[WIP] Lionel J-38


#1

A few parts left to model and some details to add such as screw threads on the lateral adjusters.


WWII vintage code key.

Looking for a good image of the Lionel L logo from the period.


#2

.-… — — -.-. … -. --. --. — — -…

-. — .-- .-. . -. -… . .-. … -


#3

Your code didn’t code correctly. :wink:


#4

looking good
now render it
:stuck_out_tongue:


#5

Thanks. I’ll probably render it after I have the rest of it drawn.


#6

All of the parts modeled. Need to add screw threads, labels, and the manufacturer’s logo. Haven’t found the right font for the labels, yet nor a suitable image of the logo to trace.


#7


#8

Very good, Ian. :smiley:
I’ll make an exploded view after I have the little niggling details done.


#9

I used this translator to make the code audio. I quickly realised you can’t upload audio to the forum so had to chuck a video together. Bit of a pain, bit of fun too.

Did you make the model just by eyeballing an image, or did you have some accurate measurements to work to?


#10

In this case I have a key, actually two keys of the same type. Both Lionel but the rarer version has the Lionel L molded into the bottom of the base plate and came with its U. S. Army Signal Corps box from 1943.


#11

You might have a few collectors hunting you if they find out. :wink:

The reason I asked were that it looks like quite a complex assembly to just eyeball. I bet it’s been interesting piecing it together in SketchUp.


#12

I wouldn’t mind the collectors hunting me. :slight_smile:

As is is usual, I draw most of the components in place (unless they are copied to other parts of the model. And I used the “Dave Method” a lot.

I never had a head for learning Morse code before but I might build a tone generator and try again with these keys.


#13

bugger… I thought it was a model steam engine :frowning:


#14

That’s what I thought at first.


#15

Sorry. Lionel was into more than model trains.


#16

Was it actually the same company?


#17

Yes. Same company


#18

Baby steps. Found a suitable font for the labels. Had to modify the E and 3 but otherwise pretty close.


#19

That font looks very close compared to the ones I were looking at online last week. I like the fact you’re sticking to your guns on the accuracy.


#20

Thanks Ian.

Next step is to figure out the thread size and pitch on the various screws. How’s that for AR? :smiley: