Hope your doing well. I have found what others may find really useful in an old VCR I tore apart.
That silent worm gear with motor in there. This is a silent gear and runs very slowly. This motor is the perfect worm gear to set up a engine turn table. It has to be silent as it is in a VCR. Here is a photo of it. That gear the worm turns,can have a short post attached to it and up threw the table to a turn table. Also its a very strong motor to use say a track cleaner or other projects. The other pieces found in the VCR as well can use them as car loads. sort of remind me of that atom smasher they have in the ground.VCR is a thing of the pass but holds some good recyclable stuff in there. Gives others ideas right. so what ya think Al.”
“My name is Mardon Callanta from Manila, Philippines.
35yrs ago, I experienced my first train set – a Tyco HO Amtrak set bought in San Francisco while we were there vacationing. Since we dont have hobby train stuff here in the Philippines – it took me 4yrs of summer vacationing in the USA to gather various tracks and building kits.
My mom lent me her table tennis ping-pong table to set up my HO set and everything was really crude – just a bag of lichen and wire for trees, crudely painted grey on the table to represent roads, a white styrofoam mountain that looked more like a building structure than a mountain, a few unpainted building kits and the tracks themselves. Thats about the totality of my train experience back then. This lasted for a couple of years, then everything was boxed for good. I think that box was thrown out by one of our maids back then.
35yrs later, I started to go back and try model railroading again. I went for N scale, so layouts could be smaller than HO – and also because I dont have ample space for a 4’x8′ layout anymore. I started looking into Japanese N scale last March 2013 and got hooked by subscribing into JNSforum – a forum for people modeling Japanese scenery, buildings, etc. Kato became my brand of choice for my tracks and trains which really have an abundance in choosing my concept.
I would like to share with you my first decent layout after getting back into model railroads again. Its been 35yrs since I’ve owned anything related to model railroading, so please excuse my meager attempt. I enjoyed your website and have been inspired about doing a small railroad layout and hopefully share to your subscribers as well.
This 30″ x 48″ layout is called Byodo-In 360! The Byodo-In temple became my focal point because of how it was situated like an island around a pond. My design concept was to replicate the walking path of the actual temple in Uji, Japan – but using train tracks. It is still under construction and it seems there are still many details to add.
Here are some pics and a youtube video (please pardon the poor quality of the video)
Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Should I add the parts for Kim’s track cleaner?
Please do keep them coming.