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    One other worth checking out is...

    One other worth checking out is https://www.taydaelectronics.com/.
    Like futurelec they are global, very cheap, and carry some unique parts, but unlike futurelec they seem reliable:...
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    I read an article in MR back when I was in middle...

    I read an article in MR back when I was in middle school in the 1960s about someone who had used actual window glass for a similar effect. I believe he used alcohol-based dyes or inks to put a...
  3. Thread: Paper Models

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    Webspinner, I love your work. I also do most of...

    Webspinner, I love your work. I also do most of my buildings in paper.
    It's easier to get some details closer to N scale in 2D than in 3D.
    I can print at 600 dots per inch, but my hands can't...
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    My solution was: square pin + a little x-acto...

    My solution was: square pin + a little x-acto work = D-shaped! The other way around (d pin into square hole) works fine. Dremel is probably even quicker.
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    Some unique photo-collaged structures

    Over the past few days, I've been digitally photo-collaging some cardstock structures for my railroad set in northwestern New Jersey.

    Here is one structure, an excavator's place of business in...
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    The closest railfanning spot is just down the...

    The closest railfanning spot is just down the street from the hobby shop where the NS Lehigh Line (ex-LV) crosses New Market Road. There is a park there with one gazebo off New Market Road that is...
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    I want to give another shout out to the Model...

    I want to give another shout out to the Model Railroad Shop. I shopped there from the 1960s until I moved away last year. Two stories:

    When I was 12 I got the notion to scratchbuild a #8 Code...
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    I can also state that, IMHO, the extras alone are...

    I can also state that, IMHO, the extras alone are worth the price. Consider the mags themselves just an excuse for us packrats to clear off some shelf space!

    Van
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    Not true! That's just what they want you to...

    Not true! That's just what they want you to think. Sneaky guys!

    If you change your settings for the file explorer (Windows) or finder (Mac) to show all hidden files on the DVD, all the...
  10. I don't know if any of the replacement axles from...

    I don't know if any of the replacement axles from NWSL are still available, but those are a permanent fix for the cracked gears on Arnold S2s.
    The old part number was 2679-6 for normal wheels or...
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    Curiously, MT coupler conversion kits 1128, 1129,...

    Curiously, MT coupler conversion kits 1128, 1129, 1130 and the like are not as vulnerable to the slinky effect. The reason is that the centering springs are only in compression when a car is being...
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    One more thought: If the wye is just for...

    One more thought:

    If the wye is just for turning engines with no cars coupled, the radius can sometimes go much tighter. Most Atlas and Kato 6-axle diesels will stay on the tracks fine with a 8.5...
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    Hi Tim, Late last year I did a run-down on...

    Hi Tim,

    Late last year I did a run-down on about a dozen locos that work on 117 mm curves, and not just the usual suspects. This was in the thread Roundy-round-for-real-on-a-12-inch-deep-shelf. ...
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    I picked up one of the new all-silver Susie-Q...

    I picked up one of the new all-silver Susie-Q RS1s from Atlas. BLW still has a few in stock at good prices. Seems to run fine but the headlights flicker, so I have some investigating to do. I also...
  15. A quick addendum to the list of equipment that...

    A quick addendum to the list of equipment that can run on 4.6 radius curves: I went out and got one of the new(ish) Arnold SW-1 switchers. That definitely would be my new go-to switcher for...
  16. Actually, it's called dentil molding (weird...

    Actually, it's called dentil molding (weird spelling). The ancient Greeks invented it.
    It's this stuff.
    93807

    Sorta looks like teeth, though. Big box building stores all carry it.
  17. The thickness of that undercut foamcore is great...

    The thickness of that undercut foamcore is great for when the ground needs to be the same height as the tops of the ties, or even a little above.
    I have seen ties literally buried in dirt and...
  18. My Tentative Conclusions

    Is this worth doing?

    Certainly if you can use a deeper shelf, do so! If you have 14+ inches of depth and don't go tighter than 6 inch radius, much more equipment can operate, as I listed in an...
  19. Engines for ultra-sharp Roundy-Round

    Engines that handle this small radius are few. They need a short wheelbase, and the power train must not bind at either the truck mounts or the worm gears on the sharp curves. For most of the...
  20. Rolling Stock for Ultra-Sharp Roundy-Round

    In these tight conditions, I am only running short freight trains of less than 7 cars, with almost all cars 40 feet or shorter. The maximum train length depends strongly on the weight of the engine;...
  21. Roundy-round for real on a 12 inch deep shelf?

    In a word, yes.

    In earlier comments in another thread I described experiments running N scale freight trains on 6 inch radius Unitrack. I found that a surprising amount of equipment could run...
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    When mine get balky, it's usually some dirt in...

    When mine get balky, it's usually some dirt in the pickup. A Q-tip or micro-brush with alcohol on the back of the wheels as they spin usually helps.
    I don't know if that is precisely your symptom.
  23. I mostly concur, but there are a couple of...

    I mostly concur, but there are a couple of reasons I'm not ready to give up on MRR completely.

    1. Product reviews -- more than in MRH
    2. Tony Koester's column
    3. Access to the all-time digital...
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    I've been experimenting with improving (??) a...

    I've been experimenting with improving (??) a bunch of Atlas beer can tankers without using parts from GMM or Plano. I thin down the ladders with a #11, add in some missing railings, and paint any...
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    Just a couple per diem boxcars so far....

    Earlier this month I picked up a couple per diem boxcars from MTS, late-70's prototype vintage.

    I was especially glad to see the Athearn Rahway Valley car. As a regular NJ Transit rider I pass...
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