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  1. I've soldered a gap or two. To be worthwhile the...

    I've soldered a gap or two. To be worthwhile the gap has to be pretty big. If the track is not well fixed to the roadbed then glue it down well around the gap with ACC. You need to clean the rail...
  2. Dunno if I'd remove the cork either, but if you...

    Dunno if I'd remove the cork either, but if you do another way to transition is by gluing down successively fewer strips of cereal box cardboard or paper as road bed. ...
  3. What michaelrose55 fails to mention is the...

    What michaelrose55 fails to mention is the industrial laser cutter that he is using. Got it cheap from some place in Switzerland in the '60s....
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    Looks like they used the old tinfoil trick to...

    Looks like they used the old tinfoil trick to cast rock outcroppings. Hey wait, where'd they get a sheet of tinfoil that big?
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    Sticky: Out last pre-COVID bike trip. I'm not the cute...

    Out last pre-COVID bike trip. I'm not the cute one.
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  6. Ooh, stain it with anchovy paste and a touch of...

    Ooh, stain it with anchovy paste and a touch of tar!
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    Lookin' good. Write it down somewhere underneath...

    Lookin' good. Write it down somewhere underneath on your benchwork: "First round trip Oct 2020". You'll see it a decade from now and smile at the memory.
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    Standard woodworking alternative since it looks...

    Standard woodworking alternative since it looks like you have a band saw? Using a compass (the type you draw circles with) set the points as far apart as your biggest gap. Draw a line along the top...
  9. Heck of a job bending those planks! Seems like...

    Heck of a job bending those planks! Seems like the prototype would have blocked off the switches somehow to protect the point rails at least from damage.
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    Tried it but cars derailed 20% of the time no...

    Tried it but cars derailed 20% of the time no matter how I adjusted the throwbar spring, which was a length of piano wire running parallel to the track. It might work in HO but the darned square...
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    African Pirate, that is brilliant! Thanks for...

    African Pirate, that is brilliant! Thanks for the explanation. Didn't realize the computer was doing the dance and not just the uncoupler.
    el Gato Gordo, you probably already know this but you'd...
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    I do this every time I run a unit train through...

    I do this every time I run a unit train through the flood loader; I have to increase the throttle to keep the two-loco consist moving as the cars get loaded down. No issues. Speed matching has to...
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    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attac...

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=114672&d=1602767518

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=114673&d=1602767518
    I use a Peco solenoid switch instead of...
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    I would be interested in knowing how the...

    I would be interested in knowing how the uncoupling works.
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    Don't keep it secret what you want them for... ...

    Don't keep it secret what you want them for...

    I have four IR sensor based detectors. An Azatrax MRD1 is used for an interlock to prevent a dumper from being raised if a pusher is in the way. An...
  16. I bought a 2 oz tub, lifetime supply....

    I bought a 2 oz tub, lifetime supply. https://www.amazon.com/NO-OX-ID-Special-Electrical-Contact-Corrosion/dp/B00HDF9EXE
    Instructions:...
  17. Get the DC working before deep diving into DCC. ...

    Get the DC working before deep diving into DCC. It'll be easier to localize the problem.

    If you have a volt meter I would start by unhooking the power, removing all locos, and testing for a short...
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    You could cut and fit card stock to use as...

    You could cut and fit card stock to use as templates for cutting the sheets.
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    The demonstrator said $1 per blade. Not sure...

    The demonstrator said $1 per blade. Not sure what fits your model but these off-brands are like 30 cents. https://www.amazon.com/Blades-Cricut-Explore-Air-Replacement/dp/B089QFGRYX
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    We got a Cricut demo at our NMRA zoom meeting...

    We got a Cricut demo at our NMRA zoom meeting yesterday and it seemed very useful for building buildings. Window mfgs list the size of window openings and they made snug fits - press in. Apparently...
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    I've used Woodland Scenics fine and colored grout...

    I've used Woodland Scenics fine and colored grout (unsanded).
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    Some folks swear by Arizona Rock & Mineral which doesn't require wetting with isopropyl. IMO the quartz grains in beach sand...
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    Why not test your rolling stock yourself? ...

    Why not test your rolling stock yourself? Generally all knuckle couplers will couple with MTLs, just a question of how much effort and how hard it is to uncouple, but there are exceptions. Rapidos...
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    How do you even approach making that perfectly...

    How do you even approach making that perfectly circular wire bend? And the evenly-spaced supports, all at identical angles? Aaaahhhhh...
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    Rebuilt the barney that feed a coal dumper on my...

    Rebuilt the barney that feed a coal dumper on my layout. Previously it ran up Z scale track on Z scale trucks. This caused jamming problems due to Z's inherent gauge looseness and the fact that I...
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    It requires surgery. Although I used Grease-Em...

    It requires surgery. Although I used Grease-Em and tuned the trip pin heights on the Blufords, I could only get two of the cars to magnetically uncouple out of the box. So I converted mine to MT...
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