Saturday, May 19, 2018

It's Alive!

Got my throttle back, he found a loose wire and fixed it. Got it home and no power. It was mentioned that the cable was not in good shape, so I got out my meter and found the green AC-DC feeder had no power, no noticeable problems. Replaced the cable and it works like a charm. Now all my hand held throttles work. Now I have to label all my control panels.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

No power?

After hooking up the last bit of wiring  (to the turntable in Grants Pass) my Varipulse throtles would not work. Then I tried another throttle and Nothing! Well both throttles can't go bad at the same time, can they? So it must be my wiring. Reviewing my wiring plan I could not find a problem, but that doesn't mean that the wire gremlins can't. I did use different colours and wire type to keep everything straight. Next, I  unhooked the last bit of wiring  (all on a terminal, thank goodness) still no go. Next I tried a different areas to rule out a short in the Grants Pass area, Nothing! Next to eliminate any shorts or Transformer problem I set up a test track powered by a different throttle, still Nothing!  Both throttles can't go bad at the same time, can they? I got out another 1, and to my surprise it works.  Opened up the Varipulse, everything looks good,  the other throttle had a broken wire. So I guess I dropped the Varipulse 1 too many times. A friend of mine is going to check it out. On the positive  side (pardon the pun) my wiring is good to go.

Trail into the woods.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Now I have to paint a horse trail into the woods on the backdrop, that's hard to reach.
I think it will turn off to the right  or left rather quickly.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Coal Mine Area

The 3 level area around the coal mine has a large rock face made up of many separate castings which were joined with lots of Drywall compound.  Once it was painted with just a base coat it looked quite good.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Great Wall of Waldo

Not sure if that will be the name of this town or not, but this area has the greatest height difference between the two levels and is also narrow. This requires a lot of rock to build a cliff this long.


The bottom picture is the entrance to the staging area.

Tracks into Grants Pass

There is grade difference between the branchline and the mainline tracks coming up to Grants Pass. At this area the height difference is small so it was simply plastered in. While the plaster was wet it was brushed with an old paint brush.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Work on the port area.

The land forms supporting the original port buildings were worked on. Most of the original buildings were at different elevations in the original port so their base heights versus their dock heights had to be accommodated by either raising or lowering the area they sit on. I also like to keep any dock that has water under it, removable to be able to keep the water surface clean. At the same time any holes where the water will be were filled. After the plaster dried a base coat of water colour was applied using dark blue and green paint. Rock castings were installed in areas between docks and sea walls. The areas under docks received a coat of plaster which was bushed horizontally to simulate rock lines. After the plaster dries it will be painted 50 shades of gray.
This is the area were the Boat repair building will sit.

Two buildings needed bases at different elevations. 

Water painted in.