store have no circuit board, the flicker circuit and resistor must be built into the LED... There is only a switch in the circuit besides the battery and LED... I was going to use mine for a campfire scene.
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    Different sources for parts but I guess. Makes the job of hiding it easier. Were they cheap?
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    Jim,

    Company 21 fire house in the first picture... is that a "stock" kit or a bash?
    Dick,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Different sources for parts but I guess. Makes the job of hiding it easier. Were they cheap?
    2 for a buck. Pretty cheap IMO.
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    Not a bad price at all.
    I see

    • gas lights
    • campfires
    • molten steel
    • building fires
    • candles in the church
    • hobo camps
    • backyard grilling
    • homecoming bonfires
    • metal working shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by absnut View Post
    Jim,

    Company 21 fire house in the first picture... is that a "stock" kit or a bash?
    Dick, that is a kit bash that took 3rd place in a contest on the N Scale Limited main site. It's two Woodland Scenics (DPM) Bruce's Bakery kits. The doors are scratch built and the window treatment was cut down left over pieces from my "New Essen City Hall" kitbash, plus some pieces from my "junk box".
    Here's a photo of it by itself.
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    Great job! I love it! Thanks for sharing.
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    Jimmi, I've not seen those pictures of your layout before. Awesome my friend.

    I love the Walther's old firehouse building kit. I've hummed and hawed about that one for so long. I really like it for an old downtown building. Have you ever thought about cuttting out the front door or having it have up?

    I also love the lifelike engine house too. I just ordered that one 2 days ago. I got one for 9 dollars on ebay unbuilt. I'm looking forward to building that kit. Currently I have no firestation kits built.

    I do have the Vollmer fire department kit still in the box.
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    This one, but I'm not sure if I'll build it or not. It's a fair size building.

    that said.. I think I'll buy one of the walther's old fire station build kit.

    Again, I love seeing your work and pictures....fantastic work my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    Hey, that's pretty cool! how about cottonball puffs of smoke as well?
    I love this youtube video. My opinion it'd be good to maybe put in some black paper to block some of the light. When there's fire there's lots of smoke and you get black out sections when you look at a building on fire. Also I agree with the cotton balls or something small stuffed inside a drilled out hole in the roof so some of the light could filter through the cotton. Maybe some of the cotton could be painted so only parts of the cotton would show light comming through it, while the painted grey part would block the light. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaper View Post
    ...

    I do have the Vollmer fire department kit still in the box.
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    This one, but I'm not sure if I'll build it or not. It's a fair size building.

    ...

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