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    Thanks for the photos and the painting tips. I...

    Thanks for the photos and the painting tips. I have 9 of these cars to assemble, and have been putting it off.

    I notice that on your cars, as on mine, the top lip of the car sides is...
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    I encountered this problem with my Athearn ATSF...

    I encountered this problem with my Athearn ATSF ice reefers, and solved the "slop" issue with a small piece of plastic drinking straw. I also used the MTL washer with the screw and it all works fine....
  3. No, that's not correct. In fact, in your own...

    No, that's not correct. In fact, in your own review of the Unifrog turnouts (which was excellent, BTW) you stated "You can choose to go with an unpowered frog, similar to Insul, by not connecting the...
  4. With Electrofrog turnouts it is possible for the...

    With Electrofrog turnouts it is possible for the treads of some metal wheels to bridge and short out the two frog rails where they 'emerge' from the frog. I had that problem with some old Atlas...
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    You didn't say whether you're using code 80 or...

    You didn't say whether you're using code 80 or code 55 track. If it's the latter (code 55) then two things to keep in mind are:
    (i) with Peco C55 track, the large and medium turnouts have the same...
  6. Thread: Supertrees

    by Ron McF
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    Hi Allen. Sorry for the delayed reply. I've...

    Hi Allen.

    Sorry for the delayed reply. I've only just checked back with this thread.

    Many years ago I used glycerin to soak some tree cutting armatures and didn't think that it made much...
  7. Thread: Supertrees

    by Ron McF
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    A few months back I made several batches of trees...

    A few months back I made several batches of trees using a box of Supertrees branches that I bought more than 10 years ago. They are extremely dried out and I thought perhaps they had passed their...
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    I wrap a piece of cloth (cut from an old sheet)...

    I wrap a piece of cloth (cut from an old sheet) around a small block of wood, squirt on some lighter fluid (naptha), and wipe the top of the rail.
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    Just be careful to not snag the turnout...
  9. I found this photo on the bay, and the pack does...

    I found this photo on the bay, and the pack does indeed say "0.530" (13.5mm)". The pack for the standard plastic wheel-sets states "0.538" (13.7mm".
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    Go figger ....

    Ron McF...
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    I have hundreds of both Atlas low-profile...

    I have hundreds of both Atlas low-profile wheelsets for MTL, and MTL standard (medium profile) wheelsets, and my experience has been:
    - the MTL wheelsets roll a little more freely than the Atlas...
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    Several years back I did comparison tests using...

    Several years back I did comparison tests using Combine ZP and a product called Zerene Stacker, and I consistently got better results using Zerene. My results compared very favourably to those a...
  12. My "go to" wheelsets for MTL trucks are the...

    My "go to" wheelsets for MTL trucks are the current MTL "standard" wheelset with the medium profile flange. They are plastic but work every bit as well as any metal wheelsets in my collection, and...
  13. Thread: Peco Unifrog

    by Ron McF
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    Thanks very much for the photos. I first saw...

    Thanks very much for the photos. I first saw these advertised a month or so back, but the information on what internal wiring they had was limited. Your pics show all that very clearly.

    Ron McF...
  14. (1) A better detailed ATSF waycar/caboose from...

    (1) A better detailed ATSF waycar/caboose from the '50s. The Atlas caboose is way past its "best by" date.
    (2) Intermountain ATSF two-level stock cars in a mid-late '50s paint scheme.

    Ron...
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    It has been many years since I last used MTL...

    It has been many years since I last used MTL magnets for uncoupling. However, when I did use them they always worked perfectly fine (apart from the unwanted uncouplings.)

    I used the MTL...
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    I've never really understood why people have that...

    I've never really understood why people have that experience. My plastic wheels (MTL and Atlas) do not pick up gunk and I've never had to clean them. And while I'm at it, I dislike the sound that...
  17. Thread: Track ClEANING

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    Hmm..., you might be correct. It's been a while...

    Hmm..., you might be correct. It's been a while since I compared the two. I stopped using IPA after damaging the paint on a loco with some residue on my finger tips, but I never felt that is worked...
  18. Thread: Track ClEANING

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    The centre car is an old Roco track cleaning car...

    The centre car is an old Roco track cleaning car with an Atlas body. The other two are home-made masonite sliders that look like this with the body removed.
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    The pads are rectangles of...
  19. Thread: Track ClEANING

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    I've used IPA, but I prefer to use lighter fluid...

    I've used IPA, but I prefer to use lighter fluid (naptha), for two reasons:
    (i) it doesn't evaporate from the cloth as quickly as IPA, and
    (ii) I once damaged the paint on a loco after handling...
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    And now there is this to consider:...

    And now there is this to consider:
    http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=265_379_1089&products_id=6846

    Regards,
    Ron
  21. I wondered the same thing. Surely the Kadee cars...

    I wondered the same thing. Surely the Kadee cars from 1972 and later heralded the 2nd generation? Your 2nd generation would, IMO, be the third generation, and so on.

    BTW - the Kadee knuckle...
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    My friends and I print our own car cards using MS...

    My friends and I print our own car cards using MS Word. The car's photo can easily be pasted into the word document as an image.
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    Regards,
    Ron McF
    https://gulflines.blogspot.com.au/
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    Doug, In that case I will say that the catalog...

    Doug,

    In that case I will say that the catalog is wrong. I have several dozen of the medium and large radii C55 turnouts on my layout, and they definitely have the same frog angle/number.
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    Doug, according to this page from Peco, the...

    Doug,

    according to this page from Peco, the large radius points also have a frog angle of 10 degrees.
    https://www.peco-uk.com/product.asp?strParents=3309,3310&CAT_ID=3315&P_ID=17104

    That's...
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    Dozens of different PWM motor controllers are...

    Dozens of different PWM motor controllers are available on ebay for less than $10 delivered to your door. Just install them in a box or a panel, add a power supply, and you're good to go....
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