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    Build it upside down. Start by building the...

    Build it upside down. Start by building the curved deck upside down on a flat surface. Pin it down, then space and angle the bents to that. Save the terrain building for after - easier to match...
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    Wow, that is one huge amount of cornfield! At...

    Wow, that is one huge amount of cornfield! At that height they should be tasseling; are you gonna model each of the ears? :)
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    Epic rejourney. The new KISS plan gives you a...

    Epic rejourney. The new KISS plan gives you a lot of room to work with. One thing concerns me - those butt joints held by screws and presumably glue. It's not a strong joint but they are holding...
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    And... it'll adhere better if the brass is not...

    And... it'll adhere better if the brass is not shiny - scratch it up a bit with 400 grit sandpaper.
  5. Hmm, so far Kato offers CN, UP, BNSF, NS, Chicago...

    Hmm, so far Kato offers CN, UP, BNSF, NS, Chicago Metra, PRR, CNW, Amtrak, ATSF, and Santa Fe with sound. Do all those road names sell better than CSX?
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    Good thing to be concerned about; biggest time...

    Good thing to be concerned about; biggest time waster is trying to remove bright white plaster from dark ties. You end up staining it. I use blue or green painter's tape wide enough to cover the...
  7. Generally speaking putting the toggle on the...

    Generally speaking putting the toggle on the fascia as close to the turnout as possible makes for easy operation per Tim R's post. However, if you have two yards sharing the same fascia as shown in...
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    Never heard of a herd of moose, Truly thunderous...

    Never heard of a herd of moose,
    Truly thunderous if one ever cut loose.
    Alas, moose are dull. This is just an old bull
    dishing smack and verbal abuse.
  9. What is going to happen to the wall with the...

    What is going to happen to the wall with the garage door? Walling it up? Windows?

    Do you want to reuse the existing layout or chunks thereof, or do you want to start from scratch?

    What are...
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    Hats off if you have mastered drywall as well as...

    Hats off if you have mastered drywall as well as you mastered model railroading. I can make anything out of wood but I cannot make a simple flat taped seam out of drywall compound, no matter what.
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    Applying horticultural icing on last winter's...

    Applying horticultural icing on last winter's geological wedding cake project, working from the top down. I got a WS static grass applicator; way better than what I used in the past. Before and...
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    Peco has a big assortment of not-spring colors...

    Peco has a big assortment of not-spring colors including "summer", "autumn", "winter", "patchy", and "dead". I would pick at least two and combine them, otherwise things look too uniform. Also...
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    If you want plain old thin styrene sheet for...

    If you want plain old thin styrene sheet for cheap, the No Tresspassing signs at Wallyworld are about a buck a square foot.
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    You've probably already thought of this but make...

    You've probably already thought of this but make sure the trucks are free to swivel and the wheels are in gauge. I installed one of the trucks backward on one of my Atlas's (don't remember which)...
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    I never had rusted spring problems with Peco, it...

    I never had rusted spring problems with Peco, it was always some piece of stuff, usually ballast, between the point and side rail. On my current layout I decided to convert each turnout before...
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    Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn...

    Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn leaves on the ground, how do you grind them? I'm trying to use a coffee grinder but it keeps jamming.
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    Wow, those floodlights look great! $44 shipping...

    Wow, those floodlights look great! $44 shipping on eBay though... my peeps will have to use flashlights.
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    Amazing how detailed you have to get so that the...

    Amazing how detailed you have to get so that the contractor doesn't screw it up. I wonder what they are supposed to do with the 15,700 (yards? tons?) of "unsuitable soils".
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    One way to get knuckle (but not MTL) into a...

    One way to get knuckle (but not MTL) into a Rapido coupler pocket is with Fox Valley's conversions: https://www.ebay.com/p/1777929464?iid=293016809822 I think Intermountain sells them too. These...
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    Also like ME flex for a number of reasons. One...

    Also like ME flex for a number of reasons. One thing people have issues with, and it happened to me, is once you bend track (or it gets sent with a bend) and you need a straight, it takes a special...
  21. I see that a lot on 3-bay hoppers on eBay. ...

    I see that a lot on 3-bay hoppers on eBay. Listing Lifelike as Atlas or Concor at Atlas and Concor prices, but somehow never ever listing Atlas or Concor as Lifelike and selling for Lifelike prices.
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    I decided to toss the flex but keep the turnouts....

    I decided to toss the flex but keep the turnouts. Used a Dremel with cutoff wheel to cut the rails all the way thru the ties on the flex leading to the turnouts, leaving about 3/8 inch of flex rail...
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    Almost finished a project that has taken a month,...

    Almost finished a project that has taken a month, upgrading my unit train hoppers. I converted all the rubber band rotary couplers to fishing swivels, painted the swivels, added white paint to the...
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    Turntables. And Walthers sells the (previously...

    Turntables. And Walthers sells the (previously Faller) motorized oil pump. The State Street Models dumper kit is long out of production.
    Some MTL cars have parts that move - box car doors, 3-bay...
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    Heck yes. A passenger layout will have more...

    Heck yes.


    A passenger layout will have more mainline, a freight layout will have more places to spot cars. Reason being a town is only going to have one station (per railroad at least), whereas...
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