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    Hats off if you have mastered drywall as well as...

    Hats off if you have mastered drywall as well as you mastered model railroading. I can make anything out of wood but I cannot make a simple flat taped seam out of drywall compound, no matter what.
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    Applying horticultural icing on last winter's...

    Applying horticultural icing on last winter's geological wedding cake project, working from the top down. I got a WS static grass applicator; way better than what I used in the past. Before and...
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    Peco has a big assortment of not-spring colors...

    Peco has a big assortment of not-spring colors including "summer", "autumn", "winter", "patchy", and "dead". I would pick at least two and combine them, otherwise things look too uniform. Also...
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    If you want plain old thin styrene sheet for...

    If you want plain old thin styrene sheet for cheap, the No Tresspassing signs at Wallyworld are about a buck a square foot.
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    You've probably already thought of this but make...

    You've probably already thought of this but make sure the trucks are free to swivel and the wheels are in gauge. I installed one of the trucks backward on one of my Atlas's (don't remember which)...
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    I never had rusted spring problems with Peco, it...

    I never had rusted spring problems with Peco, it was always some piece of stuff, usually ballast, between the point and side rail. On my current layout I decided to convert each turnout before...
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    Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn...

    Paul Schmidt, if those are ground up autumn leaves on the ground, how do you grind them? I'm trying to use a coffee grinder but it keeps jamming.
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    Wow, those floodlights look great! $44 shipping...

    Wow, those floodlights look great! $44 shipping on eBay though... my peeps will have to use flashlights.
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    Amazing how detailed you have to get so that the...

    Amazing how detailed you have to get so that the contractor doesn't screw it up. I wonder what they are supposed to do with the 15,700 (yards? tons?) of "unsuitable soils".
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    One way to get knuckle (but not MTL) into a...

    One way to get knuckle (but not MTL) into a Rapido coupler pocket is with Fox Valley's conversions: https://www.ebay.com/p/1777929464?iid=293016809822 I think Intermountain sells them too. These...
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    Also like ME flex for a number of reasons. One...

    Also like ME flex for a number of reasons. One thing people have issues with, and it happened to me, is once you bend track (or it gets sent with a bend) and you need a straight, it takes a special...
  12. I see that a lot on 3-bay hoppers on eBay. ...

    I see that a lot on 3-bay hoppers on eBay. Listing Lifelike as Atlas or Concor at Atlas and Concor prices, but somehow never ever listing Atlas or Concor as Lifelike and selling for Lifelike prices.
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    I decided to toss the flex but keep the turnouts....

    I decided to toss the flex but keep the turnouts. Used a Dremel with cutoff wheel to cut the rails all the way thru the ties on the flex leading to the turnouts, leaving about 3/8 inch of flex rail...
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    Almost finished a project that has taken a month,...

    Almost finished a project that has taken a month, upgrading my unit train hoppers. I converted all the rubber band rotary couplers to fishing swivels, painted the swivels, added white paint to the...
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    Turntables. And Walthers sells the (previously...

    Turntables. And Walthers sells the (previously Faller) motorized oil pump. The State Street Models dumper kit is long out of production.
    Some MTL cars have parts that move - box car doors, 3-bay...
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    Heck yes. A passenger layout will have more...

    Heck yes.


    A passenger layout will have more mainline, a freight layout will have more places to spot cars. Reason being a town is only going to have one station (per railroad at least), whereas...
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    If the wire is snug in the hole its easy. Pull...

    If the wire is snug in the hole its easy. Pull it up too far and give it too much of an additional bend to the side, towards the rail. Spring action will hold it against the rail when you push it...
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    Miniaturization will come I'm sure, but how will...

    Miniaturization will come I'm sure, but how will they add all the electronics without reducing traction so much that the loco is worthless? N's square cube problem isn't an issue in HO - half their...
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    OK, what's going on? When I short the track my...

    OK, what's going on? When I short the track my Powercab goes thru a 10 or 15 second startup message sequence on the throttle. After that is over it applies power to the rails again so I can run my...
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    Native American tribe names seem to have been...

    Native American tribe names seem to have been popular, are there Aussie counterparts?

    Personally I like reading sci fi, so space ship names like Nostromo, Nomad, Rocinante, Wayfarer, Serenity,...
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    I would soak off any ballast and make them look...

    I would soak off any ballast and make them look clean
    , with extra focus on where the joiners attach. Beyond that I would just clean them normally after laying the track. Less likely to damage...
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    Review here: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?45636-Peco-Unifrog&highlight=unifrog
    Mine works well and I will buy more when the time comes.
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    How can you resist animating that?

    How can you resist animating that?
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    Having experienced the joy of duckunders I would...

    Having experienced the joy of duckunders I would find an alternative. One way to avoid the "same scene" problem is to elevate the track running back along the wall; that visually separates it quite...
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    wombat457, not sure what decade you are modelling...

    wombat457, not sure what decade you are modelling or how high the trestle is. Per my Mallory's, a 25' 1908 NYNH&H single track timber bent has these members:
    Piles: 10"
    Lower horizontal and cross...
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