Things I've learned

kevsmith Aug 21, 2017

  1. txronharris

    txronharris TrainBoard Member

    I use a silver sharpie on the tops of my n scale Kato and Atlas loco fans, then go back lightly over the edges with a black one so it brings out the detail inside.

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  2. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    I BELIEVE!! Oh sorry that's Jeff Foxworthy's line.

    I've believe or not.

    Very little of what I hear from the news media, very little of what I see on the internet and I don't trust half of what I read or See on TV. Trusting some of my experiences in life but not all of them. Why? I've been lied to before and have learned that some things I BELIEVE, were indeed lies. Never mind what's happening in the world of politics, today. Oop's my bad. I shouldn't have said that.

    Anything can and will end up lost. Now where did I go and put that small screw driver? You know my favorite one. Under the hutch? Oh you darn cat's. Stay off my work bench. Haw! No, not my Dremel tool, my razor saw and soldering irons? What? You've got be kidding how did you get my sander under here? So that's where my Santa Fe ConCor Coach, I bought two weeks ago has been hiding. NMRA gauge? I had that locked up. Aiiyiiyii !!! (n)

    Then there's that thing about prototypes. There is a prototype for just about anything you want to do on your layout. Really? Really! You'll hear me say, "If you look long enough you will find a prototype for anything you want to do on your layout." Makes it sound longer and more impressive. You know, if said that way. LOL :cool::p

    I BELIEVE! There is an equal or worse reaction, to any response from me. Regarding something that went wrong on the layout. Usually at the delight of the four pawed critters that roam their vast world in miniature. Hey, dad! Want to see your back-up mallet, fall off the layout? Swipe! How about this box car? Head butt! No, why are you yelling at me? Okay, I'll teach you to yell at me. There goes your prized SP Daylight F7. Tail slap! Now get off my back. Don't throw me, don't throw me. I'm getting my claws out, had them sharpened last night. Yeeooowwww! Leave me alone. The carrier? Not the carrier! I don't want a time out!

    Did you see that? What's up with the claw finger? :censored:

    Your getting all of this, right!

    I Believe! There really are Gremlins and a Mr. Murphy. Perhaps in a different dimension where we can't see them but ever present at any model railroad function. Hey, they like trains. Especially, the ones that crash into each other or fall off onto the floor. Ever been bumped by one of them just as you are getting that articulated stove back on the tracks and no one else is around? You know there has to be something to it and I'm guessing they are in collusion with the cats. :unsure:

    Men in Black. I'll leave that one open to interpretation but I did wear a black suit for years. :):sick::ROFLMAO::eek:o_O
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2019
  3. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

    When working on something with lots of teeny parts, like most steam locomotives in N or even HO, work inside a plastic or cardboard tray, and sit on the floor or at a low table, like a coffee table, if you can. You'll keep the parts contained, and if something escapes, it won't bounce so far!
  4. Akirasho

    Akirasho TrainBoard Member

    Inevitably, I end up bumping the tray with a knee or elbow with predictable results!
  5. flexeril

    flexeril TrainBoard Member

    for me would be to buy a resistance soldering unit. never going back
  6. WaltP

    WaltP TrainBoard Member

    Grab a neck to knee 'chef' apron. Attach the knee end under your workspace, spread out wide. When you sit down put the neck end over your head. Now when that small part or tool heads for the floor, you don't have so far to go to pick it up. It's also easier to find. You still may loose a spring or too, but you have a better shot of it not finding the multicolored carpet.
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  7. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    I place a suitably small microfibre cloth on my work table, push it well forward so as to not catch it on a sleeve and place my parts on it. The parts can be organized, they won't roll away, and can be easily located and picked up.
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  8. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

    When installing ballast I use six medicine dispensers filled with my favorite ballast. It will do about four feet of N scale track. You can get them from Walgreens or possibly another pharmacy, go to the pharmacy counter and they will give you some for free. Can't beat that price. Ballast was one of the things I disliked with a passion but not now, it's a lot easier for me and only takes about 15 minutes to install four feet including applying glue. Just talking about it makes me want to do some ballast, off to work on the layout now.



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  9. Lawrence

    Lawrence TrainBoard Member

    Plan, plan, plan, and when you are finished planning, leave it for a few days then go back to it and see if it is still going to work.

    Measure twice - cut once
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  10. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

    Lawrence, I completely agree. Too many times I've only seen my errors afterwards. o_O
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  11. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Exactly what I use, too. When I need just a very fine amount, for touch up, I use a small “ice cream cup” spoon
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  12. Kitbash

    Kitbash TrainBoard Supporter

    Buy a label maker. In building my current (3rd edition) Albemarle Division, I made the decision early to label all wires below the table. Now that the layout is pretty advanced (trackwise, still needs tons of scenery), the labeling has eliminated the tracing time below the layout. I use green and red for all rail power and have each set labeled every 3 or 4 feet for the power district it serves. I have also completely separated the different blocks with space so the current detection system won't pick up amperage from block-to-block.

    That's the big lesson I've learned from my previous 2 layouts. When wiring, pick a color convention, stick to it; INVEST IN A LABEL MAKER. Label all of the wires, and keep it "reasonably" neat.
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  13. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

    I use red and black for the mainline wires, yellow and black for the passing tracks and green and black for the yard and spurs.


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