Re: [weathering] Re: used computer parts


Jan 30, 2007

 


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#5613 Jan 30, 2007

This seems a good time to bring up a current project of mine. I took what you are doing one step further and make the computer power supply into an actual 12v power supply for the lights and LEDs on my layout. It would be a bit big for HO, but it makes a great building for O. See site www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply for how to do convert one over. I'm haven't finished it yet, but it's turning out well.



But I'm also a big believer in tearing electronic devices apart and using the bit and pieces in my modeling. VCRs are also great resources. I've found that the RCA female jacks are the same diameter as the fans on HO engines and have made many of fans for my buildings using those two parts. If your hobby store has parts for scratch building engines, I would definitely look through their inventory. They have some great screen materials you can use for ventilation.



My husband replaced the power supply for our computer and before he threw

the old unit away, I asked him to cut the wires loose for my stash. Of course,

I was then curious about what was inside the metal box, so he opened it up

and naturally there were all kinds of bits and bobs that I wanted to save, as

well.



What really caught my attention, however, was the ventilator fan. It is

exactly what I've been needing to complete a twelfth scale Cheap Jim's Good Junk

Shop, where one side of the room box contains a few pieces of industrial

junk jumbled in a corner.



Although I have pictures of old fans, I am not sure how to approach making

this fan and all my other bits and pieces of stuff look like used industrial

materials. I want to convey the idea that the various items were piled there

over a period of time, but I want the fan to be what catches the eye; the

rest of the materials around it are merely fill-ins. Should I prime everything

one color, and then go from there in painting and weathering the individual

pieces?



I would appreciate any suggestions as to what steps I might take, or sites I

might visit, in order to achieve this.



Thanks in advance for your help.





This seems a good time to bring up a current project of mine. I took what you are doing one step further and make the computer power supply into an actual 12v power supply for the lights and LEDs on my layout. It would be a bit big for HO, but it makes a great building for O. See site www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply for how to do convert one over. I just used the 12v leads and ignored the 5v ones. I'm haven't finished with the modeling it yet, but it's turning out well so far.



But I'm also a big believer in tearing electronic devices apart and using the bit and pieces in my modeling. VCRs are also great resources. I've found that the RCA female jacks are the same diameter as the fans on HO engines and have made many of fans for my buildings using those two parts. If your hobby store has parts for scratch building engines, I would definitely look through their inventory. They have some great screen materials you can use for ventilation.



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#5614 Jan 30, 2007

Don't forget to tear apart old radios, tape recorders, clocks, watches etc. All good for those bits and pieces and dohickys. Gordon



Don Hoffmann doghof@...> wrote: This seems a good time to bring up a current project of mine. I took what you are doing one step further and make the computer power supply into an actual 12v power supply for the lights and LEDs on my layout. It would be a bit big for HO, but it makes a great building for O. See site www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply for how to do convert one over. I'm haven't finished it yet, but it's turning out well.



But I'm also a big believer in tearing electronic devices apart and using the bit and pieces in my modeling. VCRs are also great resources. I've found that the RCA female jacks are the same diameter as the fans on HO engines and have made many of fans for my buildings using those two parts. If your hobby store has parts for scratch building engines, I would definitely look through their inventory. They have some great screen materials you can use for ventilation.



My husband replaced the power supply for our computer and before he threw

the old unit away, I asked him to cut the wires loose for my stash. Of course,

I was then curious about what was inside the metal box, so he opened it up

and naturally there were all kinds of bits and bobs that I wanted to save, as

well.



What really caught my attention, however, was the ventilator fan. It is

exactly what I've been needing to complete a twelfth scale Cheap Jim's Good Junk

Shop, where one side of the room box contains a few pieces of industrial

junk jumbled in a corner.



Although I have pictures of old fans, I am not sure how to approach making

this fan and all my other bits and pieces of stuff look like used industrial

materials. I want to convey the idea that the various items were piled there

over a period of time, but I want the fan to be what catches the eye; the

rest of the materials around it are merely fill-ins. Should I prime everything

one color, and then go from there in painting and weathering the individual

pieces?



I would appreciate any suggestions as to what steps I might take, or sites I

might visit, in order to achieve this.



Thanks in advance for your help.



This seems a good time to bring up a current project of mine. I took what you are doing one step further and make the computer power supply into an actual 12v power supply for the lights and LEDs on my layout. It would be a bit big for HO, but it makes a great building for O. See site www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply for how to do convert one over. I just used the 12v leads and ignored the 5v ones. I'm haven't finished with the modeling it yet, but it's turning out well so far.



But I'm also a big believer in tearing electronic devices apart and using the bit and pieces in my modeling. VCRs are also great resources. I've found that the RCA female jacks are the same diameter as the fans on HO engines and have made many of fans for my buildings using those two parts. If your hobby store has parts for scratch building engines, I would definitely look through their inventory. They have some great screen materials you can use for ventilation.



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