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Author Topic: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.  (Read 48275 times)

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #840 on: April 08, 2019, 08:41:44 AM »
Thanks, Andy.  :thumbsup: :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #841 on: April 10, 2019, 03:48:52 AM »
Hello.

Hi George.
I didn't know that you were in the hospital.
Hopefully you're ok now. Or at least you don't have any pain by now.
Please let me know how you're doing.

A slight progress.
I've been trying to connect two sections by scenery.
To do that, I had to redo the engine house pavement.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong but those plaster things are just not cooperating.  :confused2:
I've been reapply it a lot of times.  :veryangry:
I'm not happy with it but here it is.










I'm trying to make a pool of oil spill inside of shed.
I need to improve it more.  :dunce:
I also made a lot more of the wiper blade concrete barriers.
Why?
Because I vacuumed them into the vacuum cleaner by accident.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #842 on: April 10, 2019, 04:27:26 AM »
G'day mate! Thanks for the good wishes! Yep, out of hospital, but in a lot of pain.

I like the new photos!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #843 on: April 11, 2019, 12:24:11 AM »
Hi George.

Hopefully you're getting less pain each day passes, George.
Please take care yourself and get well soon! NGF needs you!!

Today, I finally glued my Low-Tech background photos.
Thanks to a product called repositionable glue stick.
As I imagined, I needed to readjust a lot of photos.

This looks really worrisome appearance.

Notice my sock with a hole on it. :thumbsup:
But don't worry about my sock. Worry about the backdrop. :scowl:
The result.







I used it to position concrete barriers and the wig wag crossing signal.
I can use it for anything I want to remove later.
This is the glue.



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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #844 on: April 11, 2019, 12:29:39 AM »
Your roads are so realistic. Just like we see on American TV shows!  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #845 on: April 12, 2019, 05:21:14 PM »
Hello  :dunce:

Hi George. I've been in LA but I live 3000 miles away from it. (And I don't remember the details of colours.)
I'm looking at pictures for ground and road colours.
Mosy likely real colors are different there. It seems like it depends on weather when someone took the pictures.
The one I like is whiter sand colour.
I suspect that real ground colour is more red-ish brown.
I tried the colour on my layout and it came out like on planet Mars.
I really don't know anything about colours so it doesn't matter after all.
I just wanted to say cool stuff about those colour rendering thingie so people would mistakenly think I'm cool and slick.

I'm working on the yard extension.
I didn't like spike holes on wobbly track section so I plugged spike holes.
I wanted use Tamiya putty but I don't have it and too lazy to go get it.
Therefore just used plaster.



I brush painted with light brown colours.
And it was pain in the neck.





After this, I'll glue them and place electrical feeders.
After that, I'll cover them with plaster ground cover.
Now you would say "wait a minute, so it doesn't matter painting them or not. It will be covered with plaster anyway."
And you're right! I wish you bring it up the fact sooner.
I didn't need to waist my hobby time painting.
Now you would say "What the heck are you thinking?!"
And the answer is I'm not thinking anything. Anything at all. If I'm thinking, my life is much better.
There you have it. The history of my life.

Dats


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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #846 on: April 13, 2019, 06:41:30 PM »
 :dunce: Hello?

Good news! (Well, good news for me but probably not so exciting for others.)
Yesterday, I got my GP40-2 decoder back from Digitrax.
Some reason they sent me the broken decoder back too.
I installed it and.....

It worked!  :drool: Amazing!!
I'm excited so much that I made a scratch built Cab air conditioner unit and a small square thingie on the roof.

More good news. The GP40-2 runs pretty close to how my GP9 runs.
Not a perfect speed match but I can run then in MU!


Only downside is that both engines run a bit noisy.
Especially starting up the day. After while they quiet down.
It sounds like grinding something.
I'm not sure it's the motors or gears. :confused2:

Still, at least they're running and very happy about it. :camera:

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #847 on: April 14, 2019, 03:36:16 PM »
 :dunce: Hello?

Follow up from yesterday's post.
Decoder installation success fever continues.
I only installed "Plug and Play" decoders which probably junior high school students would do it in 5 minutes while playing video games or something.
But for a Low-Tech guy, that's a huge deal as the Neanderthal guys discovered fire.  :beers:
I'm celebrating by making homemade cab sunshades for GP9 and GP40-2.
Sunshades are made out of plastic $0.99 "Beware of dog" sign.
     






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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #848 on: April 14, 2019, 10:21:09 PM »
Hi Dats,  Your sun shades look very good to me, well done. As for plug-n-play decoders, 95% of my locomotives have plug-n-play decoders. I'll choose plug-n-play over hard wiring a decoder any day of the week.


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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #849 on: April 15, 2019, 01:47:48 AM »
Hi Dats

My locos need sunshades too and your idea of making them yourself is the way to go. My Canadian Pacific locomotives would need them to keep the snow off the windows rather than keep the sun out though.

My Beware of Dog sign is being used but I have a piece of thin brass sheet lying around which should do the job. If I can't scratch build a sunshade then I have no hope of making anything.

Thanks for the idea
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #850 on: April 22, 2019, 05:03:49 PM »
 :dunce: Hello?

I had an intense and serious operation session.
This Low-Tech layout operation is probably one of few op session that you have to worry about calling your Union representative while on duty.
Can they finish the job before getting fired?
They were from the extra board.
And let's wish them a good luck.



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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #851 on: April 22, 2019, 07:47:45 PM »
Hahahahahahahahahahahaha... Great video!

Where did you find the UK computer voice?

--- Tom
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« Reply #852 on: April 23, 2019, 12:18:04 AM »
Brilliant Dats!

Is that you in the red shirt as Mr. Rhythm?

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #853 on: April 23, 2019, 12:42:36 AM »
Hi Tom.
How are you doing?
The voice is from a text to speech site.
 http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/
Thank you for visiting a low tech land.

Hi Webbo.
Mr. Rhythm is my brother-in-low.
I wish I was handsome like him.
That makes my life much easier......I think.
He has a super duper High-Tech N scale layout.
Please support my CBL3 crew by visiting his channel.


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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #854 on: April 23, 2019, 12:52:42 AM »
For being a low-tech railroad, that speech-to-voice thing is pretty high-tech. I don't know of too many other model railroads that are employing a similar technology.

I'm going to start doubting this "low-tech" business...

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