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  1. The thing that gives me pause in your sketch is...

    The thing that gives me pause in your sketch is the plywood base, on top of which you have risers and then a sub roadbed (more plywood?). It seems to waste a lot of hidden plywood for one, and B. it...
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    A while back, I paid $45 I think for a hopper...

    A while back, I paid $45 I think for a hopper that is lettered for the Virginian & Ohio... the famous fictional HO scale model railroad. It is a novelty item, and having it in the same train as a...
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    My version of ground goop doesn't use vermiculite...

    My version of ground goop doesn't use vermiculite or grout, though perhaps those ingredients could be blended in... (cogitating). Instead, I blend drywall mud (a.k.a. joint compound) into...
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    I mean extending the haphazard, odd-angles look...

    I mean extending the haphazard, odd-angles look to include the car shop, i.e. don't situate it perfectly aligned next to the main.
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    I love the foreground attention-grabbing location...

    I love the foreground attention-grabbing location of the engine house! The long lead sweeping around it to get to the car repair facility is great, too. You can have a great juxtaposition of the...
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    NtheBasement I see what you did there... (and...

    NtheBasement I see what you did there...

    (and heartily approve)
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    Well, that's what you get for coming back to the...

    Well, that's what you get for coming back to the hobby in 2020! Couldn't wait until January, now could you?

    (nah, just kidding, glad to see you posting here again)
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    Sticky: Yeah, but those prices are in Canadian Dollars,...

    Yeah, but those prices are in Canadian Dollars, which we all know aren't "real" money... :rolleyes:
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    Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
  10. Thread: Time to wire it!!

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    As a practitioner of the arcane analog arts, I...

    As a practitioner of the arcane analog arts, I support your decision to wire for DC in blocks. Here is how I would carve this up, if it were mine to wire:
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    My preference is to gap both rails...
  11. Forgive me, but I can't resist... You speak as...

    Forgive me, but I can't resist...

    You speak as if you remember being there at the time.
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    Even if a particular piece of rolling stock can...

    Even if a particular piece of rolling stock can manage to get around an 8.5" radius curve, it will be likely to overhang by so much that it cannot get past other cars on a track that is 1.25" away....
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    This plan does feel a bit like it is too much...

    This plan does feel a bit like it is too much track overall, though if you really like switching puzzles then maybe it can be made to work. One thing that bugs me is the notion of a freight yard that...
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    I would love to chime in on your plan, however I...

    I would love to chime in on your plan, however I cannot see any attached file. You mention a .BMP file, that is an image file format that doesn't natively display in a browser. If you can convert...
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    To get a curvy front fascia, you can let the...

    To get a curvy front fascia, you can let the "sea" slab of plywood extend out past the open frame by a varying amount. Just cut your desired curve shape into the plywood. Then, attach wood blocks...
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    I will second what Paul Schmidt mentioned...

    I will second what Paul Schmidt mentioned earlier, regarding L-girder benchwork. Instead of trying to piece together a bunch of open frames that fit snug to one another, you just strike a pair of...
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    Sticky: Why would you post that here, in an N-scale...

    Why would you post that here, in an N-scale forum? The description says that it is HO scale, so no relevance to us...
    ;)
  18. Thread: Veteran's Day

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    I happen to be an Air Force brat too... my dad...

    I happen to be an Air Force brat too... my dad flew and trained other pilots in F-16 Falcons, at least during my formative kid years. The fact that we moved every three years or so is what got me to...
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    Happy Birthday! (belatedly) Hope we'll be...

    Happy Birthday!
    (belatedly)

    Hope we'll be hearing more from you in the coming year.
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    One thing I aim for, when designing a track plan,...

    One thing I aim for, when designing a track plan, is to impart a sense of trains moving from one place to another. Where one has a basement to fill, and the ability to run tracks on shelf-like...
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    I'm curious to know what the track bumper design...

    I'm curious to know what the track bumper design was, because it looks like the car got bounced upward in order to land as it did. It's resting higher than the cars behind, which are still on the...
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    The two single crossovers - labeled as 20230 and...

    The two single crossovers - labeled as 20230 and 20231 - seem like they ought to be traded one for the other, so that the runaround siding returns to the main, rather than to the inglenook's...
  23. Since you've got to step ON part of the layout to...

    Since you've got to step ON part of the layout to get to the desert side, might I make a small suggestion?

    You should designate a specific location where a foot can be placed, where it is over a...
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    I always blend multiple colors, and I apply it...

    I always blend multiple colors, and I apply it over a base layer of green ground foam (again, various shades). I try to have more chlorophyl green down close to the dirt, so my ground foam is a more...
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    Some People Can't "Acronym". (others, they...

    Some People Can't "Acronym".

    (others, they might like to show off a bit...)
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