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Ed wrote: In the absence of 7mm robots, I reckon that's about the most realistic way of operating couplings Max.

With the load on, nobody would know how they're working (unless you told 'em). :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


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We'll keep it our little secret then, Ed...

Max, your chum Peter Jackson certainly has a gift. Some nice wood he's got access to too, another plus for O Scale is that real grained hardwood looks the part, but after your jetty work you know well enough, very classy.

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So, I'm starting on the four boxcars which will complete the set.

As the styrene glue takes 12 hours minimum to set up completely, I'm doing it in a production line.



From the right, the jig I've made up to assemble the main framework, which is made from 3 mm styrene.  It has to be completely straight and rigid.  The space between the stiffeners is wide enough to accommodate the relays, resistors and the decoders.

On the left I have added the mountings for the muscle wire and drilled the holes for the pick up wires, the bogie mounting screws and the angled ports for the cotton thread.

The coupler pockets have been added, together with their 0.5 mm spacers which set the coupler height.



I've also added the corrugated floor and the centre brace, and marked the positions of the longitudinal straps which represent the joists.

Hopefully the production line will save me a bit of build time.



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This is just a photo for my reference.



I need to make three more like this.



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Now there's an adjective I didn't expect.

Thanks, Allan.   :cool:



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'Adjective'

What's one of dem ?

And do they come in packs of three or by the length ?

 

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Naw, adjectives come as part of this jumbo-size bulk pack called a dictionary.

And Max, you might not have expected it but it fits.



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I've finally finished one . . . 



The carriage is complete with windows.

I only have to do the decals on the other three and weather them and I'm half way!

I can actually do a bit of shunting. 



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I think I've fixed the DCC Concepts decoder.

I left it on the layout for an hour.  I've heard that these capacitors sometimes need a bit of charge time first up.

Anyway, it seems to be working.  Fingers crossed.



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Looks good Max :thumbs


How have you managed to disguise the 'gubbins' inside for the couplings, can't see anything in the picture.



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Thanks, Ed.

I've coated the window panes with tissue paper - glued on with CA.



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Thanks, Ed.

I've coated the window panes with tissue paper - glued on with CA.
A classic solution. Are you going to draw silhouettes on the inner face of the paper with a felt-tip or anything like that?



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Nice effect :thumbs



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No, Brendan.  The lights will be off when it's being shunted.  Which will be all of the time.

I only connected them up to the decoder to get extra points when it's assessed.


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