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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2015 03:48 am
   
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Herb - " Oxygen masks drop down from the cab and car celings just before level 3 is reached."

Michael - " Will someone give that cigar chewing hound a light ?."


Hi Michael. :moose:

With all that oxygen leaking out from the upper-tri-level...
...wot yer tryin' to do BLOW US ALL UP ?!

Light that Partagas on the patio, PLEASE.

(Herb, I think Michaels 55mph fossil-fuel lobotomy, was only 55% successful !?)


" 'Visual Separation' - that's posh for you ! Perhaps you also design hats for Ascot ?."

I wear my normal worn-out baseball-cap to Ascot...
...& just add a bunch of bananas to the top; in case any passing Brussels-politicians feel hungry !

" For months I have been doing various impressionist drawings "

Don't worry Michael...
...my half-baked aesthetic-concepts are no match for your work as the Monet of model-railroading !!

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Hi Helmut. :moose:

Thanks for the train-lift tech.
I've penciled one in, for layout expansion-module #99.
(Michael has already started a full-size 'oil on canvas' of his !)

Those double-ended locos are a Fairlie good idea ! (groan).
The turntable in my switchback plan; is about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
My insane-mind has been 'imagineering' a double-ended railcar already (Plaster City inspired).

I've always wanted to model a turntable anyway.
A few short storage-tracks coming off it is the idea.
If I'm not going for a train-lift just yet...
...it gives me something complicated to curse at, when it doesn't work properly !!

:moose:

Si.



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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2015 05:23 am
   
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Well...
...I just blew the rest of this months modelling budget last night on evilBay!!...
...for a 1930s Canadian military vacuum-tube. :!:



My Grandaddy told me that back in the day; before Boris Johnson, V.A.T & air-pollution quotas; you could get these at the local corner-store for a few Shillings !

Ah ... 'The Golden Age Of Wireless'. :P
'The Grey Age Of Wi-Fi' just doesn't sound so good ! :f:

- - - - - - -

Anyway...
...before the M.M.M 'budget-cap', I managed to score a realy nice crane kit as well !

Donald Trump (who I normaly bid against) must have had a 'brown-out'...
...& I managed to get this lil' baby for HALF PRICE !

Dave the postman launched it into my mailbox on Monday morning ... Cheers Dave ! :cool:



Needless to say, I couldn't wait to start building it !

(Wolfgang is pretty happy about it too)

Si.

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2015 11:23 pm
   
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@Si
6V6 - did your Fender  'Champ' guitar amplifier go bust in the end?



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 07:25 am
   
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Cool little crane.



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 12:09 pm
   
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Hi Ray.

Isn't she just ! ...
... it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT !

The kit is 'Ratio Plastic Models #531 Yard Crane'.
It's sold as OO/HO & represents a 'typical pre-grouping' British prototype.
Ratio Plastic Models are distributed by PECO; so should be available where PECO track is.

I came across it, looking at materials for Wolfgangs critter-workshop.
There's nothing about the design to 'scale it' realy.
I think it could work in OO/HO, 1/4", 1:35 and maybe even 1:24 & G-scale if you want a small Gn15 funky-flatcar or back of a pickup winch ?



I would recommend a 2.9mm hole in the base, if you want to avoid a 'droopy jib' !
I MEKed the upright to the base & left the top free to move around.



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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2015 09:51 pm
   
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Hi Si,

That little crane looks just the part; slightly reminiscent of a type often formerly seen at canal wharves, & sometimes bolted onto the external walls of old warehouses.

6V6G - audio output. Are you a Fender player ?. (Helmut's Champ comment above, must be an old one - all solid state now). Have you seen rectifier valve prices these days ?.


Regards, Michaelangelo  (medieval Chapel ceilings a speciality)

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" That little crane looks just the part; slightly reminiscent of a type often formerly seen at canal wharves, & sometimes bolted onto the external walls of old warehouses."

Hi Michael.

Thanks for the memory-jog !

As a kid, when I wasn't scrambling around Norman-ruins & Neolithic-embankments, with my Mum...
...I was probably hangin' out with Pops, around some stinky canal, examining the wonders of rusty Victorian Junkque !!

I knew I'd seen these cranes, the moment I eyeballed the kit.
Not sure I've ever seen one in a railway yard...
...but yes; canal banks & the sides of old warehouses.

I realy like ANY crane in fact.
Back in the day, did I want the Matchbox diecast Ferrari ?
The Spitfire model ?
Or the farm tractor ?
Nope.
" I want the crane lorry " ... !

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Here's a close-up of the 'Ratio #531 Yard Crane' sprue ... N i c e !



I hadn't seen any Ratio stuff before.
But am very impressed with the moulding.
Nice high-density styrene.
Pin-sharp, absolutely NO flash; just a teeny-weeny parting line.
Nice detail.



It took me an evening of modelling time to remove all the parts & clean them up.
I have become totaly O.C.D about getting rid of parting lines.
I totaly hate doing it though ... Tedious.
But those muthers ALWAYS show up, right at the very end of painting...
...which AIN'T GOOD ! :f:

VERY nice set of parts ... Me ... Happy bunny ! :bg:

Si

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" Regards, Michaelangelo  (medieval Chapel ceilings a speciality) "

ANY excuse to get PLASTERED !

;)




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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2015 03:13 pm
   
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There isn't an assembly-sequence given in the brief instruction sheet.
Ratio say, please check parts & fit before glueing !
No kidding !
I came to start glueing at 11:59pm & then thought better of it...
...I was gonna screw up FOR SURE !

I think it's well worth figuring out some kinda 'strategy' on the construction...
...or it's likely to come out a bit wonky !
Also, if you are unfortunate enough to glue some parts first...
...other parts them become impossible to get to.

It ain't rocket-science though...
...& I felt pretty cool about it in the morning; just not brain-dead at midnight !

:cool:



Putting all the pivots in first was good; kept it all lined up.
where the uprights join the base, there are no location-pips...
...& this should be glued last, for proper alignment...
...a bit of tape to hold it helps as well.

The pulley wheels need 1 flange glued on...
...a bit of tape helps here as well.

So far, so good ! :thumb:

Si.




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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2015 11:25 pm
   
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Hi Michael.

" Have you seen rectifier valve prices these days ?."

YEAH !!

" Are you a Fender player ?."

NO...
...I very, very, very, NEARLY got a 'Jazzmaster' a couple of years ago...
...but didn't have time for the 'Soviet power-lifter' classes !!

" All solid state now."

Not in my hood holmes ! "

:moose:

Si.




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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2015 02:03 am
   
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Hi Helmut.

" 6V6 - did your Fender  'Champ' guitar amplifier go bust in the end? " :shocked:

Not a bad guess dude ! :brill:

Close...
...but NO CIGAR ! :f:

I actualy use a late '50s 'Selmer' push-pull...
...made in London, OF COURSE !
(not sure about Leo's American made tat ;) )

However...
...the 6V6G is for a 'near' clone of (the one BEFORE the 'Champ') the Fender 'Champion 800'/Gibson 'Les Paul Junior' (pre 12AX7, 1947?).
Both I think in fact, an R.C.A design (the same), who supplied the tubes to both manufacturers.

The straight 'clone' was appealing; but it would be NUTS not to take advantage of a few mooooodern 'tweaks' !

Improved choke P.S.U, with modern capacitors.
D.C heaters.
Replace R.C.A preamp pentode; with Marconi 'kinkless tetrode' (KTZ63).

Model railroading sound systems have kinda interested me, vaguely...
...but only if they at least 'attempt' to sound 'real'.

Some guys I knew years ago, used the P.F.M sound-system.
Complicated synchro. cams & stuff.
Was it analouge or low-bit digital ?
I dunno; must research this whole sound thing; not time yet.

Another friend has used recorded sounds, as an 'ambient soundscape'...
...Brian Eno does model railroading ??

I would like to make a mono tube-amp that could potentialy...
...reproduce the sound of a Caterpillar SIXTY starting up etc. !!
The (G) suffix 6V6, is supposed to have KILLER BASS ! (I have (GT)s & (M)s already).
It's like a Poker-game though; I gotta PAY to find out !!
Of couse, a suitable speaker is needed as well !!

Kinda wondered whether to start a dedicated 'sound thread' on Freerails...
...as I don't see one at the present.

Mmmm...

Cheers.

Si.

P.S. Anyone know if an I2S-bus is available on modern digital train sound systems ?
( yer never know who reads this jazz ! )

:moose:




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