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    • May 13, 2018 8:57 AM EDT
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
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      That black is not the foundation, but some black plastic used to disguise the bottom course of siding that needs paint badly. This is what it looked like 'before'...

       

      The plastic won't stay; just put in place for photo ops.

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    • May 13, 2018 2:07 PM EDT
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      Bringing the latest pictures forward so they don't get lost in the sauce.

      Jon Radder said:

      Vehicles have lights - so the next logical thing to mess with is making the die cast cars light up.  Not all of them lend themselves to this upgrade, but a '55 Nomad I have does, so first an experiment. Open it up and tape some GOW bulbs behind the plastic headlight lenses...

       

      Not bad. Worth going further; so I used hot glue to hold the bulbs in place...

       

      I was thinking about gluing on a cover to keep from also illuminating the interior of the body; but I left that for later while I used more hot glue to tuck the wires out of view where the chassis would still fit on...

       

      I popped the chassis back on for a fit and function test. I kind of like how the engine compartment is illuminated with the hood up, so no light blocks for now....

       

      The wire exits in the rear...

       

      This car suffered some rear bumper damage somewhere along the line, so the back end will face away from the viewer when set in the scene.  I have a Shelby Cobra that also looks easy to light, so it's up next. Then the two will join the new buildings.

       

       

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at June 1, 2018 10:18 PM EDT
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    • May 13, 2018 3:07 PM EDT
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      Very classy Jon, that'll look so cool on the layout!

    • May 13, 2018 8:16 PM EDT
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      My older brother and his wife will be coming to visit over the summer. A highly modified Nomad was one of his post high-school cars. He drove the Shelby Cobra El Cid at Daytona Beach in the sixties.  I have a 427 Shelby coupe that has lenses for both the head lights and the tail lights so it was next up to be fitted with bulbs. I tried an experiment of hooding the bulbs with heat shrink...

       

      These were then hot-glued over the lens where it passes through the cast body...

       

      Wires need to be routed where they will be out of view from the top side.  Held in place with hot glue they will be visible from the bottom with the tube chassis back in place...

       

      Function test...

       

      The heat shrink hoods did not work as well as I had hoped...

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    • June 1, 2018 7:33 PM EDT
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      The Nomad and Cobra are in place and wired up. Just waiting for dark.

       

      Sneak peak indoor test...

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    • June 1, 2018 9:12 PM EDT
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwaOoWo0UOo

    • June 1, 2018 11:35 PM EDT
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      Point & shoot at dusk...

       

      DSLR & tripod after dark maybe this weekend.

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at June 1, 2018 11:36 PM EDT
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    • June 4, 2018 8:19 AM EDT
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      How did you get Todd's car.

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • June 5, 2018 8:06 PM EDT
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      Afraid I am "out of the loop" again.  Todd's car??

      Not having a roundy-round I lack loops.

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    • June 6, 2018 6:27 AM EDT
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      Cape Cod Todd has a real one..

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    • June 6, 2018 10:44 AM EDT
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      OK then.    If it's a Shelby Dragonsnake of 1960's vintage he's sitting on a multi million dollar vehicle.  There were 5 originals produced. There have been re-makes  but not hand built by Carol Shelby himself.   My brother drove El Cid at Daytona in the 60's...

      El Cid CSX2248, one of the five Shelby Cobra dragonsnakes, built for the dragstrip, not the road course. Winner of the 1964 Winternats in Daytona

      El Cid was road legal and registered.  At 16 I "borrowed" it when he left the keys in it.  Damn near soiled the front seat when I punched it and went through the gears.  Blew through a residential 4-way stop well over 100MPH. Lucky no one was killed.

       

      If I had the patience I would re-paint mine as El Cid.

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    • June 6, 2018 12:20 PM EDT
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      Ha he should be so lucky .. Kit car I do believe..

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    • June 12, 2018 5:11 PM EDT
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      Elevated lit switching tower

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      lit tower

       

            Remembering back to my HO days I always had a fondness of a Atlas switching tower, and I stumbled on to a pathway solar light that looked very similar, at Wal-Mart. A little pricy at $ 30.00 when I'm use to $.98, but  for 2 but not terrible. Added a little evergreen styrene building siding sheet and sealed the cracks, detailed the post to look like a large tree trunk post and added a styrene ladder. Placed it on a thick piece of plastic sheet, then cemented chicken granite grit to the plastic. Secured the post to the plastic sheet and added existing pointed post barb back to the bottom. No problem now with it blowing over. Even painted it red and lettered it like my old Atlas one with one side being Railroad Ave. and the other Main St., lettering with vinyl from a cameo silhouette, Fun and easy build and looks good both day and night.switching tower

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