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  1. OK, so after consideration of the information I...

    OK, so after consideration of the information I went forward with my lighting project! I started with the refinery but hope to eventually do the whole layout. There is an update on my layout page....
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    I started putting some lights on my refinery. I...

    I started putting some lights on my refinery. I hope to do a lot of lighting soon. The refinery will be one of the more difficult buildings, I think. Eventually I want the red light to blink. For now...
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    Dang. I would have been happy to do a swap for...

    Dang. I would have been happy to do a swap for you.

    Sometimes DC units don't run well together either. Just because they are all DC doesn't mean they run well together. In fact, that is one of...
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    Indeed, I do want to! No room ATM.

    Indeed, I do want to! No room ATM.
  5. Thread: Fun Ratios

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    OK, I'll bite. LOL. So my main ratios:...

    OK, I'll bite. LOL.

    So my main ratios:
    Equipment on the layout (35/780): 4%
    Equipment per sq/ft of layout (780/15): 52
    Cars per industry (740/7): Appx. 105
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    I mean, I guess a hammer would work. But you are...

    I mean, I guess a hammer would work. But you are still going to have to put a DC board in there. Or wire the motor directly to the frame. But it's easier to just swap the board. Does the board look...
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    ^^^^What Bicknell said. Think of it as a lucky...

    ^^^^What Bicknell said. Think of it as a lucky find. Someone could have swapped it with a DC board, of course, but occasionally people just don't know what they are selling. Also, you have the option...
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    I have been experimenting with Aileens "Tack it...

    I have been experimenting with Aileens "Tack it over and over" on many items. The only thing it has not had great success with is positioning people without bases, so just the two feet. It actually...
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    A motor or motors swap would be a possible option...

    A motor or motors swap would be a possible option as well.
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    Just have your wife keep a roll of dollar bills...

    Just have your wife keep a roll of dollar bills on hand.
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    Oh, yeah. I forgot about CV 82.

    Oh, yeah. I forgot about CV 82.
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    Digitrax DN163A0 scarce?

    Anybody know the story on the Digitrax DN163A0? It seems like nobody has them. Even Ebay doesn't show one listed, though, I really don't want to spend my dollars on Ebay anyway.
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    Hey, hey. That is cool, man!

    Hey, hey. That is cool, man!
  14. I was going to say, the image work on a PC is no...

    I was going to say, the image work on a PC is no problem, it's printing them that will cause the most trouble.
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    I've also seen the coupler box go on wonky. Just...

    I've also seen the coupler box go on wonky. Just back the screw out, level her out and reinsert the screw. But also what the others said... are you sure that shell is on level?
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    The body shell is about as stripped as it gets....

    The body shell is about as stripped as it gets. The handrails aren't as critical IMO. Just do what you can and prime it.
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    So it took you longer but would you say there was...

    So it took you longer but would you say there was any advantage?
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    The ones I've done had a plastic "cage" that...

    The ones I've done had a plastic "cage" that snapped around the whole motor and held it into the chassis. I'm scratching my head as to how those are separate. Could someone have cut them loose?
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    This. What I do INSTEAD of reaming out the MTL...

    This. What I do INSTEAD of reaming out the MTL truck, is CUT OFF the large bolster on the Bachmann car and drill a 5/64" hole so the large MTL pins fit right into the car. This makes hopper car...
  20. What is the smallest LED I can reliably solder?

    Well? Any suggestions? I'm thinking SM LED that will be seen for floodlights on side of building, but also as/under locomotive beacons. Thanks in advance!
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    Hot wire foam cutter, guys!

    Hot wire foam cutter, guys!
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    Con cor is not so easy, IMO. A lot of older ones...

    Con cor is not so easy, IMO. A lot of older ones have that oversized split pin that requires modification. Also older Arnold's can require a lot of work.

    When I think of easy cars, I think of...
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    Yes, sir! My store is selling them like hot...

    Yes, sir! My store is selling them like hot cakes. The first time I went they were out. Every time they get them in stock they sell about 30-35 a day and are gone in 2-3 days. Lots of model...
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    Harbor Freight has 4ft LED shop lights on sale...

    Harbor Freight has 4ft LED shop lights on sale for $20 so I sprung for one above my layout. It makes a big difference. It's less than 2 pounds so I just hung it from the ceiling. Here are some photos...
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    Yeah, I thought this would be a pretty basic...

    Yeah, I thought this would be a pretty basic question but I guess none of us here have actually ever done it. Let us know what NCE says!
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