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Homemade headlight reflector with LED
Posted by Graffen On 03/22/2018 At 2:41:58 PM
Latest project ....
A reflector with light for my narrow-gauge locomotives.
The diameter of the reflector is 4 mm.
The LED is 0.5 x 1 mm!
The reflector is made out of aluminum from oven trays.
I took a nut of the right diameter and slowly pushed the aluminum with the rounded top of the hat from a ballpoint pen.
Then I rough cut the edges and filed it to shape with a needle file.
I then drilled a 0.8 mm hole in the center of the reflector.
I glued the LED to the backside of the reflector with epoxy.
The LED is a bit too white, so it'll get a drop of Tamiya transparent orange.
Then I'll take Microscale Crystal Clear and fill the reflector so it gets a lens.

Have You Had a Quickie Lately?
Posted by CWRailman On 03/22/2018 At 11:48:42 AM

Check out our 03/22/2018 Blog to see our suggestion for a quick 15-30 minute modeling project that will add to any rustic scene. http://www.cwrailman.com/blog.html
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LED Light testing How-to & Homemade testers
Posted by desertdrover On 03/19/2018 At 3:45:11 PM
There are many questions from Forum members on how do I test an LED. Here are four (4) How-to ways to accomplish this task. Depending on your needs or skills these are some pretty simple ways to get the job done. Starting 1: with a Digital Multimeter, 2: using 9 Volt battery with 1K Ohm resistor in-line homemade tester, 3: using two (2) double ďAĒ batteries, or 4: a nifty little gadget from Ngineering using a Nine (9) volt battery with a circuit board with installed resistors for testing LEDís.
Starting with the use of a Digital Multimeter, connect the Black test lead to the COM jack and the Red test lead to the Note that the polarity of the Red test lead is ď+Ē).
Set the meter Function switch to the range (see picture below) and connect the test leads across the diode/LED. If the LED does not light, switch your red and black leads on the LED. When the LED lights whatever black lead clip is on your LED leads will be your (-) Neg. Cathode lead and that is where your resistor will be placed when installing into your Locomotive, Rail Critter, Structures or any LED lighting situation.

Second method using a homemade 9 Volt battery with 1K Ohm resistor in-line homemade tester. Get a set of red and black wires on a 9 volt battery snap on clip, and place an LED holder, or red and black alligator clips, on the other end of the red and black wires. Place a 1K Ohm resistor in-line on the black wire. To test an LED, place the LED into the LED holder, or use your alligator clips, and again if it lights, note what lead the black wire goes to on the LED leads, and that is your (-) Neg. Cathode lead and where your resistor is attached.

Third method using a double ďAĒ battery case with two (2) double ďA batteries homemade tester. Attach a set of red and black alligator clips to the battery case red and black wires. (No resistor needed for this tester) Connect your LED to the tester clips and again, if it lights, note what lead the black wire goes to on the LED leads, and that is your (-) Neg. Cathode lead and where your resistor is attached for when you install it into your locomotive decoders White (Forward) or Yellow (Reverse) light leads.

The last LED tester is a device made by Ngineering, Part #N8021, for testing LEDís, nothing more than the same as your homemade second tester using a nine (9) volt battery and resistor. This device already has a resistor installed into a circuit board with nice convenient attachment clips for your LED leads. And same as all the other testers, the black lead shows your (-) Neg. Cathode lead and where your resistor gets attached prior to installation.

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"Natural" Porch Posts
Posted by TC On 03/17/2018 At 11:14:13 PM
I'm looking for some creative ideas on how to model (in 1:87 scale) porch posts similar to the ones in this photo by Dorothea Lange (found at this Wiki link) taken by her in Gordonton, North Carolina. Anyone have thoughts on how to approach it?

Another Photo Run-By at the F&SM RR
Posted by halrey On 03/17/2018 At 6:36:57 PM
Well, I made another photo run-by at the F&SM RR two days ago. George has replaced some of the older buildings that had been built in a rush with some new structures. The restaurant with the pawn shop are a Downtown Deco kit, while the other 2 are scratch built. The fish company bldg. covers a turnout motor.
Always new improvements every time I stop by, got to love it!


Grandt Line Closing
Posted by GregW66 On 03/14/2018 At 12:55:38 PM
I got a tip on Facebook that Grandt Line is closing. Hoping to get the word out so someone might pick their line up.
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 Posted By: imkookoo4choochoo 
Hi, I hope someone can provide me with some information on an HO model kit I recently found. It is made by S&E Suzuki & Edwards out of Tokyo. It is a metal die cast stock car. I am told this kit came out right after WWII, which would make it 50 to 60 years old or more. Does anyone out there have any info on this maker or familiar with them? This kit has all its parts and I am just curious if there is a small marker out there that might be interested in such an item, and how much it might be worth to those select few. Thank you
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 Posted By: Richard Baker 
I have known about the L&W since I was a kid in Thomson. The EMD loco is an ex Ga & Fl RR unit #70. It was one of thier originals. There is a blue L&W boxcar parked in the wye with the loco. It has been there about a year. I was in Folkston a few days ago and spotted an L&W box in the consist of a passing CSX train. I drove to Wadley and nothing had changed in the wye. Upon leaving and heading north to Thomson, I caught sight of some boxcars sitting on the L&W main. I followed the tracks to an abandoned junk yard and there sat 4-5 Pickens RR box cars. There were trees growing up around the trucks. They all had roller bearings mounted in the old friction bearing journal boxes. I don't think thats legal now.
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 Posted By: Reg 
Great site, just trying to get some ideas
for HO.
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Great forum site, my favorite. Thanks to Mike K for turning me on to it.

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 Posted By: Mary Ann Murphy Colegrove 
Trying to find Dan S to make sure he knows about our 20th H.S. reunion in Marcellus on July 7th week-end. I goggled the name and found it on this site. Dan if you can reach out to colegroves@adelphia.net to make sure we have your new mailing address, I would appreciate it. Thanks, MAC
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 Posted By: Larry Stewart 
I enjoy taking photos of Trains
Larry Stewart from Tacoma
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Hello - I have registered twice for the Forum in the last 2 weeks, but never have received a confirmation email.
What is the turnaround time for a confirmation? Thanks
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 Posted By: Don Brimmer 
What I have seen on this site is great. I would like to join, but privacy notice keeps kicking back to same page and will not go to register. I am in N Scale
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 Posted By: Richard Leff 
I am in the Northridge area. My Pike the "Panorama Pacific" is an HO guage layout approx 600 sq ft.

I would like to meet people in my area who live in thew S.F. Valley

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 Posted By: shadetreekid 
I'm new to the group. I live in Ottawa, Canada, and I model in HO. I'm in the process of completing my layout, and hope to begin operating sessions early in the new year.
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