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Graffen
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Posted - 10/09/2019 :  1:51:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks!


The portal is installed and the tunnel tracks got cinders.


The hidden staging tracks are finished as well. Only the servos left to install.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Graffen
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Posted - 10/14/2019 :  04:31:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My solution of current pickup on brass locomotives.

They pick up one pole on one side of the locomotive and the other in the tender.
And it's via spring blocks .... It doesn't work well on digital.
I replaced the gearbox cover with a piece of circuit board laminate.
There is not enough space on the underside, so I had to sand the laminate 1 mm.
The holes next to the gear are filled with epoxy for strength.
The pickups are phosphor bronze which has a small spring coil made by wrapping the wire around a 0.7 mm drill bit.
The power cables are soldered to the old pickup points.
Now you have full power pickup on the locomotive, now the tender trucks will receive the same treatment.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

Edited by - Graffen on 10/14/2019 04:32:58 AM

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George D
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Posted - 10/14/2019 :  09:18:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good idea on the power pickups, Michael. I need to do that on a couple of my locos.

George



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Graffen
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Posted - 10/25/2019 :  09:38:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Made some more on the town of Holy Cross on my layout.



Made a road tunnel.


The tunnel to the staging.


My rendition of the Silver spur mine.


The church.


I'm slowly getting there.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Graffen
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Posted - 10/25/2019 :  10:54:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
https://youtu.be/DjCuqFbYRbc

Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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George D
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Posted - 10/25/2019 :  11:43:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice overview of your layout, Michael.

George



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/25/2019 :  2:46:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I agree with George. Itís interesting to see an in-progress glimpse.

Mike



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Graffen
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Posted - 10/27/2019 :  5:55:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bought a horse and wagon kit yesterday.


Really nice metal kit.


I've also started on the DCC and sound install on my K-27 #455.


I make ports in the tender for the wiring between loco and tender so they don't get tangled.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Pennman
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Posted - 10/28/2019 :  06:17:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, Michael, how did I miss this thread? Probably due to many 1:1 projects this year.
Your planned layout is fabulous, as are all of your building projects. I enjoy looking at your structure builds to pick up tips on coloring and various shades of wood you utilize. I like the tunnel and portal coloring and design. Your track plan is perfect and I am envious of the space you have for the layout. There are so many different aspects going on, throughout your progress, that it is hard to make comments on which section first. Your painting skills are second to none.
Keep the pictures coming. Great work.

Rich



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 10/28/2019 :  08:03:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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Graffen
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Posted - 10/28/2019 :  3:31:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You take what you have on hand... #128521;#128512;
I needed to install DCC and sound in a K-27.
So I found a sound decoder in an old locomotive.

A 21-pin ESU V4.

I took out the circuit board to avoid having to solder new contacts on the decoder.
I manufactured phosphor bronze pickups for the locomotive.

I also replaced the gearbox cover with a piece of circuit board laminate.



The decoder did not fit straight into the tender, so I 3D printed an angled holder.




Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Graffen
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Posted - 10/31/2019 :  09:14:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I just finished a coal bridge for my layout.

As it's a laser cut kit, I decided not to use a wash to color the wood, instead I painted it.


I used Vallejo IDF gray primer.


I then applied an oil based wash from AK.


The crane got weathered by various rust colors and powders.
Then some gloss oil spill.



This will be a nice addition to the engine service facilities.





Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Graffen
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Posted - 10/31/2019 :  2:40:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I set it on the layout.



Can look good when scenery and detailing is done.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Graffen
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Posted - 10/31/2019 :  8:32:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Spruce/fir trees 2.0
Faller's fir trees are really not at all good looking, but with a few minutes of work their appearance can be much improved.
I use Polak model turf and some spray adhesive for this project.


They are very coarse as they are...


I trim the armatures to avoid the cone shape.


Less is more...


I applied some spray glue and two layers of turf.


This group of five trees took me 10 minutes to do, a time that can be reduced severely if made in a series.
I have over 1000 trees to do, so any savings of time and money are very welcome.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/31/2019 :  11:16:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Decoder, coal facility and conifers: quite a range of activities.


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