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  1. Thread: On the level

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    I always build with the best purpose-bought,...

    I always build with the best purpose-bought, select-grade lumber that I can find. I'll pick through a whole bundle if I have to. The added cost is equivalent to a new freight car for a small layout...
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    You can swap in non-automatic "Unimate" couplers...

    You can swap in non-automatic "Unimate" couplers marketed by Red Caboose and Fox Valley Models. Just twist out the stock coupler and replace with the new one. It cheaper, they're virtually impossible...
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    Menards sells Homasote; there's one near Branson.

    Menards sells Homasote; there's one near Branson.
  4. Pick an HO scale plan and change only the track...

    Pick an HO scale plan and change only the track centers; you'll have curves that are plenty large, sidings long enough for real trains, and tons of space for scenery.
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    Many ethanol plants in the Midwest buy grain...

    Many ethanol plants in the Midwest buy grain locally, which farmers will deliver directly to the plant. The plants that are toward the coasts are the ones most likely to receive corn by rail.
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    They were so preoccupied with whether or not they...

    They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
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    As Mark's site will show you, those are...

    As Mark's site will show you, those are Athearn/MDC 36-foot "Overton" cars.
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    You still need a chassis and drive to put under a...

    You still need a chassis and drive to put under a Shapeways-produced shell.
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    Railpace maps are derived from USGS maps, which...

    Railpace maps are derived from USGS maps, which are not known for accuracy in track arrangements. You would do better with Conrail track charts or ZTS maps, which you can readily find online:...
  10. Thread: Kato Big Boy

    by railohio
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    There are plenty of people that will only buy...

    There are plenty of people that will only buy Kato engines. Or will simply buy everything that Kato releases. Just like there are people who will buy every thing that Micro-Trains releases.
  11. Mark Watson used Atlas/Kato U25B frames when he...

    Mark Watson used Atlas/Kato U25B frames when he did the Arkansas & Missouri project railroad in Model Railroader 25 years ago.

    The better solution today would be to toss these in the trash and...
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    Just the one that you're about to do...

    Just the one that you're about to do...
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    No photos because the items are already scattered...

    No photos because the items are already scattered throughout the workshop, but since April 1 I've had orders come in from Hobby Lobby, N Scale Supply, and Walthers already. I'm waiting on items from...
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    No photos to post today, but I'll spiel a bit on...

    No photos to post today, but I'll spiel a bit on my fleet. I have separated my models into three categories: Train show runners, club layout runners, and home layout runners.

    The train show...
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    It's "Nebraska" spelled backwards.

    It's "Nebraska" spelled backwards.
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    Where does one turn to learn more about the...

    Where does one turn to learn more about the history of truck models and companies, especially in the regulated era? Is here a do-it-all trucking encyclopedia that railroad modelers should invest in?
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    It could be fine for signs or something with a...

    It could be fine for signs or something with a defined edge, but too thick for labeling rolling stock.
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    Haven't tried it, but I wonder if Woodland...

    Haven't tried it, but I wonder if Woodland Scenics' Scenic Accents Glue would work:

    https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/item/A198
  19. If you're looking for shortcuts in a hobby,...

    If you're looking for shortcuts in a hobby, you've probably chosen the wrong hobby.
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    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49658897808_04...

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49658897808_04787b5953_c.jpgBuildingKitsMarch2020 by The Official Railohio, on Flickr
  21. That's how we've done it in the hobby for decades.

    That's how we've done it in the hobby for decades.
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    Which BNSF paint scheme is your locomotive? The...

    Which BNSF paint scheme is your locomotive? The railroad will turn 25 this year, and the industry has seen a plenty of change in that time.
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    I have an Atlas/Kato GP35 and Life-Like BL2 for...

    I have an Atlas/Kato GP35 and Life-Like BL2 for train show display running that date to 1992, apparently. For the home layout, the oldest power includes Kato E8s (1993) and Atlas (China) GP9s (1997)....
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    Sticky: Forty years ago the hobby was more...

    Forty years ago the hobby was more craftsman-oriented and society as a whole was less fixated on quick fixes. We hadn't yet heard the terms "life hack" or "adulting." Unfortunately, trial and error...
  25. People were asking where this and that forum user...

    People were asking where this and that forum user was at now, and I was just worried that Jeff had stopped buying stuff!
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