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  • #76
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    Originally posted by slimrails


    It looks great, Louis! :up: The gold on the whistle and headlight adds a fine touch.


    Thank you Russ! :up:


    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • #77
      Multi- :up: :up:

      [:-magnify]Paint does that stuff, too bad we rush things, I’ve a couple of nice things I’ve sort of fumbled with spray cans. I hate cleaning my airbrushes[:-propeller]
      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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      • #78
        Looking Good, Louis!

        Pete

        in Michigan

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        • #79
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          Originally posted by Orionvp17


          Looking Good, Louis!

          Pete

          in Michigan


          Thanks a lot Pete, and thanks for your informational help. Sam is what I pride myself as being, a helpful modeler and team player. [:-cowboy] :up:


          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #80
            [:-cowboy] :up:



            Pete

            in Michigan

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            • #81
              That'll do very nicely, now are you going to let me weather it for you?
              Frank

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              • #82
                Louis,

                Fine job on the paint, with excellent color choice and separation. The wood truly looks like wood.

                Mike
                _________________________________________________

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

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                • #83
                  You're braver than me Louis, if I were to try to paint plastic to look like wood, no one would be viewing any pictures, but yours looks great.

                  Rich

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                  • #84
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                    Originally posted by k9wrangler


                    Multi- :up: :up:

                    [:-magnify]Paint does that stuff, too bad we rush things, I’ve a couple of nice things I’ve sort of fumbled with spray cans. I hate cleaning my airbrushes[:-propeller]


                    Hey Karl, I know what you mean. I too hate cleaning an airbrush for just a small project, so I use the spray cans as a fast alternative. Sometimes being a big mistake. :erm:


                    Louis L&R Western Railroad
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • #85
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by Frank Palmer


                      That'll do very nicely, now are you going to let me weather it for you?


                      Thanks Frank. AND, I would love nothing more than to let you weather this Climax for me. That way I'd know I had a top notch job done.


                      Louis L&R Western Railroad
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #86
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                        Originally posted by Michael Hohn


                        Louis,

                        Fine job on the paint, with excellent color choice and separation. The wood truly looks like wood.

                        Mike


                        Thanks for your kind comments Mike. [:-cowboy] :up:


                        Louis L&R Western Railroad
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • #87
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                          Originally posted by Pennman


                          You're braver than me Louis, if I were to try to paint plastic to look like wood, no one would be viewing any pictures, but yours looks great.

                          Rich


                          Rich, thanks, but I've seen your work and you are selling your self short. You do a lot more better that you're giving credit to yourself.


                          Louis L&R Western Railroad
                          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                          • #88
                            The truck side frames on my Bachmann 44 ton locomotive chassis was silver, so I primed them with good old Wal-Mart spray paint gray primer, and then a coat of flat black spray paint.









                            Now is a good time to discuss installing a DCC sound, or non-sound decoder into your Climax.

                            Bachmann locomotives have motor RF suppression capacitors which affect DCC performance. If your Bachmann DCC decoder is factory installed then leave the capacitors, however, should you want to replace the Bachmann decoder with another DCC decoder such as Digitrax or Soundtraxx I recommend you cut out the capacitors. It has been known to have erratic running with the capacitors left in after installing a different manufactured decoder, by removing the capacitors all is fine once again. As to the Bachmann factory installed sound engines there is no reason for you to cut the capacitors, however once again, should you want to replace the Bachmann sound decoder, then you would want to cut the capacitors off. Without a lot of tech talk, simply these capacitors are TV noise suppressors. They are required in Europe so your model trains do not interfere with your neighbor’s TV picture reception. For American DCC these capacitors are not needed.

                            This below photo shows light board before decoder is installed. The two yellow capacitors marked C1 and C2 must be removed. Remove them by cutting the leads off flush with the board or unsolder them. It is important to cut them as flush as possible to the board to allow room to install a decoder. Also the copper jumper tabs must be removed.



                            This next photo shows new wiring for DCC operation. Notice the two yellow capacitors that should be cut off, marked C1 and C2. The decoder should be held in place with 1/4" wide Kapton tape, or other means. The leads should be kept long enough to allow for a good installation. The solder pads on the light board should be tinned first, and also the wires should be tinned. Then the wires can be soldered to the light board. In this installation, the wires can be soldered flat onto the pads. The pads are numbered starting with #8 on the left then #’s 1,2,4,5,6,7 (three “#3” is skipped/left off). Solder the wires as follows: 8= red, 1= orange, 2= yellow, 3 is not there, 4= black, 5= gray, 6= white, 7= blue. This wiring is for DCC with, or without sound decoder. Remember to install resistors for your forward and reverse lights. In the Roundhouse Climax you can install up to a 1” speaker, up into the roof, second and third picture shown setting on top of the shell for viewing, and speaker enclosure installed into a Climax shell roof.








                            Louis L&R Western Railroad
                            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                            • #89
                              Thanks very useful information.

                              Bob
                              It's only make-believe

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                              • #90
                                This stuff is out of my wheelhouse but, regardless, it looks great Louis.
                                Carl

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