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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    So, where does one go after mastering N scale? Z? T?
    G scale ?? I know at least 2 people in my local area that did just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    So, where does one go after mastering N scale?
    There is no place else to go grasshopper. You have acheived N-lightenment
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    Anyone using Digitrax considering upgrading to their new D602 throttle?

    https://www.digitrax.com/products/throttles/dt602/

    First major change in graphical interface since their very first throttle.

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    It may turn out to be a hot item, but why does it look like the female body?

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    indeed ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It may turn out to be a hot item, but why does it look like the female body?
    There's nothing I can say to that that won't get me into serious trouble, moderated or excommunicated.......
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    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It may turn out to be a hot item, but why does it look like the female body?
    Probably because of the number of buttons, switches, knobs.... :evil: -> http://images4.fanpop.com/image/phot...19-650-520.png

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    I thought it looked more like an owl , and am a bit disappointed , it still looks terribly outdated compared to ECOS or ZIMO .
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Three anticipated orders arrived today.

    1. Decoder wire from SBS4DCC
    2. 2 small motors from Tramfabriek
    3. Microtrains Rollerbearing truck/coupler sampler set, N scale coupler height gauge, and a free rerailer.
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    A pair of Hart Convertible Gondolas...
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    2 small motors from Tramfabriek
    I'm super curious about these. What do you plan to fit them in ? I would love to hear any feedback. I have shied away from them as I was concerned about them not being able to pull much due to their small size ? But, as we've all heard countless times, size isn't everything So I'd be interested to see these little motors prove the point
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    I'm super curious about these. What do you plan to fit them in ? I would love to hear any feedback. I have shied away from them as I was concerned about them not being able to pull much due to their small size ? But, as we've all heard countless times, size isn't everything So I'd be interested to see these little motors prove the point
    @tomcook

    Call me crazy (I prefer loco), but I'm going to try to repower an old bachman diesel with one of the motors.

    I've got several hurdles right off the get-go:

    1. The shafts on the new are smaller than the shafts on the old. I'll have to rig some kind of adapter for the u-joints (or replace the u-joints).
    2. The shafts on the new are longer, easily fixed with a dremel and a cut-off disk.
    3. The new motor is round. I'll have to figure out some way of keeping it from rotating on the shafts instead of rotating the shafts.
    4. I'll have to figure out a way attach the power leads to the frame halves.

    It's going to be an interesting project...

    The spare motor I bought just to have on hand for the time being. Maybe some kind of animation project in the future?

    I did a little testing on the motor this evening. Using a Railpower 1300 throttle, the motor starts between 7-8% throttle. My little analog voltmeter is showing between 1/4 and 1/2 volts when the motor starts turning. At 20% throttle, (about 6 volts), I can't apply enough pressure with my thumb and forefinger to stall the motor. And it's a nice quiet little thing.

    The new motor is the one on top in the photo.
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    One more time! Eating up a lot of supplies making puffball trees. When done on this portion I will have over ten feet of hill covered with puffball trees. Ran out of the black polyfibre that is the core of the puffballs. To my knowledge, Micro Mark is the only place to get black. Woodland scenics has it only in green. I order a 12 oz. bag of black fiber from Micro Mark but picked up a 0.56 oz. bag of green fiber from my LHS to experiment with. Also got some more turf as I am getting low again. Picked up a bottle an Oxide Brown paint that looks close for the interior of some Atlas Conrail open hoppers. The Atlas hopper have a obvious weight on the interior bottom that originally I was just painting. I recently became aware of an insert to cover them being available from Keystone Details through Shapeways. I ordered some so will need this paint for that. Did some minor test running using my Bachmann GP40 and it was having trouble on turnout points. Looked at the wheels and found a traction tire was missing. Didn't even know it had them. Didn't see them listed on Bachmann's available parts list for the GP40 but saw this pack of traction tires from Stewart for small steam at LHS, so thought I would give it a chance and see if one fits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    Originally Posted by tomcook
    I'm super curious about these. What do you plan to fit them in ? I would love to hear any feedback. I have shied away from them as I was concerned about them not being able to pull much due to their small size ? But, as we've all heard countless times, size isn't everything So I'd be interested to see these little motors prove the point
    @tomcook

    Call me crazy (I prefer loco), but I'm going to try to repower an old bachman diesel with one of the motors.

    I've got several hurdles right off the get-go:

    1. The shafts on the new are smaller than the shafts on the old. I'll have to rig some kind of adapter for the u-joints (or replace the u-joints).
    2. The shafts on the new are longer, easily fixed with a dremel and a cut-off disk.
    3. The new motor is round. I'll have to figure out some way of keeping it from rotating on the shafts instead of rotating the shafts.
    4. I'll have to figure out a way attach the power leads to the frame halves.

    It's going to be an interesting project...

    The spare motor I bought just to have on hand for the time being. Maybe some kind of animation project in the future?

    I did a little testing on the motor this evening. Using a Railpower 1300 throttle, the motor starts between 7-8% throttle. My little analog voltmeter is showing between 1/4 and 1/2 volts when the motor starts turning. At 20% throttle, (about 6 volts), I can't apply enough pressure with my thumb and forefinger to stall the motor. And it's a nice quiet little thing.

    The new motor is the one on top in the photo.
    @Gary Rowan, I'm using 3 of them in my 2-8-0s and new tenders (which will resume this Wednesday, thanks to Tom's prodding). I used some Evergreen rectangular tubing as motor mounts, cut out part of one long side to 'snap' the motor into, holding it tightly. I also use a product called 'Blu-tak'. Used to hold posters and stuff to walls without damaging the surface. It's like a putty but won't harden so it can hold a motor and is flexible enough to allow movement adjustments.
    Did you get the neoprene tubing with your motors? That stuff makes ideal flexible couplings. Tramfabriek also make brass shaft sleeving to increase the diameter.
    https://tramfabriek.nl/motors.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    @Gary Rowan, I'm using 3 of them in my 2-8-0s and new tenders (which will resume this Wednesday, thanks to Tom's prodding). I used some Evergreen rectangular tubing as motor mounts, cut out part of one long side to 'snap' the motor into, holding it tightly. I also use a product called 'Blu-tak'. Used to hold posters and stuff to walls without damaging the surface. It's like a putty but won't harden so it can hold a motor and is flexible enough to allow movement adjustments.
    Did you get the neoprene tubing with your motors? That stuff makes ideal flexible couplings. Tramfabriek also make brass shaft sleeving to increase the diameter.
    https://tramfabriek.nl/motors.html
    @mosslake

    I didn't even consider the motor shafts being different sizes when I ordered the motors (rookie mistake) and didn't think to order any sleeves or tubing.

    Since I don't necessarily want to hack on the gear/truck sets, I'd like to stick with the u-joint setup if possible.

    My thought, once I discovered the shaft size difference, was to draw up some u-joints and have them 3D printed.

    The motor mount sounds like a good solution. I'd like to see a photo if possible.

    Thanks,
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    @mosslake Please please start a build thread and pack it with photos

    Can you let me know how these things pull ? I want to use one in a 2-10-0 but am concerned about it not being gutsy enough
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    @mosslake Please please start a build thread and pack it with photos

    Can you let me know how these things pull ? I want to use one in a 2-10-0 but am concerned about it not being gutsy enough
    Yep, will do..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    The motor mount sounds like a good solution. I'd like to see a photo if possible.
    @Gary Rowan, here's some photos of how I secured those motors in the tenders. I actually only have 1 done as I'm about to change course on this project (yet) again and will start a thread on their adventures....
    The 1 loco I've done. Not happy with having such a huge tender to fit everything in so will be going back to the smaller USRA tenders

    The motor secured in Evergreen tube...






    The tubing isn't ideal but it works and was on hand at the time....
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    I ordered two cases of Peco flex track and 52 turnouts to kick off the next layout this week. Does that count as a June buy, or does it go toward the month that it ships and/or shows up?

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