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  • Originally posted by greg_s View Post
    Louis, your really speeding along with this one. I see you are now adding lights to it. Have I missed something here? Have you tested out the vacuum yet? Does it work?
    Has your wife asked you to lay track down on your floors throughout your house yet? By the way a brilliant way to expand your layout while keeping the house a little cleaner too!
    Just kidding, you know me.

    Greg
    I don't know about speeding along, but it is getting ready to wrap up here soon enough. I programed the decoder this afternoon/evening and things are running fine so far. I'm amazed at just how quite the fan is. It is like the computer fans. Well, I guess it is a computer fan. The red LED beacon lights are being mounted onto the shell. First, I had to glue all the other MDC parts in place along the roof of the Boxcab.


    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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    • Now todays progress. While parts are gluing together, and the Boxcab shell is coming to life, I programed the Digitrax DZ143 Decoder with JMRI for the L&R Vacuum MOW with Road #33, and the Forward and Rear lights programed as Beacon simulation. Things are about to wrap up with this project. Red arrows show the change made for Beacon Simulation.

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      Louis
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • I Guess these pictures are better to read.

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        Louis
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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        • Great progress, Lou. I’m with you on the video thing. I’ve dabbled in video and find it’s a whole new misadventure, totally foreign to long standing skills in still photography. That said, it would be fun to see your wonderful mechanical wizardry in action.
          Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

          Cedar Swamp
          SW of Manistique, MI

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          • Originally posted by k9wrangler View Post
            Great progress, Lou. I’m with you on the video thing. I’ve dabbled in video and find it’s a whole new misadventure, totally foreign to long standing skills in still photography. That said, it would be fun to see your wonderful mechanical wizardry in action.
            Thanks Karl. From the test of the fan speed, once I get the Boxcab shell windows all closed in with acetate, and the front compartment all air tight, that fan will pull a good vacuum. Also, I believe that half speed should be plenty of power needed for suction. That fan can really turn at full speed.


            Louis
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • Progress; Meet the crew of the L&R Vacuum MOW Boxcab.
              Where the Boxcab shell has to be air tight for a good vacuum pulling dust up from the dust chute, I used Grafix Clear Acetate Film for general purpose applications. Its available in .003" and .005" thicknesses in Pads or sheets. This was used to cover all of the Boxcab shell window openings, glued in place using Pacer Canopy Glue. You can use any type of acetate for modeling use.
              I wanted my vacuum crew to be on board and friendly, so I wanted open windows with the figures waving as they pass. For this I used a Preiser figure case top as a shadowbox type of window, for the Vacuum Boxcab operator, and his helper. After cutting the window boxes out of the case top, and shaping the top to the inner roof shape, I did some surgery to our crew. Cutting them at the waist, and breaking their inner arms to fit, and pose inside of the box. The cut off legs can be used on another scene where you need legs sticking out from under a car in a service garage. We never throw anything away.
              The cut bodies were then glued into place, inside of the shadowboxes where they would be placed within the window openings. And, that would make an air tight window opening, and still have a crew visible. I still have more gluing to do, and mount the lights onto the Boxcab shell.


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              Louis
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • john_holt
                john_holt commented
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                "Hold on boys.......that dust storm will cut you in half"

              • locolouie
                locolouie commented
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                The sacrifices made to be a member of the L&R RR

              • CNE1899
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                Louis,
                Damn good idea!

            • Great job Louis as always what m0re can I say!!!

              Mark

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              • Louis,

                Some threads are agonizing to watch. And what would a non-modeller think seeing a bunch of legs carefully stored away.

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

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                • Call 911. Great job!
                  Philip

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                  • Mark, Mike and Philip, Thanks for your comments and thoughts. And most of all, your continued following along.


                    Louis
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • Here is an update on the Crew Cab enclosures. The crew able to be in the cab waving, and still keep an air tight seal within the shell.

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                      Louis
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • locolouie
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                        You always amaze me with your ideas! This was brilliant!

                      • CNE1899
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                        Louis,
                        Looks great! An airtight idea.

                    • Louis excellent job and concept. Cutting the Crew in half? Yup you're definitely
                      a "MacGyver". Great job!!!!!
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                      • Thank you Larry.


                        Louis
                        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                        • Today I wired the red beacon lights to the Boxcab shell. First making two holes for the LED legs on each side of the roof cooling radiator, then slid in the LED legs gluing the light housing in place, and soldered the wire connections to each of them. The first set of pictures shows the Boxcab upside down, while I have a stick holding down the wires to the roof interior being glued in place using E6000 adhesive. The second picture shows the wires entering the shell roof at the edge, and glued down with the E6000. The connecting wires are under the stick.
                          The last picture shows the Boxcab complete, with Digitrax DZ143 decoder in place, vacuum fan wired in to the plug socket, and the open socket waiting for the Beacon Lighting plug to be wired in at the Boxcab shell.
                          During the decoder install, and test run, the vacuum fan shows about half speed is more than enough vacuum pressure needed. And, I'm impressed with how Quiet the fan motor is. It is a computer fan motor after all, and we all know how quiet that can be.


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                          Louis
                          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                          • I can't imagine how you felt when that job really sucked!!!

                            Mark

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