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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 !
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Cajonpassfan's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 AM
    Cajonpassfan replied to a thread doubleheading Y3s in N Scale
    I love steam double headers, especially when they go in and out of synch. You may want to program the chuff just ever so slightly off for best effect. Or, also amazing, is one up front and one in pusher service, but for that you need well and consistently weighed cars and a train long enough for neither engine to handle it alone. Regards, Otto K.
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  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 AM
    Calzephyr replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    Mark... Is that an optical illusion... or is the Bachmann GP7 actually longer than the Atlas GP7TT....!!???
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  • bigslick69's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    Looking for the Norfolk Southern NS Maerks SD40-2 by Kato. Let me know if you have one for sale. Thanks!!
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  • wisconsinjimmy's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 AM
    HO HO HO HO Sounds like Xmas As you can see in the pic the stick has a nail in one end and the pencil in the other, from dead center on the 4' end I marked to 90deg either side . Using 22"r from Atlas and whether I laid the track next to or dead center on the holes it did not make any diff. I started at the center and as I...
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  • RGW1's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 AM
    RGW1 started a thread doubleheading Y3s in N Scale
    Just got a good deal on a used Y3 with sound off Ebay. Ran it double headed up my grade. I thought the walthers y3 sounded good alone,but double headed they sound great. Now I need some more coal hoppers,
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    mrhedly, I knew about the IRT, IND, BMT all now Metro...I just can't let it go, the old names. Figured if honeymooners used these most folks there will know what you mean anyway (well, maybe not 22 yr. olds). .. One question if you don't mind: Is South Ferry still the same, with the moving platform as trains screech to a stop on loop back uptown ? Or, is it refurbished and say, realigned? Or, is it a completely new situation ?
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    I added the numberboard 'blanks' this evening...simply black decal film, cut to fit... by cutting them slightly smaller than the flat surface of the board, they leave an outline that represents the chrome trim, that was originally on these numberboards... In later years, after repaints, the chrome trim was painted over... next come the actual numberboards, but I had better pick numbers for the remaining 4 units! (I don't want any of these to...
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  • LegomanBill's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 AM
    LegomanBill replied to a thread Google Earth Google Earth Engine Shops Contest # 115 in Contest
    When I was there, there was only the C&NW A Unit and the Rio Grande F9b.
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    Thanks and no it is not as this picture is about twice the actual size. Thanks , Mike
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  • Ironhorseman's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 AM
    Can't help you with that qestion, George. Sorry. :(
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 AM
    Priceless! Thanks for the laugh Russ.
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  • TetsuUma's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 AM
    I'd be up for that for a 6 or 8 car set run in black. (I prefer the black as the red faded quickly and I saw a whole lot of pink rolling stock growing up in Aurora, IL in the early '70s.) The CB&Q built around 2500 70 ton, offset side, 3-bay hoppers between 1948 and 1951. Chinese Red was introduced in 1958.
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  • GFisher2001's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 AM
    Thank you for the replies. I did get some of the Athearn couplers mounted up. My father-in-law just gave me a Mantua diesel locomotive which has......you guessed it, Kadee couplers. The K-D couplers make the horn-hook ones look like toys. Assuming I were to dive into the kadee couplers, I'd have a lot of them to buy for all of the rolling stock (I have about 5 locomotives mostly all cheap Tyco, Mantua, Bachman x2, Athearn). I guess what...
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  • Traindork's Avatar
    Today, 01:37 AM
    Have you tried UP? They should be doing a lot of hiring right now.
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  • Shortround's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 AM
    It's my understanding these where 4-4-4s that had the rear truck replace by another drive wheel. Unlike other 4-6-0s the rear driver is spaced farther back from the original two front drivers. Recently an old one sold on e-bay for more than I'm willing to pay for a non-runner. I would also like the combine pictured. I have one but it's longer.
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 AM
    Addendum to above : I Did mean to mention this other aspect of my 1956 ish MR's/RMC's " Build a transistorized-throttle !" project's success and outcome. It also showed the early application of transistors making their inroad to the hobby; the beginning of replacement of the vacuum tube via transistors, in our throttles (and, to what it would eventually become for you and I). The panel was a thin board to which 2 pots (potentiometers) were...
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  • Shortround's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 AM
    Shortround replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Speaking of wind and trains, I drove past the big yard in Neenah, WI today hoping to get a picture of a different switcher I saw a week ago. I then noticed out in the middle of this yard was a wind sock like seen at small airports. Maybe you should include of those on your layout. :cute:
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  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    SJ Z-man replied to a thread News: Rokuhan release April 30 in Z Scale
    These are real easy to modify for US trucks. You have to trim the bolster down, drill for an MTL, Bowser or AZL pin and good to go.
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  • starski's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    How do you selectively compress? Also is there a way to highlight railroads on goggle maps? Sent from my XT901 using Tapatalk
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  • Steveed's Avatar
    Today, 12:47 AM
    ...what has become of it? He used to have a website with pics and even some links to videos of it. And btw Hello all, been lurking on these pages a few years but posted once when I purchased one of the special run Missouri Illinois boxcars. Any info about Mr. Frey or his layout would be appreciated. Thank You :)
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  • Garth Hamilton's Avatar
    Today, 12:43 AM
    Garth Hamilton started a thread News: Rokuhan release April 30 in Z Scale
    In Japan on April 30 Rokuhan will release the first 3 sets of theirnew tank car regards Garth
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    If the winds keep blowing, you could try putting sails on your trains.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 AM
    Ha ha ha. That's a good one!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread MKT Old Train Wreck in Fallen Flags
    Where did you find this? The paper looks quite crumbly.
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  • barlowfaudio's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 AM
    Nice job Mike. Captures the essence of the prototype. Hand Painting the graffiti is not an easy feat in this smaller scale.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 AM
    I'd hate to see hand laid track done, after enjoying some of this burning vegetation.
    25 replies | 709 view(s)
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