Sep 15, 2017
Did you get the message I sent on how to make my trees? Jim
Yes I did sir, sent a thank you back. Am starting on the trees now. Thank you sir for the help.
A while back I ran into videos of Randy Gustafsons climax kits running, but can't find them. Can anyone post the links so I can watch them again?
Am waiting on Z couplers to finish my kit, runs so nice, love mine.
My layout and favorite locos
Have you sent him a message? He is a member of Trainboard
Got my Climax running. Neat kit from a really nice guy.
Been working on log loads
Just bought an Atlas 4-4-0 to add to my logging layout. Hope it runs as well as I hear it does.
You could start here.
Yes, I agree - Randy is very helpful and informative. Randy has used some of the N Scale Kits logging car kits in his videos - cast in metal so they run empty really well as you can see. He is a great modeler. Thanks for posting the videos again. The logging cars are still available www.nscalekits.com
N Scale Kits
Randy has been very patient and helpful to me. I have two of his 18 ton kits and one 13 ton lit. I bought his ore car kit also. I love his kits. Very well made and complete.
I found his videos to and have watched his locks moving. The one 18 ton kit complete runs like his video locos. The slow speed is just too much fun.
I have sure been enjoying my little logging layout. I decided I'm going to ballast the track. I have everything I need to do it. Just been playing with it. I wish I had room for a 4X8 layout as I've found the lack of a yard kills operations. I can only have two locomotives on the layout at a time. It's better than nothing however. Even a hollow core door would be nice.
It's been a long time since I ballasted track. If I remember I put the ballast down, then wet the ballast with soapy water followed by a 50-50 mix of white glue and water?
Almost.... Replace the soapy water part with rubbing 70% alcohol in a sprayer. It's cleaner and breaks the water tension much better than soapy water. For the 50/50 mix I use an eyedroper for better control and you don't need much of it unless you have a big area of ballast.
Thanks MK, ill use the alcohol and I always use an eye dropper to place the alcohol and glue.
MK, boy the alcohol is amazing. Way better than the old soapy water I used to use. This is so much faster and works so well. I sure appreciate your advice. Thank you sir.
No problem. Science! . There's no mixing too. Just buy a bottle from the drug store and go to town.
Here's another tip. Go to Walmart and get a small bottle atomizer. They are $1 each in different clear colors in the cosmetic section. Turns out the atomizer is really really fine. Use that to apply the alcohol. And since the bottle is small you don't lose much from evaporation during storage.
I'll have to try that, sounds like a great idea MK. Thank you sir.
Just finished ballasting the two mainline on my layout. Photos to follow.