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  1. Are those greenish-grey rectangles made of glass...

    Are those greenish-grey rectangles made of glass bricks?
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    I've never seen a real heavyweight passenger car...

    I've never seen a real heavyweight passenger car without stairs like these:

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/cache.php?img=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nkpcarco.com%2Fimages%2FOak%2520Series%252012-1-4.jpg
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    For the Amtrak cars, do you mean Amfleets or...

    For the Amtrak cars, do you mean Amfleets or Superliners? I did a quick measurement of one of my Amfleet cars, and it can use high level platforms of about four feet. Superliners only use low level...
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    If you want a high-level platform, the height...

    If you want a high-level platform, the height depends on what the rolling stock is designed for to provide a level boarding surface. For instance, a Metra high-level platform is 4' 3.5" above the...
  5. Quick, someone dispatch some diesel helpers to...

    Quick, someone dispatch some diesel helpers to shove the build thread up the grade.
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    Hypothetically starting from an undecorated...

    Hypothetically starting from an undecorated shell, I wonder what the easiest way to make a more accurate CNW E8 would be. Filling in the number boards on a current shell, or smoothing over the...
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    I got my set today. ...

    I got my set today.

    https://i.imgur.com/UDuOZokh.jpg

    Now if only I had a proper place to run it!
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    Maybe I was too subtle. But there was a secret...

    Maybe I was too subtle. But there was a secret hidden in the punctuation.
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    Ok guys, this is going to sound a little crazy,...

    Ok guys, this is going to sound a little crazy, but bear with me. What if we made "pacific" the first word in the name instead of the second?
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    I sure am!

    I sure am!
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    The length of the platform at a passenger station...

    The length of the platform at a passenger station depends on the expected ridership. Stations with very high ridership, such as terminals, will obviously have very long platforms that can hold an...
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    I don't think the electronics for...

    I don't think the electronics for battery-operated trains would necessarily be that expensive. I imagine you couldn't use off the shelf Wi-Fi or Bluetooth components, which are already as small and...
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    These look great. CP hired a top notch graphic...

    These look great. CP hired a top notch graphic designer.

    I think these are the first heritage units I've actually been interested in acquiring a model of just to collect. I didn't know how badly...
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    If you wanted to get really fancy you could have...

    If you wanted to get really fancy you could have platforms at multiple levels, with a second one up on the bridge.
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    I can't see why building a station in that...

    I can't see why building a station in that configuration wouldn't be straightforward with your track plan. You'd just need the station building, the platforms, and some means for passengers to move...
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    I remember seeing some short sections of drop...

    I remember seeing some short sections of drop cloth near the Canal St. crossing at the north end of Chicago Union Station, where locomotives are never stored. I was thinking it was to contain the...
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    Focus bracketing is only half of focus stacking. ...

    Focus bracketing is only half of focus stacking. Focus bracketing automatically takes the pictures with different focal lengths, but you still have to do the actual stacking with something else,...
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    Taking pictures of small things up close shortens...

    Taking pictures of small things up close shortens the depth of field of a photo pretty significantly, causing only a small portion of an image will be in focus, the rest will be blurry. Focus...
  19. My first N scale set from some 25 years later...

    My first N scale set from some 25 years later came with the exact same locomotive and caboose. Classic Bachmann... :rolleyes:
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    Personally I was very favorably impressed by the...

    Personally I was very favorably impressed by the Atlas Code 55 switches I used in my old layout, my trains would consistently glide through them without so much as a wobble. I didn't modify them or...
  21. It doesn't really look like anything other than a...

    It doesn't really look like anything other than a heatsink to me. So I'd probably lean into that and build some sort of electrical substation for mains power.
  22. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Tomix makes Finetrack lawn tram sections, I think...

    Tomix makes Finetrack lawn tram sections, I think they look really good.

    https://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/1789_a.jpg

    I'm not necessarily suggesting you use this product, partly...
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    "Prototype" Photos

    I'm an armchair freelancer. My hard drive is overflowing with locomotive elevations that I've bucket-filled to make dime-a-dozen fantasy paint schemes that will never see a model.

    Here's a...
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    You can get the exact same set of Kato F-units...

    You can get the exact same set of Kato F-units for $500 less from MTS. But what's $500 among friends?
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    If they don't you can buy it direct from Atlas....

    If they don't you can buy it direct from Atlas.
    https://shop.atlasrr.com/p-1209-n-100-ton-rollr-bear-trk-w-accumate-cplr.aspx
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