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    Post Weekend Update (11th Jan 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 11th Jan 2019).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    I've been kind of all over the place this past week (surprise, surprise), so I may have to do this in a couple of go's.

    First off, I purchased and painted a couple of Shapeways disc harrows for the elevator equipment storage area -





    Then I modified a couple of RTR Kato container trailers to haul 20' containers -





    I heard that Bill Denton was dialing back his custom shell business, so I figured it was now or never if I wanted to get one of his ex-troop sleeper baggage-express cars. And so I did -



    It replaces this less than ept effort of mine from 2010 -



    -Mark


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    It replaces this less than ept effort of mine from 2010 -

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/cache....layoutf161.jpg

    -Mark
    I dunno... That looks plenty ept to me! Glad you like the new shell tho. What else does Bill Denton make? Does he have a website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranulf View Post
    I dunno... That looks plenty ept to me! Glad you like the new shell tho. What else does Bill Denton make? Does he have a website?
    I appreciate that, but this was a while ago and I think I could probably do better now. At the time I had a lot of struggles getting the windows covered up properly. And even though this was one of my better attempts (after many aborted tries), I still don't think it looks all that good. In fact, if anybody actually wants that old shell, you're welcome to it (all I ask it that you cover the postage).

    Yes, Bill has tons of high quality cool stuff and he also has a website. If you see something you might want, better get it now!

    http://skytopmodels.com/

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    (continued)

    I added some exterior detailing (aka junk) to the antique shop -



    Oh sure, some people might prefer to spend their hobby time modeling gorgeous custom locomotives and rolling stock and whatnot, but me? Nah, I'd much rather waste my time (and ruin my eyesight) fabricating magnificent little 1:160 mops and slop buckets



    I figured out that if you want to make a small/portable BBQ grill the size of FDR's ear, just stick a satellite dish to a patio table



    Lastly, I finished off detailing the addition to the elevator machine shop -



    I also finished detailing the back side of the old building. I think I got all of it



    (pre office addition photo) -



    -Mark


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    Love that grill! Great work all around.

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    Mark: your attention to these tiny details makes such a difference in how real these scenes look. Where are the burgers for the BBQ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Where are the burgers for the BBQ?
    Under the lid, of course

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    Excellent job with the whole shabang Mark!
    But would seeing the BBQ smoke a little be too much to ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Excellent job with the whole shabang Mark!
    But would seeing the BBQ smoke a little be too much to ask?
    Thanks, Allen. And I'll tell you the same thing I told my wife last week when I showed her my new lit-up cars and she asked me why they don't drive up and down the street - "uhh, working on it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Thanks, Allen. And I'll tell you the same thing I told my wife last week when I showed her my new lit-up cars and she asked me why they don't drive up and down the street - "uhh, working on it"

    -Mark
    Reminded me of the time my former sister-in-law saw my layout after some scenery work.

    Says she: "I really like your rocks."

    Pregnant pause. ...

    Brother and I collapse in paroxysmal laughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Too small for a smoke generator, but maybe enough room for a blinking red LED (Evan Designs has a nano size LED that might fit). You could then leave the lid partly open....oh, but then you’d have to model the burgers.
    What about "central smoke". Have one smoke or fog generator of some sort under the bench, and have that feed several features via tubing. One of the very first buildings I ever built in N scale was a log cabin made from dowels. The chimney was made from plaster, and had a tube inserted into it, so if I ever wanted smoke, I could feed it through the tube.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Thanks, Allen. And I'll tell you the same thing I told my wife last week when I showed her my new lit-up cars and she asked me why they don't drive up and down the street - "uhh, working on it"
    This is the madness that drives the detail modeler... mad... We make the trains move, but not the cars. One thing that's popped into my own mind for years was linear motors. Back at my old job, we built linear motors. These motors were like a miniature "mag-lev", in that they had coils running along a track, and a carriage that had permanent magnets. Controlling the coils allowed linear motion of the carriage along the track. I suspect it ought to be well possible to have coils under the road, and magnets in every vehicle. If you PWM the magnets, and have a rectified coil inside the car, and a capacitor, then that could even wirelessly power LEDs...

    The problem is simple... Complexity...

    That's a LOT of effort to make cars move. Every vehicle would need to be modded with magnets and electronics, and have rolling wheels (or at least a very low friction bottom). Every road to be traveled would need tightly spaced coils and active electronics. The controller would need to commutate the coils on every inch of road... This can be easy (really hard) or hard (dear God help me), depending on the level of control...

    At it's simplest, you could have simple road loops... Non intersecting paths in the road that space cars out by uniform gaps, and control multiple coils in parallel. Basically, you drive a short stretch of coils with a looping pattern to move cars over the top. You repeat the pattern down the road by having the same control line control, say every 20th coil. There is no deviation possible for cars running this setup. They just loopedy-loop along a predefined path.

    The more complex method of control is... Intense... The controller would need to keep track of every car, not like DCC though. It would need to know the location of every car on the road, and would actually be handling the commutation of every coil in every inch of road separately. You'd need to address hundreds or thousands of coils separately. You'd be able to have things like intersections though, and cars could travel their own programmed paths. They could stop at stop signs and traffic lights. They could stop at grade crossings, and other traffic could continue moving, elsewhere. The complexity is why you just don't see it done though. It hurts my brain thinking about, and it hurts my brain even more thinking about how awful it would be if a car got stuck, and caused a traffic pileup... Resetting the thing would be awful.

    There could be a hybrid of the two, where intersections are individually controlled coils, and straight sections are made up of the repeating coil patterns. Grade crossings and stops are areas to be careful with... You couldn't feed more cars than you have uniquely addressed coils for, or you'd have to stop all cars on that stretch of road to stop them for the crossing.

    This might not be a bad setup for a town like Hope though, where there is just one main drag. Just run cars in a loop. Up the road, then back down again... Repeat the loop endlessly, with no deviation. Whether you loop the ends in an "off view" area, or if you have a city block where they can make the loop, or loop around a facility... However it's done... That's how.

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    Too small for a smoke generator, but maybe enough room for a blinking red LED (Evan Designs has a nano size LED that might fit). You could then leave the lid partly open....oh, but then you’d have to model the burgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb View Post
    Too small for a smoke generator, but maybe enough room for a blinking red LED (Evan Designs has a nano size LED that might fit). You could then leave the lid partly open....oh, but then you’d have to model the burgers.
    Sorry, Dan. The lid is closed in the prototype picture I'm using, so my hands are tied



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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Oh sure, some people might prefer to spend their hobby time modeling gorgeous custom locomotives and rolling stock and whatnot, but me? Nah, I'd much rather waste my time (and ruin my eyesight) fabricating magnificent little 1:160 mops and slop buckets
    Ow, just when I thought custom loco's were all the rage I go and get it wrong ! Mops and buckets are the in thing !! Funnily enough I find your mops and buckets more interesting than my long winded chassis build !!!

    That BBQ is going to have some Veggie burgers on it, isn't it ???

    Great modeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    That BBQ is going to have some Veggie burgers on it, isn't it ???
    It's a distinct possibility. SunOpta is the largest mfr of soymilk in the states, so can soy burgers be far behind?

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    Mark your detail work is just outstanding. now I just have to get off my but and back to work.

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    Curse you and your photographic trickery!

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    Completed foaming in the terrain around the new mine branch. This allowed me to pour the other bridge abutment and opens up about an 8 foot section of the layout for adding rock work.

    I'm experimenting with Durabond which was recommended at an NMRA clinic. Unfortunately I bought Durabond 40 instead of 20, which would set up in half the time. Other than that I like the stuff. Also experimenting with a technique for modeling presplit drilling of the rock face. Turns out that is what those parallel drill grooves that you see in rock cuts are called. All I can say is that it is better than my previous attempt.
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