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    Yeah, sorry gang. I've spent nearly all my life...

    Yeah, sorry gang. I've spent nearly all my life in elected politics and have come to understand that I don't call a spade a spade, I call it a f(k!n@ shovel. I hope to wind that down in retirement....
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    Mea culpa, gang. I would have SWORN that I...

    Mea culpa, gang. I would have SWORN that I posted an image of the top layer. Upon reflection, I posted the image when somebody was asking about laying track on foam over in Trackage. Here you go....
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    Where did I say anything about paint or garden...

    Where did I say anything about paint or garden sprayers? It is already painted baby$#it brown, I just want to add some material to give it some depth.

    Jim
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    Bulk Ground Cover Source

    I have a moderately large 6x6 layout and want to start with a basic layer of green/brown cover. I would guess that half a gallon of each color mixed together would be a good starting point but want...
  5. I used plain old rigid foam 'Home Depot" house...

    I used plain old rigid foam 'Home Depot" house insulation. I needed to build up the layout 3" and 3 1" sheets of foam ($10 each) worked just fine. The nice part is that if I want to run wires...
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    Sorry, guys, so far no cigars (except for Bill...

    Sorry, guys, so far no cigars (except for Bill Clinton) :rolleyes: I have an MRC supply, not a Digitrax. They say NOTHING about setting it latching or momentary. And even though I bought it a...
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    Turning off a code

    Suppose I have a function key, let's say "9" just for grins, programmed to a decoder that turns on the street lights. I press 9 and lo and behold, the lights come on. The question i have before I...
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    Wait a minnit !!!! I just said I don't...

    Wait a minnit !!!! I just said I don't understand how to do what you are suggesting. I know electronics needs a reboot from time to time, but could you please tell me how to do that?

    Thanks,
    ...
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    You don't understand. I'm a newbie. I have...

    You don't understand. I'm a newbie. I have absolutely no idea what that means. I have no idea how to write a code, and to whom do i write it?

    And more importantly , HOW!!!

    Jim
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    If I understood what that meant, I might take a...

    If I understood what that meant, I might take a shot at doing it. Is there a FAQ or some info somewhere on what you are suggesting?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    Yes, I understand that. But when new, this one...

    Yes, I understand that. But when new, this one would not require more than a scale 30m/h to get rolling in the morning, then drop down to 20 for normal running. Now it takes 50 or 60 to get it...
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    Bachmann S4 With Morning Sickness

    I have a Bachmann SouthPac s4 that requires a relatively high starting speed but never gets to full speed even after an hour of running fairly fast. My other Bachmann SantaFe F7 runs twice as fast...
  13. Thread: Junk Diesel

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    Junk Diesel

    I'd like to find a diesel engine that has seen better days (cosmetically) to pull my track cleaning car around my layout. Anybody got a diesel junker that runs well but looks like a whore's drawers ...
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    Yes, I **suspect** that too, but suspecting and...

    Yes, I **suspect** that too, but suspecting and knowing for sure are two different things. The question is whether or not the decoder latches that packet into memory or whether it just keeps getting...
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    John ... Thanks for the detailed response. I...

    John ... Thanks for the detailed response. I appreciate any help I can get. I teach (among other things freshman electronic engineering) and can empathize with students who come into the program...
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    Basic Stupid Newbie Question(s)

    I apologize, but I can't find "The Little Golden Book" of DCC anywhere on line.

    1. If I send a code (say, #8) onto the track, does it just go on once, or does it stay until "somehow" it is...
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    DIY DCC Power Booster

    Have there been any discussions and/or designs published on a do-it-yourself DCC power booster?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    DIY Power Booster

    Are there plans or discussion anywhere about a DIY power booster? Seems it would be a pretty straightforward design.
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    Thanks. I've heard that Fusion 360 is an...

    Thanks. I've heard that Fusion 360 is an up-and-comer. Any comments on that? Autocad is pretty expensive (even in the educator version) to just diddle around with. What forum subgroup do the...
  20. Thread: 3-d Printing

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    Rog on that. I spent damn near a whole day on a...

    Rog on that. I spent damn near a whole day on a simple Bailey bridge and another day trying to create my bride's home when she was a teen. My bag is microwave & RF design and I can do that in my...
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    Yeah, and there isn't much on thingverse I can...

    Yeah, and there isn't much on thingverse I can use. Lots of cutesy stuff but not much meat & potatoes.

    Jim
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    3-d Printing

    Is there a repository of 3-d parts/building/modules suitable for populating a generic layout -- buildings, automobiles, signals, crossing gates, switch electric boxes, and the like? The scale...
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    The problem is that you all are making-do with a...

    The problem is that you all are making-do with a defective product. How long do you think it would take Midwest to solve the problem if 100% of the defective product wound up in their returns...
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    Joining Plywood Seamlessly

    I have two sheets of thin 1/4" plywood that I need to join on a flat layout. I'd like to find something to put over the seam so that there isn't an obvious join line between the two, then paint over...
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    A bit over 6x6. The "ocean" is against the far...

    A bit over 6x6. The "ocean" is against the far wall and a cut under the tracks (with the classic Bailey trestle) about mid-way along the wall for the Los Penasquitos lagoon where my darling bride...
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