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    Sticky: Works in progress: a pair of WC GPs....

    Works in progress: a pair of WC GPs.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=114865&d=1603287693
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    Roundhouse was smart and released these cars as a...

    Roundhouse was smart and released these cars as a kit. Athearn might as well do that. I upgraded many of the ones I had with GMM detail kits. That helped significantly....
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    This is Athearn’s most disappointing car. They...

    This is Athearn’s most disappointing car. They are pumping out Roundhouse cars with zero detail while they have the best tank cars on the market at the same time (the 33k cars). On the previous run...
  4. Thread: N scale ballast

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    I use Smith & Sons #50 Penn-Ohio blend and AR&M N...

    I use Smith & Sons #50 Penn-Ohio blend and AR&M N Scale Yard blend. Both are real rock, so they are much easier to work with than Woodland Scenics ground walnut shell mixture.
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    The AC unit is a BLMA part #609 The...

    The AC unit is a BLMA part #609



    The chimney is from Tichy part #2533, with a little aluminum tube at the top to represent the flue.
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    Scratch built, lots of styrene cutting on this...

    Scratch built, lots of styrene cutting on this one.
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    I made some progress on the White Pine scale...

    I made some progress on the White Pine scale house. I still have a few details to add, but it will be the first completed structure on the new layout....
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    I run them on Atlas Code 55, with #7 and #10...

    I run them on Atlas Code 55, with #7 and #10 turnouts and they perform flawlessly.
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    Yes, they are fantastic. I upgraded quite a few...

    Yes, they are fantastic. I upgraded quite a few cars with them, my favorite were the tank cars where you can really see the back of the wheel.
  10. Thread: USPS Issues

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    Normally I love the USPS. I’ve had more issues in...

    Normally I love the USPS. I’ve had more issues in the last month than all my years of shipping. Two packages have been routed from Colorado to Minnesota, back to Colorado and then finally down to...
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    I prepped a bunch of cars for the new layout...

    I prepped a bunch of cars for the new layout (metal wheels, weathering, body mounting couplers...).
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=114182&d=1600653776
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    I’m working on decaling some Boeing 737s for a...

    I’m working on decaling some Boeing 737s for a friend. 7 down, 3 to go.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=113636&stc=1
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    I have a pair of surforms. I will second their...

    I have a pair of surforms. I will second their foam leveling abilities.
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    I have used a couple, Circus City are the best...

    I have used a couple, Circus City are the best quality I’ve found so far. Matt’s new printer is insanely nice.
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    Even if there was one right now, I still wouldn’t...

    Even if there was one right now, I still wouldn’t go. I’m not in a big hurry. I’m planning on hitting a couple big shows in 2021.
  16. This is what I use. It works well for a few...

    This is what I use. It works well for a few tortoises up to 27 (That’s the most I ever had on the layout).
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    I ordered an Atlas LokSound GP35 and some ballast...

    I ordered an Atlas LokSound GP35 and some ballast for the White Pine. The engine will be getting a shell swap and paint job (WC of course).

    I need to order some wood ties for the new scale track...
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    ”Fairly ok” Ha! These are the nicest N Scale...

    ”Fairly ok” Ha! These are the nicest N Scale semis ever made for this era. These are sure to sell out.
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    I use the existing hole in the Atlas switches...

    I use the existing hole in the Atlas switches with Tortoise machines. I cut the opposite side of the throw bar off.
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    On the original question, I design my layouts so...

    On the original question, I design my layouts so I don’t have very large areas to scenic. By only building 18” wide I cut down on the amount of non-railroad areas. For the areas that are left, how...
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    The continuity tester is your friend!

    The continuity tester is your friend!
  22. Thread: Kato Sd70ace

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    Paul, I followed the instructions in an old...

    Paul,
    I followed the instructions in an old issue of Model Railroader. I added a bank of capacitors and upgraded the speaker. I’ll see if I can find the article so I can be more specific on the...
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    Those are foam core mock-up I use before I build...

    Those are foam core mock-up I use before I build the permanent styrene versions. It’s nice because it cuts easily and hot glues together. Once I know everything works well, I’ll start to build the...
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    Yes, I’m going to use part of the 5th yard track...

    Yes, I’m going to use part of the 5th yard track for pulpwood loading. It will be mostly gondolas as the bulkheads where just coming on the scene for the WC in 1996.
  25. Thread: Kato Sd70ace

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    I installed an upgraded MRC decoder in a heavily...

    I installed an upgraded MRC decoder in a heavily detailed SD70ACe a few years ago. I love the engine and have kept it even as I sold off most of the other engines I had. If I had to do it again, I...
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