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    I learned that the roofs of N scale autorack cars...

    I learned that the roofs of N scale autorack cars are just as thick as the roofs of the prototype! :lol:
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    HEre's my #1 pet peeve about model railroad...

    HEre's my #1 pet peeve about model railroad roadbed (not just N scale, but HO scale): It's way too tall as compared to the prototype to scale. Although prototype roadbed has varying heights according...
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    Modular design - very smart!

    Modular design - very smart!
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    To eliminate the gap and make the track seamless,...

    To eliminate the gap and make the track seamless, I would cut the longer rail to match the size of the shorter rail and replace the adjoining track with a section of flextrack or sectional track in...
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    That looks cool, but I've never seen the...

    That looks cool, but I've never seen the prototype for that type of track bumper before. Where is it from?
  6. Easy: Just find an O scale kettle. :D

    Easy: Just find an O scale kettle. :D
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    Atlas is a good example of those sub brands,...

    Atlas is a good example of those sub brands, though they should have used BLMA as Atlas' top-of-the-line sub-brand ("Best Looking Models by Atlas").
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    They should have kept the Roundhouse name as a...

    They should have kept the Roundhouse name as a subsidiary brand, "Roundhouse by Athearn" and used that for the low-detail, entry-level, budget line.
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    Eeek, yikes. Looks like old Roundhouse tooling....

    Eeek, yikes. Looks like old Roundhouse tooling. Does it have body-mounted or truck mounted couplers?
  10. I bought that Gold Medal Models detail kit for...

    I bought that Gold Medal Models detail kit for the Walthers well cars. I've read the instructions but it's too vague on how to remove the stock walkways. Mind sharing how exactly you did it? What...
  11. Thread: Flex Paste?

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    Flex Paste?

    Woodland Scenics makes a product called "Flex Paste," which is a rubberized material intended to be used as a waterproof seal base for model water features (lakes, rivers, etc) to prevent leakage of...
  12. I cut off those awful rapidos from the trucks...

    I cut off those awful rapidos from the trucks (Walthers was one of the last companies to phase out of the rapidos, which shows you how much they took N scale seriously, but I digress...), put Fox...
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    I've made my own ballast cocktail out of mixing...

    I've made my own ballast cocktail out of mixing different colors of Highball fine ballast. I've also bought some Arizona Rock & Mineral Ballast. You can order ballast from their website.

    I've...
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    Go to an office supply store and get some tinted...

    Go to an office supply store and get some tinted report covers (the ones with the slide-on plastic spine). I've used those in the past for tinted window material.
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    I converted to N scale in 2006 and even back then...

    I converted to N scale in 2006 and even back then rapido couplers weren't on models anymore. Only the low-quality brands (Bachmann, Walthers, Con-Cor, Life-Like) were still offering N scale trains...
  16. If your rolling stock is no longer than 50' then...

    If your rolling stock is no longer than 50' then you should have absolutely no problem with body mounted couplers with 12" radius track. You might even be able to use 60' long rolling stock.
  17. Ack. Here's a re-post of the picture then. Not my...

    Ack. Here's a re-post of the picture then. Not my fault, there seems to be bugs in the forum software!
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  18. I didn't take anything down. There's been some...

    I didn't take anything down. There's been some weird stuff going on this site lately regarding embedded pics and videos. I posted a link to a YouTube video which can be found here:...
  19. Have you tried this method? Granted, it doesn't...

    Have you tried this method? Granted, it doesn't work for maybe 25% of locos, but if you have Katos and Atlases it certainly works:


    https://youtu.be/qJw8lU4zN9k
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    Athearn has usually been my 3rd choice after FVM...

    Athearn has usually been my 3rd choice after FVM and BLMA, mainly because you can still find them. They roll pretty nicely and the flanges and treads aren't too bad.
    I tried the new Rapido Trains...
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    To be fair, I'm sure this has to do with any...

    To be fair, I'm sure this has to do with any issue related to their overseas factory. This is a metal product, not plastic, and doesn't require any painting/detail, so the tooling and manufacturing...
  22. I would like to see another manufacturer...

    I would like to see another manufacturer (ScaleTrains? Atlas? ExactRail?) improve on the 73-foot centerbeam flat model. Red Caboose's offering was okay, because it was the only viable option. But the...
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    That "slight discrepancy" only means the axles...

    That "slight discrepancy" only means the axles still fit perfectly inside a Micro-Trains compatible rolling stock truck with more room for the axle to spin freely.

    They're my #2 choice of metal...
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    Erewhon & Saft (anagram of "Nowhere and Fast" :D)

    Erewhon & Saft (anagram of "Nowhere and Fast" :D)
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    You can't see the photo?

    You can't see the photo?
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