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by Larry
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Nissen/Quonset huts
Replies: 12
Views: 1344

Re: Nissen/Quonset huts

There is a gallery of different Quonset buildings here:

http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.a ... c&exp=True

Most have sizes listed for them.

They also show a modern version with larger corrugations that is free standing with no framing.
by Larry
Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Electrical help required
Replies: 9
Views: 1063

Re: Electrical help required

Absolutely leave the 104 capacitor. ( .1 Microfarad ) it's there for attenuating voltage spikes caused by the sparking on the commutator. They occur with track or battery power. The resistors won't be necessary if you aren't using the pickups. If you get goofy results with the Radio control, it prob...
by Larry
Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:20 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Model this!
Replies: 12
Views: 2541

Re: Model this!

What difference would it make if he could see?
by Larry
Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Lost Nazi treasure train found in Poland???
Replies: 2
Views: 574

Re: Lost Nazi treasure train found in Poland???

The story falls apart when it says loot was taken by US troops.

Breslau was under siege by Soviets for almost the whole end game, even after Berlin.

I doubt any us troops got near the place.

http://www.feldgrau.com/april.html
by Larry
Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Suitable Plaster
Replies: 8
Views: 1330

Re: Suitable Plaster

There are a couple products that are better than ordinary plaster and are still reasonable in price here in the USA. Hydro cal (5,000 psi) is stronger and will give fine detail, but better yet is a product called Hydrostone 10,000 psi). I believe both are trademarks from USGypsum Corp. Here's a link...
by Larry
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Any PRINTERS out there?
Replies: 4
Views: 852

Re: Any PRINTERS out there?

Chris, UV labels are generally the deposition and setting of plastic, so it's not surprising that acetone works and also eats the plastic model. First I'd try is a citrus concentrate cleaner or a product like Fantastic. It is sometimes surprising what they will remove( even layers of vinyl coating)....
by Larry
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: 3D Pictures!
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: 3D Pictures!

I ran across this today, which might help you on your Quest for a stereopticon.


https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/


http://youtu.be/eT9vmpE8WcY

I might just give the classic version a shot so I can see some of the old Stereographs my old prof gave me.
by Larry
Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: 15" Lister for Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1450

Re: 15" Lister for Sale

Trammer wrote:An aesthetic abomination.



To be fair, Toby ain't exactly the railroad equivalent of the Parthenon.
by Larry
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Things I've done
Topic: If you have errors use Minimumgauge.info
Replies: 12
Views: 6435

Re: If you have errors use Minimumgauge.info

There's another error, Tom.

The arrows on your avatar seem to be pointing the wrong way. ;)
by Larry
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:35 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: 3D Pictures!
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: 3D Pictures!

Stereographs are a great piece of the past. One of my old college professors wrote a couple books on the subject you might want to look into. His house was crammed full of them in the 1960's, especially civil war stuff. Darrah, William C. The World of Stereographs. Gettysburg, PA: Darrah, 1977. Call...
by Larry
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:26 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Removing data and road names ?
Replies: 3
Views: 837

If you are trying to take the paint off without hurting the plastic try soaking the piece in brake fluid for a day or two. a shorter time and local application might do just the writing.
by Larry
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Early Traction Engine in Nevada.
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Thanks for the link Larry! Very interesting. Nothing said of the tractors however. The Blewett tractor looks to be a direct copy of the Best in my pics. I wonder... 8) Here is a picture of a Blewett 'webfoot' model displayed at Tacoma's Union Station in 1920, from the Tacoma library collection. htt...
by Larry
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Early Traction Engine in Nevada.
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Now to hunt down a picture of a side hill combined harvester, whatever that is... I guess an older version of this: http://s37.photobucket.com/user/98J/media/100_0113.jpg.html Well, a lot older. Here is a link from an add in a Spokane newspaper from 1913. ( lower right corner of page) http://news.g...
by Larry
Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Early Traction Engine in Nevada.
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

It looks even more like a Blewett Tractor. But it is a Best according to what it says on it. Holt and Best were involved in lawsuits and Mr. Blewett worked for Holt and started his own company in Oregon. What a tangled web! The tractor in the pictures looks exactly like the Blewetts. Here is a shor...
by Larry
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: EL 1 a new Electric
Replies: 22
Views: 4196

the weardest thing is that CA glue initially was invented to "glue" skin after surgery and then gradeually disappear over time. Partly why it stick so totally to fingers ... Well, no. CA was originally invented/used in 1942 for clear gunsights. It was, in fact, used on the famous Norden G...
by Larry
Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Wot no Breasts
Replies: 15
Views: 2444

Willow Creek Traction wrote:Style without substance - nothing elevates a society like style without substance.


True..

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by Larry
Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Wildlife in Garden (or thereabouts)
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

I heard Sophie, our cat, yowling at something on the back deck

Racoon
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by Larry
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Chris Walas Figure Classes
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

cjwalas wrote:Thanks, guys! I'd actually lost track of the chapters and where they went. No, I never did get Chapter 4 finished. Sorry about that.
Chris


Love the series. You still have a chance to redeem yourself on the chapter IV thing... :wink:
by Larry
Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: cheap servo control gates or points
Replies: 29
Views: 5033

I should add, for anybody contemplating trying out servos, that the world of servo control has gotten incredibly easy and powerful for anybody with a smartphone. There is an App for iOS and Android devices that can control two servos from the audio outputs that normally connect to the earphones of t...
by Larry
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: cheap servo control gates or points
Replies: 29
Views: 5033

That's the very circuit in fact, just replace the fixed resistors next to the push button with 100k trim pots so that you can adjust the end points. I also used a center off DPDT momentary switch. So its On-Off-On. I also used the other set of contacts on the switch to run the power through as well...
by Larry
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: cheap servo control gates or points
Replies: 29
Views: 5033

Thanks, I LOVE this solution the best: Even simpler would be to just hook up a dpdt momentary contact switch directly to the motor leads in the servo, bypassing the servo electronics. If you keep the voltage 5 v or below, it wouldn't burn out a servo motor. I will buy a cheap servo and start experi...
by Larry
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: cheap servo control gates or points
Replies: 29
Views: 5033

Thanks, All I want to do with the servo is to control a dumping mechanism for skips. Just Up and Down to dump them. best Chris There are many simple circuits that will do that. Here's one that uses what is the old warhorse of integrated circuit chips, the 555 timer. http://www.555-timer-circuits.co...
by Larry
Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new 1:24 estate layout
Replies: 94
Views: 36185

Something like these ? : http://www.macsmouldings.co.uk/page7.php?view=productPage&product=62&category=9 Andy 8) Perfect! Except the green ones here are for food scraps and yard debris only. It gets composted. Blue are for recycling, brown for stuff that goes to landfill. A little yellow to...
by Larry
Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new 1:24 estate layout
Replies: 94
Views: 36185

Btw I adapted the track plan from one of Barry's layouts, Cats Common I think. I nearly posed a link to 'Cats Common' when I saw the trackplan :mrgreen: Cats Common is an actual place, but no connection to the trackplan apart from the name 8) This link to a streetview of the sign should work. http:...
by Larry
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Andrew the Tank Locomotive
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

I have read B&O had at last these three, 97, 98 and 99, for working tight places in the Baltimore docks. That sounds about right. They were last in the Fell's point area working on city streets. The Pennsylvania RR also had a couple into the '50's in the Jersey City area in equally tight quarte...

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