Mike has been kind enough to get in touch again after sending in his pics. Have a look how he crafts his fantastic mountains (his original post is here).
“Sorry the delay…super busy theses days….The layout was a birthday present from the boy’s grandmother….I met her daughter and grandson at the SEATTLE SCIENCE CENTER MODEL TRAIN SHOW last Jan….That is where I do my advertising….Mom talked to grandma and the rest is history….Aprox. 7′ X 10’…My #2 son Dominic(26) helps with the heavy work…A few construction pics….I am grateful for your passing info. along to others….
“Hi Al. here is an idea for police strobes, emergency strobe, warning, or even a end of train device.
I tied into the mini power strobe that was there. It would destroy the board if I tried to remove it so I tied into it. I added a foot long wire with no power lose. I am using the rechargeable battery that comes with it and can recharge it. Will last a very long time strobing. or can use a rechargeable phone battery say 2.7 volts doesn’t take much power so don’t over power it with high voltage.
The PC board came out of a mini helicopter. So if you find them in garage sales cheap buy them. If you don’t have strobe lites on your train and want them and don’t want to hook to a decoder or isn’t any decoder think about using these boards. Small anough to fit into a Hoscale car or truck. So when I garage sale picking will look out for these toys. I am sure I can tie into the board to operate mini 2 servo’s say for a crane or something. another junk idea.
A big thanks to Mike and Kim (blink and you’ll miss Kim’s video!)