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    No worries Paul, I'm starting to see progress, and I'm slowly chipping away at the HUGE task list I've got to work through before November when the layout is due at a show. Though, judging by the show venue being turned into a COVID-19 field hospital, I'm not so sure the show will be going ahead - but I guess time will tell.

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    I'm sure @Moose2013 was simply afraid of cracking the lens on his camera by taking a pic of the "unmentionable" stuttering it's way around the layout. With no photos, then a disies'el was never on his layout. No photo, didn't happen.
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    Evil Reverse Universe Moose caught this on secret squirrel camera - proof that Normal Universe Moose runs diesels!

    Bwaaaaaa (insert Evil Reverse Universe Moose sinister laugh here!)!!!

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    @Moose2013

    Very nice engine there Moose - goes to show what happens when you associate with "Secret Squirrels"
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    looks like I am going to be violating Rule G
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    Default Moose Tidy Up Train Room

    Moose spent time this morning trying to better organize train room and to do a quick cleaning of the track ... See linky for running of train to help find trouble spots (and have fun running trains!)...

    Moose removed all locomotives and rolling stock from shelves above layout and into file boxes (see boxes near door).

    From now on, shelves for holding projects-in-work (trees, buildings in work, etc.) and for holding empty locomotive and rolling stock boxes whilst contents are on layout...

    Had to remove several removable sections for better access to track ... Taint going to be fun when these removable sections are fully landscaped with trees, bushes, buildings, etc...

    Let this be a lesson to all you newbies: Don't, Moose repeats, Don't build a layout that has such difficult-to-access track. It's truly a royal pain in the tuchus!

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    Annnd Moose still not done tidying up ... The track will need a deeper clean that Moose has done so far ... Oh joy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    truly a royal pain in the tuchus!
    Especially when said tuchus is typically seven feet off the ground. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Especially when said tuchus is typically seven feet off the ground. ...
    Darn tootin'!
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    @Janbouli... impressive work. Looks great!

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    Nice, very nice indeed!
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    Looks awesome, @rick773. My only suggestion would be to go rescue the tipped over tree in pic #2

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    Spent some time getting an Atlas Dash 8-40C that was sluggish for it's first 5 to 10 mins of run time cleaned of old sticky lube. It's the first loco I've ever seen with that issue and I was rather surprised how much and how sticky that old grease was. She cleaned up quite nicely and now runs great all the time.

    I also started work on making my two CV models bridges into a single two span bridge. I'm going to have to make my own I beams because I'm not willing to pay $11 to order the right one nor wait the 3-4 (or more thanks to THE virus) days for it to arrive.
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    Don't really have much going on right now in the modeling area, but I'm planning on doing some research and thinking of ideas for a future subway layout
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    I'm making my own I beam stringers to go between my Central Valley Models bridges:


    The three pieces between the 12 and 13 would become the I beam. These are not quite to scale, but they are close enough that after they are painted and ties and track are laid on them the difference will not be noticeable.

    I made extras in case they didn't come out right or didn't install as smooth as I'd have hoped, but I intend to use three, the middle one should be hidden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WittyWhitcomb View Post
    Don't really have much going on right now in the modeling area, but I'm planning on doing some research and thinking of ideas for a future subway layout
    A subway layout - THAT will be interesting and hope you go that route.
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    I finally figured out how to dismantle the coaches of my Swiss RAe TEE II set.
    Although the set is Hobbytrain branded, it's made by Kato and it shows in the design.

    In addition to a new coreless motor, the set will be DCCified and I'll improve the current pickup. The seller duly noted that the current pickup was not good, but since this is a well known design flaw for this model, I didn't mind as I was going to rework it anyway.

    The power coach is located in the middle of the set, but the model is designed so that power is always picked up from the lead coach. This means that two wires are need along the entire length of the train to feed the motor, and the power coupling mechanism not terribly stable in the long term. I do have a plan to fix it and I have bought a handful of tiny connectors, but I still need to figure out the most elegant and non intrusive way to do it. There are a few recipes online to go from.

    No milling needed for this one, but the coreless motor must be guided in place while the glue sets.



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    @rick773

    do I have to learn all the signal patterns ?
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    Started building one of the Kits I received yesterday, American Model Builders Two Story Farmhouse with Porch.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...459#post582459

    Work thus far:







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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    @rick773
    do I have to learn all the signal patterns ?
    Gee Gene, can you remember 3? (Which I think you already know: Vertical: Go as fast as you can before Rick yells at you; diagonal: Go slowly until you run into the back of the train ahead of you; horizontal: Stop the darn train NOW!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Looks awesome, @rick773. My only suggestion would be to go rescue the tipped over tree in pic #2
    -Mark
    @Spookshow, as soon as I published that picture, that tree stood out like a sore thumb but if I didn't have the photo I never would have found it. Except for the tree angle it does not strike you viewing it in person. The tree was on a slight rise and the shadows make the base look more out of kilter then it actually was. All fixed now.
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