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    I tried cattails too and kept coming up with a...

    I tried cattails too and kept coming up with a problem of scale. Most of the stuff online is HO, and even looks oversized there. A cattail is max 7 feet high (half inch) and the seed heads are 1.5...
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    The color looks similar to PROX 17124. ...

    The color looks similar to PROX 17124. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3971149 I always check the coupler hoses on new cars with an MTL gage and have to adjust probably 50% of...
  3. I bought a 50 lb box of Sculptamold in 1999 and...

    I bought a 50 lb box of Sculptamold in 1999 and its still good. Its full of fibers which makes it strong (even under tension, unlike plaster) but lumpy. Also makes it uncarveable - you can compress...
  4. That oatmeal texture is normal for sculptamold. ...

    That oatmeal texture is normal for sculptamold. You can smooth it with a wet finger after it sets while it is still damp, but I wouldn't bother.

    Next step is to paint it with house paint or...
  5. I use WS ballast which is floaty. Before...

    I use WS ballast which is floaty. Before spreading I paint the shoulders of the cork with Elmer's so that ballast will stick there instead of falling off and leaving the cork ridge exposed. Then I...
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    Power supply for what? DC controller - buy used...

    Power supply for what? DC controller - buy used on ebay, example MRC Tech 2 $40. DCC controller - NCE Power cab is good, $200. Aux power: old wall wart or computer power supply, depending on...
  7. This is ambitious! Consider separating the...

    This is ambitious! Consider separating the levels even farther to avoid that boxed in feeling on the lower level.

    One thing though is part of the elevator is integral to the lower level track...
  8. Not familiar with Barrett Hill buttons, but as I...

    Not familiar with Barrett Hill buttons, but as I understand it the buttons supply DC power to something, one example being a tortoise. I wouldn't expect any interference problems with DC.

    The...
  9. Are your controllers run by DCC signal or by...

    Are your controllers run by DCC signal or by buttons? what mfg? Model?
    Are the buzzers all on the same controller?
  10. The thread covers a lot of ground, not clear...

    The thread covers a lot of ground, not clear which ground you stand on. BEMF to the track shouldn't affect an isolated circuit to the servos and controllers, so look at how they are isolated.
    ...
  11. Uh oh. BNSF and UP both have something like 8000...

    Uh oh. BNSF and UP both have something like 8000 locos. If there are any more mergers the model railroad industry could have to hire Y2K programmers to fix things!
  12. Ooh, moving parts. Lots of moving parts. Left,...

    Ooh, moving parts. Lots of moving parts. Left, right, left, right, watch the moving parts go 'round.
    Your eyes are getting heavy. You are getting sleepy. You relaxing to a nice easy restful...
  13. Can't say I have a better idea but I can point to...

    Can't say I have a better idea but I can point to options for you.

    I have an operating coal layout, meaning I load and dump hoppers (see my sig). I use Woodland Scenics fine cinder ballast. Its...
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    I see the kinks at the joints. Not sure if you...

    I see the kinks at the joints. Not sure if you did this but helices are easiest if you are laying track as you go, soldering the joints before covering with the next helix layer.

    Joints on curves...
  15. Great footage as always. New drone? Also, the...

    Great footage as always. New drone?

    Also, the towboat at the start has no prop wash yet is standing still in the current. Any idea how he parked the tow like that?
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    Yep, Earth is your friend. 124832

    Yep, Earth is your friend.
    124832
  17. Do you want to print the sign for N scale? If so...

    Do you want to print the sign for N scale? If so here is what I would do.
    RMB and save the file to your box. Print it. Measure the sign on the printed paper. Example: 2 x 3".
    Divide the...
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    This. Especially with unit track, you will end...

    This. Especially with unit track, you will end up with a lot of rise per revolution. It will be a challenge too to transition the track smoothly to and from a grade that steep.
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    Look for a joint compound that sets. In the US I...

    Look for a joint compound that sets. In the US I use Durabond; it comes marked as in Durabond 210, 90, 45, and 20. The number is the number of minutes you have before it starts setting up. About...
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    Dunno how close you are to the border, but Dick...

    Dunno how close you are to the border, but Dick Blick stores sell 50 lb bags of Sculptamold for around $100. I'm pretty much done with my layout and still have probably 15 lbs left. School...
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    Is there a Balvenie Station in the Period...

    Is there a Balvenie Station in the Period Miniatures lineup?
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    Very cool project. What did you use for bearing...

    Very cool project. What did you use for bearing blocks?

    Personally I prefer to work with wood, but the traveler would have been an aluminum extrusion from Home Depot. And I imagine its important...
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    Third the above. If you lay a steel ruler atop...

    Third the above. If you lay a steel ruler atop the rails do you see any light coming through anywhere?
    One thing that might help is prop your phone up as closely as it will focus and make a movie...
  24. I bought two applicators before I bought the WS. ...

    I bought two applicators before I bought the WS. The WS came with a power supply. First one was from Micro Mark, the WS is way better - grass stands up more and you can cover a large area fast. ...
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    A drop or two of ink per ounce of isopropyl...

    A drop or two of ink per ounce of isopropyl worked for me.
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