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November 15, 2015 Finishing Touches to my Model Power E7s

It's been a long time coming but I'm finally applying the finishing touches to my Model Power E7 fleet.

As the side windows on a stock Model Power E7A shell are recessed I continued with recessed windows in the motor compartment.  I used .02" thick clear Styrene sheet to cover the window openings.

I went with a couple of small dabs of Goop to hold the windows in place.  If needed they can be removed.

I mounted two 2 pin micro connectors to the chassis for the headlights to connect.  One connector is powered direct from the rails for directional lighting the other is connected to a full wave bridge rectifier for non directional headlights, on all the time.

This is one of four identical Model Power E7As.  The air horns are a press-fit into the shell without glue, to prevent breaking them off during maintenance I remove the air horns.

I'm still working on perfecting my home-brew MARS light for all of my DC mode locomotives.   I'm using multiple 5mm white LEDs to obtain a oscillating look driven with an LM555 timer chip.  When I finish my MARS light I'll do a post with the circuit and a video showing it in operation. 

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