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    Ask Paul Schmidt, this is what he does in 1:1...

    Ask Paul Schmidt, this is what he does in 1:1 scale.
  2. There are lots of ways to fill up the majority of...

    There are lots of ways to fill up the majority of the void before you apply the final coat of plaster. A slightly different idea would be to use balsa wood. RC airplane shops stock this. Buy a...
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    That turned out really nice bud. Soo had a great...

    That turned out really nice bud. Soo had a great idea for ya there. Definitely worth all the effort
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    Many times while constructing modern electronic circuits using integrated circuit chips we are instructed to wear a ground strap around our wrist. This is to discharge any static electricity in our...
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    I like Allen's idea. Lay the downgrade without...

    I like Allen's idea. Lay the downgrade without anything under it and fill the void up with ballast. Soak it with glue. Might consider doing this in 3 steps and it will dry faster. If you choose...
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    There's a pretty elaborate system of hydraulics...

    There's a pretty elaborate system of hydraulics to operate a system like this. I can't imagine the RR allowing the warehouse foreman to operate it, nor would the RR assign someone to do it either. ...
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    What a great period correct idea! I don't...

    What a great period correct idea! I don't believe I have ever seen one before in N scale. Too bad you couldn't have a car with some kids climbing out of the trunk. You could make a slot that your...
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    Notice those prices and tell me the dollar isn't...

    Notice those prices and tell me the dollar isn't shrinking. This has gotten to be an expensive hobby.
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    I remember when your job required you to move...

    I remember when your job required you to move last time and your thoughts of packing the layout. It doesn't seem that long ago my friend. I'm sure this move will go smoothly seeing as you last one...
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    I doubt you could get a 0.10 shim in there Allen....

    I doubt you could get a 0.10 shim in there Allen. That's damn near an eighth of an inch. We all know you meant 0.010 If the frog is in gauge SS454, when checked with your NMRA standards gauge...
  11. Try putting the plastic shell in some hot water...

    Try putting the plastic shell in some hot water to soften it up a bit and then you should be able to press it back into shape. Increase the water temperature slightly with each ongoing attempt...
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    The yard turned out lookin' good Allen, like most...

    The yard turned out lookin' good Allen, like most everything you do.
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    There is window glass that has a wave pattern...

    There is window glass that has a wave pattern cast on to the surface. It is used mainly for shower enclosures. Check it out at your local glass dealer. The pattern might look better on larger...
  14. Well Paul, you really woke everyone up with this...

    Well Paul, you really woke everyone up with this post. With your experience in electronics I'm surprised you haven't just built one of your own. I made mine for less than $10. You can get a...
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    That's a pretty bold statement to make unless you...

    That's a pretty bold statement to make unless you have personally worked at both companies.

    I assume you meant Digitrax has been in business longer.
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    I know we're focusing on structures but my...

    I know we're focusing on structures but my thoughts turn to Raymond Loewy who refined the aesthetics of the GG1s during this art deco period in America. A classic looking engine for sure lasting...
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    Back in the early 80s there was a beautiful...

    Back in the early 80s there was a beautiful layout in the GN/NP King Street Station downtown Seattle. The fellow who did this outstanding scenery used a formula of cement and vermiculite to create...
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    Lookin' forward to you adding the dirt to your...

    Lookin' forward to you adding the dirt to your ballast. I am planning the same thing but was thinking I might try stirring the dirt and ballast together and putting it down all at once. I honestly...
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    Try to make the surface you want as flat as...

    Try to make the surface you want as flat as possible from the start. Layer enough raw plaster on it so you won't have to sand down to the fabric. Sanding dryer sheets will be easier than sanding...
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    I see you found the lights. Those glass beads...

    I see you found the lights. Those glass beads worked, and look, perfect.
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    Mine spent last winter in Montana out in the shop...

    Mine spent last winter in Montana out in the shop with no heat. Looks just fine today.
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    Could you spray it with Dullcote or another flat...

    Could you spray it with Dullcote or another flat clear finish? Definitely try it first on some scrap vinyl to see the results. In the future I am planning to do a peel-and-stick vinyl brick pattern...
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    I understand what you're doing and also can...

    I understand what you're doing and also can appreciate the tremendous number of hours you must have spent on R&D. Prototypes are alway fun and frustrating but your end result here will be well worth...
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    Here's my thought. Put the hopper next to the...

    Here's my thought. Put the hopper next to the building on the Rio Grande's track. Move the sand tower over one track so it serves the track going into the building also. Pull the tower back toward...
  25. I know you've been working on this a long time...

    I know you've been working on this a long time Serdar. I'm happy for you that it turned out like how you hoped. Looks great!
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