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Author Topic: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.  (Read 19637 times)

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Offline Webbo

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #360 on: October 07, 2017, 01:48:41 am »
Dats

Your office and the facility look very convincing to me. As to what the facility is, you've got me stumped. My wild guess is that you are selling soil or mulch for gardens. manure maybe?

Showcase Miniatures also sells dump truck kits, though like GHQ they are not cheap.

https://www.showcaseminiatures.net/n_scale/n_scale_vehicles/

Webbo


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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #361 on: October 07, 2017, 08:54:25 am »
Bachmann used to do a front loader in one of their "vehicle packs" in the past. I've got one and I think it came with a Euclid style dump truck, tow truck and a low sided truck. They were rather basic models, but were easily upgraded with a bit of work.
Whether you can find one nowadays is another matter.....

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #362 on: October 07, 2017, 09:31:04 am »
DM Toys in Germany have a selection of construction vehicles from various manufacturers, including a couple of loaders:

https://www.en.dm-toys.de/liste/tags_en/baufahrzeug_en.html
Mike

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #363 on: October 07, 2017, 06:00:26 pm »
Do you mean something like this Dats?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/N-Scale-1970-International-Rusty-RR-Tie-Truck-/112590489152?hash=item1a36ea8640:g:wR8AAOxyUylTPfpH

I've used this guy for a few vehicles on the MHRR, and like them a lot.  There's a few different ones you might find useful in his sales.

Andy
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #364 on: October 08, 2017, 11:28:17 pm »
Where can I get a Dump truck and a Front loader without breaking my wallet?
I'm having hard time finding them especially the Front loader.
If you know it please let me know!


Hi Dats - have you looked at "Outland Models" - they seem basic, but cheap and could be improved by painting/weathering the Dats way.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Outland-Models-Railway-Miniature-Heavy-Construction-Vehicle-Set-N-Gauge-1-160-/391597731295?hash=item5b2d0b2ddf:g:Z2cAAOSw5IJWeLNX

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Outland-Models-Railway-Scenery-Country-Farm-Tractor-Set-with-Straw-N-Gauge-1-160-/391659620505?hash=item5b30bb8899:g:lYIAAOSwnHZYXPrW

Enjoy!

Mike


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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #365 on: October 15, 2017, 03:49:45 am »
Thank you very much for your information!
I didn't know most of manufactures or websites.
So thank you very much for your help!!  :NGaugersRule:
I'm surprised that not many construction vehicles are readily available as I imagine.
I thought every major manufacturers are producing those but I was wrong.

Speaking of wrong, one of turnouts got false electrical contact.
And everytime an engine run over the switch, it would stall.
It was working before but when I ballasted it became problematic.
So I soldered a thin jump wire.
To my surprise, it's working so good now!
No hesitation nor engine light flickering. Even ultra slow speed!!
I usually don't succeed those repairs but I did good this time. Rare phenomena!
Now it's fun to run a train again.

It's not a beautiful soldering job and hard to see on the photo but it's working!! Yay!!

I'm still contemplating about the vehicles.
Dats


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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #366 on: October 15, 2017, 07:51:47 am »
There you were, telling me I'm some sort of electrics guru Dats!  I wouldnt' dare touch my turnouts, unless I was fitting a frog juicer to one!

By the way, the soldering is fine.  It doesn't jump out at you at all.

Andy
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #367 on: October 15, 2017, 07:16:42 pm »
Speaking of wrong, one of turnouts got false electrical contact.
And everytime an engine run over the switch, it would stall.
It was working before but when I ballasted it became problematic.
So I soldered a thin jump wire.
To my surprise, it's working so good now!

Brave man!

If you're bugged by the solder, maybe file flat, or better, paint it rail-colour!

Mike
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #368 on: October 18, 2017, 12:31:53 am »
Hi Dats, You're braver than I, adding a jumper wire to an already laid turnout. A common problem is the point rails loosing contact with the built in jumper plate. My method of cleaning these is using Isopropyl Alcohol and a old tooth brush.

Using a Pipette to apply some Alcohol to the jumper plates.


Then using a old tooth brush to clean the area.


I've also been trying a product called DeoxIT D5. It seems to be doing the trick with the added benefit of being safe on plastics.
https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-D5S-6-DeoxIT-Contact-Cleaner/dp/B00006LVEU/ref=sr_1_1/143-0119234-7110642?ie=UTF8&qid=1508283041&sr=8-1&keywords=deoxit+d5

Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #369 on: October 18, 2017, 08:23:09 am »
Hi Rich

The alcohol is something I use on point blades as well.  I used a microbrush to clean the blades though, as I'm a bit worried I'd bend the blades with a toothbrush.  Be gentle!

Andy
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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #370 on: October 18, 2017, 08:24:45 am »
Hi Rich

Here is a brush for cleaning turnout blades that works for me. The handle of the brush is 10 cm long and the width of the bristle part of the brush is only 1.5 mm wide so it fits nicely between the turnout blade and the rail. Dip it in rail cleaner or IPA and away you go. Don't ask me where I got these brushes from - if I could remember I'd get myself a whole lot more.




Webbo


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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #372 on: October 18, 2017, 09:29:46 pm »
Hi guys!

Thank you so  much for your tips and links!!
I appreciate them very much!

I've been using "Rich method" for cleaning the contact plates.
But this particular turnout was  stubborn one. Toothbrush didn't work.
Matter of fact I soldered two sets of jump wires before installation.
It was working well until I ballasted though.
I must did a really bad job on ballasting.
It was a pain because every time a loco would stall on the switch and I had to poke it to start again.
I used to test the electrical continuity with highly "Low-technical" method. Did I use an electrical meter?
No, I just placed one truck of loco on the spots to see if wheels would turn.
Well, Rich is right. The plates was not working.
Since toothbrush didn't work and I actually I lost the brush. (Hopefully I didn't used it to actually brush my teeth again!)
Ignorance is bliss, I didn't even think about a consequences of failure, I just soldered a jump wire.
I can't really see it from my normal view angle so it was rare success.
I just got lucky this time and I'm a happy camper again.....for now.

A little bit of progress.
I installed a backboard and painted it.
I managed to cut it too short and I had to Fix it.
Yes, I used a handsaw. My arms are very sore at this time.
I'm planning to use my Low- Tech photo scenery again.


I'm still thinking about a dump truck and a front loader.
Without them, I can't develop a new industry.
To be continued........

Dats

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #373 on: October 22, 2017, 11:23:54 pm »
Hello!

I'm experimenting with Low-Tech photo backdrop.
Still testing stage but my printer is low of colour inks.
So I might have to shuffle round to compose a scene with already printed pictures.





Believe it or not, I'm still searching and choosing a Dump truck and a Front loader.

Dats

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Re: The Closet Branch - A layout in my closet.
« Reply #374 on: October 23, 2017, 12:10:39 am »
I'll tell you what Dats, the goods stacked up on the inside of your shed look very effective. And, it's not obvious what's background and what's not in your scenes.

Good going
Webbo

 

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