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    I thought the Three R's were: Reading Rock...

    I thought the Three R's were:

    Reading
    Rock Island
    Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac

    Am I rong?
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    Or get them to do it in Z scale because the N...

    Or get them to do it in Z scale because the N ones just look a bit too large. The Z ones would work just as well, surely...
  3. Thread: Awnings in N

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    I have made angular-shaped awnings by just...

    I have made angular-shaped awnings by just printing the fabric color onto thick paper, then folding. You need to map out the folds, sort of like if you undo a box to get it back to a simple flat...
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    When I first saw the green, in your initial paint...

    When I first saw the green, in your initial paint attempt, I could not help but think of how good some Dulux Gold lettering would look against it, and for that matter I cogitated that the white...
  5. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Maybe you can use a sponge to dab on paint that...

    Maybe you can use a sponge to dab on paint that is very thin, almost drybrushing. Make a mask out of some kinda thicker material, blot the sponge out so the white paint doesn't go on thick and...
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    That's quite a retaining wall! I could see using...

    That's quite a retaining wall! I could see using a fine pen or colored pencil to add some cracks or other visual interest to it. And maybe dust it with a lot of dirt-colored weathering powders? It...
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    To be fair, that "tunnel" could actually serve as...

    To be fair, that "tunnel" could actually serve as a tunnel liner if you paint the inside, then situate it behind a decent portal. Five inches might be just enough depth to not see the end when you...
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    Technically, on the stub-ended sidings you can...

    Technically, on the stub-ended sidings you can get away with not isolating, and instead rely on the power-routing turnout to feed to the stub. When the turnout is thrown against that siding, it will...
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    If you're running off of alligator clips, then my...

    If you're running off of alligator clips, then my guess is that you don't have the track carved into blocks at all. As @DrifterNL mentions, the track downstream of the frog needs to be electrically...
  10. I used a pair of these shells, coupled with a...

    I used a pair of these shells, coupled with a chassis from a Life-Like C-425, to make a high nose version (using the rear notch-nosed face to make a high nose). That was one year before Atlas came...
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    I'm interested in seeing a Southern 2-8-6-0,...

    I'm interested in seeing a Southern 2-8-6-0, actually.
    That sounds freaky.

    EDIT: it would especially freaky, since the prototype would actually be a 2-6-8-0, which I learned with a bit of Google...
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    Well... I do believe that I saw a...

    Well...

    I do believe that I saw a first-generation diesel and a sexy steam engine in one of those videos, pulling a train that included one boxcar that had no roofwalks. That little anachronism...
  13. Thread: Just starting

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    If you look at my example, there's two things...

    If you look at my example, there's two things helping the treeline look like trees. First, it doesn't have straight edges, rather it has an irregular lumpy profile. The lumps aren't meant to be...
  14. Thread: Tomix 4x8 layout

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    I like how the yard is organized, the one thing I...

    I like how the yard is organized, the one thing I think it is missing in order to function properly is some form of a drill track or yard lead, where a switcher can back out with cuts of cars without...
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    I like Heiko suggestions especially regarding the...

    I like Heiko suggestions especially regarding the runaround. I would be inclined to make that runaround slightly longer by moving the left-end turnout that leads to staging a bit further left, and...
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    Happy Birthday! May The 4th Be With You!

    Happy Birthday!

    May The 4th Be With You!
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    Happy Birthday! I have to wonder what shape...

    Happy Birthday!

    I have to wonder what shape your birthday cake will be in after you finish kit bashing it, the way you do so many steam engines...
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    Are you going to be painting this? I rarely leave...

    Are you going to be painting this? I rarely leave plastic unpainted, even if it is cast in the "right" color. Even if you don't intend to paint, you may want to spray it with a Dull-Coat or similar...
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    Well to my eye it doesn't look like those trains...

    Well to my eye it doesn't look like those trains are practicing social distancing...:eek:
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    Plan B might be more operationally pure, as it...

    Plan B might be more operationally pure, as it supports point-to-point ops in the form of a "turn", i.e. a local train that originates in a yard, runs out to switch some industries, then returns back...
  21. I have had good success by painting my concrete...

    I have had good success by painting my concrete surfaces using thinned acrylic paints into which I blend a small amount of joint compound, a.k.a. drywall mud. This imparts a gritty texture and flat...
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    I'm glad to see you got the lintels and sills...

    I'm glad to see you got the lintels and sills painted into a concrete or stone color. I was about to type a comment on that, while getting caught up in the thread, and then in the very last photos...
  23. I think the camo brown for the track is just...

    I think the camo brown for the track is just fine, but if you want to juice it up a bit, you can use a wash. Specifically, I am thinking of a more rusty brown color that you thin down and flow onto...
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    I have a lot of my own predilections regarding...

    I have a lot of my own predilections regarding tracks that run diagonally through scenes, so I'm glad to see what you've got going on here. I had some ideas and will present them here, but some...
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    I didn't see mention made of whether that...

    I didn't see mention made of whether that crossing where the main crosses a siding is actually meant to be a double-slip switch. Assuming it would just be a normal crossing, then you actually don't...
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