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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 10:27 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread ACME Marine Services in N Scale
    Measure, adjust, cut, sand, talk to it not very nicely, and I think I am getting close to a better Quonset hut than trying the RiX kits I had previously. Time to take the ends out and install some doors and windows plus a tall foundation. These will be set in the framework of the dock and then the decking installed around the hut thus the taller foundation.
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  • Doug A.'s Avatar
    Today, 10:13 PM
    My general thought when I hear a statement like that is...the TRAINS should be the pizzazz. But anyway, moving on... As has been mentioned, there are any number of ancillary items like the vents that would be cool to have. Don't discount the SMALL details, like simply having a telecom shed with a small light and maybe a security light on a pole nearby. The other idea I had was....create a landslide scene whereby the tracks have been...
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  • TonyHammes's Avatar
    Today, 10:11 PM
    Well room preparation is well on its way. Have to do a little drywall work (fun stuff, mud and sanding), paint backdrop and then get deck on. Upper deck will have both JSR and BN west staging, small town, junciton, large bridge scene and a good sized yard, mostly in the garage. Back room will have a large paper mill (loosely based on Potalatch in Lewiston, ID) and then the helix to the lower level. Lower level will use most of version two of...
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  • Kevin Anderson's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 PM
    The UP has several tunnels that have signals outside them. These control the block ahead. Also a couple places that have repeater signals. These will show what the signal is just beyond the other side of the tunnel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 PM
    Johnny, I thought I'd be the odd man out and actually answer your OP. Two things : Seems like near everything we think RRs do, does, did they most likely do, does, did !.. Throughout my life of MRRing and seeing and reading allot about the 1:1 scale, every time I had a question like yours I'd eventually find a prototype picture of it. At one time there where maybe 3-500 (guestimate), individually owned lines throughout the US and they certainly...
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  • CSX Robert's Avatar
    Today, 09:50 PM
    CSX Robert replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    The NCE decoders do not make the buzzing sound (actually they do, the frequency is just too high for most of us to hear), but the buzzing is normal for the older decoder design (actually a low cost Lenz design). You never did say what speed steps you are using. Speed step 11 when using 128 speed steps would be between 2 and 3 when using 28 speed steps.
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  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Today, 09:47 PM
    Should run similar. But the slow one is likely the grease in the trucks. Warning to all: If your loco runs slow, then this is putting a LARGE load on your motor ! This means HEAT or the likely potential of. FORCING it to run this way, thinking it will get better, is NOT the way. Take the frame apart. Get the trucks out. Put the frame back together, even if just holding it together and install the light board. Place the frame on the track...
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 PM
    Well, the tunnel is 26,500 feet long, so I imagine it takes a few minutes to get through. It may also just be an urban legend, too. That's an interesting story about the bridges. I also noticed the dramatic sweeping curve where the humpback snowshed was: it looks really impressive in an aerial photo. Too bad you can't railfan there, anymore. None of this really makes any sense, though. It doesn't even take an engineer to understand that...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 09:08 PM
    Finally figured out who had sent me the photos, and re-established contact. He did confirm it was March of last year. Sheesh. Seems like a million years ago already. I'm confusing myself!
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  • Burlington Northern Fan's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    Any Luck with the email?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    There were originally only four bridges. The "Famous Four", as I suppose we could say. Those four could be seen from the old and new highway routes, so are most known. Being a native of the Snoqualmie Valley and very close vicinity, I saw those so many times... The fifth bridge, closest to Cedar Falls, was added many years later. It was originally a fill with wooden box culvert. Trying to recall the year and cannot, (the time was December- very...
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  • Loren's Avatar
    Today, 09:03 PM
    This is kind of related so don't roast me yet. Do ASL GP30s and 38s run about the same speed. In other words, do they have the same motor and drive train? My 38s run so agaonizingly slow I can write letters, go to the post office and fry and egg before they go around once. What can I do to speed them up?
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  • Burlington Northern Fan's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 PM
    I have a paint booth and know how to use it.
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  • porkypine52's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 PM
    You wouldn't have signals in the tunnel. The railroad WOULD NOT want a train to stop INSIDE the tunnel. Too big a chance of a crew getting asphyxiated from the exhaust. This is for a diesel or steam powered train. With electric power it wouldn't matter, but as a rule no signals in tunnels. Now subways are a different matter, 100% electric and no exhaust. You will notice on the Harper Ferry image that the signal would stop the train...
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  • Loren's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 PM
    It pains me to read these :o)
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 08:51 PM
    Having the right amount of humidity in the air will go a long way in reducing static electricity. I have both carpeted areas and hardwood floors in areas of my home. I almost never have a static issue with the hardwood floor sections but certainly with the carpeted areas. Here in the spring and summer static is not an issue and usually in the fall not until a prolonged cold snap. Usually is about then during one of those cold snaps that I fire...
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  • WPZephyrFan's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 PM
    Thanks for sharing! It's interesting the things that cause a slow order. And, penmanship back in the day was much better than it is now!
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  • offshore's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 PM
    offshore started a discussion At last some track. in group HCD Layout Society
    Been a while coming, I was finally able to begin laying down some track on my HCD, 36x80. Now to continue till I find a layout I can work with. The outside track is DC and the inside is DCC. More to come.
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  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 08:45 PM
    rrjim1 replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    I do own one Atlas C628 that does in fact have a NCE decoder and the only thing I have changed is CV3 and CV4. It does start to move very slowly at speed step #1 CV2 (0) and does not make a buzzing sound. I haven't checked to see if TC is on or off, loco runs great so there was never a need to check. I have original Digitrax wired decoders that contained very few options and the Atlas locos they were in still started way below speed step 11.
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  • ClassiCut's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 PM
    Oh well....... I have given up on the double crossover. I just couldn't get consistent results and clean running and I don't feel capable at this point to make a hand laid one. I have made 5 hand laid turn outs and the first one is working beautiful. The other 4 make up the yard. This weekend I finished laying all the track and have the rails painted and a good start on one mountain and a second one started. Next job...... Switches...
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  • bbussey's Avatar
    Today, 08:14 PM
    During the Amherst Railroad Show in West Springfield MA on January 24 and 25, 2015, a number of modelers inquired about a mass-market injection-molded Pennsylvania class G38 or G39 ore jenny in N scale. If you agree, click here to take the survey!
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  • Burlington Northern Fan's Avatar
    Today, 07:58 PM
    Thanks, It is a struggle some days.
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Today, 07:54 PM
    Thanks, I did take a look at it on a map, and it looked like a logical solution to build a connection there. Even if the Milwaukee haldn't been shut down, having an interchange point there would have helped traffic flow more smoothly around the Tacoma area. Electing not to do that seems to be as ridiculous a decision as the complete embargo of the Pacific Extension in the first place. I was also following the old right-of-way over Snoqualmie...
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 07:39 PM
    Your paint booth does great work !!!!!! ;) Mike
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  • purple1's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 PM
    The problem with static electricity is it is in YOU, not the mats you put on the floor. What those mats are doing is allowing the static electricity to stay in you. You need a way to get that static to ground or at least to the same potential as whatever it is you are about to touch. That is how those ground straps work. Grounding rubber or insulating mats will do no good unless you step on the ground connection its self. Static spray works...
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  • TVRR's Avatar
    Today, 07:18 PM
    TVRR replied to a thread Duel decoders in N Scale
    A dual mode decoder should run well on either, that's their point. Admittedly I'm no fan of Bachmann's decoder but it shouldn't matter.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 07:18 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Duel decoders in N Scale
    I run DC and most of my newer generation Bmann have the dual mode, both steam and diesel. I have left mine alone and I don't notice any difference between them and some of my older stuff that doesn't have the dual mode. Besides if you ever decide to switch to DCC you have at least a few locos that are ready.
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  • CSX Robert's Avatar
    Today, 07:13 PM
    CSX Robert replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    Current Digirax and TCS decoders have Bemf compensation and default with it turned on, so most locos with those decoders will start moving at speed step 1 with no further adjustment. The current decoder design that Atlas uses does not have Bemf compensation (it is an NCE decoder); however, they do have "torque compensation". The normal default for those decoders is to have it off; however, it is possible that the ones that Atlas use actually...
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  • Rusty Parker's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    Geeky, thanks so much for the feedback so far. I do transition stuff, mostly LVRR and other anthracite roads. I have a small handful of camelbacks, a large number of early diesel switchers, and some RS units along with some F units and PA units. So really a range from 1900 to 1960 or so, I'd say. (Sorry not to have mentioned that!) I was struggling with my photo upload capacity yesterday but have that straightened out now, so I can include a...
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  • co_riff's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 PM
    co_riff started a thread Duel decoders in N Scale
    My new Bachmann 2-6-6-2 has one, I run DC. Is their any truth to people taking the decoders out, to run better on DC. If I should take them out, I think I need jumpers. Anybody have step by step on how to do this? Curtis
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread ACME Marine Services in N Scale
    Started in this AM trying to make some Quonset huts to set on the ACME docks. Earlier I had rolled up some styrene and soaked it in some hot tap water to get a curvature. I would have been better off and less trouble if I had had some .030 or .020 thickness to work with. Still got some permanent curvature out of it though. Since it would not hold the curvature I wanted I went to something that most of us old geezers have laying around, pill...
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  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 PM
    My gas pipes are all metal, but a good point. I've also had the gas shut off for several years and last spring they actually was going to replace the meters. Since I didn't have gas, they just cut the pipe so there should be no chance of any explosions. As for the wrist straps, that would be a good option, but to try and train the crews to wear them and actually use them would be a another problem. There was something about trying to...
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  • Burlington Northern Fan's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 PM
    The latest from my paint booth.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 PM
    Not many seemed to have heard about the engineering work BN did on this project. But management at that time nixed moving ahead. Instead scrapping Snoqualmie Pass for the short term capital gain, long, long term loss. Find Ravensdale in an aerial view. Follow the tangent main track eastward, to where it starts curving right. Instead of making that turn, project the main track straight across to the old MILW r-o-w and you will have it very close....
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  • ridinshotgun's Avatar
    Today, 06:35 PM
    ridinshotgun replied to a thread N Scale Thinning the fleet in TrainBoard Swap Meet
    Any update on shipping costs? Not sure if PM's are going through since they aren't showing in my sent folder after the crash. Thanks!
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  • CHOOPS5305's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 PM
    Here is a quick sketch. 30" minimum radii. Steve https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204740537667630&set=a.10200613581576307.1073741828.1662755162&type=3&theater
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  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 PM
    rrjim1 replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    Brand new loco right out of the box, so all the CVs should be at factory settings.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    I've finally added something significant for viewing. This time is it is visit to the Western Pacific Railroad. I should have done this long ago, as I have a friend who has been bugging me about it. So, I finally decided it was time to take a stroll through what once existed. Yet another proud operation, made into a Fallen Flag- Swallowed up by Mustard Madness. http://www.train-orders.com/TOUR/W/WPR/WPR.html I know we have a few WP fans...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:18 PM
    Ouch. Another year has gone since my last post. What happened. Guess I was busy or something. Hmmm. Anyhow, just a quick note. I have been completely rebuilding my web site. Links shown in this blog may therefore be changed. As a workaround to any such difficulties encountered, just go to the TOUR index page, http://www.train-orders.com/TOUR.html , and scroll down to the appropriate railroad name of choice. Meanwhile, as time allows, I...
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  • rsn48's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 PM
    rsn48 replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    You don't need to take apart an engine to find out what decoder it has, CV8 tells you what manufacture it is (the display is a number, then on a chart that has manufactures and numbers, I downloaded mine at MHR, you find out what the number means). CV7 will tell you what version the decoder is. You might still want to take apart the engine to check out the drive train status, but to just know what decoder you have, you don't need to do this.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:08 PM
    ... a little bit of memorabilia fun. I have uploaded my collection for public viewing. http://www.train-orders.com/TOUR.html Scroll down to Western Pacific Railroad. :)
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 PM
    The same can be true for water lines. In many places, plastic is now normal.
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 PM
    Glad you fixed your problem. Another issue that came at least with first samples, pcb was loose and moving off its slots. Mine had this issue when I received it at home and thus was unable to move (with headlight on), until I easily put pcb into its place... Dom
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:59 PM
    Yes, they do. This time of year, we have BIG troubles. We end up having to add significant moisture to the air in our house, to lessen the darned side effects. The presence of dust increases troubles so a heavy duty house cleaning, including carpets, helps reduce the zap, zap, zap.
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  • bill pearce's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 PM
    First of all, don't ever ground something to a gas pipe. In many locations the underground part of the pipe is plastic, and the part that goes into your house isn't grounded. The problem is that the mat is an insulator, so trying to ground it won't help. Maybe the wrist strap would be a good idea. Humidity would be too, and no polyester clothing is a good idea.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 PM
    The photo of mine was buried deep in my collection. I don't know when or where it was taken. But I do like the old MKT. :)
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  • dalebaker's Avatar
    Today, 05:54 PM
    Hey Alan, 2 prime movers to shove a caboose? Just how anemic are those AW RS's? You better hang on to that Cascade Greet! :cute:
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 PM
    I spotted this PS2 hopper at Clewiston, FL, far from its former home rails, a few years ago. Sorry I was against the sun, so I tried to set some changes in contrast.... Original picture: Remasterized sample:
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    I guess I forgot about the title of this thread. If the railroad was still around, we wouldn't have to worry about rebuilding the section through Maple Valley, because it would still be in place, and there would already be dozens of trains rolling through backyards. I could find any info on the Ravensdale Cut-Off, but it probably would also be possible to rebuild the old connection from Cedar Falls to Monroe, to divert traffic around the...
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  • dalebaker's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 PM
    dalebaker replied to a thread painting plastic models in HO Scale
    If you are doing brick, paint the wall the mortar color first. After it dries, use a fine tipped brush and dry-brush the brick color to the faces of the brick. Be careful not the get the brick color down in the joints. Use a limestone or sandstone color for the cap stones and keystones, it's kind of tedious but after it dries you will like the results. i used cheap acrylic hobby paints for the colors. Water clean-up. Burnt umber makes a...
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  • Kenneth L. Anthony's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 PM
    Wish I could use this. I have an inexpensive auto focus camera which only focuses how IT wants to.
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  • montanan's Avatar
    Today, 05:37 PM
    montanan replied to a thread Layout Expansion in HO Scale
    Thanks Alan. Many of he tree "kits" end up being for smaller trees. Having driven through so many small towns in Montana, I find that many of the trees are tall, mature trees anywhere from 50 to 80 feet tall or more. StickyMonk, I have hundreds of them all about the layout. I started collecting accurate vehicles in HO scale when I got out of N scale about 25 years or more ago. I thought I actually had too many, but after getting this final...
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  • WPZephyrFan's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 PM
    WPZephyrFan replied to a thread New layout photos in N Scale
    Again, it's hard to believe that your layout is as small as it is. Just very well done, Mike! I might have to check out Helicon myself.
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  • WPZephyrFan's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 PM
    Wow. Why hadn't I seen this thread earlier? Your Bella Fonte Cannery reminds me of the Dole warehouse in Alameda that I used to pick up truckloads of pineapples and bananas years ago. What I hate is that you're taking away all of my excuses for not getting anything done on my own layout! ;) I do have the space issue and way too much clutter in my small apartment that I really need to address.
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  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 PM
    Well it's been awhile since I posted this question, and I figured it would take some time to play around with it and experiment. I had an ops session scheduled for last weekend and in setting things up, I found that my old problems had crept up again. This is where some of the chips had mysteriously changed their settings that I had programmed in, took some steps over the past week to see if I could curb the static gremlins I've been dealing...
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    I once somewhat burnt my skin inside of my fingers as well, leaving a hot soldering iron to escape from my hands... Was smelling like a little cooked hog beeing taken away from the oven. ;) Dom
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  • Doug A.'s Avatar
    Today, 05:30 PM
    You and me BOTH!!! Thank you for your comments. The track simplicity is helped by modeling a specific place, at least somewhat accurately. Plenty of modeler's license going on but I think most people familiar with the area would be able to identify it. It's actually kinda refreshing not having to make the spaghetti or no spaghetti decision. ;-) I still could have up to five fairly legit industry spots if I wanted to have a small...
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  • u18b's Avatar
    Today, 05:26 PM
    No one has said this yet..... but one of the railroading priciples that makes for more reliable track is to ALWAYS attempt have a straight section right in front of a turnout. The straight piece lines up everything just before the loco heads into the turnout. If you can make this adjustment, it might help you out. But also know, that the problem you are describing is not a rare thing. So if you KNOW this can be a problem, you modify your...
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 PM
    I second that!!!:cool:
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 PM
    Eagle2 replied to a thread painting plastic models in HO Scale
    A brush should work fine. Make sure the paint is well stirred, and keep the brush damp. Probably a quick rinse in the appropriate solution every few strokes to keep it from building up dried paint and starting to harde, which would result in visible brush strokes. Always a good idea to spray on a primer coat first, a rattle can works just fine for that and can also be used for the overall color of the structure.
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  • CSX Robert's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 PM
    CSX Robert replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    It doesn't sound like here is anything wrong with it to me.
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 PM
    Eagle2 replied to a thread New member in New Member Introductions
    Great to have you out of the shadows. Jump right in and have fun!
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  • Burlington Bob's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    Burlington Bob replied to a thread New layout photos in N Scale
    Looks fantastic to me! I think I'll check that out.
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  • StickyMonk's Avatar
    Today, 05:15 PM
    StickyMonk replied to a thread Layout Expansion in HO Scale
    This has spurred me to get on with my town area, you have so many vehicles how many do you have?
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  • traingeekboy's Avatar
    Today, 05:11 PM
    traingeekboy replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    First off, NEVER EVER assume a loco is going to run even straight from the factory. I've purchased plenty of bum locos in the past. Hmmm... I would take the shell off the loco to see exactly what is going wrong. Regardless how old a loco is, they always need a little TLC to get them working properly. Once you've opened one loco you can do it with all of them and that is useful knowledge and experience. Besides if you remove drive sections...
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  • Burlington Bob's Avatar
    Today, 05:08 PM
    I agree wholeheartedly. IM cancelled the last run of Burlington F units. Kato has been very friendly to the CB&Q!
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  • Mike C's Avatar
    Today, 05:07 PM
    Mike C started a thread New layout photos in N Scale
    Well I went and downloaded Helicon Focus last night . Can't believe how easy it is to use ! These are the first two pictures I tried . First one is a stack of only 4 photos , not bad but could be better . Second photo has 14 layers and is much better . Still need to get the foreground in better focus .
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  • jjc's Avatar
    Today, 04:56 PM
    Also, check your pop-up blocker settings.
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  • CSX Robert's Avatar
    Today, 04:53 PM
    CSX Robert replied to a thread Buzzing dcc loco in N Scale
    The buzzing is caused by the relative low frequency PWM drive of the decoder. The older decoder design that Atlas used for many years in their decoder equipped locos would make the locos produce an audible buzz. Atlas has switched to a newer design that uses a higher frequency that is less audible. Do your locos have factory installed decoders? If not, what decoders do they have? Have you adjusted any motor control CV's other than...
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