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    Cooling fins for linear 12V DC regulators ...

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    Grumpy post human threw a package at Moose which containly these wee lovely things:

    To be honest, Moose might have startled her...
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    Some arch bar trucks, because Moose really like arch bar trucks. Might even try wearing them as roller skates...
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    Some 36 ft reefer kits for to transport brewskies en masse...
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    Some undecorated 10-1-2 sleeper coaches in Tuscan Red for a railway up north...
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    Various electronic components arrived today ... I was running low and I'll start building IR detectors soon.

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    I'm running low on dullcoat - luckily, my go-to-store for that kind of stuff has a sale on all products Montana, so I'm ordering eight cans of Montana Varnish matte right now.

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    Cables for interconnection of my modules and a small backorder of resistors .

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    Third day in a row - today an L.Net converter to make my ECoS command station speak Loconet, lots and lots of fine grain ballast by Noch and 25 pcs fairly large (635 x 940mm) sheets of 1mm cork. It's most likely way more cork than I need, but 25 pcs bulk was less than the price of 4 pcs single, so ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Third day in a row - today an L.Net converter to make my ECoS command station speak Loconet
    I would be curious of your thoughts of your ESU controller and the LNet converter and how well they work?
    A friend is about ready to ditch his Digitrax setup, be cause he switched to HO and enjoys the sound aspect of it.
    When I found out that they had the LNet converter, my ears perked up.
    Theres nothing wrong my Digitrax setup, but if it ever went south, I may look into the ESU setup.

    The price seems to be inline with a few added benifits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    I would be curious of your thoughts of your ESU controller and the LNet converter and how well they work?
    I am curious too, but I do expect it to be a full-blown translator. The other end of the converter is an ECoSlink, which is basically a CAN bus with a proprietary ESU protocol, and I know from experience that it's a fairly robust two-way connection.

    As I'm sure you're aware, the modules I'm currently building are to the European Fremo standard which means that my boosters will be Loconet based. This is why I need the converter for setting up at home with my ECoS. I'm sure ESU has not missed the modular setup aspect when they designed the converter, allowing an ECoS to be used as master command station at modular meets.

    When I get around to trying it out I will of course post my experience here on nSn

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    Purchased a 2 pack of small parts pick up tools off Amazon. These are stainless steel with 4 prongs with a really strong spring. I'm planning on doing some body mount coupler conversions on my auto racks and Bethgon coal hoppers. When I saw this tool mentioned in another thread a couple of weeks ago I had to pull the trigger. It'll make the placement of the screws a whole lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    I would be curious of your thoughts of your ESU controller and the LNet converter and how well they work?
    @Allen H.: You also asked my thoughts about the ECoS controller itself and I would recommend it any day for anyone considering it.

    I've had the Märklin CS (basically a very early ECoS inside), the b/w screen ECoS and now the color screen one and they've all performed flawlessly. ESU is actively developing and supporting the software for all devices - including the modified CS that could be upgraded to almost an ECoS when it was abandoned by Märklin - and they have an active forum for users. In the past I've been writing software for interfacing to command stations (which is why I've had quite a few) and I've found ESU (and Lenz) by far the most stable and easiest to work with.
    The ECoS speaks several languages on the track, and the only time I've seen a hiccup is when mixing DCC, mfx and Motorola protocols on the same layout. This may happen in European large scale where you can find old Märklin locos running Motorola protocol, modern Märklin on mfx and other brands on DCC. What happened was that when throwing a switch with DCC, a locomotive on a certain Motorola address started moving. Or maybe it was the other way around. But that's all. When using DCC only, I haven't seen the ECoS put a foot wrong. Which of course is why I expect the converter to work well too.

    If you have any more questions, just PM me.

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    Some years ago, Hornby made a line of UK themed n-scale town and country buildings. This included a castle set that is now very hard to find. Google 'Castle De Lyddle Hornby' to see it. It seems folks on ebay in the UK have taken those kits, made molds, and are now selling very close versions at a much better price. I got this from an ebay UK vendor called 'goodstonepro' and s/he offered it in multiple colors. I picked grey. It looks pretty good for no painting or weathering by me - but later I will try to touch these up a bit.

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    Mrs Moose ordered Moose a paint booth as a birthday present, and sneaky delivery human dropped it off two days earlier than expected. Moose so excited, had to post before even opening the box that it came in...


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    As incentive to get my butt in gear on the upper deck, I purchased this Kato Amtrak Superliner coach set to go with my 2 current coaches and a 6 pack of interior lighting kits for them all. I can haul them with my Athearn F59PHI Cascades loco until I get the Renfe coach set modified into the "bat train".
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    Some of the Unitrack arrived today for my new layout
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    Waiting on another package and then i will need to get 18 turnouts and a Y,then i can start laying track!

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    More stuff arriving ... a back order of electronic components and various single, dual and triple wire.

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    I need another locomotive like I need another hole in my head, but I purchased a Kato P-42 to go with my superliner set. I'll be able to use it with the "bat train" set as well and remain prototypical. I've often seen P-42's in place of the cabbage on the Cascades route into Vancouver.
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    Also picked up some wire and a power pack today, along with terminal blocks a few days ago. I still like my Unitrack but want to build a layout with the traditional sectional track. Total novice at wiring too.


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    As I see some frame milling on some of my older DC locos in my future, I had a flex shaft attachment for my Mastercraft Rotary tool dropped off by Amazon this evening. This will be easier to manipulate the bits with more accuracy than with the bare tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimRacin14 View Post
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    Oh, are these not just so totally delightful
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    I blew it on the cooling fins I bought earlier this month - there's no room for them on the regulator boards I have - so I got some new ones.
    Also some LokPilot v5 micro decoders.

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