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Adding smoke and "fire" to the Polar Express Hobo car...

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Adding smoke and "fire" to the Polar Express Hobo car...
Posted by Jim Duda on Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:19 PM

Here's some background...Karen is a retired Kindergarten teacher...every year around this time of the year (especially when it's chilly) she talks about how much she loved to read the story, "The Polar Express", to her students the day before school closed for the Christmas holidays...that, and the fact the stores are putting up Holiday decorations,  prompted me to finally add some Polar Express cars to run on the TexASS PissAnt pike.

When she watched the movie she commented about "that poor hobo" and how he needed the fire to keep him warm.  And so I thought about modifying the car to give it more realism.  I added a "flickering lamp" and a switch controlled MTH fan driven smoke unit which came out pretty nice. 

For those of you that have this car, here are some pics showing how I did the mod.  



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Posted by Buckeye Riveter on Saturday, November 15, 2008 10:13 PM

Great idea!!  I wonder if you could do the same thing with all the Lionel Hobo Campfires.

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Posted by USNRol on Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:16 PM

That's pretty cool...I'd love to watch that go around the layout!

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Posted by darianj on Sunday, November 16, 2008 7:19 AM
WOW...Very cool idea!
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Posted by EIS2 on Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:33 AM

That would be a good candidate for a youtube video.

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Posted by Jim Duda on Sunday, November 16, 2008 12:57 PM

Here's the difference...


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Posted by jonadel on Sunday, November 16, 2008 1:50 PM
Excellent work Mr. Duda Thumbs Up  Good to see that native Iowa talent improving the lives from the south Cool   Thanks for taking the time and pics to share, great idea.

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Posted by RockIsland52 on Monday, November 17, 2008 10:34 AM

Jim......bet you could turn your PE enhancement into a cottage industry for yourself!  Wouldn't have to be confined to PE either as hobos and campfires are enticing additions to any periodic layout scenicing.  Bow  Sweet!

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Posted by BMRR on Monday, November 17, 2008 6:51 PM

Great idea Jim.........now if we could just see it on video. Wink

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Posted by RockIsland52 on Monday, November 17, 2008 10:51 PM

Look harder......it's in another thread posted this morning!

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Posted by BMRR on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:22 PM

ooops............guess I didn't look hard enough. Thanks RockIsland52

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