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    A little more paving, and started painting the...

    A little more paving, and started painting the gas station:

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    The blue building in the very back is from a Wathers propane dealer kit, but it will be repurposed here. We also put down...
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    I also like the "Images of America" books by...

    I also like the "Images of America" books by Arcadia publishing that Jugtown Modeler mentioned. It is a vast series of books on specific places around the country, usually written by someone from...
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    Maybe try resetting the factory decoder before...

    Maybe try resetting the factory decoder before writing it off? I have no idea if that will help, but it's usually a pretty straightforward task, the hardest part is looking up what CV to set to what...
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    Your biggest challenge may be finding one in DC. ...

    Your biggest challenge may be finding one in DC. There are DCC ones available now, for example, this SW7 from BLI:
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    I ran across this picture this morning and...

    I ran across this picture this morning and thought of your thread:

    https://www.railpictures.net/photo/722383/
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    Welcome Railroader and wilson. If you want,...

    Welcome Railroader and wilson. If you want, there is a new members thread where you can introduce yourself here:...
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    Well, now I've gone and given myself a dilemma......

    Well, now I've gone and given myself a dilemma... Unitrack lines up nicely with Peco code 80 on 1/8" roadbed, and I should be able to shim the Tomix curved turnout to height. I was making up my...
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    I think I misunderstood you S ARR T 8. I had the...

    I think I misunderstood you S ARR T 8. I had the curved crossings in my head, but you're talking about the ones for where the road crosses the (straight) tracks at an angle, aren't you? I hope they...
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    Depends on what the radius of the curve is. I...

    Depends on what the radius of the curve is. I used one on 11" radius Unitrack. Had to sand the inside of the crossing a little bit to make it a little narrower to sit down inside the track nicely,...
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    This weekend we did some paving, put a little...

    This weekend we did some paving, put a little sculptamold with grout sifted over it for dirt in some nooks and crannies once we knew where the roads and parking lots were, and painted over the rest...
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    I like the colors, looks nice so far. You can...

    I like the colors, looks nice so far. You can use a wash of white paint (thinned with water plus either some isopropyl alcohol or a drop of dish soap to cut the surface tension) to get some color...
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    In case a picture helps with what I wrote...

    In case a picture helps with what I wrote above... Tomix on the left, Peco c80 on 1/8th inch roadbed center, and Unitrack on the right:

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    Tomix (L) and Kato (R):

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    And Peco c80,...
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    Peco code 80 on top of 1/8th inch cork roadbed...

    Peco code 80 on top of 1/8th inch cork roadbed matches rail height very nicely with Unitrack. Remove the unijoiners and use regular rail joiners. After a little experimentation over the last few...
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    On the wheels (and along the lines of what Heiko...

    On the wheels (and along the lines of what Heiko wrote), you can also get new wheels rather than whole new trucks. Particularly if upgrading to metal wheels, which roll more freely (less resistance)...
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    I agree with dave68124, I'm not sure you need to...

    I agree with dave68124, I'm not sure you need to add any blue to the rocks.
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    Nice stuff, thanks for the link. Right now his...

    Nice stuff, thanks for the link. Right now his favorite part about the vehicles is rolling them around (especially down the hill) but that's worth keeping in mind for the future.
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    The fire station is finished, and sitting loosely...

    The fire station is finished, and sitting loosely in place.

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    It's actually kind of nice that the hose on top of the fire truck stops it from rolling all the way in, because that...
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    Looks good. I almost said the river looks too...

    Looks good. I almost said the river looks too close to the tracks, 'til I went back and looked at the prototype pictures in post #1. Should be a great scene.
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    Nice video, and I like the captions. That is a...

    Nice video, and I like the captions. That is a whole lot of great rock work.
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    There are some brick viaduct models out there in...

    There are some brick viaduct models out there in N scale - one might fit what you are looking for. For example:

    https://www.hobbylinc.com/vollmer-viaduct-n-scale-model-railroad-bridge-47313
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    Sticky: Some light weathering on a Kato F7 A and B in...

    Some light weathering on a Kato F7 A and B in Great Northern colors. I want these to look like they are only 2-3 years old, so trying to keep the weathering pretty light.

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    I agree on Atlas quality (it's good). For me,...

    I agree on Atlas quality (it's good). For me, the question of "Atlas vs Kato" is much less relevant than than the question of which one of them makes the particular type of locomotive I'm after? ...
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    Looks good so far. On scratch builds like this,...

    Looks good so far. On scratch builds like this, I like using a piece of square stock that is roughly the same thickness as the walls (round up if not the same thickness) in each corner of the...
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    I'm continually amazed at the kind of tiny...

    I'm continually amazed at the kind of tiny mechanical work you pull off. I get frustrated with my all-thumbs attempts at much simpler projects. Good luck finding the boxcar.
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    Naturally the little guy got some train stuff for...

    Naturally the little guy got some train stuff for Christmas:

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    And since the fire engine won't clear the tunnel...
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