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  • Well done James, love that last scene!

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    • Looking great James!
      Philip

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      • Thanks, Bill, Mike (IIRC) and Philip. I haven't done much new on the layout since October. But I did get a culvert at Seashore repaired. Real track workers have to struggle with winter, but we're volunteers and our railroad will slumber from mid-December to May. So I'm getting back to work at home. My wife started another round of structures. I sat down to paint one's roofs this afternoon, and didn't find the jar of dirty thinner which has had my Passche H's needle and cone in it. It will turn up eventually, but it's not for nothing I keep backups:

        Paint drying on 31-35 Washington St. roofs

        That Badger sprayer was the first airbrush I bought, in the late 1970s. I switched to a plastic internal mix, then the Paasche in the 1990s. The Badger was OK for laying down a coat then, and still works now. Fitting was still on the hose, so I hooked it up, thinned the Scalecoat paint considerably (it likes thin paint) and fired away.

        I told my wife I'd had to use the ancient airbrush, and after dinner she looked at one of her workspaces: There was the missing jar! I'd given it to her when she was experimenting with solvent paints (she knows watercolors well, oil paints a bit but had never worked with acrylics, lacquers or enamels).
        Last edited by jbvb; 11-14-2021, 09:36 PM. Reason: Crisis cured!
        James

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        • Nice looking structure.

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          • Great looking scene James. And the structures look great. Your wife has done outstanding work.
            If I asked my wife to do some work on the layout, she'd fall off the chair laughing.
            Regards Rob

            Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

            My current build.

            https://railroad-line.com/node/979864

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            • James,

              Glad you found your needle, and nice hob with the old airbrush! When I get to using an airbrush, it will be my old badger that I bought in high school.

              Scott

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              • Thanks, Tom, Robert and Scott. I used the old Badger again. I'm thinking I'll keep it out for Scalecoat 'flat' paints, which have a lot of ground glass and can be poured back into the jar after thinning.
                James

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                • The 2021 Tour de Chooch is done. We had between 20 and 24 visitors; uncertain because not all signed the guest book. Quite a few were people I know, at least one was more than a hundred miles from home. I got a break of about 30 minutes mid-afternoon, otherwise I was talking while trains orbited all day. My wife finished the roof on her 13th house late this afternoon; it's on the layout. One turnout wouldn't throw when I turned power on to set up last night and one passenger car derailed 3 times. I will investigate after looking over the Forum.
                  James

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                  • Sounds like a relatively good turnout and an overall good day. Looking forward to seeing photos of the "new house!"

                    Get some sleep!

                    Pete
                    in Michigan

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                    • I dug out the old M$ box I run DecoderPro on today and set out to fix the Atlas HH-660 that decided it couldn't move in September. I fiddled and fussed and re-wrote all the CVs from the roster file twice: No joy. So I took up my spade again and dug out the Atlas manual. It said a mere DCC reset doesn't put back the state of mysterious "analog parameters", you need the Magnetic Wand to fix them. So I dug again for the Magnetic Wand, switched a block to DC and applied it. Quoth #1161 RESET and motion was restored.

                      Then I adjusted P2K E-7A MEC #707 to be a lot quieter and start/stop in a somewhat realistic way.
                      James

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                      • Forsooth and verily, this soundeth good Milord, but what is this "Magic Wand" of which thou speaketh?

                        Pete
                        in Michigan

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                        • jbvb
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                          The Magnetic Wand that came with Atlas HH-660 #1161 looks like a doll-sized reflex testing hammer with a rubber handle whose business end is a powerful cylindrical rare-earth magnet. I'd post a picture but it's already back in the Original Box and put away. Appears to have been shipped with Atlas diesels using QSI sound decoders. Date on the Quick Start document is 2013.

                      • James,

                        Sounds like a miniature version of Thors Hammer. I'm glad you had a good Tour De Chooch. Good to hear things are working.

                        Scott

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                        • Thanks, Scott. During my recent phone/net outage (old cable splice failed), I crawled under the staging yard again and got electrons to all the turnouts again. It appears I'd been hurrying a bit when I re-worked the diode matrix a few years ago. The matrix board is fine, but several leads to turnouts hadn't been well inserted in the terminal blocks. That plus a loose wire at one turnout, was the problem.
                          James

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                          • Most of my layout time the past few weeks have been my first 2022 'Challenge' project: Optical train position indicators for my mostly-hidden "Saugus" staging tracks. I had to overcome some modest electrical obstacles. That area will be simpler for me to manage, and I can probably delegate staging management to an operator with a little experience. Details here: https://railroad-line.com/node/981221

                            My wife and I have also gotten back to working on the houses around the Newburyport depot site. Two more are now painted and she's installing the windows. Pictures in her thread early in the week.
                            James

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                              James,
                              Is there a link to her thread? If you posted it I missed it.
                              Scott

                          • Looking forward to "Film at Eleven!!"

                            Pete
                            in Michigan

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