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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #765 on: January 10, 2019, 09:04:17 PM »
Just remember: “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley.”

One of you fellows from the British Isles will have to translate that last phrase.

Gang = past tense of go?

aft = oft?

a-gley = ???

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #766 on: January 10, 2019, 09:14:45 PM »
 'Gang aft agley' is Scottish and means 'Often go wrong'. And I live in Ireland, but am Yorkshire born and bred but have Scottish ancestry! (I wonder if that is why I like a wee dram  ??? ;)).
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #767 on: January 11, 2019, 12:03:25 AM »



Dats

Hi Dats, A run around track for the yard is an excellent idea. Do you live near your brother in law? Maybe you can borrow his circular saw? I'm looking forward to progress photos on the yard and your next video.

 
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #768 on: January 11, 2019, 12:08:36 AM »
Just remember: “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley.”

One of you fellows from the British Isles will have to translate that last phrase.

Gang = past tense of go?

aft = oft?

a-gley = ???

 :confused1:

--- Tom

Hi Tom, The phrase I've always heard used is

"The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry

But I'm sure there have been many adaptations of the original over the years.  :)

Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #769 on: January 11, 2019, 12:36:11 PM »
Never expected a Minnesotan to come out with 'Gang aft agley' @edwardstd nice nod to The Bard ;)

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #770 on: January 11, 2019, 04:24:22 PM »
Hahaha... We don't have much else to do up here in the winter except read books. Or drink beer.  :beers:
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #771 on: January 11, 2019, 08:50:05 PM »
 :beers:

SKOL!!!!!

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #772 on: January 14, 2019, 12:00:11 AM »
:beers:

SKOL!!!!!

Andy
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For those wondering....



Since I'm from "Da Burg" I have to include this one Yunz guys.




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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #773 on: January 14, 2019, 07:20:00 AM »
Hahahahahahahahahaha...

Well, since neither of those two teams are in the finals, we are free to cheer for any of the finalists.

As of today (Sunday, 13 Jan) it looks like Patriots vs. Chiefs and Rams vs. Saints.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #774 on: January 16, 2019, 06:14:51 PM »
Hello? Anybody there?

I don't follow sports as much as I used to.
My team is loosing so it's bad for my health.
Same as Yankees. I was a big fan of Yankees.
They go up and down so much that it's bad for my heart.
So I became to a Blue Jay fan.
Now I don't need to worry about anything.
They are always number one (in Canada.)
It doesn't matter how many games they loose, they are always number one champion (in Canada.)

Well, my job is eating up my modelling time these days.
I haven't done anything much.
But today, I picked up a paint brush and painted a wobbly track section.
I want to "weather" a little bit more before glue it down.
It took me a long time than I thought.
I imagine that usually people would spray it first then brush paint with various colors.
But I don't have a brown spray can nor an airbrush.
Hence manual brush labor.
The top one is not painted track for a yard track extension.
The bottom one is for the lovely wobbly track.


Also I made a command station from scrap wood.
I always wanted "an attached controller" looking thingie.

I need to tidy up wiring next.....oh, that reminds me.
How do you connect wires from module to module? What kind of connector do you use?
I used a pair of Banana plugs. (I think that's what called.)

One more photo of the attached controller thingie.



Ok, my wife and daughter left me alone for another hour so I painted rusty track spike heads.
Also I wanted to simulate "broken" ties which often you see on negreted trackage by scratching ties with a hobby knife.


Probably it doesn't matter any of this since they're so tiny. Only time you would notice is when you take a extremely close picture.
But hey, I just wanted to see what would happen if I detail(?) a track.
Am I waisting my precious hobby time? You betcha!!

Dats
« Last Edit: January 16, 2019, 07:18:58 PM by dats475, Reason: Waisting hobby time photos added »
Best regards with my annoying moving signature.
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #775 on: January 16, 2019, 08:05:46 PM »
Dats - let me know what you think of that Zephyr. I'm undecided between that one or the NCE Powercab to use on an HO scale switching layout/test track that I've assembled. I run my HO stuff at the local club, but that's 45 minutes away so it's nice to have a test track at home for when I install DCC decoders in my old Athearn units.
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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #776 on: January 16, 2019, 10:41:50 PM »



Also I made a command station from scrap wood.
I always wanted "an attached controller" looking thingie.



Dats

Hi Dats, Your weathered track looks great  :thumbsup: A lot of people now are using Rustoleum spray paints for painting their track. One can of brown will paint a lot of track. Then you come back with the paint brush and add the lighter shades here and there for the added touch.

I like your command station holder, very nice. When it comes to quick disconnect plugs, ask 10 people and you'll probably get 10 different answers. I'd say the banana plugs are just as good of a choice as any of the others.

Cheers,
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #777 on: January 17, 2019, 12:17:24 AM »
Hi Dats

Good reasoning behind your choice of baseball team to follow. When I was watching a football game, my daughter would ask me which team was winning. I would say team X and my daughter would respond that therefore she was going to support team X. None of this underdog stuff for her.

On the plugs business, for the quick disconnect I would choose D-sub connectors if you have lots of connections to be made and broken together. The smallest of these connectors has 9 pins whereas you can get with up to 104 pins at least.

Webbo

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #778 on: January 17, 2019, 01:20:29 AM »
Hi guys, thank you very much for your reply.

Hi Tom, how are you doing?
My wife and brother-in law gave me the Zephyr as a birthday present more than
10 years ago.
It's been working well for me. Although probably I'm using only 10% of what DCC system can offer.
Since I'm not really talking advantage of it, most likely I can't tell the difference between DCC systems.
I heard that NCE is easier to navigate though.
Apparently my old/original Zephyr doesn't have all function buttons for sound locomotives. Then again I don't have sound engines so I can't tell it either.
If I have to purchase a DCC system again, I probably would get NCE. Because Andy(texhorse) has one and it looks cool.

Hi Rich.
How's it going?
When are you gonna visit me?
We live in same state, you know?
Please be safe working with 1:1 scale trains!

Hi Webbo.
Thank you very much for the information. As you guess, I never heard of D-sub.
I'll search with google later.
I need something cheap and simple.
Oh yes, and I'm jealous of warm weather you are having.

Lastly I'll add an extremely close up picture of wobbly track.

I need a serious track rubber cleaning when I finished.
Amazing what $0.65 paints and brushes can do.
Thank you cheap paints.  :headbang:

Dats

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Re: The Closet Branch - A Low-Tech Layout.
« Reply #779 on: January 17, 2019, 01:34:45 AM »
Hi Dats

I like your 'broken' ties. Your run down track section is going to look very good when you get it installed.

The D-sub connectors are very common and I'm sure you've seen plenty of them in your life. Should be pretty cheap especially when you consider that you can get lots of connections with one connector.

We are not getting warm weather, we are getting hot weather which I don't like much. It is 12:30 in the afternoon and 37 degrees C already (which is 99 degrees F for you). Supposed to get to 41 C (~105 F) later today. Luckily I can sit in my train room which is air conditioned unlike most of our house so it is the best place to be.

Webbo

 

 

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