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    Not familiar with MRC Prodigy. Does it let you...

    Not familiar with MRC Prodigy. Does it let you read CVs? The values for CVs 8 and 7 tell you the decoder mfg and model. CV8 should read 11 for NCE, and that verifies the throttle is talking to the...
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    After its all carefully spread, I wet it with a...

    After its all carefully spread, I wet it with a fine mist of isopropyl alcohol, then flood between the rails twice with a 1:1:1 mix of water:Elmer's:Iso. ...
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    Happy with WS, plus I use it for coal. Three...

    Happy with WS, plus I use it for coal. Three colors here. An IPA wetting technique is needed to glue it down.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=115357&d=1604625849
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    I used plastic drawer organizers 25 years ago,...

    I used plastic drawer organizers 25 years ago, Rubbermade IIRC. They've worked out well but lately I've stuck to DCC and only use the two turnout switches....
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    Thanks, its one of the model railroading tasks...

    Thanks, its one of the model railroading tasks that I most enjoy. Alas its all done, finding ways to procrastinate on forestry now.
  6. Same, to avoid the dreaded white spot syndrome I...

    Same, to avoid the dreaded white spot syndrome I mix some color into the plaster.

    After spending a lot of money over the years on Tempura powder I settled on Quikcrete Cement Color as the cheap...
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    Great idea! Controls are on the top but I can...

    Great idea! Controls are on the top but I can turn it on and set the tilt before putting it on the flat car. It leaves the camera slightly higher than the cab and I have to move it a 1/8" forward...
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    I have a flat car that is longer than the camera...

    I have a flat car that is longer than the camera but I'm not using it. It may not be apparent from the photos but the gimballed end hangs lower than the top of the flat car by quite a bit. It also...
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    DJI Osmo Pocket camera

    I bought a $16 cube camera a while back to see my layout from the point of view of a cab ride. It was worth doing but the video quality is poor.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVsnz2JKc3o&t=228s...
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    I have three applicators - cheapo strainer,...

    I have three applicators - cheapo strainer, mosslake's Peco, and the Woodland Scenics. IMO the WS works way better than the other two.
  11. If you are sure you need to power it, one cheap...

    If you are sure you need to power it, one cheap way is to use a SPDT slide switch like this to throw the turnout. https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-dpdt-submini-slide-switch

    Couple...
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    Not an expert but maybe wheel squeal on a curve?

    Not an expert but maybe wheel squeal on a curve?
  13. Weird. I have a No-Ox'd a year ago layout with...

    Weird. I have a No-Ox'd a year ago layout with mostly Peco Electrofrogs. I ran a train for the first time in months two days ago and it went all the way around. In the past any problem with the...
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    I use ME c55 flex with Peco c55 turnouts on my...

    I use ME c55 flex with Peco c55 turnouts on my layout. I like ME flex but if I were to do it again I'd go Peco turnouts (which I love) and Peco flex to avoid the hassle.

    The difference in ties is...
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    Sumner is right, your barge is to scale. Many of...

    Sumner is right, your barge is to scale. Many of the kits out there are "selectively compressed" which allows you to fit more stuff on your layout. Of course, one person's selective compression is...
  16. I used unsanded grout, "Charcoal" color, to gum...

    I used unsanded grout, "Charcoal" color, to gum up my coal area's WS fine cinder ballast.
    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=117042&d=1609183445
    The track repair is without...
  17. Clever. And now I know how I should have...

    Clever. And now I know how I should have attached wires to those itty bitty switches before I gave up and went with larger RS slide switches.
  18. I tried to get a spring switch to work reliably...

    I tried to get a spring switch to work reliably on my kickback track but failed. I ended up using a Peco solenoid switch machine and an Azatrax D2T-3W to control it; its been 100% reliable since and...
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    Strongly recommend Armstrong's Track Planning for...

    Strongly recommend Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation for anyone starting a medium or large layout: https://www.amazon.com/Track-Planning-Realistic-Operation-Railroader/dp/0890242275
  20. Yep: https://www.michels.us/market/railway-work/

    Yep: https://www.michels.us/market/railway-work/
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    Bark won't deteriorate any faster than wood will....

    Bark won't deteriorate any faster than wood will. Might contain insect eggs though - do they kiln dry it?
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    Agree with using ply for smooth "vertical curves"...

    Agree with using ply for smooth "vertical curves" at grade changes. Don't locate any turnouts on them.

    What brand of flex track? Tips vary for "springy" versus, say, ME.

    That track plan has...
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    Can the AR power a DPDT relay instead of powering...

    Can the AR power a DPDT relay instead of powering the track directly?
  24. Seems like its the wiring to or from the juicer -...

    Seems like its the wiring to or from the juicer - some connection is not solid or wire strands are broken. To test, get a wire with alligator clips and use it to add a duplicate parallel wire. Do...
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    Peco code 55 will probably mate with code 80 OK...

    Peco code 55 will probably mate with code 80 OK but to join it to other mfg's code 55 you have to do surgery on the rails. Also Peco ties are wider and wider spaced than others, but once you ballast...
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