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  1. What era will your layout cover? Things...

    What era will your layout cover? Things definitely change over time.
  2. Weird... I was under the impression that...

    Weird... I was under the impression that exceeding max voltage that much would burn out a motor. When they say its a 4.5v motor, that's just the voltage that produces the claimed rpm?
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    FWIW railroads tend to convert open decks to...

    FWIW railroads tend to convert open decks to ballasted because maintenance is easier. Imagine raising the grade on miles of track for ballast maintenance and then getting to a bridge where you can't...
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    I feel grimy just looking at it! Like, take your...

    I feel grimy just looking at it! Like, take your shoes off before going into the house.
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    Here's the thing as far as I'm concerned: quality...

    Here's the thing as far as I'm concerned: quality is measured by reliability more than looks. For me performance is way more important than level of detail, especially if the detail is only visible...
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    It also occurs to me - if you don't command...

    It also occurs to me - if you don't command something to happen with a throttle there might not be any packets to detect.
  7. Janbouli, still no access. I've enjoyed the...

    Janbouli, still no access. I've enjoyed the forum for a few years, lots of talented work there.
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    Too much like work! Even the serial port dump...

    Too much like work! Even the serial port dump takes time...
    Maybe just start by dumping every state change and associated time stamp; separate what you are getting from how you are interpreting...
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    Not sure why you are trying to decode the DCC. ...

    Not sure why you are trying to decode the DCC. Can you restate the problem that you are trying to solve?

    I thought case 1 was a single DCC source is hooked up to two modules and you want to make...
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    IMO Atlas turnouts are absolutely gorgeous but...

    IMO Atlas turnouts are absolutely gorgeous but very delicate. I would not summarize as reliable.

    Micro Engineering is another manufacturer.
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    Some guesses: The wheel flanges are so high that...

    Some guesses:
    The wheel flanges are so high that rail contact is intermittent.
    They draw more amps and the wiring can't handle it, or the power supply can't handle it.
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    I've used a serrated steak knife, works well. ...

    I've used a serrated steak knife, works well. Helps in those curved cuts if you can find a thin blade that is bendy.

    I wouldn't go anywhere near foam with a heat gun or open flame. If you do, be...
  13. Registration blocked on modelersforum.com

    This is an odd topic but it occurs to me that perhaps one of our nscale.net members is also a member of modelersforum.com and can help out.

    There is a lot of good info on the site. I wanted to...
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    See if the other side is flat. My guess is the...

    See if the other side is flat. My guess is the top and bottom sheets in a bundle can have ruts embossed into them from stickers, just like the outer 2x4s on a pallet can have metal strapping marks...
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    Guessing those are four coil cars, two lids per...

    Guessing those are four coil cars, two lids per but not exactly one of these models:
    https://archive.atlasrr.com/NFreight/arc-ncushioncoil.htm...
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    My bag is Durabond 45 but the wait is too long. ...

    My bag is Durabond 45 but the wait is too long. If I ever get another I'd try the 20.
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    I've had some success carving plaster,...

    I've had some success carving plaster, specifically Durabond. The product has numbers that are related to how long it takes it to set, but setting time also depends on how thick you mix it. Advice...
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    I've seen layouts that were good first tries and...

    I've seen layouts that were good first tries and learning experiences but its hard to see how Spookshow's could be done better; IMO it is a work of art. I'd try instead to just incorporate it into a...
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    Sure you do! CV29 is a set of bit flags and is...

    Sure you do! CV29 is a set of bit flags and is one of the first CVs that a newbie deals with. Want to address your loco by it's 4-digit road number? Set bit 5.
  20. I am confused about what you are trying to do. ...

    I am confused about what you are trying to do. My understanding, please correct if wrong: you have two 0-12v throttles. You have three blocks of track. You want to be able to run any block with...
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    Building kits that I've assembled have grout...

    Building kits that I've assembled have grout lines that are grossly oversized. But in N a grout line 1/2 inch wide and 1/2 inch deep would be close in size to a human hair. Would it be visible? ...
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    I have a layout that is wired for DC with about...

    I have a layout that is wired for DC with about 20 blocks. I haven't run a DC loco on it in several years because DCC is more enjoyable. I can run two trains without flipping block switches - you...
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    I like the idea - no more dripping solder on your...

    I like the idea - no more dripping solder on your face. If the looks put you off there are all kinds of ways to cover them up.
  24. Open deck bridges tend to get converted to...

    Open deck bridges tend to get converted to ballasted - makes track maintenance easier. For example you can't raise the approach rails during reballasting next to an open deck. Did a search on...
  25. What is your track spacing? Seems to me if you...

    What is your track spacing? Seems to me if you have a double tracked truss bridge then you want a double tracked girder bridge. Mallory's handbook has a number of examples of double tracked through...
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