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    Brian, I always love seeing the engines that come...

    Brian, I always love seeing the engines that come out of your shop! Especially that SD40-3 a few pages back...

    WOW! :thumbs-up:
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    Sticky: Karl, sell me your photo diorama!! :D My first...

    Karl, sell me your photo diorama!! :D

    My first N-scale engine this year...
    http://www.ridgelinedivision.com/Roadnames/CP5745/IMG_5531.JPG...
  3. I've just uploaded the next video in the...

    I've just uploaded the next video in the series... Applying decals!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRPy6nVNHrI
    http://www.ridgelinedivision.com/Roadnames/CP5745/IMG_5531.JPG
  4. Thanks very much guys! I got cheez-its, oreos,...

    Thanks very much guys! I got cheez-its, oreos, and locomotives as gifts....

    Doesn't get any better than that!! :D
  5. Thread: Car Weights

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    I use these 300g wheel-balancing weights hidden...

    I use these 300g wheel-balancing weights hidden inside freight cars: Amazon Link

    And this 4"x4" pocket scale, which reads in grams and ounces: Amazon Link
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    Start here: ...

    Start here:

    http://www.microscale.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/60551.jpg

    Decal over the stripe, then letter to your heart's desire. :D
  7. The N-Land Pacific guys are pretty cool, though I...

    The N-Land Pacific guys are pretty cool, though I lost touch with them this year because of my schedule. I'd recommend them if for no other reason than they are very organized, welcoming, and willing...
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    If you go with N scale, be sure to get him/them a...

    If you go with N scale, be sure to get him/them a railing tool... I'll bet nothing frustrates a 9 y/o faster than cars and engines constantly derailing. :innocent:
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    Perhaps another coat or two, but a couple more...

    Perhaps another coat or two, but a couple more questions to be thorough: Which color gray is your base? Under light colors you definitely want to use the lightest gray you have. Also, at this point...
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    That Reefer White is my preferred white, and I've...

    That Reefer White is my preferred white, and I've not had a problem with it... I'm wondering if you've thinned the paint too much, and are getting inadequate opacity... Otherwise I'm wondering if...
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    Regarding speed-matching in DCC, I actually...

    Regarding speed-matching in DCC, I actually bought a speedometer tunnel that identifies how fast an engine runs through it at scale speed. Using this I can set two or three points in their speed...
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    If you use a thick (2-inch) foam base on a wood...

    If you use a thick (2-inch) foam base on a wood frame, you might consider attaching it with screws in addition to glue. I attach my track and roadbed to the foam base using caulk, and haven't had a...
  13. Friends, the next video in the series... Painting...

    Friends, the next video in the series... Painting a pair of BC Rail Dash-9s!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-85pL4nodo&feature=youtu.be...
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    Rub it down with alcohol. That will remove any...

    Rub it down with alcohol. That will remove any water and contaminants retained in the plastics.
  15. Okay, guys! Here we go..... BNSF 630. I didn't...

    Okay, guys! Here we go..... BNSF 630. I didn't add background music because, well, I've gotten complaints... :D

    This first-of-the-series video is an overview. I will cover each individual section...
  16. There's no getting past the need to practice! ...

    There's no getting past the need to practice!



    Thank you, my friend! I hope the videos will help!



    No worries! I wrote them down, so now I HAVE TO see them through!
  17. One should never shop eBay under the influence!...

    One should never shop eBay under the influence! :lol:



    I'll admit my costs for shell modification and weathering is higher than average, but for just a repaint you might be surprised... Thanks...
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    Yes, the ACe is different. Just to be sure, MTS...

    Yes, the ACe is different. Just to be sure, MTS currently lists undecorated SD70MAC shells...

    http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=kato+shell
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    Hey, it happens. When you get into serious mods...

    Hey, it happens. When you get into serious mods you'll start keeping a stash of spare shells... I have a dozen currently myself, and I don't hesitate to combine two or three $30 shells on a single...
  20. Don't be, my friend! I'll show you how I do it so...

    Don't be, my friend! I'll show you how I do it so you can do it too!
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    Like Steve said, definitely for cosmetic...

    Like Steve said, definitely for cosmetic reasons... GE and EMD use totally different truck designs. It's possible the EMD trucks will foul on a GE shell due to spacing differences, but I don't...
  22. Steve, thank you for the welcome and the wishes!...

    Steve, thank you for the welcome and the wishes!

    Paul, I'm hoping this thread becomes a vault of modeling knowledge. Thanks for the welcome!

    Grant, I'm honored sir! Thanks for subscribing!
    ...
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    The AC4400, Dash-9, and SD70MAC shells are...

    The AC4400, Dash-9, and SD70MAC shells are interchangeable if they are from the same generations. The early Dash-9 frames, especially, are slightly different from the later frames.

    The trucks and...
  24. Diesel Power, through my eyes. A treatise on modeling the Ridgeline way.

    Friends,

    My life has become a study in crisis management, and I haven't found time of late to do what I love: build locomotives. In the coming weeks I'm hoping to resume work on the 53...
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    For a thin stripe like Peter is showing I use...

    For a thin stripe like Peter is showing I use decals; for a thicker stripe, like on a SOU unit, I throw paint. Any masking tape will work, I use Frog Tape from Home Depot. To prevent bleed-under you...
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