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  1. Hey, I have to defend my Santa Fe..... I don't...

    Hey, I have to defend my Santa Fe.....
    I don't see how anyone can accuse them of not being PR and advertising sensitive. Who else did TV commercials? Chico?
    And the slogans kept evolving; not...
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    OK, it sounds counterintuitive, as a lot of stuff...

    OK, it sounds counterintuitive, as a lot of stuff I do - but I paint my sky, and cut the sky out of my backdrop prints. I had no long-term success keeping bubbles out, so I tried that, and it has...
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    See your PM

    See your PM
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    I have one survivor Trix F-unit repowered with a...

    I have one survivor Trix F-unit repowered with a Sagami 5-pole and the plating was worn off decades ago.

    It weighs in at 83 grams and pulls 20, rating it just slightly ahead of my original Kato...
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    Wow, extreme thread drift. My frustration and...

    Wow, extreme thread drift.

    My frustration and obsession with pulling power is partly my own doing, but rooted in the 70's and 80's before DCC and sound ever gained a foothold on us. I had a...
  6. The other ultimate cheap fix is to replace only...

    The other ultimate cheap fix is to replace only the Rapido couplers with Red Caboose ones and leave the original Con-Cor trucks intact. That approach only works if you have a relatively static...
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    Victor, I've observed the same phenomenon with...

    Victor, I've observed the same phenomenon with 4-wheel vs. 6-wheel trucks in testing. The 4-wheel trucks almost always have a higher coefficient of friction (pull/weight in grams). And it's...
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    The game changer in Nn3 is Rokuhan Z scale stuff...

    The game changer in Nn3 is Rokuhan Z scale stuff - that shorty mechanism is what made my Climax A possible in Nn3.

    They have two steam locomotives out already - a C57 Japanese 4-6-2 and a Japanese...
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    There's a bunch of comments to make on that. I...

    There's a bunch of comments to make on that. I started obsessing on tractive effort issues when I first got a new Atlas SD24 and it was surprisingly anemic compared to the older locomotive it was...
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    I usually 'roll my own' out of .010 brass wire. ...

    I usually 'roll my own' out of .010 brass wire. But securing them is another matter.

    I used to bend up wire loops but I've found something sorta better. The GMM diesel details (etched...
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    The Bachmann bobber has that strange window...

    The Bachmann bobber has that strange window configuration under the cupola. Surprisingly enough, that did happen, found a picture of one on what I think was the original D&RG narrow gauge, but if...
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    As you're looking at coupler issues, also look at...

    As you're looking at coupler issues, also look at wheels, and where you plan to go with track standards. Replacing couplers without looking at the wheels may also be a poor value. I know with...
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    Sticky: This may be my favorite. Washes and chalks,...

    This may be my favorite. Washes and chalks, with Neolube on the rods.

    This was a Lima-built 2-6-0 for the Hickory Valley Railroad, which was the common-carrier side of Wheeler & Dusenbury, one...
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    Believe me, there's no room in that thing left...

    Believe me, there's no room in that thing left for anything - the decoder ate it all. It has 8x8 pickup but one traction tire.

    I've used Peco C55 electrofrogs in my industrial area, and on my...
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    (why do I always end up being the contrarian??) ...

    (why do I always end up being the contrarian??)

    OK, so as-delivered, they are ugly as sin. Agreed. I only use them on industrial tracks, or in places where it's kinda nuts because reaching for...
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    1) Bachmann is very era-specific, some of the...

    1) Bachmann is very era-specific, some of the new stuff is pretty good
    2) Bachmann is very model specific, some junkers, some good, and some (like the 4-8-4) have been revised multiple times. ...
  17. Thread: size problem

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    The only verified 'wackadoodle' size issue I've...

    The only verified 'wackadoodle' size issue I've come accross - and it's more common than you think - is Japanese N is 1:150 and normal N is 1:160, so yes, the Japanese models ARE BIGGER than normal,...
  18. I've been putting these in (and taking them back...

    I've been putting these in (and taking them back out) for a long time - are you using the original light bulb set or the LED's?

    For the record, I'm a DC guy, the flickering drove me crazy, I...
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    Again, depending on the terrain... you might need...

    Again, depending on the terrain... you might need 4X the water stops as you needed fuel. But that was the easy part. For inspection, lubrication, dumping ashes, etc., the basic rule of thumb was...
  20. Back in 1970 I was deeply into HO, basement sized...

    Back in 1970 I was deeply into HO, basement sized layout I shared with my fathers wood shop. That's a bad idea, as his fine sawdust couldn't be stopped even with walls. I finally gave up and sold...
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    I really do wish I had the skill to make a decent...

    I really do wish I had the skill to make a decent turnout. But not everybody does. I admire those that do, I don't...yet. Everybody has their thing.

    I do like to put my money where my mouth...
  22. Thread: Worm Gears

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    For years I have had a sharp "V" shaped notch in...

    For years I have had a sharp "V" shaped notch in a piece of thin steel that I used to fit between a worm and a motor, put it in a vise so it was suspended, and simply tapped the shaft into the worm...
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    If you're comparing unpainted, unweathered...

    If you're comparing unpainted, unweathered track.... you're way ahead with Atlas C55. Paint, weather, and ballast things, and the lines get a lot closer. So the decision also hinges on whether or...
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    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the...

    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the government so we actually are here to help.

    The Kato F7 is probably one of the most rugged and bulletproof out there.

    As you're a new member, let...
  25. First locomotive I ever saw with a Faulhaber...

    First locomotive I ever saw with a Faulhaber motor and gearhead in it was a rebuilt Rivarossi 0-8-0. Top speed of it was like 15mph and it ran like butter. So it is possible to have a honey one of...
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