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  • #16
    Looks promising Scott. Looking forward to your next update.

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    • #17
      I cut out the weighted handles that are on the end of the switch (Racor #2). I cut these from a scrap piece of aluminum. Drilled and filed out the area for the hand hold, and drilled the hole to attach to the lever arm. Next I'll radius the edges and epoxy them on.

      Scott


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      • #18
        Update,

        Received the ordered 8-32 carriage bolts. Drilled and filed square the carriage bolt holes

        Roughed out the lever hand holds, drilled hole for lever and cut the heads off the bolts.

        Press fit the hand holds onto the bolts.

        Drilled pilot holes into the base sides and drilled holes for the carriage bolts in the base front.

        Assembled the lot.

        Know I just need to sand the base and stain black. The control panel and controls will be flat black.

        I am not sure if I am going to paint the brass and bronze or not.

        Scott




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        • #19
          Very neatly done, Scott.
          _________________________________________________

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

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          • #20
            Scott, those look really good!

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            • #21
              Very Nice Scott! Can you find a piece of brass, test using "Gun Blue: on it? Might hold up better than paint.

              Jim
              Take the red pill

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              • #22
                Mike, Thayer, Jim,

                Thanks for the comments.

                Jim, thanks for the tip. I was wondering if keeping the brass and bronze parts unpainted might look good.

                I like the color of those metals. I'm not sure, if everything else is black.

                Scott

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                • #23
                  Beautiful metalwork, Scott.

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

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                  • #24
                    Scott,

                    Like your concept for manual turnout control. Very neat idea.

                    I've been thinking of doing something similar once I get some track laid.

                    Bernd
                    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                    • #25
                      George and Bernd,

                      Thank you.

                      Bernd,

                      I am leaving space below for four rotary on/off knobs, to be in the 1920s style.

                      These will isolate four sidings. I also have to add in a port for the loco controller.

                      Scott

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                      • #26
                        :up: :up: :up:

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                        • #27
                          Cool!
                          ..........

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                          • #28
                            Scott those are some slick looking controls; excellent workmanship. You certainly do build things to last.
                            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                            • #29
                              Very impressive. :up:

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                              • #30
                                Soooooo,

                                Looks like this will be the only project I will finish for the challenge.

                                I stained the frame and painted the switches and control panel.

                                The holes along the bottom will be for block switches.

                                The main line and four sidings will be controlled by the on/off knobs.

                                The internal linkages will be installed along with the switches.

                                Thanks for following.

                                Scott







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