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    I got some oil drums from Epokemodeller - an accessories manufacturer here who is abandoning all scales except H0.

    I've had my eyes on those drums ever since I bought a small Piko oil depot two years ago, but I've hesitated because of the price. Now the prices have been lowered a bit, and in addition the outlet is having a sale of 25% off abandoned items to clear inventory. So I reckon it's now or never.

    The pics below are H0 scale drums as I can't find pictures of the actual N scale ones, but I've seen them for real and they're just as nice.



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    Got me some TCP Paint on order for a few projects.
    Also for the first time, I finally pulled the trigger and picked up some Arizona Rock and Mineral Ballast.
    This will be the first time I've used real ballast, looking forward to seeing how well it works.
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    Congrats on choosing the Arizona Rock & Mineral stuff. I've been wanting to try it also, but unless I've missed it somehow, he doesn't indicate how much product is in the bag (I went with Scenic Express' blended-gray and dark gray "natural-stone aggregate" ballast in #40 and #50 sizes, where you get quite a bit of ballast for your money). Though, I'm sure the Arizona stuff will look great with your excellently weathered rolling stock!

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    Thanks Metro!
    The bags I got are probably just a bit smaller than WS bags. Not much more cost either.
    My hesitation is finding the right color. I grabbed about three different colors and hoping one fits.
    It's tough finding what their colors look like. I ordered a sample kit...we'll see what happens.
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    Bought some scrubbing pads to cut up into armatures for n scale sagebrush.
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    Went to the Great Train Show in Costa Mesa (Orange County), CA on Feb 3 and bought a Kato SP Dash-9 (to become a fade/UP patch project) with DCC for $80, a couple of covered hoppers and three packs of Kato Unitrack to use as a loco warmup/speed matching training loop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Thanks Metro!
    The bags I got are probably just a bit smaller than WS bags. Not much more cost either.
    My hesitation is finding the right color. I grabbed about three different colors and hoping one fits.
    It's tough finding what their colors look like. I ordered a sample kit...we'll see what happens.
    You can try mixing two or all three and see if you like the effect. In real life, ballast have a mixed shade of colors. I think someone did this in another forum and ther results came out really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metrolink View Post
    Congrats on choosing the Arizona Rock & Mineral stuff. I've been wanting to try it also, but unless I've missed it somehow, he doesn't indicate how much product is in the bag (I went with Scenic Express' blended-gray and dark gray "natural-stone aggregate" ballast in #40 and #50 sizes, where you get quite a bit of ballast for your money). Though, I'm sure the Arizona stuff will look great with your excellently weathered rolling stock!
    @MetroLink... This may be a bit late, but here's some info. AZ Rock and Mineral is right up the road from me. They are very good to work with and are quick to ship product. I weighed three different bags of material and all weighed in between 9 and 10 oz.


    The volume is about the same for each bag and occupies a little more than 3/4 of a cup or a little less than a 9oz Solo cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    You can try mixing two or all three and see if you like the effect. In real life, ballast have a mixed shade of colors. I think someone did this in another forum and ther results came out really nice.
    And this is what I'm in the process of doing.
    I ruled out the stuff I don't want. Which left me with about four colors to deal with.
    One I'm leaning towards is the Kinzua.
    It's the closest to the mix that I've been using from WS for years on my modules.
    It's a mix of 2pt Lt Gray, 1prt gray and 1pt buff.

    Kinzua has a little more brown than I like, but yes I can mix to lighten it up.
    Next is the Copper Range Green Granite, nice color but it seems a tad bit bigger than the rest of their N scale ballast.
    Also like the Cumbres & Toltec granite, which is a little light but that can be adjusted with mixing or a simple wash.
    Also like their Yard Mix for the.........yard.

    I'll probably use all of these for different purposes on the klayout and then mix if needed.

    The one I like now , the Kinzua he later told me that it is made of nothing more than collecting dropping from running other batches and is swept up and collected after each run, so it is basically a mix and can vary in color, which may not be a bad thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnE View Post
    I weighed three different bags of material and all weighed in between 9 and 10 oz.
    Thanks a lot! I could've sworn he didn't used to specify the weights on the labels before. Really appreciate the Solo cup reference photo! Your AZR&M materials selection looks great!

    Not to get too off-topic, but here's an older shot of my Scenic Express ballast on a test-application:


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    I have added to my switcher fleet. A Baldwin S-12. I should receive it tomorrow - 02/08
    It will be receiving tiger stripes.






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    Always nice to arrive home to find a box of model railroad supplies waiting on your doorstep. Truthfully, only the decals, structure and track came by mail, I picked up the rest locally.
    The decals I plan on cannibalizing for lettering for patch-outs. The track is for future expansion. The office is for a kitbash I am working on. The tree package is to make some "hero" trees for the layout. Paint brush and Aileen's tacky glue just replenishing supplies.

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    This comp desk and chair cost me fuel only and is my new work station as I get ready to start building something soon.
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    Woohoo!

    I just got a $150 GRS 004-570 soldering station, brand-new, for $32 on eBay! (Note that the ones selling for $100 is the version with shorter arms). It's basically an ultra high-quality third-hands with a heat-resistant work-surface. The base is very heavy, and unlike the $5.99 imported third-hands (which I also have and is almost useless), it doesn't move when working on it. The pinchers are serrated and spring-tensioned. Will be great for holding models while I glue them together (will also be good for what it's really designed for—soldering wire to discrete components). I also have a very nice circuit-board holder I bought for $12.


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    Nice score! ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince P View Post
    This comp desk and chair cost me fuel only and is my new work station as I get ready to start building something soon.
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    And right infront of a bright window for good lighting!

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    actually my paint booth table is in front of the other window just to the right out of picture couldn't ask for better lighting and yes i'll get pics soon of my free spray both desk I picked up the same day .

    guess you could say I'm on a slow roll at the moment.
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    I kinda splurged and went a bit overboard this month and picked up the following...

    Scale Trains GTEL 8500 Turbine #27


    BLI GE AC6000, Southern Pacific: Paragon Rolling Thunder


    PogoCam (just wanted to give it a try)

    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.


    ...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.


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

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    Holy big bucks Batman! Your wallet must have been begging for mercy!



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    Moose blame Mrs Moose. That's all Moose gonna say...

    Some brushes Mrs Moose picked up for applying plaster:
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    Some Sacks, Barrels & Pallets that accidentally fell in the cart:
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    Some fire irons & hand lamps that also fell into the cart:
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    Some wagons for the LMS freight train that, ummm, also fell into the cart:
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    And a duck! Okay, a Mallard, about which Mrs Moose commented on how we had seen the real Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York, England and "Oh, is that what you're getting? It's so cute, and the blue is very nice..." Or was it "Buy it Moose. Buy it!"?

    Either way, it fell in the cart too. And this isn't even what Moose was trying to buy!

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