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  1. Got three houses to maintain, one needing major renovation, so focused on getting my 1:1 life in order for the time being. Battling with ripping out an out of control English ivy patch nearly 1/4 acre in size and on a steep slope. Massive entanglement of roots and vines.
  2. Hi David, One way to control the movement of the cars is to have the fishing line in a loop where the pull line is connected to first car and the rear of the last car with a driving capstan pulley between and a bit of tension on the line. Kind of like a bicycle chain. Smooth rotation of the pulley guarantees smooth car movement.
  3. Two different post/bracket styles in the photo. Left one is what was on Vine street, but right one is better looking to my eye and certainly easier to model. I prefer historical accuracy, but unless a 3D scan turns up the simpler version will have to do. These street lights were surprisingly large and ornate to a fault.
  4. Some streetlight model progress.
  5. Danbury doesn't disappoint. About once a month I spend some time opening hoods and doors.
  6. Finding stuff that was at that intersection but outside of the photo. Diorama will have to include a semaphore traffic signal with the Sunset BLVD and Vine St street signs on top. There was a fire hydrant and at least one park bench also. Surprising amount of historical information being preserved and studied. Wondered about the restrooms and come to find out L.A. had a city sanitary sewer system built around 1894. My Grandparents' rural farm homes didn't get indoor flush toilets until 1951. I remember my uncles digging the cesspools. Even the victorian style street lights were quite a big deal back then and a world renowned attraction. Diorama will include two of them. When the NBC building got built on the site (demolished in 1964 and replaced by a characterless bank building) Carpenter's moved across the street and got a more modern (uglier) structure. There's a Starbucks there now.
  7. Oil pressure, oil temp, manifold vacuum, crankcase vacuum, volts, fuel pressure, and A/F are some I have in addition. Not all analog though. I used to take tuning my Flathead Ford very seriously.
  8. I think it would be very cool if the neon signs could light up but I have no information on what colors they were. The colorized daytime photo shows white letters on a blue background for the roof mounted one for instance, but what color the neon tubes were is a mystery. At any rate actually modelling the protruding neon tubes themselves won't happen. Beyond what I'm willing to tackle. The train guys have Miller Engineering EL stuff that's great, but uses special AC power supplies of some sort. Lighting up the building is easily done as the tiered roof ones were simply backlighted while all the others were lit by lamps trained on them.
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pZLmBOkaNU Pat, I just found this. Only watched 30 seconds of it so far and had to immediately post the link.
  10. Flat32


    LED lighting is a real nice feature IMHO. Have you done more with LED's?? Include a license light next time. Looks like it should be in the Under Glass section. 👍
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