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    There's a lot of falling into that cart of yours!

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    Yeah. Hope you get better with those shaky hands

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    Found an Atlas Santa Fe C40-8W for a deal too good to pass up. Not sure what I'm going to run this with. Maybe a FVM GP60M?
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    The most I might do is a case of cork roadbed.

    I am torn between spending on my hobby or a first for us flat screen TV. Yes we have two large tube TV's. I hope to buy two TVs. One for the living room where my wife of 31 years as of tomorrow can enjoy and one for the garage. The garage TV sure would help me get more done as watching Nascar or football while making trees or whatever sure makes me more productive.

    We'll see.
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    Luckily TV prices are relatively low!
    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    The most I might do is a case of cork roadbed.

    I am torn between spending on my hobby or a first for us flat screen TV. Yes we have two large tube TV's. I hope to buy two TVs. One for the living room where my wife of 31 years as of tomorrow can enjoy and one for the garage. The garage TV sure would help me get more done as watching Nascar or football while making trees or whatever sure makes me more productive.

    We'll see.

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    What he said ^. Also, make your wife happy and get her the TV. I'm sure your tube TV is not that big and you can get a 50+ inch flat TV now a days for pretty cheap. It will change your viewing experience. And a small one for the garage can be had for less then $300, maybe even under $200 for the slightly less famous brands. Its for the garage so you don't need all the bells and whistle.

    Happy wife = more trains for you!

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    You'll save money with electricity too if you get the TV.
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    I've been doing some buying, selling, and horse trading to refocus my scope. Being a B&O guy, I noticed that a little bit less than 25% of my coal drag is actually B&O coal cars. So, I have been able to sell/ trade off some coal cars and received the twin bays below. The twin bays in the front row are all different numbers, the 4 cars in the back are duplicates.

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    Three cabeese to add to the roster. With some added details, the red B&O caboose and the Yellow C&O Life-Like will be looking great.
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    Not really my era, but they were B&O and neat.
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    Finally (after around 2 weeks) got an order of freight I bought from a seller with 0 rating on Ebay (with risk comes reward -- I got these for $2.60 per car shipped).

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    Also got a separate lot that I bought because of the Sharknose RF-16 B-unit which is pretty unusual these days. Also nice to get two MIB Life Like FA-2 (old version) units -- pretty complete setup to create a powered Sharknose RF-16 A-B set. Anyway, figured I would share since the old fashioned shells / packaging are kinds cool.

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    Some really nice lasercut structures from Rail Scale Models http://www.rail-scale-models.com/shop-1/shop---n








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    Oh, that DeSanto's Print Shop is nice. But posting to Denmark, probably not viably. How big is the box? (I have other means (family in US) to import stuff from you guys). And thanks for the link to Rail Scale Models. Haven't seen them before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fum View Post
    Oh, that DeSanto's Print Shop is nice. But posting to Denmark, probably not viably. How big is the box? (I have other means (family in US) to import stuff from you guys). And thanks for the link to Rail Scale Models. Haven't seen them before.
    Contact Steve personally via his website, he has more then that are on his website . Tell him what you would like and he will probably make you a total with shipping.
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    It is not the shipping cost, but the Danish customs. It will cost me around 40 dollars to import anything exceeding $15 (including shipping). And the customs is fairly low, but the amount the Danish Post charge for the handling of customs? Urrghh (+VAT). :-)

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    Streamstyled RPO and Baggage kits for my Lark.

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    Default Pico LEDs and 1940s Bus Install Drama

    Just received a bunch of Pico LEDs I purchased from Evan Design (they have some really nice miniature lighting products) and then spent two full evenings installing them in a 1940's era MiniMetals bus.

    This project started by browsing through EBay and finding some lighted buses (4 for $18.99 - not bad), but half were way too modern. Besides, I wanted the challenge of making my own. OK. Famous last words. That's probably where I should have hit the "Buy it Now" button and spent the last two nights cleaning track and running trains.

    These Pico LEDs are really nice and I've used them in many spots on the layout before. They come with built in resistors (I have also ordered them as separate pieces so you can thread them through small holes, but forgot to this time), so had to cut the wires in order to insert into the small holes I'd drilled into the headlight and taillights. The tricky part is working with the ultra-thin wires, which need to be stripped with an X-Acto knife, and very carefully soldered together. Big hands. Little wires. Thank goodness for OptiVisor. Installed the rear lights and the front lights in parallel, and then the front to back connection in series.

    Install went smoothly on the workbench. Hooked it up to 12V benchtop transformer with resistor in series and everything was perfect. Headed over to layout. Drilled hole for wires, threaded wires through hole, and then hooked up to the 12V underlayout bus (OK, hooking up the bus to the bus). Power on.....Oh. LEDs have a funny way of telling you that they're dying . They kinda flicker a little and emit a faint depressing sizzle. Forgot the resistor!

    Back to the workbench. Fortunately, the rear red LEDs didn't fry, so only needed to replace the front pair. This time I soldered the resistor to the connectors so I couldn't duplicate the LED cook-off. I am pleased with the results and it definitely would be easier if I had to do it again, so perhaps this thread will be useful if you are thinking of trying this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnE View Post
    I kinda splurged and went a bit overboard this month and picked up the following...

    Scale Trains GTEL 8500 Turbine #27
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    BLI GE AC6000, Southern Pacific: Paragon Rolling Thunder
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    PogoCam (just wanted to give it a try)
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    Fits nicely on a flatbed car. The bed on this particular car is metal and the PogoCam has a magnet which holds it nicely in place.
    http://www.fototime.com/A97A617C3C88258/standard.jpg

    ...and lastly, an ECoS Detector (for 16 train position/location feedback), an ECoS Detector Extension (to provide 16 more for a total of 32
    train position/location feedback
    points) and an ECoS Link Terminal extension module.
    http://www.fototime.com/A3A213B036326B2/standard.jpg

    Now, I have a lot of work to do. Thanks for look'n.

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    Nice haul!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
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    Whaaa?! No photos? What-are-ya-new? Nscale.nutters need photos ... ... ... Please? Moose no have time right now for moose stampeding...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicago Rail View Post
    Geeezz John
    You win the lottery or get an inheritance from a rich uncle?
    Nice haul!
    Ed
    My wife was away for business and I kinda went overboard?

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    I picked up 15 Atlas code 55 switches (4 left and right #7s, 3 left and right #5sand one wye) along with a Bachmann 70 ton loco from my favorite online shop. Then I got the replacement for the dead Atlas Shay that I actually bought last month. And today I won a BLI E7 in Milwaukee Road paint (1st scheme) and a 2 bay hopper (also Milwaukee Road). On Wednesday I'll make the drive (150 miles each way) to my "local" shop to pick up a couple of Atlas RSD 4/5s. Lots of snow equals lots of OT which equals lots of train money!

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