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  1. Thanks for the suggestions guys. 1 - I've...

    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    1 - I've contacted Testors but they unfortunately do not have the info to help me.
    2 - I've been to all three of those links, and a few more, with no luck. As was...
  2. Matching a Discontinued Paint Color

    I've been asked to use a particular color on a custom painting project, however, that color has been discontinued. The color is Model Master Acrylic Emperor Blue #4373.

    I'd really like to try and...
  3. Nashville 2020

    Nashville 2020
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    Of course that's what I'm saying! Ha, no, I just...

    Of course that's what I'm saying! Ha, no, I just wanted to preface by responding to a couple of things that came up.



    This was my thought when I started down the road. It also helps when you...
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    To add to the discussion, which there are a few...

    To add to the discussion, which there are a few topics floating around in this thread...

    1) MTL slinky effect and attempts to resolve it. I've had good luck resolving that effect by putting the...
  6. Last year they announced during the Welcome...

    Last year they announced during the Welcome Reception on Wednesday night, I'm sure it will be the same, so we've got a couple days to wait.
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    Absolutely agree with you on the steepness. I can...

    Absolutely agree with you on the steepness. I can kind of get away with it because southwest Arizona is dotted with small, steep mountain likes this, not full ranges. I compared the to pimples on the...
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    Haha! I knew someone would figure out my secret....

    Haha! I knew someone would figure out my secret.

    She did the two on the far left, both the tan one and grey one. You can certainly tell when up close that those two were done by a different hand.
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    Just testing a new photo posting method... ...

    Just testing a new photo posting method...
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    Painting Backdrops

    I spent the long weekend, with some early mornings, learning how to paint backdrops for my Arizona & California layout. I'm an engineer by day and have strong technical drawing abilities, but I've...
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    Thanks for the hints guys. I'm going to stick...

    Thanks for the hints guys.

    I'm going to stick with the pink foam as most of my landscape on the top level is flat desert. On the lower level I'll have some canyons and more uneven terrain. I've...
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    Photos of the process

    A few photos of the process.

    This one shows where I have started to put spackle down on the sanded foam to help fill all the minor gaps and provide a smooth-ish base for paint and sand.
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    After a few days of glue setting, things were...

    After a few days of glue setting, things were much stiffer. I've also used Great Stuff to fill small gaps and that helped glued the foam to the benchwork. A little bit of spackle to smooth things out...
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    Interesting. Maybe laying sheets of cardboard on...

    Interesting. Maybe laying sheets of cardboard on the stringers and then using Great Stuff to build up in the void, then placing insulating foam on top would be a good way to go. I'd basically be...
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    This looks like a pretty easy solution, thank...

    This looks like a pretty easy solution, thank you.



    Getting 2" foam is pretty easy here in Colorado, though I haven't tried yet, just with 1/2" and 1". I was more concerned with cutting the 2"...
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    Didn't even think to mention that. The area is...

    Didn't even think to mention that. The area is the desert southwest, 75% on it is flat desert with minor variations in height. The areas that will have more relief, I'll build foam up in layers.
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    Open Grid Benchwork Infill

    Looking for ideas on filling in the area around my open grid benchwork for scenery.

    I've always had the best luck working with insulating foam, but it appears to be a lot of material when my...
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    Sticky: Fantasy Maersk SD70MAC

    Finished up a fantasy Maersk SD70MAC. It drew inspiration from BNSF SDP40F and GP60. No details on this one, just paint, decals and detail painting. More photos on my Flickr.
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  19. The silver solder adds a lot of strength to the...

    The silver solder adds a lot of strength to the joint. I've been using some leftover solder I had from a plumbing job; the solder itself is much thicker gauge, but works just as well, it does take a...
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    I never realized that your mainline through...

    I never realized that your mainline through Haskell has no siding. The runaround, if needed, uses a leg of the wye to Malvern. Just an interesting observation...
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    Sticky: UP Atlanta Olympic Torch Relay

    Finished up this pair recently of the Union Pacific Atlanta Olympic Torch Relay SD40-2 Snoots. Nothing too special on these as far as details go, sunshades and grab irons is it. The colorful mosaic...
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    Looking great Allen! It's amazing how just a...

    Looking great Allen! It's amazing how just a little scenery goes a long way. Looking forward to seeing the buildings back on the layout.
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    Thanks for the photos. Would it be possible to...

    Thanks for the photos. Would it be possible to get one from inside to see how you attached the scenery to the risers and roadbed?

    Modeling the desert, there isn't much possibility to top the helix...
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    Topping a Helix

    Im curious who here has a helix on their layout? Id like to see how youve physically attached and incorporated scenery on the top.
  25. I use 24AWG solid wire as well on my switches,...

    I use 24AWG solid wire as well on my switches, and I have a good number of code 40. The only other thing I haven't seen mentioned here is that solid wire will break more easily than stranded. I strip...
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