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Stained/Fusing Glass Display Cases For Model Trains

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Sunday, November 12, 2017 11:43 AM

Crimping beads and HO scale hand rails make good power pole components. Headed to the Bay of Fundy now to prospect for materials for my display case.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, November 13, 2017 7:54 AM

Full day of hobbying today. First activity is crushing and sifting Nova Scotia gypsum into four grades. Some of this will be used as ground cover and hopper loads in the display case.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, November 13, 2017 8:47 AM

Particle size ranges for each sifter are provided by the manufacturer Aanraku Glass Studios Located in San Mateo, CA. The finest powder particles are less than 0.2 mm, then 0.2 - 1.2 mm, 1.2 - 2.7 mm, 2.7 - 5.2 mm. Pieces that don't go through the largest sifting mesh are greater than 5.2 mm.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, November 13, 2017 1:20 PM

In order to load the hoppers with HO scale gypsum, I have visited the old abandonned gypsum hoppers in Hantsport, Nova Scotia to see first-hand typical prototype ore sizes. Ten centimeters is quite a reasonable dimension, so I will load the model hoppers with Grade 0.2-1.2 mm.

 

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Monday, November 13, 2017 1:26 PM

This is what the loads will look like.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:45 AM

Working on lighting. Miniature LED's will be mounted on the power poles to provide lighting to the hoppers. This is the quarry company's security lighting. The '3-phase' lines on the power poles will be small guage electrical wires and the 3-volt power supply, LED series resistors and auto dimmer circuit will be located behind the back sky panel. I do all my own electronics including custom circuit boards.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:54 AM

Here is my small breadboard test circuit In the light. The LED is still lit.  The entire dimmer electronics will fit on a small circuit board the size of this breadboard.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:14 AM

Three-phase insulators mounted on the power pole with neutral on the side. Lighting support will also be on the side above the neutral line.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:46 PM

Zinc-plated steel safety pin is ideal for a lamp fixture. A few modifications to the pin, including electrical insulation, and concealing the wires will work.

 

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:48 PM

Experimental version.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:44 AM

LED lamp looks nice when shrink wrap covers both leads and the safety pin. I haven't heated the shrink wrap yet. I will add an electrical junction box to the pole  to facilitate connecting the LED wires to the '3-phase' pole wiring.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, November 16, 2017 12:00 PM

Better close-up.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:34 PM

Every update I read on this project makes me want to take a stained glass class at the adult education center!

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-Kevin

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Happily modeling the STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD located in a world of plausible nonsense set in August, 1954.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:55 PM

SeeYou190

Every update I read on this project makes me want to take a stained glass class at the adult education center!

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-Kevin

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LOL I primarily took stained glass classes with my wife so I could incorporate glass technologies of all kinds into my model railroading kitbag. In the process I found that a lot of stained glass tools and materials are also useful in model railroading like the crusher (frit maker), calibrated sifters, E6000 glue, Diamond Tech grinder, SG assembly tray, and aluminum L-brackets.  This display case is what I decided to start with.

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, November 17, 2017 4:23 PM

In my electronics lab tonight developing miniature electrical connectors using spring-loaded contact probes and copper decals. I will need two of them to install into a tiny box for mounting on the power pole. The probes permit solderless connections that can be easily connected or disconnected by hand (i.e., no tools or de-soldering needed).

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Friday, November 17, 2017 6:25 PM

Once again, safety pin technology will be handy. This time to support the junction box on the pole.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, November 18, 2017 6:31 AM

Junction box platform completed. Includes part of a safety pin, copper decal wrapped around the safety pin, hookup wire loop for strength, and solder. The platform was smoothed on a grinding wheel then painted.

 

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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Posted by OldSchoolScratchbuilder on Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:04 PM

LEDs installed on both poles and shrunk tubing with hot blow feature on my butane torch. A little more work and the poles will be ready for the '3-phase' lines.

Designed naval sonars for Canada, the United States, Australia, and other allies as a career in physics. Elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000. Several of my sonar inventions are in the Canada Science and Technology Museum's collection in Ottawa.

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