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    Walther's 130 ft. Turntable

    Then I got to looking at my Walther's Self Indexing Turntable. I think the self that has to index it, is me. But's let's see what we can learn from this video. Right there with you.

    [video=youtube;LDc409S4_MA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDc409S4_MA[/video]

    Lighting, when making video's plays a big part when required to see specific details.
     
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    Seems like these should be good here.

    I remember seeing that mining video mentioned some months back. He makes it look so easy. Quite an eye for detail.
     
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    Soldering Rail Joiners and Feeder Wires

    Thanks Ken. Then we are off and running.

    I'm a strong believer in soldering your rail joiners. Here's a how to. He makes a bit more of a project out of it then I do. Upside his how to procedure and directions, is right on.

    [video=youtube;8QdzJZmgVfw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QdzJZmgVfw[/video]
     
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    I have a small batch of heat sink clips, in several styles, many shapes and sizes. I use a 60/40 resin core solder, which is sized for easy use in applications such as working on PC boards. A spool which was originally a one pound roll. The time I have any problem, is if I accidentally (not paying close enough attention) get the iron itself too close to a tie.
     
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    I wish my work was as clean as his. I want the solder to run into the rail joiner and not sit on the outside. So, I tend to heat things up a bit more then he does. I also offset all my rail joints and feeder wires so, they aren't across from each other. Whatever standard you set for your model railroad his soldering techniques and advice can make a difference.
     
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    Weathering train cars, a tutorial.

    [video=youtube;iof9rNMEji4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iof9rNMEji4[/video]
     
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    Each layout I've built has taught me something. The first one was a real teacher. Gosh, I must have made every mistake possible. I learned from each one and I suspect that will be the same with you. Here's some advice I wish I had heard when I first started.

    [video=youtube;rcJ-7C6osEw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcJ-7C6osEw[/video]

    The one piece of advice I would share is:
    Seek out advice from and ask questions directed to the experienced model railroaders. So many times, newbies all to often help other newbies make the same mistakes. Read and read again the professional literature available. Homemade videos made by alleged experts can be a source of real frustration.

    Oh, yes there are mistakes. The minute you hear your self saying I won't do that again. Yep, that was a mistake. Recognize a mistake for what it is, shake it off and continue to learn.

    One other thing I would recommend buy some junk boxes of track, buildings and train cars at a swapmeet. Take the stuff home and play with the stuff. Practice putting stuff together, painting, soldering, gluing, decaling and don't worry if it goes badly the first time. After all it's just junk you are working with, no big loss. Hone and improve on your skills until at some point you feel you are ready to move ahead and build a layout.

    It's not fun to have trains that derail, stall, won't back up without jack knifing and darn those tight radius curves. Don't expect your first layout to go together perfectly. I've lost count as to how many I've built and I'm still learning. :rolleyes:

    For more of the presenters advice. You can click on the You Tube in the frame and it will take you to the original posting for more information and follow-up videos.

    Have fun!
     
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    You like what you've seen and you've decided it's time to build a model railroad. I mean the weathering looks interesting and easy, the building kits are amazing, you have a plan, wiring might be a challenge and you are wondering how to get started? You need a base and here's the video to illustrate, how to.

    Once again, I lost the address. Found it so let's get going.

    [video=youtube;ERJpUKDXwW8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERJpUKDXwW8[/video]

    Once you have your benchwork and table legs secured, it's time to think about the sub terrain.

    [video=youtube;Rby8vi2hQfY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rby8vi2hQfY[/video]

    It's not my intent to confuse you but that's one way to get started and there are others. I haven't quite found the next video I'd like to show you. Still doing a search.
     
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    People who don't make mistakes are rare. If we who have flubbed were to all job a club, it would be the biggest club in the world!
     
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    Oh yeah, those mistakes. You can sign me up in that club.

    I realize the next video is part advertisement and part ideas and techniques you can use.

    This is a introduction courtesy Woodland Scenics.

    [video=youtube;E2Y4IBpsvvg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Y4IBpsvvg[/video]

    Here is another tutorial video worth reviewing.

    [video=youtube;K3DBgA0TtYo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3DBgA0TtYo&index=17&list=PL05695C5D5E3DC8 D3[/video]

    There's more to see. At the end of each video boxes will jump up and you can select other video's to look at.
     
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    At this point I'd like to share some more advice. Don't get stuck on one way to do something or one product line. By that I mean research the products available. More then likely you will find something that fits you or is easy for you to work with. Cost can be a factor as well. So, look around and see what you can find.

    For example: The following Review. I might add my own two cents, a product line I will be using on my H&P Model Railroad. And can be found on three other layouts in the Valley. True!

    [video=youtube;6Bbg2yrAdXY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bbg2yrAdXY[/video]
     
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    I keep looking for a good video on how to lay cork or foam roadbed. Not impressed with I've seen so far. Perhaps because I'm old school and prefer a method I read about in Model Railroader, umpteen years ago. Here again there is more then one way to get the job done.

    Presented by Deryk Glass and Midwest Cork Roadbed
    [video=youtube;ztNpTcYcDQE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztNpTcYcDQE[/video]

    Also, Courtesy of Atlas and Wooland Scenics:
    [video=youtube;IDy3TJcHOy0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDy3TJcHOy0[/video]

    If you have another idea please feel free to share it here.
     
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    Here is an update by Deryk Glass. This time he has a tripod so both hands are free to show us some construction tips.

    [video=youtube;9j_uOF3PFyg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j_uOF3PFyg[/video]

    You may have to turn up the volume a bit.

    Looking good Deryk, thanks.
     
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    We still have some areas to cover. Wiring, scenery and operations. Did I say operations?

    I think everyone of us has found our selves in a spot where we learned something new and...well...listen to what that meant for Deryk Glass.

    [video=youtube;8ghovKkyZtU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ghovKkyZtU[/video]

    Dammed Deryk. I've been there and done that. About the new plan, I know from experience your going to like it.

    His Mr. X brings up a good point. We all need mentors. I had one that totally turned my thinking around. Issues such as how to wire, scenic and add multiple levels to my railroads. We would all be so lucky as to have a mentor as Mr. X. Mine was a Mr. Hunter, not his real name. A shout out of thanks to all the mentor's out there.

    So, stay tuned if you'd like to follow along with Deryk, you can subscribe to his channel on You Tube.

    In this next video Deryk, shares some resources and programming that you might want to check out.
    As a bonus we get an introduction to wiring in DCC.

    [video=youtube;PcGGZuW0StQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcGGZuW0StQ[/video]
     
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    Before we leave the basic's of model railroading we need to look at the sometimes forgotten tools of the trade.

    In this next video Mike Fifer shares with us the those all essential tools. A tour of his work bench.

    [video=youtube;vXU3hpSIDOA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXU3hpSIDOA[/video]

    Here is a quick glimpse at Mike Fifer's, N Scale, Model Railroad. You've already heard mention of DCC which translates Digital Command Control. The newest thing in model railroading. If I was just starting out in the hobby I'd wire in my layout with ONLY DCC.

    [video=youtube;6xtbRwKpvI0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xtbRwKpvI0[/video]

    You can subscribe to Mike Fifer's, You Tube Channel and tune into his tutorials.
     
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    I just got a flash asking me to show something of my railroad and I'd be happy to do so.

    I'm old school and built my layout with particle board, some plywood, cork roadbed, a mix of Atlas, Model Power and Peco flex track, Midwest and Model Power cork road bed, Unitrack switches on the main line and a mix of Insulfrog and Electrofrog Peco Switches. It is a work in progress and lately I've changed track alignments widening some of the curves and added in some stub end tracks to the upper yard. Two summers ago, I removed some of the bridges as I wasn't happy with the Santa Fe bridge and added in new ones. Film at 11:00 p.m. if I can get the camera to work.

    It is housed in a 10X10 metal shed (not recommended). So far the shed has stood up against the winter snows. I reinforced it giving it a substantial snow load. Inside the shed during the summer the heat can reach 100 degrees F.. I gave in and installed a window air conditioner.

    The Howland & Pacific Railroad, just shortly after the mainline was completed. A short video/slide show.
    Bump the pixels to 360 otherwise it's horribly out of focus.

    [video=youtube;2N6jOhkyadQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6jOhkyadQ&list=TLSYnsEvkBIu8QC01B4bLbY25 h8MnPJ7FL[/video]

    Here are some of the improvements.

    [video=youtube;LbsB0tZtk1w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbsB0tZtk1w&list=TLVhoLDVIz-stM_xAI81SEvT_3sZlBQNQt[/video]

    How is mine wired up? See this thread I started: http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?114242-DPDT-22-Gauge-Wire-Cab-A-Cab-B&highlight= The whole of the thread is worth the read. You will find additional information from some of the DCC guru's on TB and a number of precautions.

    I have Bob aka PowerSteamGuy1790 to thank, for convincing me to look at and add DCC to my operations. I have Terry aka BNSF971, to thank for showing Steve and I how easy it is to wire in. Thanks guys.

    We get a little help from our friends.
     
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    So, what you thinking?

    Is model railroading something you want to do?

    I keep hearing from family, friends and acquaintances, that they'd like someone to build them a model railroad. Hint, hint, hint. My answer is no, I won't be building anymore layouts. Not at my age, other issues (see next paragraph) and health issues. Besides....the fun for most of us is building our own creations.

    Rick's lament. Every layout I ever built for family, friends and a boss doesn't exist anymore. Gone...dust on the floor. They've been dismantled or destroyed by the owners. The layout I have under construction once belonged to my dad. By the time Dad and the layout arrived at my home they were both in the same shape. One I could rebuild the other was beyond restoration. Sadly Dad, left to join other train operators, in the train world beyond.

    Today, I continue on and would encourage everyone of you to strike out on your own. Build that layout of your dreams. Because, you will have braggers rights, share the video's and slide shows of your model pike with your fellow TB participants.

    Any questions? If so... read, read and read some more, research, watch how to videos and research some more. Then put into action what you've learned. The first rule is to have fun. If everything else fails then fall back on rule #1.

    I don't know how you found this thread. Thanks for tuning in and I hope you enjoyed it and didn't find it boring.
     
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    Scenery, I got to get some scenery on the layout.

    My creative thinking is already in high gear.
     
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    Continuing this thread will be a priority of mine. As I bump into something I feel will be helpful I will bring it here.

    DCC, NCE by Model Railroader.

    [video=youtube;QzRRCKpTjL4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzRRCKpTjL4[/video]

    We are fortunate enough to have on TB some experienced and knowledgeable modelers, when it comes to DCC. Check the DCC forum, archives for a wealth of information.
     
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