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  • #16
    Beautiful Jim! While I'm not a Sante Fe fan either, those units are classics! Well done!

    Two suggestions. First, you mention a single sound decoder. If you really want to blow your socks off, put a second sound decoder in a second unit, preferably the two A units, or an A and second B, spacing them apart. You will be shocked at just how much better it sounds with two sounds rather than just one. With the great job you did on these, they deserve it!

    Second suggestion, it appears that you used standard Kadee #5 couplers, resulting in the units being spaced a little too far apart from on another. Swap them out with the short shank couplers that will result is a closer coupling. It will improve the appearance of the lash up dramatically.

    Looking great Jim! Nice job!
    Mark

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    • #17
      Thanks Mark,

      The sound unit is in one B unit. It's the 16 bit Digitrax programmable decoder with the F3 sound project loaded, and it sounds terrific. I've got another one and may pop it in later. All 4 units are powered and with the sound decoder, it's sucking up some serious power. All of the Kadees' are the short shank version. I think the photo angle and lighting setup ( shop light ) is accentuating the gap between the units.

      Jim
      Take the red pill

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      • #18
        Jim,

        They look wonderful, all four of them coupled together.

        Mike
        _________________________________________________

        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • #19
          Beautiful, Jim. I always thought the Santa Fe F units were a classic.

          George
          The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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          • #20
            Beautifully done, Jim!
            Bruce

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            • #21
              Wow, what a Birthday present for me!! (7-15-48)

              I can't wait to put them on the front of my El Capitan for a trip down the transcon!

              Jim they look great.
              Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

              Cedar Swamp
              SW of Manistique, MI

              AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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              • #22
                Happy Birthday Karl, but you ain't getting these as a present.

                Mike, George, and Bruce. You're not getting them either, thanks!

                Jim
                Take the red pill

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                • #23
                  Nicely done, Jim! Very nicely done! :up:

                  I agree with Mark, especially on the sound. Multiples running slightly out of synch are fabulous....

                  And I see that I'm gonna have to order up some Birthday Cake. Time to call the bakery!

                  Pete

                  in Michigan

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                  • #24
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by BurleyJim


                    Mike, George, and Bruce. You're not getting them either,


                    I guess sweet-talking only works with the ladies.

                    Mike
                    _________________________________________________

                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                    • #25
                      Very nice, Jim
                      James

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                      • #26
                        Jim,

                        Once again very motivating to see your F-3 build results.

                        Thanks, Dave S. Tucson, AZ

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                        • #27
                          You guys are talking me into adding that second decoder, Thanks!

                          Jim
                          Take the red pill

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                          • #28
                            BEAUTIFUL JOB '& HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THOSE 4 BEAUTIES'..

                            Talk about a fast year'...Jim, how bout a short video so we can see and hear em run'...

                            You know, just a 2,3 minute shorty'....


                            Ted

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                            • #29
                              Great job Jim. They look beautiful.
                              Jerry



                              "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                              • #30
                                Question:

                                Does anyone know what the different color bonnets meant or stood for(war, yellow, blue etc.)

                                I like'em all just don't know why they had all the colors, and did they run any together in the same consist? (pics?). Thanx Thom...

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