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badlandnp Mar 17, 2013

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    The new BLI light Pacific came in yesterday. It was with a bit of trepidation and concern that I pulled it out of the box and checked it out, after my PRR T1 experience. It is a beauty in NP paint !
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    So I tried a new type of video for me,


    And next will be a programming video, setting the CV's and watching it work.
     
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    gcav17 TrainBoard Member

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    Wow! I was half expecting total failure again.

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  3. freddy_fo

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    The BLI light pacific is the one P3 equipped loco of theirs that I have been very pleased to own and operate. Glad it worked out for you as well.
     
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  4. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    This one is a Paragon 4. Hoping it has a long life!!
     
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    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    After playing with it a bit, and reading a bit here n there, I did a first lap pulling a 9 car NP varnish. It did amazingly well! I had to turn the volume WAY down as I like mine to be there but not over powering. I turned it down some more after the video because it was drowning out all my others, which says a lot for their speaker. The speaker is a great sounding unit, though, with a lot of bass for it's size. The CV ended up at 25 for the volume! I also reduced the top speed and mid speed CV's so it has a bit better crawl, may tweak that some more after perusing the Tech Manual, which is 242 pages thick!

    I do need to figure out how to adjust the chuff rate as it is counting off 5 chuffs per revolution right now.

    Anyway, here's a jittery complete run around the layout with the NP varnish;

     
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  6. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks great behind that nice Pacific.
     
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  7. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    My thoughts exactly! Way better than the Northern! And it pulls them well, even up a 2% curved incline!
     
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    But today being Memorial Day, when I remember a long list of family that have stood in harm's way for Freedom, a tradition two of my brothers and I continued, I remain thankful I have peace to 'play' with my trains. So, I did!

    First off I built a couple of switches, and then stained up some structure wood and fussed with the CV's on 844 to try to make the "hitch in 'er giddyup" git gone. It is some better. So ran it with a string of modern NP varnish, including 2 new ones from W of T at the end of the string!

     
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    A bit of progress, stained up some parts for the oil loading platforms and did some other stuff, then ran a couple of trains,
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    And of course a video, as proof that it happened, to quote a moose....
     
  10. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Made some progress today and had a relaxing day off, mostly. The oil processing facility is coming along, the loading racks and more of the processing plant are coming together, after much perusal,
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    Trains had to run while work progressed, though,


     
  11. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Spent some time over the last few weeks getting some nice scenery shots and getting them printed out here locally. They came out ok, but I will need to be working on the proportions in the next printing. They really do add to the scene though!!
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  12. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    They look awesome, especially the last one. I can imagine the train going around the bend into the distant horizon (and vice versa).
     
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    That adds a lot of depth! (y)
     
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  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Those backdrops sure feel like the east side of MT.
     
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  15. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks guys. These were taken just east of town right off the Interstate. Easy to get. They sure do make the scene deeper, tho' they are a bit 'blue' and over proportioned just now. Standby for another round of better proportioned pics.....
     
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  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just tell everyone these are summertime scenes, with a bit of forest fire smoke haze...

    How much damage did these do to your wallet?
     
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    That might be a good idea! The local office store printed these 4 out for 58 bux. Each is 3 feet long by 16 inches of print. Not bad.
     
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    Besides tacking those up, there hasn't been a lot of time to run trains. I did get them ran out of the yard, for repairs and upgrades to be done there, but finally, this morning I made time to go and just run a couple of the old reliables.
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