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by tunnelmotor
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Track
Topic: NMRA Track Gauge - where can I buy one?
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: NMRA Track Gauge - where can I buy one?

Ted Smale at Sunningwell has them I think - he was doing them at the NMRA price for NMRA members - give him a try.
by tunnelmotor
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: My Layout
Topic: Texas Pacific Lines in HO
Replies: 5
Views: 2329

Re: Texas Pacific Lines in HO

I have written a two-part article on the layout for Roundhouse - Part 1 in October 2015; Part 2 may be in February 2016.
by tunnelmotor
Wed May 27, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Operations
Topic: AP Chief Dispatcher
Replies: 10
Views: 3847

Re: AP Chief Dispatcher

Peter, This is a brilliant idea. The planned layout needs thinking about - primarily to get sign off from the AP team that it would satisfy the requirements with enough activity potential for any operators to earn their spurs/hours. Another factor in the planning would be portability but a budget co...
by tunnelmotor
Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Digitrax DH165LO for Lifelike P2K locos
Replies: 3
Views: 1530

Digitrax DH165LO for Lifelike P2K locos

Thought I would share this with you. Digitrax make a decoder especially for P2K locos such as the GP60 and SD60/SD60M, the DH165LO. It has resisitors on board for the F0 function which is brilliant. It is meant to be plug and play - it is not! It is not because once installed the headlights front an...
by tunnelmotor
Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Like Richard I have run out of time. It was a very worthwhile exercise in two respects: I documented what I was doing which may well help if I put this in for AP assessment and secondly it got me started buildiung what is the signature structure on my entire layout, Tower 17, Rosenberg, Texas. If I ...
by tunnelmotor
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

So now the fourth, south-facing side. Again the same processs used building up from 60 thou sides but with window aperture cut out for the one remaining window with glazing visible. The other two are blanks and I made them as dummies. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8677/16642747345_fe85730707_c.jpg ...
by tunnelmotor
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Next stage was to build the third west facing side using the same process as for the first two sides. It was all made square by cutting from 80 thou card the floor to go in at (US) second floor height, resting on 125 square section formers across all three sides, cut to fit. The only difference with...
by tunnelmotor
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Despite my concerns that the Rusty Stumps shingles would be too large, they are in fact quite perfect. I can lay them line on line as close as I want and can get all seven rows into the space I have built into the tower thus far. So in order to play with my new toys, I had a shot at laying shingles ...
by tunnelmotor
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Although I have not posted in a few weeks, i have in fact been busy this last week since Christmas is over and a few jobs are put to bed. I built another window sub-assembly for the North side with five window panels, all joined together just as before and sat a sill of 20 thou; the Wesy side of thr...
by tunnelmotor
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Re: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Two days down the road and I have made an earnest start. I have no measurements to go from apart from the windows so I shall assume that they will be perfect (or close to it) and will build the whole tower around the windows on the upper floor as my guide. I started by placing five windows in a row ...
by tunnelmotor
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX
Replies: 7
Views: 2413

Build a Structure - Mike Arnold - Tower 17, Rosenberg TX

Well here goes. It is something I will have to scratchbuild as there is nothing like it available on the kit market, the interlocking tower at the Junction of the SP (now UP) Sunset Route and the Santa Fe (now BNSF) route from Galveston/Houston to Hearne Texas in Rosenberg, Texas. I started building...
by tunnelmotor
Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2

The parts list: Cannon & Co part #2105 EMD GP50 series anti-climber Cannon & Co part #1102 toilet hatch Detail Associates part #1402 Drop step Detail Associates part #2007 52" Q fans Detail Associates part #2202 drop-style grab irons Detail Associates part #2218 V-shape long hood grab iron Detail As...
by tunnelmotor
Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2

The last leg of the journey and this will get #820 ready for the road. The final details added are the front handrails, the plow (Details West), some windshield wipers (A-Line and Detail Associates) plus some touching up to do. The Smokey Valley stanchions were superglued in place and lined up corre...
by tunnelmotor
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 3727

Re: What was your early inspiration?

It all started with a Brittain's mayzak Jinty - a plain push along broadly to OO gauge/scale I guess. It was a present from my dad when my yiunger sister was born - to go with the Ian Allen ABC on LMR locos that my daytime carers gave me. I was 2 years and 7 months! There must have been something be...
by tunnelmotor
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Detailing an Atlas Trainman GP38-2

Now we are on the last leg - making the loco look pretty again. The first job at this stage was to apply some reflective yellow sill stripes over the traditional UP red sill stripes. I went though my stock of decal sheets and found Microscale #87-1263 for BNSF H3 standard cab repaints and used the t...