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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2019 :  7:11:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Mike, I now have 5 AirWire locomotives so the answer is . . . no. I will keep the controller to operate the others. You may purchase a controller from an authorized dealer of your choice.
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2019 :  3:09:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Back to work after spending some time driving to Long Island NY. The drive home was the pits. We left on Sunday morning. Going through Brooklyn and Staten Island was good, moderate traffic moving above the speed limit. Then for the drive from Baltimore, around DC and on to Fredericksburg, VA. Not a good idea for a Sunday afternoon. Where did all these one-person cars come from? For hours we went 0-20 mph. MADDENING I say.

Well just happy that’s over and I’m back to the bench. I made the mountings for the speakers from 1/8” black Sintra plastic. I also soldered brass screws to a brass strip so I wouldn’t have a problem tightening the nuts. The styrene strips are spacers for the brass strips.







And here they are mounted in the speaker opening. The 4” x 2” speakers are from an old computer. Just in case you were wondering what that large grilled area was for now you know.



I had a pair of builder’s plates laying around so I mounted one on each loco.



I installed marker lights on the rear of each cab. The headlight of one cab will be on and the red marker light of the rear cab will be on facing to the rear and the green light will be on facing forward.



Also in my junk box were 2 sand bins, I have no clue what loco these were from. I wanted to add a little more railroad bling so I mounted them on the fronts of the locos.





Edited by - Frank Palmer on 07/02/2019 3:15:26 PM
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BurleyJim
Fireman

USA
4507 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2019 :  3:29:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank,

They came out great!

Jim
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slimrails
Moderator

USA
8370 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2019 :  5:59:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Beautiful job, Frank! [:-thumbu]
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Bill Gill
Fireman

USA
2654 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  07:02:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really good looking, Frank. What's left to do?
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  09:25:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Thanks Jim, Russ and Bill.

There are still a few more details, engineer and fireman . . . just bits. Them the expensive part. The AirWire G3 board and the Phoenix P14 sound board are a combined $289. I'm going into this portion a bit slowly.
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5187 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  09:27:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work, Frank.
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Carl B
Fireman

USA
3397 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  09:47:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The AirWire G3 board and the Phoenix P14 sound board are a combined $289

Hmm- as much as I think it's the future of model railroading..... this battery powered stuff is not for the weak...
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Guff
Fireman

USA
1731 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  10:43:34 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
WOW!!!
Frank, You created a beautiful pair of critters!
Great modeling job!
Dave

David Guffey
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2019 :  2:53:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Thanks Mike.

Carl, you gotta’ love it.

Thanks Dave.
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
12943 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2019 :  07:09:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank I'll take those in N scale please. And to make your job a lot easier they don't need sound and can be straight DC.
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Rick
Administrator

USA
22800 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2019 :  07:19:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice.
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2019 :  11:18:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Thanks Mike and Rick.

N-scale, I can't see that small stuff. I wear readers and sometimes a visor to do what I'm doing now.
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Frank Palmer
Fireman

USA
5326 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2019 :  5:26:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A few more details were added today. I cut the bottom 2 steps off the ladders and replaced them with stirrup steps. Those extended steps always bothered me. I also moved the red stripe to the bottom edge of the cab.



Windshied wipers were installed on the front windows and a brake wheel was installed on the fireman’s side of each cab.







I added visors to the engineer’s windows from sheet brass with 2 pieces of 1/16” brass rod soldered on for mounting purposes.



I’m starting to run out of railroad porn to add to the cabs. So the day of reckoning may be closer at hand. Then out comes the weathering box. On the inside I wired the lamps for the marker lights and added 680 ohm resistors to the LED headlights.

Edited by - Frank Palmer on 07/05/2019 10:54:28 AM
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TRAINS1941
Engineer

USA
11505 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2019 :  7:47:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made a comment right after Rick but its gone to train heaven I guess!

Beautiful work Frank.

Just wondering were the dust & rust is???

Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln
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