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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.
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    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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    Great, now I'm getting ads for a spray foam...

    Great, now I'm getting ads for a spray foam contractor on a canoeing forum. Looks like Google's surveillance bots are watching us here. Lets see what I happens if I mention Ohio State Buckeyes.
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    Took a couple of days to get back to this. ...

    Took a couple of days to get back to this. Saturday was actually nice, which around here means the sun is out (a rarity in SE Michigan in the winter) and it got up into the mid 30s, so I put 20...
  18. I had no problems with Atlas code 80 flex on my...

    I had no problems with Atlas code 80 flex on my old layout and in some ways it is easier to lay than ME. ME sort of stays bent, except at the very ends. It took a while to find the secret to...
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    My takeaway from the whole experience was don't use Atlas flex. And since you gain a smidge of clearance to reduce the rise per rev with using code 55, I'd go with that.
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    Day 2. I carved the new foam, which makes a...

    Day 2. I carved the new foam, which makes a static charged mess. Now the curve in the track gets around a rock outcrop. I still have half a can of foam but no place to put it. The new foam is...
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    Looks fantastic. Wait, there's such a thing as...

    Looks fantastic.

    Wait, there's such a thing as white stain? You can undo stain? What is white stain?
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    Terraforming with spray foam

    I've used Great Stuff canned foam on my layout to build terrain, then covered it with Sculptamold and Durabond plaster.

    Advantages of spray foam over foam sheets are
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    Weight in a machine tool can be the result of...

    Weight in a machine tool can be the result of rigidity - its a good sign.
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    Wow, did you wall off the garage door? One...

    Wow, did you wall off the garage door?

    One advantage of drywall, since you were talking about starting a fire, is its fire proof. Disadvantage is no woodworking skills will help you to make it...
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    Working on making the weigh scale look...

    Working on making the weigh scale look believable, like in the brochures. Lego for concrete and styrene to hide the IR sensor and wires.
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    My Polly S concrete paint jar continues to solidify...
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