Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bible Study Methods 101: A subtext without a context is a pretext….

The next time someone says….”This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”…remember the day it was talking about.

When you read of the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion, the two previous verses tell you that the day filled with His arrest, trial, beatings, crucifixion and death…remember that THIS was the day that the Lord has made, and that it is in the events of THAT day that we are to rejoice and be glad in. Without THAT day, we would have NOTHING to look forward to but God’s righteous judgment upon us, with no mediator or advocate to rescue us.

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. —(Psalm 118:22-24)

New life for a TYCO Bicentennial C630…

Having received a C630 shell in a lot of train stuff, I sought to get it running again. In the same box lot was the frame to an old Athearn Trainmaster. With some careful cutting and filing, I stretched it to fit the shell, thus giving me a fine running (if not somewhat noisy–the shell appears to act as an ersatz amplifier) C630 for my Bicentennial trains.

Checking the length necessary…

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I built up a block of styrene from sheet stock to be used as a filler…

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…then epoxied it on with JB Weld, using zip ties as temporary clamps…

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There are stress factors that must be addressed. A better way would be to do it with a metal rod as a reinforcement between the two halves. I understood these factors and went ahead anyway, as I wanted to see if this could be done without a lot of precise drilling and fitting. With a couple of minor splitting problems in the beginning, the block is now very solid and works just fine as is…

Some sanding, fitting and shaping came next…

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Electrical continuity was achieved by soldering a jumper wire between two brass screws set into the frame halves. Motor and shell clearance issues were resolved with a bit more carving…

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Before…

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After…

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The bottom motor clip was attached at this time, before the motor was mounted…

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The front drive shaft was extended a half inch to cover the new length…

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Then the whole assembly was bench tested for a half hour in each direction…

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I hard wire all my Athearn locos by removing the top clip and replacing it with 18 gauge wire…

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The finishing touches…painting the frame, replacing the missing hand rails, etc…made for a nice looking locomotive once finished. Painting the sideframes silver kept it within the spirit of old TYCOs with their silver plastic frames.

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