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Praise report for a manufacturer

Robert Bell
 

All, 
I just wanted to relate the most recent experience I had with one of our manufacturers AND the USPS.

On Tuesday evening, the 26th of January, I was assembling several packages of Kadee 714 couplers.  I opened one package and dumped the contents out and all that came out were 5 trip pins, 4 screws, and the capsule of springs.  "Well, that kinda stinks", I said to my wife, and I looked up Kadee's website and sent them an email through their website right then, at about 20 minutes after 6 PM:

"Hi there,
I just opened a package of your #714 HOn3 couplers and all that was in the package was the instruction sheet, 4-trip pins, 4-mounting screws, and the capsule of springs...no couplers!  I can't say for sure when I or where I bought these, but I think I bought them in Louisville, KY in May of 2018.  The package was unopened, undamaged, and has a ©️2003 on it.

Thanks & regards,"

I of course included my address and a quick photo of the contents and the package.  I never got a response from them, until today.  The response was a small USPS First Class package containing the missing coupler sprues (4).

I have to say that was a very nice surprise and wanted to relate it to you all. I am VERY pleased with Kadee!!!  And the USPS for that matter, as Kadee would have mailed the package on Wednesday and I got it today, Saturday, from Oregon!!

Rob Bell
Modeling the White Pass & Yukon Route in HOn3
Waynesville, NC



Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

Randy
 

Frank

When using the NCE system, do not enter the loco number with a leading zero. It causes problems running the loco in my experience

Randy J.


Re: RR addition

cmdrwmriker
 

I am liking what I see, will spend more time looking when available.  Thank you for the inspiration.
bill m.

----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Hatch <hatch@...>
To: HOn3@groups.io
Sent: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 20:50:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [HOn3] RR addition

Last year I built an addition to my railroad 20x20 ft
That made the RR 20x46 ft.
 I lost my web site in a crash last spring and I finally found all the photos and re-wrote the
web page to display them.  So it's back up and running on
my newly constructed web site.  (what a lot of work)

and here's the web site.    (the link to the addition is at the bottom of the page under personal RR)


and here's the web addition photos




Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

cmdrwmriker
 

Thank you for educating me.  That is an interesting feature.  Flies in the face of previous knowledge, though.  Oh well, not too important!  Thanks to all.
bill m.

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Marlett <jmarlett@...>
To: HOn3 Group <HOn3@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 12:43:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Questions about Blackstone c-19

I will confirm that. I reset some and, much to my surprise, they reset to their road number. Very cool.

Jim Marlett
http://flatheaddrag.com/
http://jimmarlett.zenfolio.com/


On Jan 29, 2021, at 2:14 AM, Mark Kasprowicz <mark@...> wrote:
Blackstone locos with the original decoder default to their road numbers after a factory reset, not '3'. Factory reset - CV8=8 then recylcle the power.

Mark K
Oxon England.








Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

Jim Marlett
 

I will confirm that. I reset some and, much to my surprise, they reset to their road number. Very cool.

Jim Marlett
http://flatheaddrag.com/
http://jimmarlett.zenfolio.com/


On Jan 29, 2021, at 2:14 AM, Mark Kasprowicz <mark@...> wrote:

Blackstone locos with the original decoder default to their road numbers after a factory reset, not '3'. Factory reset - CV8=8 then recylcle the power.

Mark K
Oxon England.


San Juan Models Redux

Mike Conder
 

REcently there was a series of messages with an inappropriate header concerning San Juan Models.  Those messages have been deleted, and any messages reusing the same header (including emails concerning CriCuts)  will also be deleted.  For the record, the issue was resolved and the original poster had this as a follow-up:

"Great news! Replacement parts arrived from San Juan to continue box car projects. Excellent job Starla and Doug!"

Please be cautious about angry complaints concerning our suppliers, as one angry message like that can damage their reputation much more than dozens of supporting messages can repair.  Most of our suppliers are small, often part-time operations that are around due more to the love of the hobby than trying to make a million bucks.

If you have issues, please resolve it directly and if you still feel compelled to take it to the group, please contact me directly on how to do so appropriately.

Mike Conder - group owner
vulturenest1 at gmail dot com


Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

Mark Kasprowicz
 

Blackstone locos with the original decoder default to their road numbers after a factory reset, not '3'. Factory reset - CV8=8 then recylcle the power.

Mark K
Oxon England.


Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

cmdrwmriker
 

The word love should have been locomotive. As to the hesitant running when using the digitrax dcc system: this does not bode well for the actual operation of the engine. Once you are happy with whatever dcc system you choose, I would place the loco upside down in a foam rubber cradle and use some alligator test leads to operate the engine. This will tell you if the hesitant running is a feature of the loco or of the track. Best results to you.
Bill


On Jan 28, 2021, at 9:33 PM, cmdrwmriker <banjobill@q.com> wrote:

Frank, do a factory reset on the locomotive. You can find info on how to do this on the NCE website. The decoder you have in a blackstone loco should be a soundtraxx unit. There are also instructions on how to determine the decoder mfg if a soundtraxx reset does not work. Once reset you will have to control the love by short address “3”. I think you will be okay.


On Jan 28, 2021, at 5:38 PM, Frank Smelt Jr <frank.smelt@...> wrote:



Being new to the hobby I have couple of questions about some issues I am having.   My layout is on the smaller size (4x8) and I recently acquired a “lightly used” Blackstone C-19 number 342 on E-bay. 

Issue 1.   I have a new NCE 46 DCC Control System.   No matter what I do the system cannot find the locomotive.  I get the sound but locomotive will not move and functions like whistle, light, etc. do not work.

Issue 2.   I also have an older Digitrax DCS 50.   This will recognize the locomotive and will operate all functions associated with same.   However, the locomotive does not operate smoothly on a consistent basis.   It will stop intermediately the start again, also operating in reverse can be challenging.   Track seems to be very clean and I make sure I clean it before operating.  Wheels on the tender and loco have also been cleaned.

 

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Frank S.

 

 


Re: Questions about Blackstone c-19

cmdrwmriker
 

Frank, do a factory reset on the locomotive. You can find info on how to do this on the NCE website. The decoder you have in a blackstone loco should be a soundtraxx unit. There are also instructions on how to determine the decoder mfg if a soundtraxx reset does not work. Once reset you will have to control the love by short address “3”. I think you will be okay.


On Jan 28, 2021, at 5:38 PM, Frank Smelt Jr <frank.smelt@...> wrote:



Being new to the hobby I have couple of questions about some issues I am having.   My layout is on the smaller size (4x8) and I recently acquired a “lightly used” Blackstone C-19 number 342 on E-bay. 

Issue 1.   I have a new NCE 46 DCC Control System.   No matter what I do the system cannot find the locomotive.  I get the sound but locomotive will not move and functions like whistle, light, etc. do not work.

Issue 2.   I also have an older Digitrax DCS 50.   This will recognize the locomotive and will operate all functions associated with same.   However, the locomotive does not operate smoothly on a consistent basis.   It will stop intermediately the start again, also operating in reverse can be challenging.   Track seems to be very clean and I make sure I clean it before operating.  Wheels on the tender and loco have also been cleaned.

 

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Frank S.

 

 


RR addition

Steve Hatch
 

Last year I built an addition to my railroad 20x20 ft
That made the RR 20x46 ft.
 I lost my web site in a crash last spring and I finally found all the photos and re-wrote the
web page to display them.  So it's back up and running on
my newly constructed web site.  (what a lot of work)

and here's the web site.    (the link to the addition is at the bottom of the page under personal RR)

https://www.railwayeng.com/

and here's the web addition photos

https://www.railwayeng.com/hatch.html


Questions about Blackstone c-19

Frank Smelt Jr
 

Being new to the hobby I have couple of questions about some issues I am having.   My layout is on the smaller size (4x8) and I recently acquired a “lightly used” Blackstone C-19 number 342 on E-bay. 

Issue 1.   I have a new NCE 46 DCC Control System.   No matter what I do the system cannot find the locomotive.  I get the sound but locomotive will not move and functions like whistle, light, etc. do not work.

Issue 2.   I also have an older Digitrax DCS 50.   This will recognize the locomotive and will operate all functions associated with same.   However, the locomotive does not operate smoothly on a consistent basis.   It will stop intermediately the start again, also operating in reverse can be challenging.   Track seems to be very clean and I make sure I clean it before operating.  Wheels on the tender and loco have also been cleaned.

 

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Frank S.

 

 


Re: small speakers

Mark Kasprowicz
 

Yes, I know of them but haven't yet bought one, but I will!
BTW the Scale Sound System website lists the same Tang Band speakers that I mentioned in my earlier mail. So they must be held in some regard as well.

Mark K
Oxon England.


Re: Looking for a Roundhouse Hon3 Outside Frame 2-8-0 Kit #472

Mike Conder
 

I have a friend who may soon  be selling one from an estate.  Contact me offline. 

Mike Conder 

On Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 11:28 PM Eric Hayward <ehayward482@...> wrote:
Trying to track down one, all the ones I've seen on ebay lately are all the inside frame, not the outside frame. If you have one sitting on a shelf thats looking for a new home, Please let me know.

Thanks,
Eric H


Looking for a Roundhouse Hon3 Outside Frame 2-8-0 Kit #472

Eric Hayward
 

Trying to track down one, all the ones I've seen on ebay lately are all the inside frame, not the outside frame. If you have one sitting on a shelf thats looking for a new home, Please let me know.

Thanks,
Eric H


Re: small speakers

 

Did you look at Scale Sound Systems? Check out the What’s Neat This Week #143 on YouTube.

Bruce Dunlevy 


On Jan 26, 2021, at 12:46 PM, Mark Kasprowicz <mark@...> wrote:

Long and skinny. I'd be interested to know what they sound like. I just received some Tang Band speakers with built in passive cones all in their own enclosure. They're quite large but they will fit some K class tenders. ESU are also selling them.
There are also the iPhone speaker replacements which are certainly worth a look at (listened to). The point being that there's a lot of new stuff available, just needs to be checked out.

Mark K
Oxon England


Re: small speakers

Mark Kasprowicz
 

Long and skinny. I'd be interested to know what they sound like. I just received some Tang Band speakers with built in passive cones all in their own enclosure. They're quite large but they will fit some K class tenders. ESU are also selling them.
There are also the iPhone speaker replacements which are certainly worth a look at (listened to). The point being that there's a lot of new stuff available, just needs to be checked out.

Mark K
Oxon England


Re: small speakers

Mick Moignard
 

Respectfully, that is a HUGE speaker for the HOn3 world.  I use 15*11, 9*16 and 18*15 speakers in my HOn3 models with laser cut enclosures, and these enable you to get them in the smokeboxes of small locos, T-19, C-16, C-17 and so on....

Mick
______________________________________________________________________
Mick Moignard
Specialising in DCC Sound
p: +44 7774 652504
e:
mick@...
skype: mickmoignard
The week may start M,T but it always ends up WTF!


Re: small speakers

Mick Moignard
 

Respectfully, that is a HUGE speaker for the HOn3 world.  I use 15*11, 9*16 and 18*15 speakers in my HOn3 models with laser cut enclosures, and these enable you to get them in the smokeboxes of small locos, T-19, C-16, C-17 and so on....

Mick
______________________________________________________________________
Mick Moignard
Specialising in DCC Sound
p: +44 7774 652504
e:
mick@...
skype: mickmoignard
The week may start M,T but it always ends up WTF!


small speakers

Rick Rhode <rvrhode@...>
 

I was on the MPJA Electronics web site and saw a 1 watt, 8 ohm, 22mm long, 9mm wide, 5mm deep speaker for $1.95.  On board sound?


Re: Art Supply Store Visit

John Stutz
 

Jim & Dusty

I have used graphite on raw basswood to get a driftwood effect suitable for aged standing wood.  This is just a light application from the side of a graphite pencil, smeared none too uniformly with an artist's rolled paper stumpf.  Key is to keep the initial application light.  The result on such white wood is a light and slightly iridescent gray, characteristic of raw wood that has stood in moderately wet weather for a few decades. 

Jim Vail once suggested lightly weathering wood sheathed cars by a applying a sharp wedge pointed graphite pencil to the grooves between boards where the paint first breaks down.  I have fond this quite effective. 

In both cases i have used ordinary artist's or drafting pencils, of the sort specifically made of graphite.  I have not yet tried either graphite sticks, or water soluble graphite pencils, both of which are available in a variety of tints.

John Stutz

On January 24, 2021 2:38 PM Jim Marlett < jmarlett@...> wrote:


I agree.Galvanized metal I’ve seen loses that metallic sheen pretty quickly. Personally, I wouldn’t bother, but every eye is different. As for the water soluble graphic (did you mean graphite?) stick, give it a try. If you don’t like it, wash it off or paint over it. You may be on the cutting edge of a new technique. If you are talking about graphite, I would think it will just be black, but it would be interesting to know for sure. Powdered graphite does have a sheen to it, but it is way too dark IMHO.

Jim Marlett

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