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    Post Weekend Update (5th Jul 2019)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 5th Jul 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 spent the week rolling the Cargill boulder up the hill. Fortunately, it hasn't rolled back on me yet

    I think what I finished is some sort of utility shed (based on all the gas and water mains and vents and whatnot). I also finished up the detailing on this side of the big white building.






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    Looks great Mr Spook see your weekend started early. Nice work

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    Quote Originally Posted by S ARR T 8 View Post
    Looks great Mr Spook see your weekend started early. Nice work
    Thanks for not calling me out on the bendy straw

    -Mark

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    Mark may i ask where you got the new Cargill logo decal from ? Did you just print your own ? Im looking for some for my grain complex .

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Mark may i ask where you got the new Cargill logo decal from ? Did you just print your own ? Im looking for some for my grain complex .
    Yes, printed my own. I got the graphic by doing a screen capture on cargill.com.

    I printed a bunch of extras and you're welcome to them if you think the size would work out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    I printed a bunch of extras and you're welcome to them if you think the size would work out for you.
    Thanks for that offer Mark . If you can hang onto them for awhile i will take you up on that offer

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Thanks for that offer Mark . If you can hang onto them for awhile i will take you up on that offer
    Just to be clear, you can have them for free if you want them. I'm not in the decal business

    -Mark

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    Super as usual, @Spookshow. You set a good standard in quality modeling for the rest of us to attain to.

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    got me one of those fancy apendectomies. Spent the holiday in the hospital. My room at least had a view of the CSX mainline. I am back home recooping now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Thanks for not calling me out on the bendy straw
    It would be REALLY impressive if you could put your face down to the layout and actually drink your favorite beverage from that "exhaust pipe".
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    Quote Originally Posted by russtrnmn View Post
    got me one of those fancy apendectomies. Spent the holiday in the hospital. My room at least had a view of the CSX mainline. I am back home recooping now
    Holy inflamed internal organs, @russtrnmn! Glad to hear you are on the mend.

    Hope Moose doesn't want photos

    (Had one of those myself years ago: 2 p.m I'm OK, 4 p.m. feels like bad backache, 6 p.m. on morphine.)

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    I had to look closely to distinguish the prototype (right) and the model (left) - very well done

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    The details on the outside of the shed building really make the scene look real. I've got to do that to some of my buildings. Nice job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NtheBasement View Post
    The details on the outside of the shed building really make the scene look real. I've got to do that to some of my buildings. Nice job!
    Thanks, NTB. Details can cover up a multitude of sins as the eye does tend to be drawn to them (and away from stuff that perhaps didn't work out as well as you had hoped, lol).

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    I purchased a con cor Aero train today. I am hoping I paid what its worth. Runs really well. Just need to install a decoder into it. So have to dig through the spares I have
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    I purchased a con cor Aero train today. I am hoping I paid what its worth. Runs really well. Just need to install a decoder into it. So have to dig through the spares I have
    The first thing I would do is make sure all of the wheels are in gauge. As delivered, the axle spacing tends to be too tight (resulting in derailments at turnouts). Adding some extra weight to the coaches is also helpful if you have curves sharper than 19" radius. Otherwise, they tend to want to hop the rails. DCC can be hazardous since you run the risk of melting the trucks if they ever short out (don't ask me how I know all this ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    DCC can be hazardous since you run the risk of melting the trucks if they ever short out (don't ask me how I know all this ).
    Really? All of my rolling stock has plastic trucks and I've never experienced melting despite 100s of shorts over the years. My DCC system always trips it's internal breaker before any damage to trucks or decoders. What kind of a DCC system are you using that doesn't have internal overload protection?
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    Gordon,

    I've encountered some melting before as well: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...683#post528683

    I think it's less to do with the system and more to do with wiring and track/wheelset standards. I've not had any problems with the numerous metal car wheelsets, just locomotives.

    As for my progress, one thing I've been working on has been getting JMRI to talk to an Arduino for the eventual controlling of staging turnouts. The image shows an Arduino with Adafruit servo shield controlling a pair of servos.

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    Yes, Mark, looking at the prototype and the model, I can certainly see the advantages of being able to view the prototype in person. I think I need more trips to Europe for research and detail verification.
    Cheers!
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