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    The moving riding mower is probably another...

    The moving riding mower is probably another version of the dancers/ice skaters. A magnet on the bottom of the mower is attracted to another under the surface. Pretty easy to duplicate. The tough...
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    Here is how I've done cabeese and cars......

    Here is how I've done cabeese and cars...
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=439

    This conversion uses any brand truck frame with one sided insulated metal wheel sets.

    i have used...
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    You might look at window screen material. It...

    You might look at window screen material. It comes as metal or plastic. If you want a really fine material, check out scientific suppliers as they would have finer meshes than in the hardware store....
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    To make your tracks interesting, don't be afraid...

    To make your tracks interesting, don't be afraid of buying a few buildings, trees with bases and vehicles. Construction paper is cheap for roads and paved areas. You can find both concrete and...
  5. Sounds like your layout is just an exchange...

    Sounds like your layout is just an exchange point. Most of the traffic just going somewhere else.

    You might consider adding some minor servicing areas and places to swap crews. Maybe the area...
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    I sold 'em Now you buy 'em.

    Due to financial need I sold a bunch of trains to TrainMaster in Buford GA.
    https://www.trainmastermodels.com/Default.asp

    These trains include many Athearn F59s and Bombadier cars(GO, CalTran,...
  7. I would suggest you first figure out where your...

    I would suggest you first figure out where your layout is. Then you can take ideas from there.

    Often times, layouts without any connection to reality fail, because they don't add up. For...
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    Welcome to the fold. While your layout will...

    Welcome to the fold.

    While your layout will amuse you for a while, I would suggest that design is only temporary. You will most likely find that a layout that gives your trains "a real job" will...
  9. It depends. DCC is not a given in Japan. Kato...

    It depends.
    DCC is not a given in Japan. Kato has a foothold in the North American market and makes many NA locomotives. So they are more compatible. But like most locomotives from the 80s and...
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    Be careful not to paint all the buildings the...

    Be careful not to paint all the buildings the same brick color. While many time the color is similar, because of the natural origin of clay the colors will vary. Age will even affect what you...
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    SThe short answer is yes. As long as a rail...

    SThe short answer is yes.

    As long as a rail connection can be made, any car(wagon) can go anywhere there is compatible track. It is most evident in the supersized exchange yards like The Chicago...
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    If powering your tracks with DC, you might put...

    If powering your tracks with DC, you might put Bi-color 2 lead LEDs inline with your track switches. That way you can prevent accidents. Cool thing is that you don't have to stick with R/G. There are...
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    Green lowing grass, HOW TERRAN OF YOU! Why use...

    Green lowing grass, HOW TERRAN OF YOU!

    Why use a boring green LED to make your grass glow?

    A more alien solution, is to use a Rainbow LED. It is a R/G/B LED with an internal chip. The LED will...
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    If considering Dwarf signals, check out Cheap &...

    If considering Dwarf signals, check out Cheap & Easy ones.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=358
    They are adaptable to any control system.

    The basic design could be adapted to pole...
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    Enough to be able to run completely different...

    Enough to be able to run completely different trains every day of the month. But when you add in specialty cars,the quantity will expand exponentially.
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    The Kato 11-702 knuckle coupler is a great twist...

    The Kato 11-702 knuckle coupler is a great twist in replacement for the Rapido coupler.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=64263&d=1417487085

    A bit more alien is the...
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    When I've bought my new Fine Track it was from...

    When I've bought my new Fine Track it was from Hobby Search Japan. They are much cheaper than Walthers.They sell at 20% off MSRP. Walthers sells at 150% MSRP, even when discounting.
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    When you get the time, you can print all your...

    When you get the time, you can print all your labels on a single sheet placed between the switches and the plexiglass. Putting them under the plastic will prevent the normal wear and tear, if placed...
  19. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Looks properly rotten to me!

    Looks properly rotten to me!
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    If the scenery is done right your snowsheds will...

    If the scenery is done right your snowsheds will look perfect!

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=62453&d=1413231389
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    This looks like a job for B-Train Shortys! ...

    This looks like a job for B-Train Shortys!

    Whether you use an unusual Japanese train straight from the box or build your own, this looks like it could be fun. The BanDai B-Trains and their bits...
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    Feel free to steal ideas from these layouts......

    Feel free to steal ideas from these layouts...
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=345

    While they range in size from two square feet to basement fillers, the plans are full of great...
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    The half inch extruded foam insulation can be...

    The half inch extruded foam insulation can be used just as if it were plywood. Just hot glue instead of screws, nails or bolts. One of the magazines had a multipart article on construction. The...
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    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attac...

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=68702&d=1426198638
    From left to right; Unitrack, Fine Track and common sectional/flex track.

    While Kato makes a good track, Tomix Fine...
  25. Thread: Baro's 3x8

    by ChicagoNW
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    As a youth I used to wander along the various...

    As a youth I used to wander along the various tracks, abandoned and in use, in the neighborhood where I grew up. Since this was the 70s and 80s the ties were wood. Concrete ties were very exotic back...
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