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  1. Thread: Helix Advice

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    Just something to consider - the helix can be an...

    Just something to consider - the helix can be an oval instead of a circle. That can be a way to increase the run available for each rise of the helix - and reduce the slope, making it easier to haul...
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    And now for something completely different: ...

    And now for something completely different:

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    It's a CG Laser kit. I tried something new (for me at least) to get the chipped paint. I used a little hairspray to...
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    Thank you. The field should have irrigation, but...

    Thank you. The field should have irrigation, but I didn't really plan for it... need to see what I can figure out. Maybe a mostly buried pipe leading under the tracks to the front of the layout,...
  4. Thread: Moose alert!

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    Now we just need somebody to build that road sign...

    Now we just need somebody to build that road sign in N...
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    Thanks a lot guys. Rumor has it there...

    Thanks a lot guys.



    Rumor has it there are even a couple of similar contraptions running around on MT&P rails somewhere... probably being chased by a steam loco with a moose on the pilot...
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    I decided to get out my transition era stuff and...

    I decided to get out my transition era stuff and make like it's 1952. Here's an overview, and right to left on the layout is a Blair Line feed and seed, a scratch built warehouse, and a Walthers...
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    Staging implies a track (or two, or three, or...)...

    Staging implies a track (or two, or three, or...) that you can pull a train onto to simulate it heading off to Chicago, or LA, or wherever. Or that your train can come from, "arriving" on your...
  8. Nice tutorial. Yeah, it may be HO, but the ideas...

    Nice tutorial. Yeah, it may be HO, but the ideas still apply in N (or any other scale).
  9. I love that show! Uh, I mean, my son loves that...

    I love that show! Uh, I mean, my son loves that show.


    (I love that show).
  10. That's awesome, thanks for sharing. The cotton...

    That's awesome, thanks for sharing. The cotton ball waterfall is pretty creative and worked well.

    For ripples and such, Woodland Scenics makes stuff called "Water Ripples" that is a thicker gel...
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    Ballasting and wiring are finished, and it's a...

    Ballasting and wiring are finished, and it's a functional staging yard:

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    The compound ladder added a little extra capacity, and that fifth track closest to the front is all extra...
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    Hairspray works surprisingly well, particularly...

    Hairspray works surprisingly well, particularly for finer ground foam.

    You can also just make a puddle of regular old Elmer's glue and sort of roll the tree in it, if you only need glue on the...
  13. Thread: Im back...again.

    by OTFan
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    Nice cabless B30-7A.

    Nice cabless B30-7A.
  14. Thread: Nskale's Layout

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    You can also cut away most of the doors that come...

    You can also cut away most of the doors that come with those, to leave the frames and a little bit of the door showing at the top to look like a raised door. A razor saw or a sharp knife with...
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    Beautiful locomotive, and that back yard view...

    Beautiful locomotive, and that back yard view ain't too shabby either.
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    Heiko the top view of those modules looks like...

    Heiko the top view of those modules looks like something you'd find on a wall of a modern art museum :)
  17. Thread: Nskale's Layout

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    I think I used this kit combined with the "Office...

    I think I used this kit combined with the "Office and Warehouse" kit to do the same thing, and liked it. Those kits bash very well. You can also get the "foundation" pieces and extra stairs...
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    Absolutely. If you can fit in a turnout,...

    Absolutely. If you can fit in a turnout, probably either at the top right or top left, that allows a spur to the edge of the layout, it would give you the possibility of connecting staging tracks at...
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    Possibilities that come to mind: Dirty loco...

    Possibilities that come to mind:

    Dirty loco wheels (well covered above).

    Gunk has built up where the loco's axle points bear against the metal insert inside the side frame of the truck. You'll...
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    And now back to another of the many things I...

    And now back to another of the many things I didn't plan for on this layout but am now doing anyway - the lighting :) We went to the train store and my son picked out a pack of the WS "just plug"...
  21. Thread: Asphalt texture

    by OTFan
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    I haven't tried that stuff, but looks...

    I haven't tried that stuff, but looks interesting. Just from the video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9EqpzJuy-g ) the part on the station platform where he spread the asphalt texture very...
  22. Thread: Nskale's Layout

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    Well, are there any particular type of cars that...

    Well, are there any particular type of cars that you want to use for those as-yet-undecided industries? And are there any regional things you want to give a nod to?

    Tank cars - propane (like...
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    Feeders are fed, track is soldered and painted,...

    Feeders are fed, track is soldered and painted, and the long slog of ballasting is underway.

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    For "texture" on plastic that is supposed to be...

    For "texture" on plastic that is supposed to be wood, you can use very course sandpaper, a wire brush, and/or the exacto blade Michael mentioned above. Go with the grain of the wood, and easy does...
  25. Thread: ACE 3000 Build

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    Here's a picture of mine (B'mann 2-6-0) with the...

    Here's a picture of mine (B'mann 2-6-0) with the bottom cover off - despite it clearly being on that parts diagram, there is no gear on the rear axle nor a space for one cut out in the frame.
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