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Still working on numbering, got the smoke box plate numbered along with the sand dome, added some Jax pewter black to the bell rope and have made a plate for the center of the cab where I can run my wiring, sort of like a tunnel and is removable using magnetic tape so removal is easy. Have gotten the R/C board along with battery and charging board fitted in the tender section and might have room to place a sound board in there also, pretty small space. If I can do it I will place the speaker in the roof of the cab as I have used this location before with good results, more to come, Bill
 

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Well with the MIK challenge finished I think it's time to turn my attention back to unfinished projects, still on the burners is "old Joe" and my Mason Bogie. Before the MIK I was able to temporally install the R/C system which I'm using a gscale graphics unit, took it to a friends house who has a standup railroad and ran it, wow was I pleased it ran perfectly and the articulation worked better than I hoped, even negotiated 1100 S curves and switches, only down side was 1 turn I showed a little wheel slippage but think it was because of un even track and tight curve but I've added additional weight any ways, also looking for another traction tire wheel for the other side. Have managed to cram all the electronics into the tender area and left now is just cleaning up the wiring, after Old Joe is finished, Just headlight wiring to do, I think I will paint up a combine car for the Mason and that will give me a 3 car train and with the engine being 2' long that's going to be enough, More to come, Bill
 

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Bill, sounds like your test run was very good, glad you are happy with it. And nothing like coming close to finishing a project. Keep up the good work and keep us posted. LiG
 

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Had a good friend around the corner from me that just finished a dead rail garden trackage and wanted to test it and being as he has no battery powered locos yet and I no longer have a layout was invited to run my Mason Bogie train there on 7-10-2020 and every thing worked great in 1 direction. had problems in 1 location running the other way as the 3 axle mason bogie truck seem to derail with the lead wheel wanting to clime the rail in a tight turn. Located the problem as the wheels were too tight in the bogie and there wasn't enough slop and being as the bogie is over 5" long it caused a problem, cure was swapping the wheels out for a different brand that allowed the the wheels to move back and forth in the frame and seems to work fine now
 

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Good to see your Bogie in operation. It looks great and runs well. It was fun to scroll through your build again, I'm glad your photos are still there. Glad your friend let you run on his nice layout.
 

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actually I could have charged him as he had nothing to run, LOL, thanks to Jimmy we both had a great day, fun time especially as it was my birthday, what a present
 
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