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For the past few years, ever since we moved into our new home, I decided to take my HO trains out of storage, where they’ve been for the past thirty years, and make a permanent layout.   The 8’x8’ layout was built from two sheets of plywood on a 2x3 frame.   In order not to use up all the space in my workshop I installed a pulley system on the frame and bolted a winch to the basement wall, operated by my portable drill, to raise and lower the entire layout.   When it’s not in use I raise it to the ceiling, when lowered it sits on two folding tables.

 

Overall layout.  Still need to finish the center portion and add some trees.

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Rail yard

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Winch on wall

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Layout raised to ceiling

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Ha! With those nice "click-clack" switches. I like them - just switching - click-clack-click-clack  :P (sorry)

 

Last year I have bought a tube amplifier. To connect al my other devices to this (like turntable - dvd/cd player - mediabox) I had to make a switch-box.

I also wanted to connect some extra rear-speakers, and I fancied some old fashioned analogue VU-meters would do nicely.

 

Took a sheet of aluminum (or aluminium) - bought me the nice click-clack switches - a selector-switch, some vu-meters from an old Akai-amplifier (my first amp) - some further control-switches and an extra volumecontrol and fitted this all together:

 

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For the VU-meters I had to make some electronics, and I'm not sure if they read completely perfect, but just viewing them, turning up the volume is just fun!

 

 

 

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Thanks to everyone who gave me "likes" and especially to Brian, who understood the spirit of what I was looking for when I started my post prior to it being moved. I saw this post before I started a new one and didn't think it was what I was looking for. I therefore deleted my posts on this thread.

 

Thanks Again,

Steve

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I also build furniture, of which a dining room table will be started this fall. I am into model railroading, shown here are a few dioramas; and acrylic and oil painting. Ok, the painting isn't really something I build unless you count the layers of paint I use to build up an image. Here is one I did of a Mexican 4-8-4 loco on a curve.

The wine rack I made with carved corbels, my first carving. These are just a few of dozens of pieces I made, most I gave away to family or sold on commisiion.

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I also build furniture, of which a dining room table will be started this fall. I am into model railroading, shown here are a few dioramas; and acrylic and oil painting. Ok, the painting isn't really something I build unless you count the layers of paint I use to build up an image. Here is one I did of a Mexican 4-8-4 loco on a curve.

The wine rack I made with carved corbels, my first carving. These are just a few of dozens of pieces I made, most I gave away to family or sold on commisiion.

Nice dioramas!

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I have just bought the new 24th scale Airfix Typhoon. to go with my 24th scale Mosquito, and quite a few other Tamiya 32nd scale models.

 

I buy them with every intention of building them - but I never seem to have the time, and the collection just grows, hidden at the back of the wardrobe, unbeknown to my wife.....

 

Hope she never decides to have a wardrobe clear out...Gulp.... 

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I have just bought the new 24th scale Airfix Typhoon. to go with my 24th scale Mosquito, and quite a few other Tamiya 32nd scale models.

 

I buy them with every intention of building them - but I never seem to have the time, and the collection just grows, hidden at the back of the wardrobe, unbeknown to my wife.....

 

Hope she never decides to have a wardrobe clear out...Gulp.... 

As long as your wardrobe doesn't encompass Narnia, the fact that your stash can still be hidden in the back means that you have considerably more restraint and willpower than some of us...

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I don't do any other models, I'm always making something, my other hobby is Firebirds, I own and run a f body forum site, detailing a engine bay is like modeling, but on full scale.lol

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I have just bought the new 24th scale Airfix Typhoon. to go with my 24th scale Mosquito, and quite a few other Tamiya 32nd scale models.

 

I buy them with every intention of building them - but I never seem to have the time, and the collection just grows, hidden at the back of the wardrobe, unbeknown to my wife.....

 

Hope she never decides to have a wardrobe clear out...Gulp.... 

She knows....trust me :P

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Here is a model of the historic Waterbury, CT railroad station I built for a friend. Structure built with 

foam core, mat board and paper, Model is 75% HO scale. Tower is 22" high. It all comes apart in 5

sections for ease of handling.

 

Shown here at the annual massive model railroad show in W. Springfield, MA. Show encompasses 

180,000 sq. ft. in four buildings at the Big "E" fairgrounds last weekend in January.

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I've done the obligatory 1/72 aircraft, mainly WW2 and a few R/C aircraft and speed boats but I have no pics of them. I have always been interested in mechanical models, making things work and my first real effort was a 1:8.5 scale model of a Land Rover Defender 90. I have a 110 Defender in 1:1 scale so I made the model very mechanically similar in so far as the suspension system and geometry etc. Some concessions were made to practicality but she handles the off road situations almost exactly the same way the real on does.

 

The chassis is hand made from 6mm aluminium plate and the bull bar is hand made from brass plate and tube.

 

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