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    • April 7, 2019 12:24 PM EDT
    • Landrel, that looks really cool.  I bet nighttime ops are fun 

    • April 7, 2019 8:04 AM EDT
    • Night time on my messy layout.

    • April 6, 2019 4:45 PM EDT
    • The Evan Designs Led come per wired so they fit pretty well into the shade. I just drill out the hole to the correct size...

      Ty

    • April 6, 2019 4:30 PM EDT
    • Landrel,

       

      I really like how you mounted the lamps in your engine house, and has given me inspiration to get mine finished. I was also having issue with the lamp shades, and getting the LED to fit up inside further on some commercial (Ozark I think) lamp shades. so I have 3d printed a few and need to take it to the next level. thanks again for the inspiration. my design below:

       

       

       

      Al P.

    • April 6, 2019 3:44 PM EDT
    • Here is the 16" cast resin light pole painted,wired and in place.

    • April 6, 2019 3:42 PM EDT
    • No I cast those from resin. 

      I made these to go with my resin light poles.   

    • April 6, 2019 1:42 PM EDT
    • This looks great Landrel. Did you 3D print the lights (other than the LED of course!)?

    • April 6, 2019 9:52 AM EDT
    • I have been using these for several about 5 years and have not had one go out yet...

       

      Ty

    • April 6, 2019 9:51 AM EDT
    • I am using Evans Designs LEDs.   

      Here is his description.

      Yes! You can Connect these LEDs to any track power source. These solid non-flashing LEDs will look great with 7-19 Volts of power input.

      Guaranteed to stay lit for 2 years with free replacement. Thousands and thousands of these LEDs are now in use, on all types of track and transformer power supplies.

      Our LED Lights can be used for Locomotive Headlights, Passenger Car Lights, Ditch Lights, Yard Lights, Building Lights, and much more. Low heat super bright LEDs only draw a tiny amount of power: 20milliamps.

      Choose your colors, we have warm white, cool white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

      Deciding which white to get?

      • Our Warm White LED closely matches the warm glow of incandescent lighting. Use warm white for most locomotives. Customers tell us our Warm White is a good match to the original Lionel Headlight.
      • The Cool White LED has cool cast, much like fluorescent lighting. Consider cool white LEDs for newer diesel locomotive headlights.

       

    • April 6, 2019 9:41 AM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      That looks fantastic Landrel!  Thanks for posting.

       

      I'm curious as to your choice of bulbs. What voltage bulb Vs operating voltage?  I have had mixed results with 12V grain-of-wheat bulbs on my RR that run on 12V every day for 8-12 hours depending on season.  The life expectancy of the bulbs of Amazon (made in China) is dismal. Most fail after a few weeks of that but, but a few have hung on for nearly a year.  Bulbs bought years ago at the hobby store (no idea of source) have done much better, but they are failing now too.  Because of this I am leaning toward LED for everything. I have been experimenting recently with coated lenses using translucent graphic films (vinyl) in orange and yellow combination to get that very warm look.  I've got the color where I like it, but need to work on toning down brightness for small structures.

       

      In my HO days we (my father and I) ran our grain of wheat and grain of rice on about 8 volts or so.  they will last much longer at the lower voltage.

    • April 6, 2019 9:31 AM EDT
    • That looks fantastic Landrel!  Thanks for posting.

       

      I'm curious as to your choice of bulbs. What voltage bulb Vs operating voltage?  I have had mixed results with 12V grain-of-wheat bulbs on my RR that run on 12V every day for 8-12 hours depending on season.  The life expectancy of the bulbs of Amazon (made in China) is dismal. Most fail after a few weeks of that but, but a few have hung on for nearly a year.  Bulbs bought years ago at the hobby store (no idea of source) have done much better, but they are failing now too.  Because of this I am leaning toward LED for everything. I have been experimenting recently with coated lenses using translucent graphic films (vinyl) in orange and yellow combination to get that very warm look.  I've got the color where I like it, but need to work on toning down brightness for small structures.

    • April 6, 2019 7:34 AM EDT
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    • April 6, 2019 7:34 AM EDT
    • Finished planking the roof and now and basic lighting..

       

    • April 5, 2019 9:25 AM EDT
    • Nice work on the light fixtures, Landrel.  

    • April 5, 2019 6:04 AM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:
      David Maynard said:

      That's why so few people do board by board construction. But for realistic detail, it can't be beat.

      So where does that put the guys that hand lay track Maynard?

      They are in the same category. I have done hand laid track, and board by board construction. But for ease and speed, most folks (myself included) tend not to go those routes.

    • April 5, 2019 5:52 AM EDT
    • Picture of light fixtures. I have to make one more. Still have to paint the the shades..

       

    • April 5, 2019 5:48 AM EDT
    • Working on light fixtures for the engine house

    • April 4, 2019 8:11 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      That's why so few people do board by board construction. But for realistic detail, it can't be beat.

      So where does that put the guys that hand lay track Maynard?

    • April 4, 2019 7:47 PM EDT
    • I can certainly appreciate the effort it takes to stick build any structure and as David pointed out, the detail cannot be beat.  Especially if there is a way to show the framing in the completed structure.

    • April 4, 2019 6:30 PM EDT
    • That's why so few people do board by board construction. But for realistic detail, it can't be beat.