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  1. Wow thanks! A standard comb might have too large...

    Wow thanks! A standard comb might have too large a teeth, but I got this finer-toothed comb that came with my WS Static King grass applicator for brushing off excess static grass fibers.

    Now all I...
  2. The Static Grass Express Continues!

    Spent much of the past week laying down the static grass...


    Monday. February 22:

    Finished the base of the hill, and started working up the hill. It's important to work in small sections if...
  3. I've never had this problem. Could the static...

    I've never had this problem. Could the static cling issue be due to an environmental factor in your layout room? Perhaps it has very low humidity and/or static-prone carpeting?
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    I just hope Qantas' trademark lawyers won't be...

    I just hope Qantas' trademark lawyers won't be contacting Australian National's lawyers... :D

    https://images.moneycontrol.com/static-mcnews/2019/03/Qantas_A380-800_VH-OQL_SIN_2012-4-1-770x375.png
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    I like the parallelogram version; it seems to...

    I like the parallelogram version; it seems to resemble the silhouette of a speeding train. I like logos that have symbolic meaning.

    I wonder if the green could be a lighter, bolder shade for...
  6. My solution: Make your own tufts outside the...

    My solution: Make your own tufts outside the layout by applying static grass on blobs/dots/lines of tacky glue on parchment paper, let dry, and peel-off and and re-glue the grass tufts to these...
  7. DCC definitely gives you better slow-speed...

    DCC definitely gives you better slow-speed performance, but it also sounds like your loco needs to be broken-in.
  8. Yeah, I was seriously contemplating using a...

    Yeah, I was seriously contemplating using a shaver, but after testing it out on my Try-O-Rama next to some figures, it seemed just perfect for wild tall grass in N scale. The prototype grows between...
  9. Static grass at last!!! Here we go!!!

    The California Golden Grass (wild oatgrass) grows green in the Winter from the seasonal rains and gradually turns yellow through Spring and golden-colored during the Summer. My layout takes place in...
  10. Finish the Fascia First

    Time to lay down the static gr...Oops, gotta finish the fascia first! Drilled extra screw holes and added screw anchors in the foam, and then filled in the edge gap with WS Flex Paste.

    For the...
  11. I just bought a Woodland Scenics Static King. I...

    I just bought a Woodland Scenics Static King. I use it with a 12v AC adaptor and not the 9v battery. Been applying static grass since this weekend on my hillsides. Been learning more and more about...
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    The only reason for NOT gluing down ballast on...

    The only reason for NOT gluing down ballast on your model railroad layout is if you have an O or G or larger scale layout located outdoors.

    One of my friends recently built an O scale oval in his...
  13. Thanks, good idea. I'd probably have to use a...

    Thanks, good idea. I'd probably have to use a darker green for that, but I'll look into experimenting with that.

    One of my other hobbies is California native plant gardening, and when I was making...
  14. Splendor in the Static Grass, Part 2

    The static charge continues!

    Made some DIY grass tufts by placing blobs of glue (Aleene's Tacky Glue) on parchment paper. Once dry (a day later), I pried them off with a small flathead screwdriver...
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    I would; Digitrax is much more experienced than...

    I would; Digitrax is much more experienced than NCE when it comes to making decoders.
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    I'm proud that my local Amtrak station is an Art...

    I'm proud that my local Amtrak station is an Art Deco structure.

    https://www.greatamericanstations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Los-Angeles-Moser-2018.jpg
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    NCE is a popular brand for their DCC systems, but...

    NCE is a popular brand for their DCC systems, but they aren't known for their decoders. Their decoder line is very limited compared to Digitrax or TCS.
  18. Splendor in the Static Grass, Part 1

    I recently broke down and bought a Woodland Scenics Static King static grass applicator. It was a pricey proposition for a scenery product - nearly the cost of a locomotive, but after much research,...
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    The Atlas double-tracked bridges use 1 1/4"...

    The Atlas double-tracked bridges use 1 1/4" (1.25") spacing between their tracks, so that's the standard I use.
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    Track goes down first (I mean that's the main...

    Track goes down first (I mean that's the main reason why you have a model railroad in the first place...), but ballasting goes after the scenery.
  21. It's too early for my era but more vehicles,...

    It's too early for my era but more vehicles, especially city buses, in N-scale is a good thing for everybody!

    Disappointed that they didn't have L.A.'s Rapid Transit District, as I grew up riding...
  22. My recent purchase from the Suburban...

    My recent purchase from the Suburban Baltimore-based Major Online Hobby Shop arrived today: Two pairs of JTC 53' containers, a 3-pack of the new Athearn 40' containers, a Rix loading dock wing for...
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    The best weathering is subtle. There's a...

    The best weathering is subtle. There's a temptation to overdo weathering, especially for beginners (And I'll be the first to admit that I'm guilty of this).
  24. That's very Walthers though - treating N-scalers...

    That's very Walthers though - treating N-scalers like second-class citizens.
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    I bought a bag of them (The seller is WeHonest,...

    I bought a bag of them (The seller is WeHonest, correct?). They don't seem to be out-of-scale at all; they look 1:160 to me and the scale ruler. They don't come with bases, which is perfect since I...
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