My T gauge addiction

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dkightley
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Phwaaaawwww!!! :roll: Why did you have to stand downwind when you took that photo!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

That's looking ....and probably smelling.....very good indeed!!!!
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mattinair
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Not quite that prototypical :o :lol: :lol: :lol: Thanks for the kind words; they mean a lot coming from a model pro like yourself..
After watching me study'n your Bridge posts my wife said your like a Doughton Abby for guys.......I think this is a compliment......

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just made station and bar ( :roll: ) for toy train set
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Nice.......very nice! :D :D
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Thanks..........I can't wait to see the next update on The Bridge :P

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About not posting.....Wow the Bridge was super (!!!).......hard act to follow......
T gauge is on my mind but flying season has got me distracted
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I was looking at an art gallery for sale in a very old logging town in the coastal mountains north of here and in the the general store was this painting of the town done about a hundred years ago....
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This photo was taken about 100 yards down from the general store > there's no visible trace of the railroad....(bummer)
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The painting has really got me thinking........

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The town is Cazadaro in the coastal mountains north of San Francisco California..... :roll:

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I wasn't going to pull out the train set till the end of RC flying season but the locomotive turn around in the painting of Cazadero has got me falling off the wagon....addiction wise
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I've started to rough in the Cazadero station scenic module
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I kit bashed the stairs from Tgauge.com's switching house model for the forest fire lookout tower
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As I have posted; it took many many months of deep thought before doing the Dotti Dairy... :lol:
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I'm going to need Niel's Dr. Who Tardis for time travel now that I'm sandwiching a 19th century feature between two 20th century features......oh well.. :roll:

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One of the neat things about T is you can have a fairly large toy train set and store it in a fairly small space....Starting a painting so it's up against the wall for the toy train... :o
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For now........Whew :roll:

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I got a great gift for Christmas>This made from scratch(carved from a piece of balsa) rescue helicopter ....neat
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the maker apologized for not being able to do the lettering..(!!!)...I explained that I have to use cumputer printed decals and a microscope...whew

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Happy hour 8-)
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Also on Tips & Tricks :roll:

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Love the lights!

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I just gotta say how helpful it is seeing all the really pro level modeling being posted on this forum>The way you guys just rip into stuff is amazing :)

I made some whimsical tanks, silos and towers to hide some of the anchor bolts for the (Parker Flats) scenic module..
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The little tops come off so I can access the bolts in the bottoms of the cylinders
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This Parker Flats module is the first one I'm trying lighting on so I thought I would also experiment with an anchoring system>If it works I'll be trying some ideas out for filling the gap between the scenic modules and the track... :roll:

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I had to take the Parker Flats station apart and install a multi layer interior to get the lighting to look right>The photos just don't do it justice.... :roll:
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I used a piece of optical fiber glued to the LED bulb in the interior for the outside light....

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Great looking night scene!

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Thanks Joe.....I'm a big fan of your articles in the AMA mag on "nano" RC aircraft...

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oops I hit "Submit" instead of "Preview" :roll:
I've seen people switching to full RC control for larger scale locos (OO, HO even N)....Am I wrong to think that T gauge is just too small even with the tiny RC stuff you're using in your nano aircraft (?)

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Horizontal again....
The anchor bolt experiment on the Parker Flats scenic module seems to work pretty well, but I'm holding off on anchoring any of the other modules until I can replace the switches with the "short gap" switches pictured on the Tgauge.com web site.....Hopefully in less that 2 years (!) :roll:
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Made some quickie crude mock up structures. Starting to think about the water-feature scenic module...
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Starting to try and figure out how to model the turn-about on the Cazadero scenic module.....the historic record is kind of rough...
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Also going to be putting trees around the lookout tower from now till Easter.....or longer.... :lol:
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Trying to rough in the turntable on the Cazadero scenic module
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needs a lot of work :roll:

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Although the old painting showed what looked like a wooden structure, in some photos I found it appeared to be made off iron ...
Not like the prototype, but I've left the rails sticking out over the boardwalk cause I may use it with a slightly longer loco in the future...
The table itself has an axle and bearing plate so it might be a candidate for animation in the future .. :roll:
I've got the forest to build and that's going to take a long time ...

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