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Scratch building & kitbashing / 3D printed name plate for flat car.
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:06:38 pm »
After making my billboard car adapter I got thinking to what else I could make. I have a blank version of the plate that I can create whatever I want on it. I then remembered that there is a 3D name generator on Thingiverse.

So from there I generated a text message and merged it to a blank flat car base I had made. Lucky for me I ended up with a non-Lionel flat car that I got on ebay. Being shorter than a regular Lionel flat car worked out for me. The shorter car means less blank space on the deck of the car.

I created the base in Vectary, and the name on Thingiverse Creator. I merged them in Vectary and sliced it with Cura. I printed this at high resolution with 15% infill.

If interested drop me a message :D I have two build platforms. The shorter 194mm non Lionel deck and the 254mm Lionel deck. Note that the shorter deck plate has to be attached with sticky tape or 2mm sheet metal screws. The 254mm Lionel deck can use 2mm machine screws and will cause no damage to the car.

Scratch building & kitbashing / Digital Picture Frame Car 3D Printed
« on: March 01, 2020, 05:52:52 pm »
I noticed that Lionel made a digital billboard car, and it got me thinking. I can make that!

So here it is... My version of a digital billboard.

The car is a regular Lionel flat car. The holder was created in Vectary and printed on a Creality CR10s Pro using Simplify 3D. The material is Overture black PLA. I used the black PLA so it matched the car. The picture frame is an Insignia NS-DPF3G that I got used from ebay.

You can upload whatever images you want to it. Be it advertisements, or personal photos. I myself have my wife and I on it :)

Check the link below if you want to make one yourself :D Enjoy :D

General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Steam or Diesel?
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:32:48 am »
My HO and G scale were steam, my Lionel so far is both steam and diesel. I think steam trains are fun especially the old Shay locomotives. But I do like the older diesels such as the EMD F-7 and F3

General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Having an polarity issue...
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:23:19 am »
Hello everyone;

   New to the forum, but not to trains. I grew up with an HO layout, eventually went to G, and then landed with Lionel 3 rail O gauge. Looking back a few weeks ago, going to the model train show was probably not in my financial best intrest. :p

    So while at the show I picked up a very much new Lionel Minor League Baseball train set. From what I can tell is was issued in 97. All the cars tracks, and power supply were still freshly sealed and unused. The locomotive though had been run. Hard to say for how much, as the locomotive is very clean.

     While at the show I saw a Lionel ZW controller..... and what can I say I am a sucker for levers..... So I picked it up too.

     Once home I quickly set up a small oval with some extra 027 track I got for dirt cheap, and proceeded to giggle happily.

     Now the odd issue I am having. So I searched and watched videos, and I am pretty damn sure I got the polarity of my track correct. Center rail is the hot or "A" rail while the outer rail is the common or "U" rail. When activating the whistle function on my ZW the train would take off with a huge surge of power, but no whistle. I then went to the box, and got the dinky original power supply and hooked it up.... Same issue, push the whistle, and no whistle, also no surge in power...... So got curious and reversed the polarity, and sure enough.... my whistle worked!. I tried this with the ZW and would get a very weak whistle.... I have since rebuilt the ZW with new diodes, and a fast tripping breaker. And back to the original issue.... Whistle only works when the polarity is revered!

   So I decided to open up the tender. I noticed that the wires to the whistle had speed nuts, and were held down with scotch tape.... I am not sure if this is OEM Lionel or not. But it made it super easy to switch the wires around in the tender. And now my whistle works with the polarity in the right fashion on the tracks.

    So I guess my question is, was this a common issue? Or is it possible some one before me tinkered with the tender? Or do I really have polarity backwards -_-

Scratch building & kitbashing / Aquarium Car bashing
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:03:38 am »
Has any one made an older mechanical aquarium car motorized?

It seems like it would be simple enough. Get a newer chassis, and swap the shell and film over.

Reason I ask is my car doesn't always seem to work. :(

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