Picnic Creek - An US N gauge train set

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Ironduke
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Re: Picnic Creek - An US N gauge train set

Postby Ironduke » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:06 am

Lots of pictures
I'm making a light like this to light up the Grumpy Pie Shop sign.
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So I need some very small tubing, some very small surface mount LEDs and some very small wire.
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I'm going to use the enamel coated wire from a choke that I cut out of a Bachmann loco when I converted it to DCC.
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I cut off about 12mm of 0.6mm tube using a rotary tool with cutting disk. I used the pointy thing by hand to clean the burr out of the hole in the tube.
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The arrow on the back of the LED tells you which end is positive (the fat end).
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A dab of solder on the brass tube..
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and solder the negative end of the LED to it.
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Slide the enamelled wire through the tube..
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and solder it to the other end of the LED.
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Use a ring bender to bend the tube to shape.
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Test that the LED still works after bending.
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Drill a 0.6mm hole over the pie shop sign.
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Thread the enamelled wire and tube through the hole and solder a black wire to the other end of the tube for the negative line.
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Then glue in place. I still need to make the shade.
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These 12V LED strips come in groups of three in series. I cut off the third LED and soldered the goose-neck LED in its place.
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The LED strip is for lighting the interior of the pie shop.
I'm using the black plug to connect it to the lighting controller.
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Designed an interior for the pie shop, as well as the shade for the light and some paving.
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3D printed the shop interior, light shade and paving surround. I've masked the interior for painting.
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A spray of filler/primer smooths out the print layer lines a little.
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Painted details of shop interior.
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The interior is a friction fit into the underside of the shop. I'm using .1" spaced crimp pin connectors for the electrics.
You can just see the inside of the lamp shade at the top of this picture.
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The postage stamp is for scale.
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In this pic you can just make out the cook standing in front of his oven. It's difficult to get any lens at N scale eye level.
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Rob

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Re: Picnic Creek - An US N gauge train set

Postby brammie » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:43 am

Very clever Rob. Impressive, to say the least.

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Re: Picnic Creek - An US N gauge train set

Postby Ironduke » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:49 pm

Thanks, Brammie!
The layout at night (or very early morning anyway). Just a phone photo, so it looks a lot brighter than it actually is.
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Rob


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