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361  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: SOUND VALUE DECODER on: June 08, 2016, 01:14:37 AM
What is e-stop?

Emergency stop.
362  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC reverse loop for N guage on: June 07, 2016, 09:29:30 PM
I don't have any N scale E-Z Track, but my HO E-Z Track layout is a loop-to-loop DCC setup that doesn't use those expensive insulated gap segments.


What I did was use terminal rerailers before and after the turnout pieces, which are (sort of) connected to the loop with plastic joiners.

Removing the metal joiners was a pain in the butt, and the plastic joiners I have are larger than the metal ones so they don't slide under the rails properly; Thus I had to trim the plastic joiners so they stick out just enough to gap the track.

The rails aren't quite even using this method, that's one reason why I have rerailers before and after each turnout.  The other is that the terminal rerailers are perfect for connecting your reverse loop module's leads.


When I can afford to, I'm going to get some new turnouts (that still have their metal joiners) And try making my own gapped segments with a razor saw.
363  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: can i use dcc ez command on: June 05, 2016, 12:56:52 PM
Yes you can.

However, the basic Bachmann DCC controller does not support manually playing sounds or changing CV values, I imagine the only sounds you will get are the factory-programmed ones that play when the locomotive moves.
364  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: dcc sound value and layout wiring on: June 05, 2016, 12:48:27 PM
Yes, you can run multiple engines at the same time with E-Z Command.

Block wiring is only required if you have a reversing loop.
365  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: June 03, 2016, 11:33:21 PM
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And does that Bondo glazing putty work on plastic or should I look for something specifically made for plastic?

It works excellent on plastic, itís all Iíve used for well over a decade now.
Never a problem with shrinkage or cracking.
I quit with the Squadron green and white putties long ago.
In my experience they go on too dry and are very grainy.
Others love the Squadron and use nothing else.
YMMV

From Wally world.
Bondo Glazing and Spot putty #907 here;

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bondo-Glazing-and-Spot-Putty-4.5-oz/16927984

Read the customer reviews on that page.

Says it's not available at that particular retailer in my area, but my local auto parts store carries it!
366  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: June 03, 2016, 09:34:30 PM
Ever hear it said that while there are many shades of white, there is only one shade of black?

Does what you are going to paint have a flat or glossy finish?

Nope.

The finish appears to be flat, possibly semi gloss.  Kind of hard to tell because most of it's textured to look like wood.
367  Discussion Boards / On30 / How to wire the reversing light in a Climax? on: June 03, 2016, 02:57:06 PM
I bought a replacement bunker to use as a tender for my porter, but I can't differentiate the two leads on the light.

I'm used to them being different lengths to indicate positive and negative.


Alternatively, what's a safe voltage to test them with a battery?
368  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: June 03, 2016, 02:36:32 PM
Okay, the Gondola and tender shell I'll be gluing on it arrived yesterday.  The tender is exactly the same width as the 'flatcar' so I'll probably be able to get away with hiding the seam along a stake holder.

The razor saw and miter box are still on order, but while I wait for them what color and brand of touch-up paint should I look for that matches Bachmann's black plastic?

And does that Bondo glazing putty work on plastic or should I look for something specifically made for plastic?
369  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: June 02, 2016, 12:16:45 AM
The saw that I like is made by Zona.  Atlas makes one for about $5.  Check with Walthers.  I would not want to use a power saw.  It would be fast, but I think you have more control with a hand tool.

That Zona one looks like the best option with 52 teeth per inch.

I've decided against cutting the car with a power tool, but what about sanding?  Will that overheat the plastic if I use a light touch?
370  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: May 30, 2016, 10:23:42 PM
Since the car you will be modeling was a wood car.  Why not just make one from wood.  Ok if you cut the sides and the end off, and shorten the car.  You still will need to make a new floor.  You still will need to repaint, and letter the car.  almost as much work and building the whole car.

I don't trust my assembly or painting skills very much, otherwise I would have bought a kit.

I intend for the car to carry a load that will hide the floor, and my painting skills aren't that good so I'd like to keep the painting limited to touching up anything that doesn't match the factory color.
371  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: May 30, 2016, 10:16:51 PM
One thing I've seen work well on other car shortening projects is to keep the seams away from the middle of the car where the eye naturally gravitates.  And on boxcars and baggage cars, make the cuts right alongside the door frame which can camouflage it pretty well.

And add a continuous length piece hidden somewhere underneath for strength.

Yes, I was thinking of having the seam be along one of the stake holders rather than the center.  And the walls I'll be removing should be perfect for adding strength.

I'm not seeing many results for such projects online though, and they aren't mentioning which tools or adhesives to use either.

I assume a Dremel will make the cutting task easy, but they don't appear to have a cutting wheel made for plastic.  Which wheel will work best?

Would a low-grit sanding band also will be the best candidate for finalizing the cut to make it straight?


And can I just use super glue for a bonding agent or would something made specifically for plastics be better?
372  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: forney spin on: May 30, 2016, 02:46:00 PM
Does it do this without any cars attached?
373  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bach Man, can we get CURVED insulated gap E-Z Track? on: May 30, 2016, 01:32:18 PM
Good Morning  All  :  Has anyone considered using  insulated  rail joiners  ? They are manufactured in Code 100 as well as other sizes an should fit EZ track & provide a method of keeping the track from moving . John2.

Yes, I've tried those.  The trouble is that you're about as likely to pull the rail off as remove its metal joiner, and the plastic joiners are larger and don't fit over the 'spikes' that held the original joiner in place.
374  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: May 30, 2016, 12:27:05 PM
You may hope to get more play to the question, having it over in the On30 section of the Board.  Good luck!

Wouldn't the tools and adhesives be the same in all scales?
375  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Advice wanted for shortening a car. on: May 30, 2016, 01:54:57 AM
I'm going to be attempting my first modification soon, and I want it to be done right.

The mod will be shortening an On30 gondola into a 'shorty' flatcar roughly 2 inches in length.

My current plan is to remove the walls and middle section then join the two ends together; Simple enough, but I don't know which cutting tool I should use nor which bonding agent will work best to marry the two ends together when I'm done.


Also, it would help to know which brand and color of paint most accurately matches the black plastic Bachmann uses.
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