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by mec_alf
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 4693

Re: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

Upon much closer inspection I found that the screw securing the red wire to the chassis wasn't screwed fully home, permitting the tag to "float". A quick tightening up resolved the problem.

Sometimes the obvious solution isn't the correct one.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 4693

Re: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

Hello Koos, That's possible, and I'll try it with my elderly ROCO Multi-maus once I've found its instruction manual. I've got several other locos running the NCE decoder, all programmed on the Gaugemaster set, which reduces the likelihood that the two are incompatible. Thanks Maineu18b - as I commen...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: DCC Topics
Topic: Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 4693

Athearn Genesis Mike with a problem

I've got an Athearn Mike that has turned into a chip frier - literally. The problem started with the red power wire coming adrift from its solder tag - so no propulsion. After dismantling the loco I was able to resolder the wire and checked it on DC power where it was quite happy. I then re-installe...
by mec_alf
Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 7711

Re: What was your early inspiration?

BrianMoore wrote:Hello, maineu18b,

Thanks for that.

It would be good to know who you really are, too!
When I find out who I am, I'll identfy myself :)
by mec_alf
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: What was your early inspiration?
Replies: 13
Views: 7711

Re: What was your early inspiration?

A Tri-ang train set, with a Jinty, 2 wagons and a brake van as my combined Christmas and birthday present as a child, then a Tri-ang CKD Princess Elizabeth the next year, set up on a 6'by4' chipboard base with no buildings started it off. Fast forward the video of life several decades now. My younge...
by mec_alf
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Balboa Drive Train Headache
Replies: 2
Views: 2964

Balboa Drive Train Headache

Currently driving me up the wall, metaphorically speaking, is a Balboa B-1 Berkshire. :( The problem is that I can't get the motor and gearbox to work together. I've tried 2mm flexible silicon tubing but it wraps itself into a 3-D Mobius strip - pretty but it does nothing for operating. The motor sh...
by mec_alf
Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: Interested in Layout Design?
Replies: 36
Views: 24906

Re: Interested in Layout Design?

Mulling has ceased. I now have the base-boards for an N-scale layout with an 8' by 3' footprint. I just have to decide on the optimum height above groundlevel for it and justify a Kodachrome SD45 and GP9 on a Northern New England-inspired layout :?
by mec_alf
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: General modelling topics
Topic: 3d printing
Replies: 3
Views: 4853

Re: 3d printing - SDL39s

Now can someone produce the drawing files for the SDL39 sideframes for 3D-printing?
by mec_alf
Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: MoW crane
Replies: 1
Views: 2692

Re: MoW crane

That's a nice model and, as you say, a quick one to assemble. I'll have to look again at my Walthers MoW inventory and put a decent EsPee MoW set together and put a flare at the front end of it. Sometimes I wonder why I visit forae like this one: there are too many good ideas to steal and not enough...
by mec_alf
Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: Kato's new mechanism
Replies: 7
Views: 5013

Re: Kato's new mechanism

So that's Kato's new Us-outline model: Double-stacked locomotives, as opposed to locomotives for double-stacked trains?!
by mec_alf
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: If only I had an extra couple of feet....
Replies: 4
Views: 5437

Re: If only I had an extra couple of feet....

And another pair of shoes and socks...
by mec_alf
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: Interested in Layout Design?
Replies: 36
Views: 24906

Re: Interested in Layout Design?

I'm also interested. I'm working on a servicing facility in the loftspace, with the blessing of the controller of thought, word, deed and finance, and am mulling over an N-scale on a 6' by 4' board.
by mec_alf
Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Layout Design
Topic: Great Model Railroads - John Signor's Southern California RR
Replies: 1
Views: 4928

Re: Great Model Railroads - John Signor's Southern Californi

I like Mr. Signor's writings for their accuracy but his grasp of locomotive eras is slightly out-of-kilter: EsPee didn't take delivery of their first SD45 until August 1966 and there were no tunnel motors on the property until 1972. Still, modeller's licences are useful things to have and invoke. I ...
by mec_alf
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Fallen Flags
Topic: What did it for you?
Replies: 16
Views: 13151

Re: What did it for you?

Buying a Blue Box SD45 in EsPee speed lettering started it off, and a ski trip to Maine that I wrote about for a mid-1990s edition of "Roundhouse" led to my Maine Central interest (and on-screen "handle"). That said I seem to have an eclectic collection of motive power: DRGW, BAR, B&M, and DM&IR as ...