• N scale anyone?

    From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to All on Wed Mar 25 11:26:20 2020
    Just checking to see if anyone does N Scale model railroading.



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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Grease on Thu Mar 26 18:06:05 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Grease to All on Wed Mar 25 2020 11:26 am

    Just checking to see if anyone does N Scale model railroading.

    I haven't done anything with model railroads since I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, but I had some HO engines & cars and enjoyed setting them up and letting them run sometimes. I never got into setting up detailed train sets, but I always thought it was interesting to see other peoples' train sets.

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  • From Mike Powell@VERT/CAPCITY2 to GREASE on Thu Mar 26 19:06:00 2020
    Just checking to see if anyone does N Scale model railroading.

    HO here, but it has been a while since I have had time and money to work on
    it. Maybe if I spent less time in front of the BBS and the TV... :)


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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Nightfox on Fri Mar 27 04:34:29 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Nightfox to Grease on Thu Mar 26 2020 06:06 pm

    I haven't done anything with model railroads since I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, but I had some HO engines & cars and enjoyed setting them up and letting them run sometimes. I never got into setting up detailed train sets, but I always thought it was interesting to see other peoples' train sets.

    I just got back into it in the last couple of months. I found my set from high school. Started building a layout recently, and a lot of stuff has changed in 30 years. Automation, really. So I've got a few arduinos and power shells. Just wanting to see what I can do.

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Mike Powell on Fri Mar 27 04:35:51 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Mike Powell to GREASE on Thu Mar 26 2020 07:06 pm

    HO here, but it has been a while since I have had time and money to work on it. Maybe if I spent less time in front of the BBS and the TV... :)

    It does take a lot of time. Kinda like the BBS. "When I get done, it'll run by itself." It is never finished. I always want to change something.

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Grease on Fri Mar 27 14:47:00 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Grease to Nightfox on Fri Mar 27 2020 04:34 am

    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Nightfox to Grease on Thu Mar 26 2020 06:06 pm

    I haven't done anything with model railroads since I was maybe 10 or 11 years old, but I had some HO engines & cars and enjoyed setting them up a letting them run sometimes. I never got into setting up detailed train sets, but I always thought it was interesting to see other peoples' train sets.

    I just got back into it in the last couple of months. I found my set from hi at I can do.

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    Arduino has revolutionized several hobbies. A former co-worker was big Lego c ollector, and had several Lego train sets, plus custom 3D printed track sections. If you never dealt with Lego trains, they are controlled via infrared remote control. I've read where the remote is replaced by an Ardiuin o is a central tower, and sends IR signals to the train. You could place motion sensors to trigger the train's behavior, such as stop at a station
    after 3 laps, change tracks, or other ways to automate lights and
    accessories.

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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Grease on Sat Mar 28 08:30:08 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Grease to All on Wed Mar 25 2020 11:26 am

    Just checking to see if anyone does N Scale model railroading.

    I have (had?) an HO scale setup that's been packed away for a decade or so now, because I simply didn't have room for it. I've been seriously considering downsizing to N-scale but the monitary investment is .. considerable.

    I had a small n-scale layout (ha!) when I was a kid, and I loved it.

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Moondog on Sat Mar 28 08:19:44 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Moondog to Grease on Fri Mar 27 2020 02:47 pm

    Arduino has revolutionized several hobbies. A former co-worker was big Lego c ollector, and had several Lego train sets, plus custom 3D printed via infrared remote control. I've read where the remote is replaced by an Ardiuin o is a central tower, and sends IR signals to the train. You could place motion sensors to trigger the train's behavior, such as stop at a station after 3 laps, change tracks, or other ways to automate lights and accessories.

    Cool. Like a tv remote. I saw where you can do bluetooth and your phone also.

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to DaiTengu on Sat Mar 28 08:21:11 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?
    By: DaiTengu to Grease on Sat Mar 28 2020 08:30 am

    I had a small n-scale layout (ha!) when I was a kid, and I loved it.

    Cool. All the neat things you can spend an evening doing instead of watching the box is cool with me.

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  • From Daryl Stout@VERT/TBOLT to GREASE on Tue Apr 14 23:39:00 2020
    Just checking to see if anyone does N Scale model railroading.

    Not here. I had train sets growing up, but after repeatedly burning
    out several transformers (they were off, but still plugged in), my
    parents one day said "No more train sets for you". :P

    Now, I play Auran Trainz 2019 on the Lenovo Windows 10 64-bit laptop computer.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@VERT/TBOLT to MIKE POWELL on Tue Apr 14 23:39:00 2020
    Mike,

    HO here, but it has been a while since I have had time and money to work on MP>it. Maybe if I spent less time in front of the BBS and the TV... :)

    I resemble that remark!! <G>

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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Daryl Stout on Fri Apr 17 11:27:00 2020
    Re: N scale anyone?

    Not here. I had train sets growing up, but after repeatedly burning
    out several transformers (they were off, but still plugged in), my
    parents one day said "No more train sets for you". :P

    There were some Model Powers back in the day that were suspect. They're
    better now. Of course you could spend loads of dollars and go the DCC route. I'm just doing it to build stuff, and mess with arduinos.


    Now, I play Auran Trainz 2019 on the Lenovo Windows 10 64-bit
    laptop computer.

    I've seen a couple of computer sims. Might try them out.
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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Grease on Sat Apr 18 01:03:00 2020
    Re: Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Grease to Daryl Stout on Fri Apr 17 2020 11:27 am

    Re: N scale anyone?

    Not here. I had train sets growing up, but after repeatedly burning out several transformers (they were off, but still plugged in), my parents one day said "No more train sets for you". :P

    There were some Model Powers back in the day that were suspect. They're better now. Of course you could spend loads of dollars and go the DCC route. I'm just doing it to build stuff, and mess with arduinos.


    Now, I play Auran Trainz 2019 on the Lenovo Windows 10 64-bit
    laptop computer.

    I've seen a couple of computer sims. Might try them out.
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    It's been close to 20 years ago I recall there was a Halflife Trains mod.
    The Halflife mod community produced some real nice prefab objects, and I
    recall the trains and train mod stuff looked good.

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  • From Mike Powell@VERT/CAPCITY2 to GREASE on Sat Apr 18 10:49:00 2020
    There were some Model Powers back in the day that were suspect. They're better now. Of course you could spend loads of dollars and go the DCC route. I'm just doing it to build stuff, and mess with arduinos.

    For HO, Model Power locos and box cars are/were more affordable but also
    were often thought of as not being prototypical and of not having quality drives. At the time I am thinking of, Proto 2000 was still owned by
    LifeLike, were affordable and, unlike MP, were more prototypical and had
    better drives.

    The last time I looked at Proto-2000 (or even 1000) prices, now that they
    are owned by another company, they are not so affordable.

    I figure if I ever get back into it and need to keep cost down, I can pass
    off some of the less-prototypical stuff off as "railroad specific" modifications or rebuilds. :D


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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Moondog on Sat Apr 18 16:14:00 2020
    Re: Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Moondog to Grease on 04-18-20 01:03

    It's been close to 20 years ago I recall there was a Halflife Trains
    mod. The Halflife mod community produced some real nice prefab
    objects, and I recall the trains and train mod stuff looked good.

    PC, XBox, or PS3? That would be interesting.
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  • From Grease@VERT/DARKMATT to Mike Powell on Sat Apr 18 16:29:00 2020
    Re: Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Mike Powell to GREASE on 04-18-20 10:49

    I figure if I ever get back into it and need to keep cost down, I can
    pass off some of the less-prototypical stuff off as "railroad
    specific" modifications or rebuilds. :D

    I have some old MP locos and cars that I am switching the rapido couplers
    out for the knuckle couplers. After doing about 5 of them, I think I'm
    going to buy trucks for the rest.
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  • From Daryl Stout@VERT/TBOLT to GREASE on Sat Apr 18 00:41:00 2020
    Now, I play Auran Trainz 2019 on the Lenovo Windows 10 64-bit
    laptop computer.

    I've seen a couple of computer sims. Might try them out.

    I just use the Quick Drive or Explore The Route option...that's likely
    the only train rides I'll ever do anymore.

    Daryl

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Grease on Sun Apr 19 12:58:00 2020
    Re: Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Grease to Moondog on Sat Apr 18 2020 04:14 pm

    Re: Re: N scale anyone?
    By: Moondog to Grease on 04-18-20 01:03

    It's been close to 20 years ago I recall there was a Halflife Trains mod. The Halflife mod community produced some real nice prefab
    objects, and I recall the trains and train mod stuff looked good.

    PC, XBox, or PS3? That would be interesting.
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    For PC. Not sure if Steam ever hosted the mods. I recall seeing them active around the same time Couterstrike was still in beta. In the editor, there
    was a module that was loaded with games /sim specific definitions, and then you'd use the map editor to create your layout and create the hidden overlays that describe what is considered the track route.

    I used to build maps for Counterstrike, and the track, vehicle, and door and devce controls from Half Life were all kept in the mod. I liked the idea of making parts of maps unaccessable by adding controls that would lock door or flood areas that would porevent the use of anything but a pistol.

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