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Smoke generators?

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:56 pm
by AstroGoat760
I have been toying with the idea of adding smoke generators to some of the structures on my TT Scale display layout. Has anyone done so in the past, and are there any points that I need to look out for?

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:44 am
by RodTT
I've used a Seuthe 117 on my last two layouts, stuck inside the top of a factory chimney. On my previous layout the chimney was plastic and on Naples Street it's paper. I've never had any problems with overheating.
The Seuthe own-brand smoke oil takes a few seconds to start smoking. I use a different fluid from a supplier here in the UK, which makes the chimney start to smoke almost instantaneously from switch-on.
On Naples Street spectators can start the chimney smoking by pressing a button on the front of the layout. It's connected to a timer and the smoke stops after a minute or so.
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Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:59 pm
by Tom Dempsey
I prefer the ceiling in the train room stay unlubricated.

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:54 pm
by RodTT
Ah well, mine only gets operated at shows or when someone comes to have a look at the layout. Or if I fancy a whiff of the smoke...

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:27 pm
by AstroGoat760
I do also run old American Flyer, Marx, and Lionel trains now and again, so the scent of Cedar smoke fluid is pretty common in my house, so a few smoke stacks from my TT modules will not change things.

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:19 am
by RodTT
AstroGoat760 wrote:I do also run old American Flyer, Marx, and Lionel trains now and again, so the scent of Cedar smoke fluid is pretty common in my house, so a few smoke stacks from my TT modules will not change things.
Have you given any thought to how you're going to control them? If you want more that just manual on/off operation, and you're going to install a few, it strikes me that an Arduino would be ideal. Not that I've ever used one.

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:33 pm
by CFRiad
Bernd wrote:I wonder if you could use one of those e-cigarettes would work?

https://vapingdaily.com/best-electronic-cigarettes/

Bernd
Depends what you want to achieve. [emoji6]

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:29 pm
by AstroGoat760
RodTT wrote:
AstroGoat760 wrote:I do also run old American Flyer, Marx, and Lionel trains now and again, so the scent of Cedar smoke fluid is pretty common in my house, so a few smoke stacks from my TT modules will not change things.
Have you given any thought to how you're going to control them? If you want more that just manual on/off operation, and you're going to install a few, it strikes me that an Arduino would be ideal. Not that I've ever used one.
What is an Arduino?

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:13 am
by AstroGoat760
Understood

Re: Smoke generators?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:38 am
by RodTT
AstroGoat760 wrote:
RodTT wrote:
AstroGoat760 wrote:I do also run old American Flyer, Marx, and Lionel trains now and again, so the scent of Cedar smoke fluid is pretty common in my house, so a few smoke stacks from my TT modules will not change things.
Have you given any thought to how you're going to control them? If you want more that just manual on/off operation, and you're going to install a few, it strikes me that an Arduino would be ideal. Not that I've ever used one.
What is an Arduino?
It basically lets you switch things on and off, or detect when things are switched on and off. So with smoking chimneys, or lights in buildings, you could switch them on and off at regular or random intervals, all at different times. You do have to have some programming knowledge but there are huge collections of pre-written applications.