A Return to the Turntable Drive

A while back I wrote about the gearbox for driving the turntable.  This is based on some readily available gears from Tamiya. Unfortunately, the Tamiya gears don’t seem to be made for the torque required to drive my mechanism.  This is surprising, because it doesn’t feel like a lot of torque, but when you go to drive the turntable, it stalls, and the gears spin … Continue reading A Return to the Turntable Drive

Finish layer on turntable steelwork

It was time to re-acquaint myself with my airbrush and other painting equipment. Frankly, I approach airbrushing with the same trepidation that most people feel for soldering, perhaps even public speaking. There is a lot on the line every time you get it out. First of all, there is a largely-complete model, on which I have spent a ton of time. Then there is this … Continue reading Finish layer on turntable steelwork

More Thoughts on Roundhouse Doors

   I’ve been pondering the roundhouse doors for a couple of days. Earlier this year, I came up with the idea to drive the doors with magnets beneath the layout.  However, the tangle of rods and levers beneath the baseboard was hard to visualize. So today, I thought I would sketch it out. It still looks too complex to work nicely.  Unless the rods are … Continue reading More Thoughts on Roundhouse Doors