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    Post Weekend Update (4th Mar 2022)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 4th Mar 2022).

    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 have shifted gears and have building some buildings for the town
    This is the DPM Wilhelmi's Mercantile
    I added the Led lighting, sidwalk,window dressings and the window displays with some cheap Evemodel figures to act as mannikins
    And Anita Ekberg is here to lighten the stress of seeing my hack job model work
    train shelf build 8.jpgtrain shelf build 9.jpgtrain shelf build 10.jpg
    Anita Ekberg.jpg

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    I've been working on freeing up my turnouts on the modules as I got a bit crazy with the glue while ballasting and adding more soil. I also built a few more #6 for future projects. A friend needs my jigs for about 20 #6 on his port of LA/LB layout so no more building turnouts for a spell. That's ok as I really need to settle on a plan, get some plywood, and go.
    John

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    Built a #8 curved turnout, finished off the #6 and #10 turnouts then painted all 5 experimenting with various applications.
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    Moose had some progress [and some set-backs, shhh!] on the railroad ... See linkies below:

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...292#post622292

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...291#post622291
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    I made another candle. It felt like the most appropriate thing to model in this current climate.

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    More details here: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...ountain/page15
    Thanks, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    I made another candle. It felt like the most appropriate thing to model in this current climate.
    Very nice [and super tiny!] ... Still pretty cold up their in the mountains?
    = >

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    Moose managed to get a wee bit more done this morning. See linkies!


    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...357#post622357

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...356#post622356
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    I can't remember where I left off in this story, but as some of you may recall, my HispatreN RENFE class 333 came with two different trucks. After complaining to the manufacturer, I was promised that a replacement truck frame would be in the mail, but I never got it.
    That was in October last year ...

    Eventually I decided to make a new truck frame in 3D and have it printed. As I set out to research for drawings I noticed that both trucks were in fact wrong for a Danish class MZ series I. One was a modernised Spanish truck that the Danish locos never had, and the other one was for a series III MZ.
    I couldn't find any drawings, but then again there's no guarantee that the trucks are exactly to scale, so there's no point in making a replacement frame to scale if it doesn't fit the gear housing. Using a caliper and looking at pictures I managed to make a 3D model, but I had a gut feeling I should settle for making the truck sides only. Sure enough, when the parts arrived they were all but unusable and I'd picked a material with way to few details.
    Having apologized to my gut for not adhering to that feeling I then ordered four frame sides in highest detail and they have arrived.




    I milled the outer details off the two factory truck frames and made the sides as thin as I dared before gluing the new sides on with two-component epoxy.




    Two coats of black and a coat of matt varnish and I could finally assemble the MZ. The closeup photo doesn't do it any good, but it looks absolutely gorgeous from just a few feet away




    And with that I can present the Danish branch of train pair no. 34/35 - the TEE Merkur which ran from Stuttgart to Copenhagen from 1974 to 1978 where it was downgraded to an Intercity service. Usually the consist north of Hamburg was three coaches of which usually only two continued to Denmark.



    The TEE Merkur holds several records for a Trans Europ Express:

    - The shortest consist of any TEE service
    - The only TEE connection to be transferred on a ferry (between Germany and Denmark)
    - The slowest TEE connection due to the ferry transfer

    I have not found any photo evidence that the Merkur has in fact been hauled by an MZ series I during the TEE years, but surely it must have ...
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    I admire your persistence and observational skills! I would never know whether a manufacturer made prototypical trucks or any other parts. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    I admire your persistence and observational skills! I would never know whether a manufacturer made prototypical trucks or any other parts. Well done!
    Thanks Gordon, but I only noticed because I was prompted to explore. If the model had come with two identical series III trucks I would probably never have noticed and I could easily have lived with it. The difference is mostly in the arrangement of the brake cylinders and levers. However, once I knew and since I was making new frame sides anyway, they might as well be correct for the model.
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