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Just visited the Milan's observatory of Brera in Merate (small town north of Milan).

http://www.brera.inaf.it/

I couldn't really take photo, mostly because the glow of the cellphone would be disturbing. So just a few shots at the beginning and the end of the visit.

Nowadays they don't use the eyepiece anymore, just take digital photo. But for us visitors they mounted one, and it was really enthralling to look thru it.

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DAL 24 APRILE ESPOSIZIONE DEL PIU' GRANDE PLASTICO FERROVIARIO D'ITALIA
Dal 24 Aprile 2015 presso Volandia proprio di fornte all'aeroporto di Malpensa facilmente raggiungibile con i treni di TRENORD si potrà ammirare il più grande plastico ferroviario di Italia con oltre 200 mq di esposizione. Il plastico è completo di oltre 50...
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Dal 24 Aprile 2015 presso Volandia proprio di fornte all'aeroporto di Malpensa facilmente raggiungibile con i treni di TRENORD si potrà ammirare il più grande plastico ferroviario di Italia con oltre 200 mq di esposizione. I...
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Little progress today. Tried many ways to prepare cardboard strips for the pedestrian service crossing. I placed a paper sheet on the interested area of the tracks and swept gently a pencil on it. I then used this template as a guide to punch the plastic strips. With a dremel the holes were enlarged to let the central contact points come out... only to find a new surprise! The 1mm thick cardboard is to high and the central points doesn't come out = no current pick-up! Sandpaper was used to reduce its thickness with no use. The plastic tore apart too easily.

Luckily I came across a sheet of acetate plastic (the same used in models to pretend the window glass) and repeated the same template-punching process with it. I slightly sanded the sheet to make it opaque, then applied on the track, and with a surgeon knife made micro cuts to let the central points come out. Once the two strips were ready, I placed some ballast in the interested area only and glued the strips in place.

Also, I removed the peco point motor. Just two days ago I saw in action a viessmann 4558 (on Märklin C track) and I totally fell in love for that slow, realistic movement. Not that click clack sound of the electromagnetic motors! And so I ordered a tortoise motor to make some test, let's wait and see. 
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We are proud to announce the new automotive qualified TI DLP chipset for head-up #displays. Read up on the new DLP3000-Q1 chipset and use it in your next automotive design! http://ow.ly/LEBh0
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Work is proceeding. I dug holes to recess and conceal the track feeders. With plasticard (is this the correct name?) I shaped the ramps for the platform, and built a little container for the coal. I prepared small strips for the track crossing, however I am facing the problem of the central rail, with the contact points. How to place the strips and at the same time leaving the central track with point contacts? Suggestions?
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+Paolo Borsa : Use cardboard strips. Cut them to the inner width of the rails, then paint the tips of the center rail (any color will do) and while the paint is still wet, slightly press the strip onto the center rail. Remove it and you have the locations where to poke holes for the center rail. Once the holes are done, glue the strip onto the ties with contact glue. Don't use any water-based glue as the center rail will rust over time when you use that stuff (personal experience).
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Proceeding with my diorama project.

Applied platform border and electrical feeders.

Since my track is slightly curved, in order to provide enough clearance for the trains, I used a long carriage to make a clearance-marking-jig, taping a pencil on the middle of the long side. I then moved it back and forth to make the clearance, and carefully applied the platform border, bending it and screwing it in place.

The feeders instead, are a problem. The central rail feeder, I believe can be bent and buried in the ballast, perhaps inside a small pit. The ground feeder instead is a problem, and cannot be hidden so easily. I believe I will have to tear it apart and just use the copper part, soldering a wire directly to it... unless there are better solutions? I'm open to suggestions.

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I'm a komodo dragon :-)
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Little progress today. Tried many ways to prepare cardboard strips for the pedestrian service crossing. I placed a paper sheet on the interested area of the tracks and swept gently a pencil on it. I then used this template as a guide to punch the plastic strips. With a dremel the holes were enlarged to let the central contact points come out... only to find a new surprise! The 1mm thick cardboard is to high and the central points doesn't come out = no current pick-up! Sandpaper was used to reduce its thickness with no use. The plastic tore apart too easily.

Luckily I came across a sheet of acetate plastic (the same used in models to pretend the window glass) and repeated the same template-punching process with it. I slightly sanded the sheet to make it opaque, then applied on the track, and with a surgeon knife made micro cuts to let the central points come out. Once the two strips were ready, I placed some ballast in the interested area only and glued the strips in place.

Also, I removed the peco point motor. Just two days ago I saw in action a viessmann 4558 (on Märklin C track) and I totally fell in love for that slow, realistic movement. Not that click clack sound of the electromagnetic motors! And so I ordered a tortoise motor to make some test, let's wait and see. 
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Anlagen, Gelände, Gebäude, Figuren  - 
 
Work is proceeding. I dug holes to recess and conceal the track feeders. With plasticard (is this the correct name?) I shaped the ramps for the platform, and built a little container for the coal. I prepared small strips for the track crossing, however I am facing the problem of the central rail, with the contact points. How to place the strips and at the same time leaving the central track with point contacts? Suggestions?
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Proceeding with my diorama project.

Applied platform border and electrical feeders.

Since my track is slightly curved, in order to provide enough clearance for the trains, I used a long carriage to make a clearance-marking-jig, taping a pencil on the middle of the long side. I then moved it back and forth to make the clearance, and carefully applied the platform border, bending it and screwing it in place.

The feeders instead, are a problem. The central rail feeder, I believe can be bent and buried in the ballast, perhaps inside a small pit. The ground feeder instead is a problem, and cannot be hidden so easily. I believe I will have to tear it apart and just use the copper part, soldering a wire directly to it... unless there are better solutions? I'm open to suggestions.

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Working on a new diorama. I'm going to place a set from Auhagen, 15103 Neukloster station. Interesting set because it's very complete: station, platform, warehouse, engine shed, water pillar.

This is my first experience with Märklin K tracks. So far only C type.

I placed a thin sheet of cork under the trackbed and screwed the tracks in place. The switch is the 2265 manual switch. I electrified it with a peco lectrics PL-10W (I had to tame both the peco motor and the Märklin switch to make them mate).
Now I'm going to figure out how to conceal the hole after having laid the ballast.

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Ciao a tutti, mi chiamo Paolo, alias Samvise. Un soprannome un pò curioso, non vi pare? Tutto é iniziato anni fa, quando intrapresi per la prima volta la strada telematica... feci parte di un Net amatoriale inspirato al romanzo "Il Signore degli Anelli" di Tolkien, RingNet appunto, ed é proprio lì che assunsi questo alias.

Classe 76, ho sempre vissuto in Italia, se escludiamo alcune brevi parentesi lavorative e turistiche. Di formazione tecnica, ho iniziato a usare i computer già da 9 anni, scrivendo piccoli programmi in Basic su un tascabile Sanco TPC-8300, per poi passare a un Apple //c e quindi ad un PC.

Inizialmente programmavo solo in Basic, poi ho provato il Logo (a scuola, che ricordi!), il Pascal, l'assembler, il Visual Basic, per arrivare infine al puro e semplice C. Non visual nonsochediavolocosa, ma il puro e semplice C che, con la scoperta di Unix, ho proficuamente integrato con quelli che sono gli standard posix, iniziando così a parlare anche di fork e non solo di printf ;)

Conosco anche il php, il python e la gestione di database (in particolare mysql e postgresql ).

Ho studiato dapprima elettrotecnica, per poi cambiare "in corsa" e finire in elettronica.

Dal punto di vista lavorativo ho fatto un pò di  tutto, dall'operaio all'operatore di call-center, dal tecnico manutentore al  sistemista informatico, dal progettista elettronico per finire oggi nel mondo dell’aviazione.

I miei interessi  sono molteplici, e spesso focalizzati sull'aspetto tecnico delle cose, ma non solo.  Gli hobby di tutti i giorni sono fai-da-te, fotografia, modellismo (in particolare ferroviario, ADORO i treni), ma quando c'è  l'occasione mi piace anche viaggiare, camminare in montagna, andare al cinema, al  ristorante o andare a un concerto.  Ho provato vari sport, e l'unico che mi riesce decentemente é lo sci, anche se ultimamente non lo pratico più di tanto.

Mi piace molto anche la musica. Ascolto un pò di tutto, dalla lirica al metal, con pop e rock i generi più ascoltati. I Toto sono il mio gruppo preferito, ed un tempo suonavo con i GGM, il migliore gruppo di amici ch'io abbia mai avuto. Sono anche appassionato di computer graphic e mi diletto a fare piccoli fotomontaggi, anche se non disdegno il disegno tecnico con il CAD.

Sono stato negli scout Agesci per quasi 6 anni ed ho imparato ad apprezzare il "fai da te" e la vita libera. Apprezzo la forchetta e si, un bagaglio di troppo c’è, ma fortunatamente non é troppo esagerato.

Sono donatore di sangue presso l'AVIS Milano e per anni sono stato volontario presso la Croce Bianca Milano, associazione di volontariato e pubblica assistenza.

Hello everybody, I’m Paolo, alias Samvise. A funny nickname, don’t you think so? Everything has begun several years ago, when for the first time I used a bbs… I was member of an amateurial network inspired at the fantasy romance “The Lord of The Rings” from JRR Tolkien, RingNet, and it was there that I first took this nick.

Born in the ’76, I always lived in Italy, except few digressions for work and tourism. Of a technical background, I started using computers already at 9 years old, writing little Basic programs on a pocket Sanco TPC-8300, to switch later on to an Apple //c and ultimately to a PC.

Initially I coded only in Basic, then I tried Logo (at school, what memories!), then Pascal, Assembler, Visual Basic, to eventually land at the pure and simple C. Not visual IdontKnowWhat, but simple C which, with the discovery of Unix, I successfully integrated with some posix standards, thus starting to write fork and not just printf ;)

I know also php, python and database management (in detail MySQL and PostgreSQL).

I first studied electrotechnics, to change “on the way” and end up with an electronic degree.

From a working perspective I did a bit of everything, from factory worker to call center operator, from engineer technician to network administrator, from electronic R&D to end up today in the aviation world.

My interests are many, and often focalized on the technical aspect of things, but not only. My everyday hobbies are DIY, photography, scale models (expecially model railways, I LOVE trains), but if there’s the right occasion I also like travelling, hiking the mountains, watch a movie, and going at the restaurant or attend a concert. I tried many sports and the only one that I can manage decently is skiing, although lately I don’t do it too often.

I like music a lot. I listen everything, from opera to metal, with pop and rock among the most favourite genders. Toto are my favourite band, and time ago I used to play with GGM, the best friends' group that I ever had. I also enjoy computer graphic and now and then I like making little photomontages, although now and then I also like doing technical drawings with CAD.

I have been in the boy scouts for about 6 years and I learned to appreciate the DIY and the free life. I enjoy eating and yes, I have some extra baggage, but luckily it’s not too exaggerated.

I am a blood donor and for years I have been volunteer in the Ambulance EMS (Something similar to paramedic, although with less qualifications).

Hallo, ich bin Paolo. Obwohl ich ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen, meine Fähigkeiten in diesem wunderbaren Sprache wirklich niedrig ist.

Also bitte, wenn Sie können, schreib mir bitte in Englisch, danke.

你好我係Paolo(保羅). 我的老婆教我講小廣東話.

因為我的廣東話係唔好,寫我英文,唔該.

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