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  1. I'm curious what your power is. As a...

    I'm curious what your power is. As a tractive-effort fanatic, the tendency toward lighter frames, slicker wheels, and metal removal to accommodate decoders and sound has a price. You may be...
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    I've also successfully experimented with sliding...

    I've also successfully experimented with sliding the joiner on as far as it will go, and then heating it with an iron (no solder) so that it will melt itself into that first tie, slide in further...
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    If you need about six of anything, the auction...

    If you need about six of anything, the auction sites or Amazon are fine. On a per-screw basis they are absurdly expensive though if you add shipping.

    I've been ordering bigger batches from J. L....
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    There's several production runs of these with...

    There's several production runs of these with different mechanisms. May help here to identify just which one you're dealing with.

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/bachmdt.html

    Any of these is...
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    You'll never be more screwed up than the...

    You'll never be more screwed up than the prototype.

    http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/pictures-3812-733875_n_granja_22maio2004.jpg
  6. For a SOO, I'd take a stock one, weather it...

    For a SOO, I'd take a stock one, weather it until it calls out for help, then 'fresh patch' it clean white over the road name, leaving the original number. Add new reporting marks for your...
  7. On the Hickory Bridge - that is a photo backdrop...

    On the Hickory Bridge - that is a photo backdrop taken looking up the Allegheny from the center of bridge looking upstream. The bridge in the model was a dual pin-connected span 641' highway / rail...
  8. That module has been a big hit at the Altoona...

    That module has been a big hit at the Altoona show.



    https://youtu.be/dEvPcGmDrTA
  9. The creek bottom was just painted muddy acrylic...

    The creek bottom was just painted muddy acrylic brown wash after I put the gravel in. No artistry there.

    The river was basically blended with acrylic paints and a lot of water to blend it, going...
  10. Absolutely love the stuff. I had to try it...

    Absolutely love the stuff. I had to try it after my legacy material (crystal-cast) was a disaster on my Ttrak module river pour. After recovering from the disaster I redid it all with Deep Pour...
  11. A couple quick rules: While there are...

    A couple quick rules: While there are exceptions, any given shortline has a significant preference for four-axle EMD's over any GE or Alco. GP7's and 9's, updated with chop noses; GP20's, GP35's...
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    I've got one that's a 'factory fresh' return with...

    I've got one that's a 'factory fresh' return with the warning label on it, and it wouldn't run. Frame had swelled to the point where the axles had jammed in the slots. Took it apart and filed the...
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    One of the major problems in N is that you really...

    One of the major problems in N is that you really can't trust brand names 100%, and Bachmann has had the entire scale of design and quality from second-worst POS all the way up to excellent at times....
  14. While a lot of the Bachmann 4-4-0 is pretty solid...

    While a lot of the Bachmann 4-4-0 is pretty solid design, the tender trucks are a major design flaw.

    You might really want to look at one of the Rokuhan Shorty Z's just to get the trucks from it,...
  15. As a resident and now historic resident rail...

    As a resident and now historic resident rail curmudgeon of western PA....

    While the post WWII 'oil boom' in shallow well drilling happened up here, the railroads didn't get all that much of it due...
  16. The turnouts in Unitrack - particularly the #4's,...

    The turnouts in Unitrack - particularly the #4's, have a built-in defect that has been a chronic cause of derailments but is not impossible to fix.

    The points do not mesh into the stock rail, and...
  17. I did brass carburetor screen on the 'open' part...

    I did brass carburetor screen on the 'open' part of the radiators on one of David's shells where he left it open.
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    Have to stand up for my Santa Fe: Model power...

    Have to stand up for my Santa Fe: Model power did their 4-6-2 in the "Valley Flyer" scheme:

    http://www.trainweb.org/fredatsf/flyer39_files/image008.gif

    Con-Cor may have tried that on the 4-6-4...
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    The Trix 0-6-0 has fairly good frame and chassis...

    The Trix 0-6-0 has fairly good frame and chassis but in my mind that's where it stops. It's your classic case of performance linked to pickup and getting 8x8 pickup in the tender is crucial. Given...
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    Now you've got it. Good job.

    Now you've got it. Good job.
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    Kits are shipping now. I send out the...

    Kits are shipping now. I send out the instructions first before I'll accept an order because make no mistake, this is a challenging kit. But I'm satisfied that's it's both repeatable and worth...
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    I had an article in RMC a few years back about...

    I had an article in RMC a few years back about doing the ATSF 199361 plow in N scale, using the Dimitrains rotary blade, modified shroud, and hacking up a Bachmann tender.

    I put an inexpensive...
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    Here's the photo: ...

    Here's the photo:

    http://www.randgust.com/Nn3cross1.jpg
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    Well, I got my Nn3 Climax A working well enough,...

    Well, I got my Nn3 Climax A working well enough, and got some Rohukan imitation-unitrack pieces (sharp radius) and decided to just try cutting up an Atlas 90-degree C80 crossing that I had laying...
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    Excellent application. Your placement angle is...

    Excellent application. Your placement angle is perfect

    I think I've got .... seven mirrors at various locations on my layout. After years of putting up with the mirror lines I went to...
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