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Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:31 am
by tramdriver
Hello Matt(intheair)

I do really like your achievments so far, and you have brought me back into T. Almost immediately my radar was locked on these little Geeps. Now I have found that TrainaidsA are selling them. So I will now buy a pair.

Thanx for bringing me back.

Goran
HALMSTAD/Sweden

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:13 pm
by mattinair
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Another neat thing about T gauge (scale) is I'm able to do the scenery in removable pieces allowing me to do the messy business of shaping and coloring away from the track....
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Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:16 am
by mattinair
I've been having a blast roughing in the scenery. It's so small if an experiment messes up I can just grab another piece of foam and try again..
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...My wife says it's beautiful....
Also I've been putting small pieces of lead on the underside of my freight cars it really helps pushing rows of uncoupled cars around.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:48 am
by mattinair
Fun wise this t gauge layout is close to the top of my list>
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Lately I've been roughing in another scenery module>
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Still so much to learn>This web site has been such a useful resource>
Thanks to all of you>and keep posting
I really think t gauge is going to grow much more popular in the near future; it's just too much fun not to....

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:45 pm
by mattinair
Really having fun with NeilM's tiny Land Rovers....whew!....still a long way to go figuring this paint thing out
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Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:53 am
by NeilM
That is very impressive painting. I have, of course, tried painting quite a few of these, and know just what a steady hand (and a good magnifier!) it needs to to paint in the wheel centres and add the headlights etc. I confess that my first attempts all had solid black wheels! Also, close up photos can be quite cruel to such small models.

I have a few models nearly painted which I will photograph soon and post on the site. One of these I had to clean the paint off and start again because I had not fully cleaned the print of all the wax used during the manafacturing process. In fact that would be the one tip I would give with these models - clean the print properly first. It is very annoying otherwise for all the carefully applied paint to just flake off.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:14 am
by mattinair
I'm amazed out how fast many of you build your layouts.......I spent at least a month "thinking" :lol: about this barn....
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My friend who owns a dairy farm tells me this is a loafing barn. I'll still need a milking barn for all those cute little cows.....

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:00 pm
by SmallCentral
Very good job :geek:

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:50 am
by mattinair
My layout is really a TOY train. (having only a whimsical stand off scale connection to any kind of reality at all)....I spend a lot of time playing with it but not much time working on it....For the last 3 months I've been very slowly "working" on the dairy farm scenery module....Still in early mock up stage
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I've been trying to make different types of trees>Redwoods(?)
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Made a milking barn to go with the loafing barn...
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Experimenting with magnetic couplers...I'm able to putt around and gather individual cars onto the train.....NO idea YET as to how I'm going to decouple them :P :roll:
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already realized these magnets need to be ground down quite a bit. They're way to stong

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:23 pm
by Reith01
It's splendid. The barn and environs are most impressive, specially how you got the textures on the building. Just starting to work on buildings in this scale I can appreciate the intricacies!

Superb.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:55 am
by JoeMalinchak
I like the idea of using magnetic couplers! I will have to try it. I also like your work on your barn! Great job.

Joe.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:11 am
by mattinair
Thanks Joe.....I've been following the work that you've been doing with your rolling stock with great interest >>>It's nothing short of spectacular!>>>and is so informative>>> a real inspiration....Thanks again....
RE: the magnetic couplers....I'll try to post some photos of my technique so far....under the ROLLING STOCK heading

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:04 am
by JoeMalinchak
I have some interesting projects planned, and I will do my best to share my techniques will everyone.
I will be following your progress with the magnetic couplers!

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:16 am
by mattinair
Sorry, I actually posted the magnetic coupler data & photos in the Tips & tricks section....

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:26 am
by JoeMalinchak
I did see that no problem!

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:07 am
by mattinair
Maybe I should call this post "Another thing wrong with the switches"
I've added 3 more power connections to the main line down stream so to speak from the switches....Originally the main line had just 1 power connection and the trains would run at one speed until they got to a switch; as soon as they passed the switch they would run at a slower speed>Approximately half the main line was getting power directly from the connection the other half was getting power through those little brass tab & spring things in the switches......
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2 of the sections on the main line have on off switches giving me several more places to park trains....
Happy to report that I've been testing it and the trains are now running the same speed all the way round the track

NOTE: I wish people weren't so shy about posting stuff on this site....Although I must confess I'm a little shy myself because a lot of the people posting are on such a high level of modeling.....But still I have so much fun reading about what others are doing in T gauge I just can't wait to see more posts....

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:42 am
by NeilM
Yes, extra feeds are needed to ensure that there are not voltage drops and power losses around the track.

Even in larger scales, where there is more contact area in the points, many modeller still add extra switched wiring to feed through the points rather than rely on the point blades for electrical continuity.

Also, even the regular rail joiners can suffer a small voltage drop on each one, which can build up on a large circuit.

So, with the above, and although it complicates what initially looks like a simple wiring task, you can never have too many power feeds. It is not a fault with T, it happens in all scales. Glad you got it sorted in the end.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:54 am
by mattinair
work'n on schemes for arranging uncouplers on my layout(RED "u"s).....the green "c"s are supposed to represent train cars.... :roll:
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Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:35 am
by NeilM
I am watching the work on couplings and uncouplers with interest. All the layouts I have recently built in other scales have been shunting layouts, and whilst I like the ability of T gauge to easily represent a long mainline run I would also like to be able to replicate some of the workings of my shunting layouts as well.

Re: My T gauge addiction

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:49 am
by mattinair
At this stage it's sort of impressionistic shunting.... ;)
But still really fun...