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    I kinda like making them from scratch. It's a...

    I kinda like making them from scratch. It's a satisfying little bodge from some scrap bits and sprues laying around the workbench.
  2. Thread: Let's talk peeps

    by Ender
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    Let's talk peeps

    I was digging through my pile of detail parts and found a couple packs of Silver City N Scale peeps. Now I don't remember how or when I got these. Frankly the details are chunky and paint is...
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    After finishing painting and installing windows,...

    After finishing painting and installing windows, I got my LED lamps installed on the flower shop along with a couple signs.

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1971/30082411227_1448c6de55_c.jpg
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  4. Thread: Modeling hoses?

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    Could work. You might need to scuff up the metal...

    Could work. You might need to scuff up the metal (or epoxy) surface a bit to get it to hold paint better.
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    Don't forget the weathering! Plenty of...

    Don't forget the weathering! Plenty of weathering. :D
  6. The 5050s are typically much brighter than the...

    The 5050s are typically much brighter than the 3528s. Of course, with any of these you can get higher density strips if you look hard (600 vs. 300, etc.)

    But I'd suggest you buy a few strips and...
  7. Consider a strip of RGB 5050s instead of the...

    Consider a strip of RGB 5050s instead of the blue. They usually come with a transformer and remote, and it'll give more options on colors.

    The 3528s are not bad, but I'd probably go with 5050s...
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    Made more progress on my flower shop: ...

    Made more progress on my flower shop:

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1896/43984304004_d8088aac72_c.jpg

    https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1844/43984303914_69df9b244b_c.jpg


    More here: ...
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    I'm back in the basement modeling again. The...

    I'm back in the basement modeling again. The last major building for this area being a flower shop with a greenhouse attached. It's maybe 2/3 done, so I thought I'd share how it's coming...
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    I just use lightweight spackle. Easy peasy.

    I just use lightweight spackle. Easy peasy.
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    Now I'm hungry.

    Now I'm hungry.
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    After several months of letting the layout lie...

    After several months of letting the layout lie fallow, finally got the itch to return. Cleaned some things up and started a new building.

    I'm making a flower shop out of a WS prefab plus an...
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    What's the loco?

    What's the loco?
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    Since I'm an idiot when it comes to prototypes...

    Since I'm an idiot when it comes to prototypes after 1959, what's special about the GP39? Or GP39-2?
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    Flywheels gooood. No flywheels baaad.

    Flywheels gooood.
    No flywheels baaad.
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    Put a 5K or 10K potentiometer in series with your...

    Put a 5K or 10K potentiometer in series with your resistor and LED. The potentiometer has three leads or solder points, but you only need the middle and one of the other two. There are "trim pots"...
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    Thanks. Let's see... I guess most of those main...

    Thanks. Let's see... I guess most of those main street lights are around 4" apart, but one of them is a little off, so 3"-5" on that one. I staggered them and tried to place them to light up the...
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    Thanks, My big bushy trees are made from...

    Thanks,

    My big bushy trees are made from Supertrees. The conifers are all from Architrees on eBay. The skinny aspen-looking things are ones I made from pine broom twigs and flocking.
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    If thinking about pre-made, I always look at HO...

    If thinking about pre-made, I always look at HO scale trees. More realistic size to my eye.

    When I make them, I do various sizes, up to 5 or 6 inches high.
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    My main street has the post lights pretty close,...

    My main street has the post lights pretty close, but elsewhere the pole lights are spread out more.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7066/13524193915_80f89167ee_c.jpg
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  21. Tubing works, but I recommend copper as it's much...

    Tubing works, but I recommend copper as it's much stiffer. The hole is small though, so you might have to use the tube as one of the conductors.

    I mostly went with long cocktail toothpicks,...
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    I tend to spread the love. Buy online for...

    I tend to spread the love. Buy online for convenience. Buy from the local hobby shop when I'm in the neighborhood, when I feel like being inspired, when I need something right away, or when I need...
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    I just found a small divot in my cutting mat and...

    I just found a small divot in my cutting mat and used that to hold it while drilling from above.

    As for fiber optic; I wish I had luck with that, but I can't get them to emit enough light.
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    I had pretty good luck with the bigger shades and...

    I had pretty good luck with the bigger shades and 0402 LEDs (prewired). Make a hole in the shade, thread them through, add a tiny dab of epoxy to hold everything in place.
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    Yeah, I love them.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/33000594945_b634d01e26_z.jpg


    Unfortunately, once you start, you can't stop.

    I've since added itty biddy lights to a few other CMW...
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