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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 PM
    Standard baking soda sifted loose with a strainer onto a diorama board. I cleaned and re-oiled the loco real well after to prevent corrosion on the wheels and gears.
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  • Cajonpassfan's Avatar
    Today, 06:15 PM
    Cajonpassfan replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    David, thanks for posting the link. I'm pretty sure that's the Key version, not the Hallmark. There's an ongoing debate about which of the two is more accurate and I won't go into that here. Just thought I'd flag it if someone was shopping for a Hallmark... Regards, Otto
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 PM
    Given that you're saying you have time.... The idea about base coating then painting with craft paints is valid. The spray cans, even from the hardware store, can do just fine. For decorating the cars, try looking in dollar stores, big boxes or craft stores (like Michaels) for stencils for Christmas decorations. It shouldn't be imposible to find ones that would be appropriate sizes for O scale stock, and the bits you want to use could be...
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  • tjdreams's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 PM
    Agreed metal /Brass side frames on the trucks would be ideal, that and a hollowed out metallic bolster pin could be used to get power from one side and a wires through the middle of the pin for power from the other side could be used to lesson the drag on the trucks rotation.
    8 replies | 282 view(s)
  • SecretWeapon's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 PM
    My new 8 track yard is under this. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!
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  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 05:40 PM
    I keep mine in a Rubbermaid container and have had them for years not quite as long as you but they have been still good when I wanted to use them. Had to add some paint thinner to a few and let it sit for a bit but still was able to use them
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  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 PM
    Bring out the oldies but goodies Jim. Isn't that from 2006ish?
    11 replies | 183 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Google Earth Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #147 in Contest
    Yadkin Valley Railroad- Rural Hall, North Carolina.
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Today, 05:29 PM
    Thanks for the detailed reply. Makes sense. I have been aware, but never used any of their decoders before, so continue to learn new things every day :cool:
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  • ztrack's Avatar
    Today, 05:28 PM
    The Rokuhan JNR class DE10 diesel locomotives are now in stock at Ztrack! We have all four versions available. The MSRP is $124.95. The Ztrack direct price is $99.50!! We also have in stock the T014 series of class 50 passenger cars, and the type 115 rail car sets. All of these are at great pricing! See the complete selection one our Z Scale Track site which specializes in Rokuhan: http://www.zscaletrack.com Rob Kluz
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 PM
    LOU D replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    You forgot:"I'm a happy miser..'
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  • woodone's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 PM
    Hay Carl, I sent you a PM on this . Woodone
    20 replies | 473 view(s)
  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 05:15 PM
    I just kitbashed a NYC 19000 series wood caboose.I can't seem to find the black NYC oval decal that would have been on them.Is it made by anyone? Microscale is a no-go..Also,did any of these make it into PC? Were any painted green? Actually,if I really have to,I have red ovals..
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  • HOexplorer's Avatar
    Today, 05:14 PM
    Steve and John, Thanks for the compliment. Much appreciated. Here's another. Jim:)
    11 replies | 183 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 05:14 PM
    Twenty or thirty minutes od sawing and sanding to fit and a solid base for support is now in place on the bottom of the dry dock section. Each end has an approximately 1/8th inch overlap that I will laminate some styrene to create the nice rounded ends of the well deck. Had another thought while doing this. The cedar wood panel strip is almost the same width as the car float barge and could be the material to build another. Carefully route...
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  • kimvellore's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 PM
    Adding wipers does have some disadvantages, first the axle wipers if pushing down tends to lift the lighter cars making them easy to derail so its better to have them pushing up towards the car, they also add drag so you have to balance how light you can make the contact and also have a good pickup, the side wipers definitely adds significant drag, I wish someone made a pickup from the end of the axle that would be the best place to have good...
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  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    Russel, what did you use for snow and how did you apply it? Jim, another great scene. The bridge, train, creek,....pulled me into the photo so well I didn't even notice the backdrop.
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  • JimInMichigan's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    Notice the word I used..." Basically ". I knew what the answer the OP was looking for, as I had the same question not long ago. The OP wanted to know: Am I wrong telling him the #6 is the closest to a 22" radi, more so than either the #4 or #8? Because the way I read it, that's the answer he was looking for.
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  • Arctic Train's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 PM
    My shipment of decoders came in the mail yesterday. This should bring the last of my loco roster into the 21st century. Fun project for a rainy day. Brian
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:42 PM
    Long time, no update! :( Are you OK, Kevin?
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  • jdcolombo's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    What David and Carl said. The best feature of the LokSound from my perspective is that it uses BEMF to match the chuffs to the driver rotation. You adjust two CV's, one for low speed and one for medium speed to match the chuffs, and that's it. The decoder does the rest. If the engine slows down on a grade, the chuffs slow down with it. While I can get a really good chuff-to-driver-rotation match with dual decoders, it is much more of a...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread DRGW Survivors in Fallen Flags
    Wow. No bullet holes. And not stolen.....
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 PM
    Great looking buildings Mike, New space in the layout looking better and better. Well done.
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  • umtrr-author's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 PM
    If you are in contact with other DCC users in your area (not sure what the scene is in your part of NY), you might consider asking what they have. I've found that having the same system as the folks in my "neighborhood" have is very useful. I have an NCE Power Cab. It certainly doesn't hurt that their HQ is 15 minutes away.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    That's an excellent thought, George. Daffy Duck would be a good mascot for those sellers.
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  • umtrr-author's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    Very cool! I was hoping that would work for you. I know from having spares... there are not many W's and Y's in the typical alphabet set, which I need for the W&NY. Fortunately I don't think Micro-Scale will ever run out of NYO&W decals!
    4 replies | 129 view(s)
  • Retired Alex's Avatar
    Today, 04:17 PM
    Retired Alex replied to a thread Swap/Trade HO Scale items for sale in TrainBoard Swap Meet
    Thanks for the response but with the Canadian $ down the toilet like it is right now the banker won't let me buy anything.
    3 replies | 99 view(s)
  • umtrr-author's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 PM
    umtrr-author replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    "I'm rich! I'm wealthy! I'm financially secure!" --Daffy Duck (I thought it best to not link to one of any number of Looney Tunes clips of questionable legality which are out there on the Interwebs, so as to not get TB in trouble.)
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    I store mine cap down. Have bottles as old as yours, still good.
    3 replies | 54 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 PM
    Carl Sowell replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Mike, Mike, I can't believe what I just read. Steam ? ? ? Having said that, I know that with your talents you can do an excellent job on one. We don't have to be rivet counters to complete a project. It is the satisfaction of knowing that we just completed a project that is worthwhile. Carl
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 PM
    Counting down the days til Christmas and hoping to see those two tugboat kits among the goodies. So between wrapping presents and baking cookies I am starting the next project after some careful thought about how to go. Pictured below is the cut out section of the Sylvan car float, a section of Cedar wood closet paneling, and my ever present box of scrap styrene pieces. Decided not to narrow it down any and if anything the ends may gain a foot...
    44 replies | 1352 view(s)
  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 03:59 PM
    DCESharkman replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Every once and a while, a Hallmark 4-8-4 Northern in Santa Fe comes out on Ebay........ They are really good runners and really nicely detailed, but I am no rivet counter either. Just a thought http://www.ebay.com/itm/N-Scale-Santa-Fe-Brass-4-8-4-Northern-Steam-Locomotive-ATSF-Number-2929-/371214950484?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item566e22a054
    7 replies | 141 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 PM
    David, I'll second that. The ESU Loksound decoder is by far better than the Tsunami, for motor control. However the Tsunami has some sound features that the Loksound does not have or did not have, however I would take the Loksound any day. If this "new" sound file is good, for sure it will go into my FEF. Carl
    20 replies | 473 view(s)
  • Carsten Weye's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Carsten Weye replied to a thread Google Earth Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #147 in Contest
    It's there all right, No Chance of any hint right now :-) Sendt fra min GT-I8150 med Tapatalk2
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 PM
    Searched it on your site...found it Mike...thnxs
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 03:45 PM
    George , I am using Kato Ballast and tint the track and ballast after placement. Thanks , Mike
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 03:35 PM
    That looks really good Mike. Lots of action going on on a small strip of land. BTW...I know you've mentioned it numerous times...but what ballast do you use ? I believe you use ARM to ballast Unitrack. I just cant find the product code in your posts. And on that note...do you carry it in stock at Fifers ? TIA.
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 PM
    fifer replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Thanks Bruce , That build would interest me. I am all for the look and maybe not so much the rivet counting. Thanks , Mike, and Merry Christmas.
    7 replies | 141 view(s)
  • k1hog's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    BoxcabE50, I live in a very rural area, no hobby shops or clubs, closest would be Dallas or New Orleans. Thanks Johnnie
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  • Trains's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 PM
    I have a lot of N scale from my son that passed away. Was going to sell it but the wife said NO! Need some ideas on a layout. It would be 15 foot long, 3 foot wide on one end and 32 inches wide on the other two foot wide in the middle. Thanks Don
    1 replies
  • ratled's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    ratled replied to a thread Rail Cleaning in The Inspection Pit
    E Bay has some small enough for most home layouts. They almost look like sample packs and are about $3- $5 here is one random listing - I do not know this vendor or have ever dealt with them- it is listed to for illustration only Search No Ox ID ratled http://www.ebay.com/itm/NO-OX-ID-Conductive-Lube-Eliminates-Corrosion-Rust-CB-Antennas-Mods-Vape-/321412995707?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad5b51a7b
    1 replies | 69 view(s)
  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    I'm wanting, very much, an ATSF steamer; specifically a Northern also, but, in my case, a 2900 class....the last 4-8-4 type to run in revenue service on the Santa Fe... I do love Jason's castings, but the ATSF 4-8-4 still doesn't have quite the 'beefy' look of the big 2900s...the Bachmann shell, actually, captures the look of the class, but suffers from an overall lack of 'refinement' (too many to mention here) I'm not very knowledgable in the...
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  • SP-Wolf's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 PM
    I purchased a couple as well. Womderful models. Here is More Models GS-2. a Key GS-5 and a More Models GS-6 Highly recomended, Wolf
    8 replies | 286 view(s)
  • Fishplate's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    Keeping the cap and jar top clean is the key, IMO. Upside-down storage can't hurt.
    3 replies | 54 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 PM
    fifer replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Make the northern from the FEF. Thanks , Mike
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  • Fishplate's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 PM
    Jim, that's a great photo. There's something about bridges and tunnels.... Nice backdrop, too.
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 PM
    Here is the latest on my small strip of scenery on the front edge. I got the Fifer Hobby building in as well as the nursery and scenery around the Auto parts distributor.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    I am confused. Do you want to make a UP FEF from a Bachmann ATSF Northern or vice versa using the Kato FEF?
    7 replies | 141 view(s)
  • SPsteam's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 PM
    You're correct in where I'm looking. I may have to pull the trigger on this one after the holidays if it is still there.
    8 replies | 286 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    You don't want live frogs IF you are using all Atlas (hopefully code 83. c100; don't go there !) and none of your engines stall over them. You see, the stall is caused by the particular loco's length. Usually i'ts the little 4 wheel type diesel switchers, and or small steam 'yard goats' or trailing wheels, IE an 0-6-0 . The short wheel base will land one too many pickup wheels on too many insulators (4 plastic gaps at frog ends and other dead...
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    I was having fun in photo shop. I applied the "people filter" to this shot from 2010 to get rid of some tourists standing track side. ;)
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 PM
    Yes, a group of us chartered this car and the sleeper that goes with it to ride from Kansas City to Los Angeles last July.
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  • emaley's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    While searching my shed for Christmas stuff, I came across a box of old model paint that I had stored away about 22 years ago. I was sure it was all useless, but thought I might salvage a few bottles to use for custon mixes. I was shocked to find that at least 2/3 of the paint was still in good condition. I must have salvaged 60 to 75 bottles of paint. Part of the key, I THINK, was that I always stored them upside down. The liquid helps seal the...
    3 replies | 54 view(s)
  • n&wsteamfan's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 PM
    n&wsteamfan replied to a thread SD70ace in Z Scale
    I've got the designs sent in to the photoetch company. I think they are taking some time off because I haven't heard back from them yet. I've tries to get as accurate and detailed as I can with this model. This model will have an all brass custom cab and nose. Hopefully it'll look good.
    21 replies | 2074 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 PM
    fifer started a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Am I the only one so far that has thought of maybe making a ATSF Northern from the Bachmann to the FEF? Before anyone says it. I am not a steam guy OK. Just a thought on a project for me as I would really want the Northern. Thanks , Mike
    7 replies | 141 view(s)
  • arx's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 PM
    arx replied to a thread DRGW Survivors in Fallen Flags
    Thanks for looking. I didn't think of SP update; it could have happened. Here is another DRGW genuine wayside accessories; DRGW Roadway Sign at Soldier Summit, UT. It was standing at the end of wye. photo taken on Sep. 10, 2014 Hiroshi BOXCAR RED COLLECTION
    386 replies | 25439 view(s)
  • co_riff's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Santa Claus own caboose. Curtis
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    Thanks gentlemen for the kind comments on my humble works. At times my mind is like a finely sprung steel trap. You know like the type that Wile E. sets for that danged Road Runner with the pile of bird seed in the middle. Works about the same too. As far as the car float it started life as a 16.5 inch Sylvan kit. I cut it down to 11 inches. That works out to be approximately 146 N scale feet and holds a total of six 41 foot cars, 3 per...
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 11:18 AM
    If those buggers get any bigger they'll have to hang some warp engines off them to get the thing moving...:teeth: It looks like someone built a garden shed on the back end of the unit.
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • viperjim1's Avatar
    Today, 10:17 AM
    viperjim1 replied to a thread How Do I clean this? in HO Scale
    I use an airbrush with 90 % isopropyl alcohol at about 20 psi on my locos and then blow dry them and then use atlas oil or equivalent and this works great for me just lube the axles armatures and use La Belle grease um on the gears sparingly as not to attract foreign particulates , and the shavings if strands may be from someone using steel wool to clean there tracks as some did before bright boys if shavings I would look at the gearboxes if...
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  • ravdoc22's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Thanks Rich I spoke to Steve at ulrichmodels and he said that it may be a similar install to this one with some wiring differences. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 replies | 152 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    INDIA: Frauscher Sensor Technology India has received Research Designs & Standards Organisation... More...
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  • Scott Stutzman's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    Scott Stutzman replied to a thread Google Earth Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #147 in Contest
    I've been looking all over down south......With no luck.
    9 replies | 230 view(s)
  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    Overland Imports still make a few pieces and are fairly reasonable used on Ebay. I was looking the other day and prices weren't too bad
    8 replies | 286 view(s)
  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 AM
    With Loksound, you do not need a separate decoder for motion and sound. The Loksound motion control is really, really good along with really good sound.
    20 replies | 473 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:45 AM
    There's a story here. Can't recall reading it, or.....
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 AM
    Isn't this one of the excursion passenger cars you recently rode?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    Good grief. They're everywhere. They'd sell nicely.
    19 replies | 1277 view(s)
  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    Good riddance to Key since the scammed many folks out of deposit money for locomotives they never manufactured....
    8 replies | 286 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 AM
    The radiators really do look something with older units to compare to. And I seem to recall similar units being dubbed "Klingon battlecruisers" by some wag.
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 AM
    A couple of GE ES44AC Tier 4 demo units have made their way back to Roseville. Hopefully the power desk has been remembering to put fuel in them this time. I loved the cloud cover in this shot of one of them in the Engine service area. Big big big radiators.
    5 replies | 96 view(s)
  • Logtrain's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    I have said before and will says it again. The North Coast Limited! Kato won't do it though.....I have already asked. Second choice, MILW Olympia Hiawatha with the Super Domes. Again.....I asked Kato and was shot down.
    78 replies | 5607 view(s)
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