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halrey
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  4:44:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I though it would be a interesting project to light one up...
Well, I will say it's not for the soldering challenged, damn nano LEDs are crazy small, .02"x.039".
Rapido made the switch stand kits, which I guess were offered with a switch motor but they also sell them with no motor, they were never intended to be lit. It wouldn't take much to make them operate.

Hal




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Orionvp17
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  4:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow!!

Nice!

Pete
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Ensign
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  4:59:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hal, nice work once again! I love it!
Now all you need is a tiny switchstand lock & key.

Greg Shinnie



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halrey
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  5:25:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Pete and Greg, I hadn't though about a lock, but I did ponder the idea of a wire handle for the lantern.

Hal



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George D
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  6:57:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent!

George



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kot2b
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  10:12:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice Job Hal!!
I do have to agree with Greg, forget about the lantern handle and add a switch lock and chain.
And don't forget the key.
Dave



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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/19/2017 :  10:44:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Impressive work!


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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 07/20/2017 :  12:13:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boy once you get going there's no stopping you.

Great work once again keep the new ideas coming.



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sgtbob
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Posted - 07/20/2017 :  06:59:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wonderful work Hal,

I am copying your buoy but I am not copying your switch stand.

Cheers,

Bob


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Bill Gill
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Posted - 07/20/2017 :  07:02:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hal, that looks great! Do the colored lenses rotate around a single LED in the center or do you have 4 LEDs, one facing each lens?

Three uncoated strands of wire from a scrounged broken earbud were "braided' to simulate the chain on this HO pickup's tailgate. The size doesn't look too bad. Maybe magnet wire can work for your lantern handle and for the shackle on a padlock?




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mecrr
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Posted - 07/20/2017 :  2:45:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hal, nice job.
David


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BurleyJim
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Posted - 07/21/2017 :  3:09:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sweeet!

Jim




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Orionvp17
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Posted - 07/21/2017 :  5:29:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hal,

A strand (or two or three) from the inside of a piece of lamp cord is useful in ever so many ways. Like for padlock shackles, lantern handles, attachment wires, cables, etc. Good stuff!

And thanks to James (jbvb) for the reminder awhile back on that tip, which has been around for decades.

Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 07/21/2017 :  10:09:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice work, Hal, and a B&M - compatible rectangular target to boot!

I'd read Gary Butts' construction article in the July MR during my recent trip; his throws the turnout, but details of his prototype and mechanism aren't what I need. Nor is it lit - switch lanterns were very much a part of railroading in the early 50s, but they were gone by the time of my earliest trackside memories and I have kind of a blind spot because I only know them from photos. At any rate, no bench time to fiddle till the backlog is dealt with.

You're very welcome, Pete.



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