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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:47 pm

Looks like you will be seeing a lot less of me this fall/winter.  Do I hear a collective sigh of relief.... Smile

While looking around the loft for a missing airplane I found this box of model trains that Mark had stored here after his move from Colorado back to Virginia.  All gifts that I had sent him over the years, Christmas, Birthdays, etc..  All new, he never caught the model train bug.  

 Well over 20 years ago I sold most of my HO gauge model train stuff on ebay.  Dual power supplies, controllers, switches, engines, cars.  You name it, I had a lot of stuff.  So I'm starting again from near scratch.  Gathered a bunch of my model trains and equipment and went to work building a test layout. Start with the basic and advance from there.

Got to build a layout, probably simple 4' X 8' plywood table with 2' x '4 frame and legs.  

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Now to find a HO Locomotive forum and bother them for awhile.  

Enjoy your respite. Smile

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Post  Marleysky on Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:09 pm

WE’re Gonna Miss you for sure!

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:43 pm

Bob, if you can transition to DCC you won’t be disappointed.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:33 pm

Well, Bob, moving to trains for a season doesn't mean the we woun't still be looking forward to reading the results of your tinkerings.
Feel free to keep us updated on your layout construction, with pictures please.  After all, the rollingstock is Cox, right?
Planes, trains and automobiles.  You love one, you gotta love the others.
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Post  Admin on Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:39 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Looks like you will be seeing a lot less of me this fall/winter.

Don't be so sure of that Bob, Cox had trains too.

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:31 pm

Thanks for the sentiments guys, not a divorce I'll still be turning up like a bad penny.  No way I'm walking out on the best forum and set of participants on the internet.  

Truth is, I was burning out on model airplanes.  Not the hardware, it's me.  I tend to over do and need to get a grip.  

I still have to do a piece on the Link trainers and my involvement with them.

While in the Navy I spent the better part of two years sitting in that chair instructing and during down times "flying" that thing.  

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Post  MauricioB on Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:34 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Thanks for the sentiments guys, not a divorce I'll still be turning up like a bad penny.  No way I'm walking out on the best forum and set of participants on the internet.  

Truth is, I was burning out on model airplanes.  Not the hardware, it's me.  I tend to over do and need to get a grip.  

I still have to do a piece on the Link trainers and my involvement with them.

While in the Navy I spent the better part of two years sitting in that chair instructing and during down times "flying" that thing.  

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Hi Bob, You say that I worked there, can you tell me what that machine was? Is it a simulator?
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:24 am

Yes, a flight simulator.  The cockpit and flight characteristics were set up to simulate the P (later F)-80 Jet "Shooting Star."  

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Post  getback on Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:18 am

Well i guess we will see you on the other side , sure going to miss the rebuilds and talk about whats happen in the world . Small Cox Logo Babe Bee .049 Small Cox Logo RC Plane
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Post  MauricioB on Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:23 am

Thanks Bob for commenting on me! ... very interesting his work and what beautiful plans ...
In the marginal edges of the Shooting Star there are those tube-type devices, those are extra fuel tanks ?, or are they directly the only fuel tanks that the plane possesses?
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Post  MauricioB on Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:47 am

Sorry Bob to ask you, I just admire a lot of US planes, this is a really beautiful plane.
Was this plane for military training? Or did he act in case of a conflict?
The decoration it has is beautiful!
Thanks again!
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:06 pm

This says it better than I ever could Mauricio.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_P-80_Shooting_Star

But yes, those were external fuel tanks, fully expendable.  The pictured plane was used for public relations I would think.  The famous Navy "Blue Angles" flew them.  The Air Force too and was the primary user.  The P-80 was the Navy's first operational jet fighter and was designed by everybody's hero "Kelly" Johnson toward the end of WW2.  

There were trainer versions too.  

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While I was stationed at Pensacola Florida the Commanding Officer was killed in one while attempting a landing at the base.  They stored the damaged plane in a secure compound to which I had a key.  I remember driving out and taking a look.  Lot's of gruesome rumors throughout the base were not founded, the cockpit was clean and relatively intact.  

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:20 pm

I'm still checking up on you guys every now and then, making sure that your behaving.

Same story different stuff. Advertised as not running and needing work. Don't throw me in that briar patch.

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Not missing it's tail either. Still has the tender. Smile

Joined a model train forum. Giving the CEF some glory trying to direct some of those guys over here. Ya never know, turn over a rock and you might find a closet C/L guy.

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Post  getback on Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:56 pm

OK OK If you don't want everybody to know where your at PM me at least Very Happy That looks Nice !! Cold
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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:20 pm

If your in search of the closet C/L guy, just mention free and stand aside as they will be running so fast you might get run over.
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:14 pm

Ok, ok. i stole this from over on FliteTest. just for Bob.

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Post  MauricioB on Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:20 pm

thanks Bob for the information, in addition to that story he just told us about the commanding officer ... very interesting.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:17 am

Ken it would be easy to get run over, at any given moment there are about 1000 people on that model railroad forum. Gotta be some C/L guys there if the law of averages holds up.

Smiles Rene, ya I can't shake my roots. Smile

And Mauricio, something must have gotten lost in translation. I am, despite rumors to the contrary, alive and well. The Commanding Officer of the base at Pensacola Florida did however did lose his life in an accident involving a trainer version of the P-80 (T-33).

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Post  RknRusty on Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:18 pm

That's a nice little train set, Bob.
You aren't actually running it on top of the carpet, are you? I had really bad luck doing that with my trains, back in the day. I bet pretty soon you'll have a dedicated room with tracks and villages and cows and mountains...
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:46 am

RknRusty wrote:That's a nice little train set, Bob.
You aren't actually running it on top of the carpet, are you? I had really bad luck doing that with my trains, back in the day. I bet pretty soon you'll have a dedicated room with tracks and villages and cows and mountains...
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You are a prophet Rusty.

I spent yesterday clearing out a spare bedroom in the basement and modifying an old twin bed frame into a base for my model railroad.  Going to bolt the two halves together today build a sub-frame for it and plant it on the thing.  

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Got two old friends running again yesterday too.  You can't see it well but the Dockside Switcher has L.M. COX RR on the side. Used it in a picture of it hauling a RR-1 out from a picture of the Quonset hut factory.  

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An old layout from my Florida days with the worlds longest piano hinge. Keeping it simple, this one will not be much different. Although this is an early picture, over time I fleshed it out considerably. Sold it intact when we moved.

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Post  getback on Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:25 am

Thats Nice Bob !! Your going to have plenty to do during the winter this year fUN that is This Site Rocks!
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:35 am

getback wrote:Thats Nice Bob !! Your going to have plenty to do during the winter this year fUN that is This Site Rocks!

Thanks Eric,  

22 degrees here the other day and freezing temps predicted next week.

Expanded the layout a bit to an "L" shaped 8X12'.  Laid some 18 radius track and sketched out to 22 r but I'm having to much fun testing damaged trains to work on the track.  Yup, I'm still buying fix-er-uppers.  They still go around in circles just use track instead of steel/dacron lines. Smile  Eventually all that green will be covered with track, buildings, tunnels, and bridges.  

Love the little 4-4-0's and articulated Mallets.  

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BTW - I have yet to find a train forum that comes anywhere near the CEF for camaraderie or ease of use.  Just so ya know...……… Smile

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Post  getback on Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:04 am

Well you have a Forum dedicated to Trains and such here now LOL what more could you ask for to bee amongst friends I Love This Forum! Looking Good i see your still doing fixer ups Cool Thumbs Up
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