Re: Rough Running
- I like it Ralph! Any chance you could post a photo or two?
>reside in the garage . Heres what I did.
> Here in NZ we also have a dust problem especially in the summer. My trains have to
> Place 4 posts all the same height - one each corner of the layout. At the top of eachpost place 2 curtaian eye hooks at right angles to each other. Connect stretchy curtain
wire tightly between the posts via the curtain hooks. I only had to do 3 sides as one side is
a backdrop.. Get enough polythene plastic sheet to cover the layout and to hang down
the sides.You can get this from a garden or hardware store.Drape the pastic over the
curtain wires and adust to fit the layout. Attach a wooden rod to the edges of the long
sides of the cover. This will keep the cover taught. Attach velcrose to the cover and layout
base at various places where the cover meets th layout base.This will hold the cover in
close to the layout. You will need to trim the corners of the polythene so that it is a neat
fit all around the layout - allow a little for overlap around the corners.
> When you need to remove the cover - unclip the velcrose and roll one long side of thepolythene and then let it rest on the curtain wire over middle of the layout. do the same
for the otherside you can the completely remove the cover without causing any damage
to the layout. you can unhook the curtain wire and remove that . If you attached the posts
in such a way as to make them removable ie into some sort of socket you can remove
them as well. this is initially a little bit of work but I have had this system for 5 years and it
is very easy to use. I have no problems with dust. but still need to clean the track with
alcohol once or twice a year.also the loco wheels and pickups occasionally depending on
use.also remember the wagons they also pick up grime - no use having a clean track and
dirty wheels! the use of a track cleaning wagon also helps.
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- A hair dryer. Now that's a great idea. Thanks
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 12:53:55 -0500
Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] Re: Rough Running
Ever tried a simple hair dryer? Set on cool so you don't get heat and
high speed it should do a decent job. I have a HEPA and negative ion
generator going to keep the dust just about eliminated.
> I just built a protective carrying cover for Steve Schulman's module out of
> wood and it turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself. Didn't think to
> take any photos so maybe Steve could some and post them. The box is light
> weight and not only protects the module during transportation but allows you
> to actually stack some things on top of the module during transportation and
> during storage.
> I am now an expert in how "not" to transport modules to train
> shows........just ask Steve, Joe and my wife. Karin thought she was going
> to see me melt down.........and that was before we got out of town on our
> way to Anaheim this past summer. Bungi cords to the temporary rescue along
> with a strong one for the road, (Pepsi in my case).
> If you like wood working and have a few basic power tools (table saw, chop
> saw, router, brad nailer, and sander and glue, you can end up with a nice
> box and for minimal price. I'd build yours for you, but you wouldn't like
> the shipping costs.
> Matter of fact, I got so jazzed from making Steve's box that I just went out
> and bought four more sheets of plywood for three of my own module covers.
> When I get them done I'll post pictures.
> If Joe D'Amato and I get down to the Cow Palace in March, these new covers
> will prove mighty handy and useful.
> Time to power up the old table saw.......
> OBTW, the box fan won't blow enough dust off, you need hurricane force winds
> to dislodge the stuff. Just don't get too close or careless with your
> blower or you will see module scenery in the neighbor's lawn...
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> I'm not going to go the route of a plexiglass cover. Too expensive and makes
> it too difficult to transport modules.
> But nifty idea though.
> Z-scale: minimum siZe, MAXIMUM enjoyment!
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