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    As conrailandrew suggested, Kato passenger cars...

    As conrailandrew suggested, Kato passenger cars do have trucks with power pickups, as do the Railsmith ( formerly Walthers ) cars, Broadway Limited P70 coaches, and every Bachmann passenger car I...
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    I haven’t read all the comments here, but I can...

    I haven’t read all the comments here, but I can say, and this is speaking as one of the JMRI developers, that manufacturers have made things a lot more complicated than they used to be.

    Sound...
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    I think they are primarily used for the...

    I think they are primarily used for the roundhouse well cars, which do have a small diameter whole for the factory pin.

    I tend to drill those wholes out so they accept standard pins.
  4. Yes. From what I have seen, the Rapido cars are...

    Yes. From what I have seen, the Rapido cars are several notches above the Kato cars.

    Of course, Kato’s biggest problem is their trainset mentality. It leads to retaining truck mounted couplers (...
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    A Native American burial mound. Here is some...

    A Native American burial mound.

    Here is some information on one that is not too far from a former PRR track in Columbus,OH:
    https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Shrum_Mound?rec=2408

    With a 100’...
  6. You basically just heat the solder and move it...

    You basically just heat the solder and move it away from the component. Use of a solder wick to pull the solder away from the pad and components highly recommend.
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    Two questions: First, what programming mode...

    Two questions:

    First, what programming mode are you using? You really should be using direct mode, but if that doesn’t work, try paged mode.

    Second, what are the specs for the power supply do...
  8. I am originally from Springfield, but I haven’t...

    I am originally from Springfield, but I haven’t lived there in 20 years ( though I still go back to visit my family ).

    I have not managed to visit during one of the recent train shows, but when I...
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    What colors are the wires? There actually is...

    What colors are the wires?

    There actually is an NMRA standard for wiring colors and standard connectors:...
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    Someone is selling that paint on e-bay:...

    Someone is selling that paint on e-bay:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Testors-Model-Master-1-2-OZ-4373-Emperor-Blue-Acrylic-Paint-/291987609797

    That is probably your best bet to get a useable sample.
  11. I would list the here first, or take them to a...

    I would list the here first, or take them to a train show. Put a fair price on it and take reasonable offers.

    Paul
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    My daughter gravitated towards that one. She...

    My daughter gravitated towards that one.

    She asked me later How the decorations were attached and wanted to know if we could decorate one with super heros.

    Paul
  13. All I can really say is that Chuck has had some...

    All I can really say is that Chuck has had some issues for over a year. The problems really started in 2017, when his web hosting provider lost his website and it was out of commission for 5 months....
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    Since the request has been resolved, and some of...

    Since the request has been resolved, and some of the posts are at least borderline on the rules, I am going to lock this thread.
  15. I was actually somewhat relieved that there isn’t...

    I was actually somewhat relieved that there isn’t anything I need for my own collection in this round of announcements. I do want to know if any of the Budd cars in the Canadian were close to cars...
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    I've always Used static grass for coverage of...

    I've always Used static grass for coverage of large areas... never really thought about using it the ways shown in the video to add layers...

    Thanks for sharing
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    That’s more than I would be willing to pay... I...

    That’s more than I would be willing to pay... I think when I bought the 1 I own, they were in the 30-40 range.

    Paul
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    That was just a bidding war... it started out at...

    That was just a bidding war... it started out at a very reasonable $9.99....
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    I bought a Kato baggage car on e-bay last year,...

    I bought a Kato baggage car on e-bay last year, and didn’t notice it had a melted truck until it started doing the same thing.

    The previous owner had replaced what must have been a completely...
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    I think you have gotten some good advice here...

    I think you have gotten some good advice here with the pointer to scenic express.

    They sell solid colors along with a bunch of blends. You can get it in several sizes ( up to a 5 gallon bucket!...
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    Agreed, and I see the same thing for the...

    Agreed, and I see the same thing for the previously released 5021A and 5021B.

    This is one case where the original Kato E8 shell, without the lighted number boards, is actually a better...
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    That wasn’t universally true: ...

    That wasn’t universally true:

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2577914

    As with anything, photos of specific units should be examined before modeling that unit.


    ...
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    Are you talking about the cars that were rebuilt...

    Are you talking about the cars that were rebuilt with false roofs? Those are pretty interesting cars. I am especially drawn to the RPO-Baggage-Tap Lounges ( 7600,7601 ). (7602 is also interesting,...
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    Right, tooling and the associated research it...

    Right, tooling and the associated research it takes to draft the plans for the tooling are the biggest up-front costs for any manufacturing process. The tooling for these models can easily reach...
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    According to US Trademark law, companies must...

    According to US Trademark law, companies must protect their trademarks or they loose them to the public domain. This doesn’t mean that you have to charge for the privilege of using your trademark,...
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