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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Clear top coat on: Today at 02:15:04 AM
Thanks for the info on the Rustoleum. Good to know. I learned that Testors dull coat in the spray can is different make up then in the glass bottle. Found this out the hard way with a bubble reaction over a nice Enamel spray can job with a CN zebra stripe decal job. Small bubbles in a area looked like paint peeling with a little added brush touch up . Never reacted any more then that. Actually took advantage of a mistake that worked out with a little weathering to go along with the peeling paint. Don't weather much ,but  had to in order to save it or strip it and start all over that is not affordable to me.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann alco s-2 on: Today at 01:59:06 AM
Thanks Joe. These things have great sound . Did a bench test with one hooked up to a 5 inch 8 ohm speaker from a old shelf stereo. Used manual notching for the test and it sounds really good . Every cylinder fire and a few other related sounds of the diesel . Crisp and clear. Now to get that kind of thunder out of a small speaker and enclosure. Sugar cubes are the best bet . Just need to get the sound out of them without the vibration noise is the trick to better low tones . Them diesels in the real world run pretty quiet unless under load or notched up under load.Isee what you mean turning them down to equalize things right.

3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New GP 30 info on: November 17, 2017, 04:54:48 PM
Ya cv 112 in the Tsumani manual describes configuration of auto or manual operation of radiator fans and air compressor. The Sound value sound decoder does not have these functions available at all with a diesel locomotive . CV 196 is a sensitivity adjustment for brake squeal engagement . That brake squeal or any other automatic function besides the grade crossing horn sound and bell sound if turned on by cv198.Any configurable sounds for cv112 to do it's thing do not exists on the Sound Value decoder since it has no automatic sounds besides the prime mover . Seems that cv 112 and 196 is the discrepancy in itself being there in the sound value cv list unless they do something different then what is stated in the Tsumani manual maybe because they ae not Tsumani's at all ,but share a few similarities. Be nice if they actually had their own manual like others.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New GP 30 info on: November 17, 2017, 03:58:19 PM
Thanks Hunt.
Seems like the standard list of CV's for most of the Sound value line. Do you know what purpose cv 112 and 196 have on a Sound Value decoder since they do not have any ,fans , compressor or brakes to squeal ?Maybe they do something different then the Tsumani manual describes?

5  Discussion Boards / HO / New GP 30 info on: November 17, 2017, 02:45:21 PM
The new GP 30  with sound is out and would like to know if it comes with the Sound Value sound ,or the sound value enhanced ?The Soundtraxx site has not posted anything for this locomotive .
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann alco s-2 on: November 11, 2017, 03:12:37 PM
How does the speaker hold up with the power output of the Tsumani???.I had to replace both of my stock speakers in each Alco s2 and s4 sound value because the 13mm stock speaker just would not hold up and crackled.The decoder puts out too much base for such a small speaker to handle and turning down everything to compensate should not have to be done if the correct speaker was used to handle the power. This is like putting  a 5 watt ear bud speaker using a 100 watt amp and telling your customer it is all good just do not turn it up to max.The speakers used should be able to handle the max power of the amp and then some . If not it is made wrong. Agree/ Disagree?

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 0 6 0 Porter side tank Prototype? on: November 09, 2017, 04:23:49 PM
Thanks ,
With a bit more digging I found one very close. Same cylinders,Sand domes valve gear ect... out of Brooklyn. Has a generator where the headlight on the model is and a shorter stack. By the looks of the rusty relic ,It was not updated the time the photo was taken.I know why Bachmann did not put glass in it. Accuracy.They did not have any glass at all at least when this photo was taken.I like to do a little research ,before I add a few details and weather. These things get weathered in the cab pretty good to be accurate like the pic.  Think it may work for it ??  Grin

8  Discussion Boards / HO / 0 6 0 Porter side tank Prototype? on: November 09, 2017, 02:58:11 PM
I am trying to find some prototype photos of the Bachmann 0 6 0 Porter side tank. Scanned the web for a wile and nothing. Then I was thinking Bachmann made the model so it should be based on a actual prototype . Bachmann must have some reference or could advise where to look or get it since they did to build the model if off a certain prototype made with a headlight. Or is it just some fantasy . I looked into Mid west quarry and mining and the company actually exists today ,but no history . Just more dead ends. Anybody know,Bachmann?

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Clear top coat on: November 06, 2017, 07:55:01 PM
 Testors makes a semi gloss lacquer and enamel . Can you tell me what of the 2 I could use safely without reaction.  Thanks in advance!

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Clear top coat on: November 05, 2017, 06:35:32 PM
Thanks for the help of correcting my analogy of screen printing vs. Decal. Anyhow this answers the question how?
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Clear top coat on: November 05, 2017, 12:30:40 PM
I have a few sound value locomotives and noticed the decals flaking off with normal handling like they have no top coat to seal them to the paint obviously. Bachmann replaced a few shells for me ,but the replacements are doing the same thing.
Can Bachmann recommend a compatible clear to coat that will not bubble up and react with the paint used on the models so that can fix it right without replacing the shells with just the same problem??

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 disengaged on: October 22, 2017, 08:17:34 PM
Should not wiggle at all it is a fixed gear that has to mesh up its teeth properly with another at a precise depth called gear lash.Too loose or too tight of a mesh and you get abnormal gear teeth wear and noise. Correct mesh and it is smooth and quiet. Hope this helps your understanding.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: parts on: October 20, 2017, 02:35:37 AM
Seems you have the older split frame Dash 8 Since you mentioned a screw that held the truck in . Your probably going to have to make your own railings . Railings for these through Bachmann have not been available for a long time. Atlas makes a GE Dash 8 . You might want to check with them on railings. If not your bending your own.

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 70 tonner paint removal on: October 17, 2017, 08:25:31 PM
Some use automotive brake fluid.

15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DD40 drive shaft end piece on: October 17, 2017, 08:10:44 PM
Yes sir they do . Hope the Administrator passes this on . I stumbled upon it looking for something else in the parts inventory .Found it odd they would package it like that . It is a coupling not a coupler Bachmann! Maybe this is a way to sell more couplers Grin!

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