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  1. Glacial milk is rock flour mixed with water. Its...

    Glacial milk is rock flour mixed with water. Its opaque so the Mod Podge approach might be best. In theory the color should be sky blue with white added....
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    That is one great looking layout! I don't know...

    That is one great looking layout! I don't know if I'll ever get to the point of not having a to do list for mine.

    Also have to say how rare it is to see one that is complete. People who...
  3. Might try different search words at Library of...

    Might try different search words at Library of Congress:

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=trestle%20coal
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    Next step is to add "ground" over the rock ledges...

    Next step is to add "ground" over the rock ledges and the flat areas that are covered with Sculptamold and joint compound. The four piles are are from my garage: sifted 40-lb bag topsoil, sifted...
  5. I was disappointed at my only attempt at water...

    I was disappointed at my only attempt at water when the stuff I used crept up the rocks and banks by capillary action and created a weird looking meniscus around the edges. I've seen the same on...
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    I was wondering if I would have to toss the rest...

    I was wondering if I would have to toss the rest of that Great Stuff until I realized I forgot a section.

    Its going to be a hard reach to do the strip between the Atlas stone arch bridge and the...
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    Week two continues with talus and washes. I've...

    Week two continues with talus and washes.

    I've saved chips and tinfoil sheets from each layer and vacuumed the layout. You don't want rocks to appear above the layer they came from, so a clean...
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    Does the one in my sig count? Only 20+ cars... ...

    Does the one in my sig count? Only 20+ cars...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzmBQ4As_mc&t
  9. For rank beginners I can recommend the $45 Vilros...

    For rank beginners I can recommend the $45 Vilros starter kit from Amazon. Hard to tell since I'm a career programmer but it seemed to be geared to getting non programmers up and running.

    One...
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    Sweet layout. I've always thought 3x5 was a good...

    Sweet layout. I've always thought 3x5 was a good size, and you can slide one under a bed.
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    Before going further I checked to make sure the...

    Before going further I checked to make sure the rock work didn't impinge. My NMRA gauge scraped on the promontory and sure enough, my Concor hi cube rubbed the wall on the inside of the curve. I...
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    Sanity test time. Disconnect the wires between...

    Sanity test time. Disconnect the wires between the NCE components and the track, remove the locos, check the resistance across the rails for some kind of short. Should be infinite.
  13. Looks like good progress. What does the...

    Looks like good progress. What does the repeatably on the positioning at the ends of the car look like?
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    Snowing out so I got 3 layers done. Start of a...

    Snowing out so I got 3 layers done.

    Start of a Sculptamold strata. This brown color is Charcoal and Buff.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=117435&d=1610765584

    The two...
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    Don't remember exactly where but try by tiles or...

    Don't remember exactly where but try by tiles or flooring. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polyblend-60-Charcoal-10-lb-Non-Sanded-Grout-PBG6010/100092922
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    Just measured mine with my cheapometer. 30vac...

    Just measured mine with my cheapometer. 30vac from the power supply, 15vac at the rails.

    What you get at the rails is square wave packets whose hi/lo times are determined by what signals are...
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    I solder all six rails to adjacent flex. I don't...

    I solder all six rails to adjacent flex. I don't solder feeders to the turnouts, I solder them to the flex.
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    Midwest cork, card stock, or directly on the...

    Midwest cork, card stock, or directly on the plywood for yards. I've seen good results with half an HO cork but it takes more ballast to finish it.

    I stay away from Homasote after seeing the...
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    Correct on all points. No problems with the...

    Correct on all points. No problems with the Unifrogs so far. I have installed more of them, didn't need to make modifications. Not sure if you intend to power the frogs, but if you don't they...
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    Dear Anxious in Appalachia Yes, bar buses will...

    Dear Anxious in Appalachia

    Yes, bar buses will solve all your issue. While bar crawls are more popular than hot solder in the eye crawls, one has to keep proper focus on the objective instead of...
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    For connecting feeders I always thought a bus bar...

    For connecting feeders I always thought a bus bar would be more useful. https://www.amazon.com/Mironey-Terminal-Block-Positions-Grounding/dp/B08HMJSVF6
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    For variety the next stratum is Sculptamold. ...

    For variety the next stratum is Sculptamold. Although initial application is similar to plaster, its has very different characteristics. It sets like plaster but also contains fiber and a glue,...
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    Ah! 8 inches. Some of that is grade going up...

    Ah! 8 inches. Some of that is grade going up into the lower end of the helix. The bottom loops go to hidden staging below the layout which I will probably never build.
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    It helps. I've misted after carving and before...

    It helps. I've misted after carving and before cleanup and vacuuming. I've even had to spray my shirt, the wall... Not sure what the isocyanate curing reaction is but it definitely sucks moisture...
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    The separation is 1 15/16 inches from, say, the...

    The separation is 1 15/16 inches from, say, the bottom of one Formica to the the bottom of the one above it.

    The key is that an NMRA clearance gauge fits on the rail. My gauge fits with a...
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