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    Purchased another Bachmann DD40AX with DCC. At $65 total, a no-brainer. I will likely order a second Shapeways cowl body. I already have a substantial supply of brass detail parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUCKGEO View Post
    Purchased another Bachmann DD40AX with DCC. At $65 total, a no-brainer. I will likely order a second Shapeways cowl body. I already have a substantial supply of brass detail parts.
    I would be curious to see the brass details that you have added. I recently purchased two of these w/ DCC to round out my oversized, mega-loco UP fleet (also have 2x U50, 1x Gas Electric Turbine, 4x SD90s, can't remember others).

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    Well I got a few Atlas (2x GP9) & Kato (RSC-2) UP locos -- terrible listing means I got the 3 of them for $40 and change w/ shipping. Still need to test them out but at least I got what I was hoping I would get.

    EDIT: These all ran right out of the package (p.s., worse packing job ever). Of course the freebie Kato is the best of the lot. The two Atlas GP9s are a bit loud/buzzy. I tried 'Beardenizing' one (removing inner-most bearing block) but it did not seem to make much of a difference. I will do a bit more research to see if there is something else I should lubricate or adjust. Anyway, noise is not unbearable -- not electric razor-ish like an old Bachmann so will just deal with it if I cannot find a solution. Pretty sure this was an estate sale so do not think the guy offloaded his worst locos, just think they are a bit old and loud (what do I expect for $13 each).

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    Latest buys aside from paint:

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    Decals for my Passenger Line:

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    I definitely had one of those lapses like @Metrolink and... I clicked the button. I clicked it hard. Swiftly and decisively.

    And as we all know, awesome things happen when you click buttons on the internet. 2 Intermountain SD40-2s and a transfer caboose are on their way!!
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    As DPM Kits come without decals, I went ahead and bought these:









    In case no one saw, they are Blair Line Signs.
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    https://www.nscaleenthusiast.com/NSE...ess_979_LG.jpg

    It doesn't go with the Olympian Hiawatha, but picked this up to go with the '48 Hiawatha I have on order.

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    Just ordered eight of these 1:144 F-Toys helos in desert paint schemes. Seller says they measure about 9.5cm long which puts them about 0.27" too long. I also got eight more F-Toys Dauphin helos (four of them black!) which scale almost exactly right for N-scale.


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    1:144 is "good enough" at a distance...in the back.

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    Not wanting to deviate from the thread but if 1:144 will work into a 1:160 layout, I take it 1:148 would also - at least if at the back of the layout with no 1:160 structures around them. Am thinking about some UK buildings I really like, especially a station they have.
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    Often buildings of slightly other scales will work with 1:160. If you look around (not in modern, Boxes made of Ticky Tacky type developments) you will see a wide variation in sizes of doors and windows. I would think that a building of 1:148 would look just fine, especially a commercial or industrial or public building like a station. I have a Faller model of the Castle Lichtenstein that is sold as N scale, but to my eye looks like Z scale - 1:220. It looks okay at the back left corner of my layout, giving a little forced perspective:



    The building at the left, with the tower, is the Faller model. I carved the outlying buildings and fortifications from blue/pink foam in relatively the same scale. Z scale (1:220) is so different size-wise from N that I had to use it with no other N scale buildings nearby. But I would think that a station or commercial building at 1:148 would be fine right next to a 1:160 building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Not wanting to deviate from the thread but if 1:144 will work into a 1:160 layout, I take it 1:148 would also - at least if at the back of the layout with no 1:160 structures around them. Am thinking about some UK buildings I really like, especially a station they have.
    Yes it would work , but not at the back but at the front, it's larger so at the front would even create some forced perspective.
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    Some things I picked up at Eurospoor train show last week.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Yes it would work , but not at the back but at the front, it's larger so at the front would even create some forced perspective.
    Oopsie! Yes in he front as its larger. Also try to put it by itself, perhaps surrounded by some slightly off scale trees to isolate itself so as not to be comparable with true 1:160 items.

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    Two, almost antique, Polish State Railways freight cars. Happy

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    What indications make you think they are Polish State Railways? Not disputing you, it's just that Leipzig is in Germany, and Modellbahnbau is German for model train builder. Good looking cars! How do you plan to use them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Not wanting to deviate from the thread but if 1:144 will work into a 1:160 layout, I take it 1:148 would also - at least if at the back of the layout with no 1:160 structures around them. Am thinking about some UK buildings I really like, especially a station they have.
    I basically look for manufacturer or eBay descriptions which include measurements of the actual item (sometimes a challenge). I then do the scale calculations based on the prototype modeled and determine the model's true scale. Luckily, many models, including some US-made models, are off-scale in one direction or the other. I have many 1:144 models which actually scale almost exactly to 1:160. Most of the models listed below are within 0.125" of 1:160 as I recall.

    1:144 Pegasus military vehicles: M1A1 tank ≈ 1:160
    1:144 F-Toys Dauphin helicopter ≈ 1:160
    1:144 Minicraft NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter ≈ 1:160
    1:160 Model Power "postage stamp" series die-cast planes: "Black Bunny" and "Pukin Dogs" F-14 Tomcats ≈ 1:160
    1:150 Model Power "postage stamp" series die-cast planes: F117 stealth fighter ≈ 1:160

    Note that most of Model Power's "postage stamp" series planes are labeled as 1:144-scale models (or other scales), and are definitely over-scale for N-scale applications, typically by about 0.5" or more (the F14 and F117 are the only Model Power planes I've found which are close to 1:160).

    In other words, a 1:148-scale model from a particular manufacturer, may or may not actually be 1:148, and may or may not look visibly out-of-scale next to a true 1:160-scale model, depending on how accurately that particular manufacturer designed their mold.

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    I think the only way I am going to see the physical difference, considering the apparent inaccuracies between manufacturers, is to buy the 1:148 structure and put it next to a 1:160 structure.
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    Not N scale, but neat anyway! The drawing is of the NP Yellowstone 5003. It is numbered and signed.
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    And these are just warm and fuzzy! But railroady!
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    Post Just a couple per diem boxcars so far....

    Earlier this month I picked up a couple per diem boxcars from MTS, late-70's prototype vintage.

    I was especially glad to see the Athearn Rahway Valley car. As a regular NJ Transit rider I pass their late lamented right of way several times a week.


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