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  1. Thoughts on purchasing a new streetcar

    Hello all,
    I have my eyes on a new Kato light rail vehicle, https://www.plazajapan.com/494972768...SABEgLtZfD_BwE It's the Kato 14-804-1 Hiroshima Railway Type 100 car, and it just came available in late December.

    So far there are no vendors selling this in the United States except for Ebay and Amazon. Even all the vendors on these sites are located out of the country (Japan). Has anyone purchased anything ...
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  2. Getaway in Massachusetts with a little railfanning thrown in

    To begin, I'd like to apologize for not keeping up with this blog. In my defense, my business is simply crazy right now. While many of my friends are suffering under the weight of this pandemic, I am not. In fact, for us it is quite the opposite. I fix people's houses. I'm a handyman/carpenter/painter and well, you get the picture. I usually don't have much to do from early December till early February. People simply don't want you in their house at that time and I understand completely. I plan ...
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  3. Lighting up the town Continued

    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    It's unfortunate that some electronics sites haven't caught on to SMD LEDs as a item hobbyists like us would enjoy. But there are sources.

    eBay is a great place to find just about anything electronics related, especially in quantities that are manageable for modelers. You just have to know the terms to search for. If you look for SMD LEDs, you'll see there are lots of different sizes and colors. You can see the sizes from this handy chart from Greg's article on Model Railroad Hobbyist:
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  4. Lighting up the town

    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Finally got around to building my 4-way stop light:



    This is made from a 3mm red LED with bits of heat-shrink tubing cut to fit as shrouds. It's tied in to an Ngineering flashing circuit.



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  5. You ever wonder what happened to so and so...

    So I think I'm all caught up on recent threads and have started digging into the archives of old stuff. Quite a few people come in all excited...post for a few weeks, then disappear, like shooting stars....I just have to wonder where they are today and whether they kept going with their layouts.
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