Enclosures for Miller Engineering sign circuit board

I have a number of Miller signs which I am finally getting to place on the layout.   I am hoping to find some sort of plastic enclosure that I can use to place the circuit board in.  I plan on keeping the circuit board on the roof of buildings and would like to hide/disguise it by putting it in a box of some sort..

I have made some enclosures but was hoping someone has found some stock product that could house the board.

Thanks,

Ed

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Danr posted:

How about an electronics project box like these. 

That's what I used.  I ordered it from Amazon

Mine is for a seasonal layout.  If I was doing it again for a permament layout, I think I would mount the sign to the box bottom instead of the lid (as pictured).  That way the screw holes would be underneath.

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Ed, can you just put the power supply in the building? Thats how I did all of mine.

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Also you can make an enclosure in just a few minutes using styrene sheet. Get some 1/32" thick sheet. Score, snap, glue the sides together.

I made this for a casting mold but the same could be done for a circuit card with more care. 

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Pete

 

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Pete,

While that can be done I am trying to eliminate cutting a slot in any of the buildings for billboard signs which is most of what I have.   Certainly I would need to cut a slot for those signs that hang off the wall of the structure.

It is not so much cutting a slot that matters.  I want to have a way to easily move signs around to change things up.  I have the signs connected via modular type plugs so using an enclosure all I need to do is unplug it and plug it into some other building.

And the other thought is that Miller Eng. keeps coming out with cool signs and I have no doubt I will not have enough buildings for future signs so this way I can just unplug an old sign and plug in whatever new one I buy after putting it into an enclosure and attaching a modular plug.

Thanks,

Ed

 

I mounted mine in the buildings like Norton did above. But, I think I like the idea of being able to move them around too, I hadn't really thought of doing that? Maybe my next signs will be mounted on project or styrene boxes with the 'plug in' connectors, I have plenty of those already. Good idea!

I have mounted my inside buildings with the billboard on the roof.  To make them more flexible and easy to move around, I remove the battery and substituted a buck converter with a rectifier.  This supplies 4.5 vdc for the sign but can connect to the accessory line anywhere on the layout.

Dan

Here's what I constructed to house the electronics for my latest (#12 and counting) Miller sign installation:

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The enclosures look really good.   Not sure what the material is that you used but I like the texture of it.   What I really like is how the enclosure kind of becomes a non-focal  point leaving the sign as the main attraction.   

What is the material you used for the box?  One other question is I noticed on the one enclosure you have 2 holes in the box.  Is the reason for that to get better ventilation across the board ?

Thanks for posting the pictures.  

And thanks to everyone else who posted their enclosures.  

Ed

Ed:

The enclosure I built is made from basswood pieces cut and glued then spray painted with flat black.

I drilled holes in the sides for ventilation.

This installation method worked for me on this particular installation as I could not otherwise mount the sign on the top of the building.

Good luck with your installation(s) as these signs are really great and enhance our train layouts.

Stan

 

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One of my Miller signs is mounted on the roof of a building flat and the electronics is hidden behind a lower building flat that has a 1" spacing behind it that allows me to hide the circuit board. On other miller signs, I was able to place the circuit board out of view. The circuit boards are small enough to hide almost anywhere.

 

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On the last photo with another building flat, I was able to hide the circuit board off to the side and out of view.

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Here is another example of how I installed a few Miller signs using some leftover block wall parts that I had. While the electronics are below the platform, the connectors for the signs are carved into the block wall section:

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