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  • santafe's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 PM
    santafe replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    bill he doesn't care to much about doing the car kits because he so busy all his other products
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  • santafe's Avatar
    Today, 05:06 PM
    i charge 25.00 per color 10.00 to decal there alot of work in painting shells tom
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  • wisconsinjimmy's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    After a bit of fussing and using some small track pieces it looks pretty good now to figure out how I am going to put the actual plan into the center of the MAINLINE. Problem with the Xtrack cad is it will not allow me to print grid lines on the standard sheet of paper. I should make note that indeed I aligned my radius with the ties on the inside curve might not be the proper way but all is working fine at this time. Now comes the yard tracks...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    INDIA: On April 22 the World Bank agreed in principle to provide a US$1·1bn loan for the US$1·65bn second phase of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. The agreement to fund the construction of... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    SLOVAKIA: Czech open access passenger operator RegioJet has announced plans to enter the non-subsidised long-distance rail market in Slovakia, with an application for train paths for four daily... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    ARGENTINA: President Cristina Fernández joined Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo at Sáenz Peña station on April 23 to mark the entry into service of the new fleet supplied... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    USA: Following two years of technology evaluation, Motive Power & Equipment Solutions has announced plans to launch the Greenville MP1500, a low-emissions genset locomotive which would be fuelled... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 PM
    CANADA: On April 23 Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced the federal government’s response to the initial recommendations arising from Transportation Safety Board of Canada's ongoing... More...
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  • robwill84's Avatar
    Today, 04:25 PM
    Make double sure you are using all 22" radius sections, all by the same brand. Not all sectional track is made to the same degree and could result in too much or too little curvature. And as mentioned above, the 22" radius is your center line. It looks like you may be trying to align the edge of the track ties with this line.
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  • Kenneth L. Anthony's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 PM
    I would be puzzled about having cars painted in flat anything since decals are supposed to go better on a glossy surface-- which is dulled after decaling. I agree. I can hardly imagine paying anyone what a repainting and decaling job is worth in time and labor. 2- 3- 4 hours for a car at what $10 or more an hour. Maybe someone could make it more reasonable by mass production. Makes "custom cars" worth the surcharge, if they are what you...
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    Russel does FANTASTIC work on these bashes...for the Concor cars, I can't imagine a nicer, cleaner method for being able to use a brass car side and place it accurately... For the Kato cars, detachable roofs, one doesn't need to mill the bodyshell...use a wooden former to keep the sides of the carbody from bowing in, like Russell has done when he mills the sides. and simply sand the sides smooth...removing the equivalent of the thickness of the...
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  • p51's Avatar
    Today, 04:03 PM
    I LOVE that! Hardly anyone knows of the post-WW2 train, and many newer fans don't even know of the 70s one, either. My Dad saw both; the 40s one in Johnson City, TN and the 70s one (with the whole family including me, I was a week shy of my 7th birthday) in 1976. Great job with the model and the photo.
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  • 2slim's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 PM
    Hi everyone! I’m doing the shameless plug thing here to let everyone know that I’m providing custom weathering services for people who don’t have the desire, time or talent to do it for themselves. Depending on the amount of weathering my client’s desire here is a breakdown of my charges. O SCALE Locomotives......basic weathering...$20 medium to heavy weathering......$30-$50 Freight cars.......basic weathering...$15 medium to heavy...
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  • jpwisc's Avatar
    Today, 03:50 PM
    I'll be checking it out at the Vegas layover. Anyone else going to make it?
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  • cab's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 PM
    from your pics: Your curve is made up of 9 pieces with the plywood's center line splitting middle piece. Try using 8 curved pieces instead, with a joint on the centerline. Then add your straights. In other words you are making more than 1/2 a circle. At this point in time you do't care about the exact radius, just so the straight sections leave the curve sweetly.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 PM
    Painting over an existing scheme, without stripping? I'd believe it would depend upon the complexity of the new paint scheme, such as masking for multiple colors, decal application work.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    An on line search of mini milling machines shows from $400 to $600. However, you many have to spend more to get all the cutting tools you need. I have had mine for years and it gets used for many things. I have milled many a locomotive chassis for adding decoders, entire brass mechanisms for steam locomotives and even parts for my automobiles. I also have a small bench lathe that goes hand in hand with mill when you get involved with some...
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  • Grey One's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    Um, wouldn't that eat the plastic?
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  • Grey One's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    Including decals? I'd love to find someone to paint 30 undec freight cars in flat white with no decals but I don't feel I could pay them a fare price for their time, effort, equipment and skill.
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  • oldrk's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    Go to the C&O historical society website and on the left side of the screen you will see "research request". They are very good about getting back to you with answers. WWW.COHS.ORG
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    Union Pacific Railroad will begin the final phase of the momentous move of Big Boy No. 4014 to Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Steam Operations headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Monday, April 28 at 8 a.m. PDT. The 1.2 million pound steam locomotive will be towed 1,293 miles by modern diesel-electric Union Pacific freight locomotives from the Union Pacific rail yard in Colton, Calif., to Cheyenne, Wyo., for restoration over the next five years. ...
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  • glakedylan's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    glakedylan replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    very impressive work, Russell...great job done I always wondered how one would attach such sides to build a passenger car from the sides that are available hope you do not mind me asking...what is ballpark figure on cost of milling machine? appreciate your creativity and skill! sincerely Gary
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  • wcfn100's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 PM
    wcfn100 replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    The shell too. I never realized how tall the hood doors were on the the bachmann. I guess they never planned on doing a version with dynamic brakes as they wouldn't fit. Jason
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  • locomcf's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 PM
    locomcf replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    Guys, apologies offered for diverting this great discussion back to the RS2m models. Some time ago I bought a pair of LifeLike RS2s with the intention of converting them to RS2m's. However, I subsequently discovered that the usual starting point for this conversion is a Kato RS2, not a LL RS2 (which, I think, has a slightly wider mech.) From my limited test fitting, I think I'll have to do more than just remove a little of each of the...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    Hey David.... You could stand those on their ends and they would make some great tomato trellises !! ;)
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    I have used both Kato and Con Cor cars to mount brass sides on. Here I am milling down the sides of a Con Cor Budd car to add sides for a SP Sunset Limited car. I had to make a wood plug to keep the sides rigid while milling. I did use a lot of underbody detail from the American Limited Cor Kits.
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    Although the thread doesn't specify, it seems the thrust of it is slanted toward 'lightweight' cars?... because the American Limited core kits are definitely NOT in production...(like Bill stated, the molds belong to someone else now)... I still have a number of core kits left-I saw the 'writing on the wall' a few years ago, and made a conscious effort to acquire as many as I could find on the secondary market. However, those will be depleted...
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 PM
    fifer replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Newly baked!!! Mike
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  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 PM
    Bill Denton replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    San Juan Car Company now has the molds for the core kits. John is having problems with some of the parts sticking in the molds and needs to solve that problem before he can release the kits again. No estimated time frame though and he's had the molds for almost two years now. Hope the issue can be resolved someday !
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  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    How about this for some hand laid tracks, look like something you might need George?
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  • maxairedale's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    maxairedale replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    “The plastic container has been opened, but the model train is BRAND NEW.” Gary
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  • Hansel's Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    Hansel replied to a thread "N Scale" DC Transformer? in N Scale
    When you talk about a resistor in series, do you mean just placing a resisistor in series between the transformer wires and the track? What ohm resistor would you recommend? I am always looking for ways to slow down my engines.
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  • wisconsinjimmy's Avatar
    Today, 10:55 AM
    OK always learning thank you
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  • retsignalmtr's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    The Subway is still has three divisions, IRT, IND and BMT. At least in the minds of the employees. The newer South Ferry Station was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Salt water was all the way up to the street and destroyed the Signal system and the Feds will not pay for rebuilding until the TA finds a new place for the relay room that will never again be flooded. Since the park above is a landmark, the TA cannot erect a building there for the...
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 10:52 AM
    HemiAdda2d replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    I'd love to take you up on that. Potentially late this year, if at all in 2014. A lot up in the air for this move yet.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 10:39 AM
    John Moore replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    American Limited is still producing. For reasons I cannot remember now they had to redo the core kit and I believe at one point were trying to get samples of some of the original kits to finish up the work. That was some time ago and I do not know the reasons why that had to be done. It very well could be that they are also caught up in the China mess that others are in getting production rolling again, but they do still state that they are...
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  • Hansel's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Hansel replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    But it says its "new".........
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  • Helitac's Avatar
    Today, 10:28 AM
    I think I see the problem, the center of the curve marks the spot where a joint should be, so that there would be six pieces on each side. I must have been sleepier than I thought.
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  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Today, 09:35 AM
    Spookshow replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    The trucks were black "as delivered" and painted silver later on, so technically both are correct. As for the rest of it, Atlas's rendering of the stripes, lettering and numbering appears to be more accurate (as compared to pictures in Rock Island Color Pictorial Volume 1). Cheers, -Mark
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  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Today, 09:27 AM
    Spookshow replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    Optical illusion - the Atlas Geep is actually a little longer than the Bachmann. Cheers, -Mark
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    Page Content: Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today welcomed Transport Canada’s announcement pertaining to older DOT-111 tank cars, but the railway expressed disappointment with the federal government’s incomplete actions around addressing human behaviour factors affecting rail safety in Canada. “CP has been a vocal proponent of increased tank car safety standards and we applaud the Minister of Transport’s direction to eliminate the use...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 08:30 AM
    BRAZIL: On April 15 América Latina Logística SA announced that its board had accepted a proposal to combine its activities with those of Rumo Logística Operadora Multimodal SA, a subsidiary of energy... More...
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  • Colonel's Avatar
    Today, 07:59 AM
    From my old layout
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Thank you! Hoping to get front done this summer. And maybe get the track to the back temporarily placed, so I can get an idea of what I'll need to finish! Should give me a shout if you make it down to Colorado, and I can set up a day/time for a layout tour!! Show off inside, and out if you want! It's been fun/interesting.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 AM
    Here are the same tunnels on my first N scale layout...a 32x78 HCD ... 06/19/08 This HCD was later incorporated into the original THERR (see above) :-)
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Or the next best thing: I have a bundle of Orange survey flags! Used those for original layout construction. Marked my track centerline. Showed where my track was going to go, and where I needed to pull out grass back then!
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 06:54 AM
    Had a couple of tunnels on the original THERR...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    If it where $3.50 it would be pretty cool for a derailment scene ;-)
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  • Backshop's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 AM
    Not talking about adding any weathering, or changing trucks or lowering ride height -- just an Earl Schieb-type repaint job.
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 06:31 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #116 in Contest
    And it was!
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  • Backshop's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 AM
    Backshop replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    Seems like the only things for sale on the site are diaphragms. By using a Kato car, you'd have an excellent chassis and trucks, options for lighting, and depending on the car the right kind of roof (ACF or PS) since the Kato roof is a separate piece. I even reworked the interior of a 10-6 into a 14-4 with some cutting and moving some walls and using styrene to make new ones.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 AM
    Over/Under meet at Jeans Bridge just outside of Jeans Valley. Highway 68 and Highway 69 bridges can be seen in the background. * Still lots of work to do in this area !
    21 replies | 493 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:19 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #116 in Contest
    Well, I said it was a wild guess... :)
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 AM
    I can't top that, but I will keep the thread going... :) Tunnel 18; this is one of my favorite shots from the layout.
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    HemiAdda2d replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Looking good, Keith! Keep up the good work!
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 05:38 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #116 in Contest
    No and No.
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  • Ike the BN Freak's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 AM
    Probably from a few years ago. Bing maps don't update as often as Google. There is a Super Walmart in Airway Heights, WA, on Bing its under construction, in reality, its been completed and opened for about 5+ years now.
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  • Ike the BN Freak's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    My current plan is to use a Kato car, and get a mill, or have someone mill, the sides down where the brass side will fit. Basically an indent for the side. For the windows I'd just cut out large holes behind them. I've used Con-cor undec coaches, cut the sides out, but not a huge fan of the Con-cor cars.
    11 replies | 193 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Core Kit Substitute in N Scale
    American Ltd is no longer available? I hadn't heard that. If so, that's bad news.
    11 replies | 193 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    So which one is closest to being correct?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Ouch. Thirty five bucks for that?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:00 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #116 in Contest
    Well, I'll take a wild guess: 1) SMS Rail Services 2) Baldwin
    4 replies | 57 view(s)
  • greatdrivermiles's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 AM
    greatdrivermiles replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    This one looks in tip top condition. http://www.ebay.com/itm/LIFE-LIKE-ITEM-7728-N-SCALE-SOUTHERN-PACIFIC-BLACK-WINDOW-LOCOMOTIVE-5321-/380890877795?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item58aedd8f63
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  • Doug A.'s Avatar
    Today, 04:33 AM
    Doug A. replied to a thread MKT Old Train Wreck in Fallen Flags
    Well, hey why not? That's definitely a funny story. Reminds me of the comedian talking about the guy who had a house made out of hemp. "Uh, hey man, your house is on fire!" "Duuude, I knoooowwww. Ain't it grrreat!?!" Also kinda reminds me of a pig train that derailed just north of my hometown in the mid-80's. It was full of Campbell's soup so me and my mom went out there a ripped all the labels off of the smashed cans so I could use...
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  • Virginian Railway's Avatar
    Today, 04:17 AM
    So I've been exploring the world of custom passenger cars using brass car sides and core kits, looks pretty straightforward. Though I've noticed that the standard core kit made by American Limited is no longer made, and to add to that they are not to be found for sale on the Internet either. I've seen some people use a Kato or Con-Cor car instead but how does that work? How would one know what car to use? If you've modeled any cars using...
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  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 AM
    That's an interesting observation. There are some subtle differences for sure. The lettering on the long hood, the Wings, the cab numbers and the sill stripes. I think what you may be seeing, which is the biggest difference are the trucks. One's silver and one's black.
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  • gcav17's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 AM
    Ok. So where were all the locomotives produced? China or Korea? I have heard both. And what happens to all the dies, tooling and whatever else there is? This stinks of foulness the more I think about it. Sent from my Commando
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  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Today, 03:43 AM
    Or a Mikado now I think about it, the two most common steam loco types and nobody makes them. If no other manufacturer takes up the MP tooling hopefully Bachmann will step up to fill the gap with their own.
    30 replies | 1664 view(s)
  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 03:36 AM
    Keith started a thread Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #116 in Contest
    Engine Shop Contest #116 location. Looking for 2 answers with the contest: 1. Name of railroad 2. This line runs 1/2 of the worlds operating model of what locomotive? This according to an article I just read! Only wish image was a bit clearer.
    4 replies | 57 view(s)
  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
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  • emaley's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 AM
    I just got a can of Krylon flat white today at the craft store. 12 ounce can for $5.99 compared to 3 ounce Testors for $6.19.
    17 replies | 485 view(s)
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