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    On the critter train theme - how about a circus...

    On the critter train theme - how about a circus train? I don't have a specific loco or story for that, but it was a common thing back in the early 20th century. The circus owned the cars, and had a...
  2. Thread: Slow but Sure

    by OTFan
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    That's awesome. Great job on the gravel parking...

    That's awesome. Great job on the gravel parking lots and paths, and I like the drainage ditches or small streams and the small culvert under the tracks. The grass and low ground cover looks great...
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    While waiting for other stuff to dry, I started...

    While waiting for other stuff to dry, I started adding some high desert plant life to a little area in the back. Please excuse the cliff at the edge of the world - I have the section to the right...
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    Depends on how big the lots are in your town. If...

    Depends on how big the lots are in your town. If you add in a driveway and a small yard for each house that will spread things out a bit more.



    It does look like a steep walk up to get to...
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    Looks good. For the next one you may find it...

    Looks good. For the next one you may find it easier to put the plastic in behind the windows before gluing the walls together. I'm not familiar with the interiors you mentioned, "cut and fold"...
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    Most of what I've been doing lately on this...

    Most of what I've been doing lately on this layout is spectacularly un-photogenic... like painting rail, slipping ties under rail joiners, and adding little bits of sculptamold around rocks where I...
  7. A little off topic, but there is a neat little...

    A little off topic, but there is a neat little museum in Atchison KS in what I thought was the old Santa Fe depot. The museum covers all kinds of area history, not just trains (including Amelia...
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    We finally finished up the house. ...

    We finally finished up the house.

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    And here it is where it will be on the layout, although we may turn it 90 degrees. We'll have to play with that a little.
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    Well... there are plenty of other things that you...

    Well... there are plenty of other things that you could skip ahead to, like making trees, building structures, casting and painting rocks, maybe even trying your hand at weathering, and so on. If...
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    FWIW, Rich is a member here on the forum as well,...

    FWIW, Rich is a member here on the forum as well, though I don't know how often he drops in. I've never interacted with him outside of posts on the forum, but from that, he seems like a good guy. ...
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    Wishing both of you the best, and looking forward...

    Wishing both of you the best, and looking forward to you being able to resume work on this.
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    Is this the excavator? ...

    Is this the excavator? https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/diecast-masters-n-85556-cat-315d-l-hydraulic-excavator/

    $6.99 at Modeltrainstuff. dave68124 sorry, too late help you, but maybe of help to...
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    If you end up ditching the Unitrack and switching...

    If you end up ditching the Unitrack and switching to flex track, then lets talk those details. Code 80 or code 55, and which brand. There are pro's and con's and lots of different opinions, but we...
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    Yep :) I think you're just fine to mix flex...

    Yep :) I think you're just fine to mix flex track and Kato Unitrack. Peco code 80 flex on standard, 1/8 inch thick roadbed matches up very well with Unitrack.

    Unitrack is code 80 (which means...
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    Glad you're OK after that fall tomcook. Just...

    Glad you're OK after that fall tomcook. Just because we talk about giant scale plunges for our equipment off the layout or workbench doesn't mean you're supposed to go experimenting with the real...
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    Making some progress on the house. We're just...

    Making some progress on the house. We're just using Elmer's glue for assembly, and only a couple of walls at a time to let them dry before moving on. I painted some green behind the windows for...
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    On the track painting front, I got my old...

    On the track painting front, I got my old (probably six years) Model Master paint pen working again, and the color is much better. They don't sell those anymore, but I think I'll order another paint...
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    Although scenery is much more fun, I wanted to...

    Although scenery is much more fun, I wanted to get started on painting the track. I figure if I knock out some of the drudgery now, it won't be so bad later. My paint pen that I used on the last...
  19. Thread: Hello

    by OTFan
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    Couplers come in two basic varieties - Rapido...

    Couplers come in two basic varieties - Rapido couplers still used outside North America and now only found here on older stuff, and knuckle type couplers that look more or less like the real thing. ...
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    Well... I'm guessing here, but if you have all...

    Well... I'm guessing here, but if you have all the Kato track you need for the layout already, try putting that all together. Without the risers it will just loop over itself with nothing to hold it...
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    Here are a few more progress pics. We put on the...

    Here are a few more progress pics. We put on the rest of the sculptamold, unsanded grout for dirt, and ground foam. We also added some loose rocks, and some WS "iron ore" in a pile, and lightly...
  22. Thread: Dream steam !!!

    by OTFan
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    A Great Northern 2-8-2. The O8 class were...

    A Great Northern 2-8-2. The O8 class were monsters, and look interesting with the compressors on the front, Belpaire firebox and Vanderbilt tender. Most of them started life as a 2-6-8-0, were...
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    +1 on the soil. Some options: Dig up a little...

    +1 on the soil. Some options:

    Dig up a little from the backyard, dry it thoroughly (some folks put it in the oven at low temp), sift it, and run a magnet through it to make sure there isn't...
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    Wait... is Moose in danger of getting...

    Wait... is Moose in danger of getting stampeded?!?

    That's OK... I can imagine that tone all too clearly... pretty sure it's similar to the tone my wife uses from time to time... Not that I ever...
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    Finished with the sculptamold and dirt on most of...

    Finished with the sculptamold and dirt on most of the hill. Part of the canyon behind the hill isn't finished yet, and one of the nice things about a layout that comes apart in sections is that I'll...
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