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    The only known ballasted flex track is......

    The only known ballasted flex track is...
    https://www.fleischmann.de/en/product/4557-0-0-5-1-0-0-005003/products.html

    Kato is rumored to repackage it in Japan under their name. But the ballast...
  2. I would suggest going with track lighting. It is...

    I would suggest going with track lighting. It is easy to install and even easier to reconfigure. Combined with LED smart-bulbs, you can create theater style lighting.
  3. There is a slight war between the Kato and Red...

    There is a slight war between the Kato and Red Caboose replacement knuckle couplers. While the RC version makes you always lift the end of one car for coupling, Kato's bump couple. Originally...
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    Since you are on this forum I assumed that you...

    Since you are on this forum I assumed that you were modeling somewhere in North America. I don't think you've ever mentioned where the railroad represents. Similarly, no mention of what trains you...
  5. I second WP&P suggested methods.

    I second WP&P suggested methods.
  6. Kato make the 11-702 coupler to do the same...

    Kato make the 11-702 coupler to do the same thing. Replace the Rapido!

    ConCor does offer MT compatible replacement trucks as well.

    But if you go with MT, those funky plastic bits are there to...
  7. Well, since the three way turnout use two...

    Well, since the three way turnout use two different motors to move the points. Using two different controls toggles makes good sense. Here's a look at the track......
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    "Paper" buildings are an excellent way to fill...

    "Paper" buildings are an excellent way to fill out your layout scenery. If you have master files for them, they are easy to replace if damaged, or your skills in constructing them increase.

    One...
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    Using 1x3s for framing is common practice. You'd...

    Using 1x3s for framing is common practice. You'd be surprised how strong and tough it can be. The original Chicagoland layout was 6x6, framed in a two foot grid of 1x3s. It was topped with two layers...
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    I think you should think about using ligher...

    I think you should think about using ligher lumber. That is unless you will be having flaminco contests on the table. N scale trains and modern scenery are very light and don't need massive lumber...
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    I hope there will be a bunch of smaller...

    I hope there will be a bunch of smaller structures surrounding your downtown area. It does not look realistic for towers to leap forth from the landscape.
    A good flow is,,,

    Rural — Farms, Open...
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    Gator is also called Signboard. It is tougher...

    Gator is also called Signboard. It is tougher than Fomecore as it has wood fibers mixed into the foam and a denser, more waterproof paper is used on the outside. Avoid craft grade foam boards. They...
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    A quick tip to make your structures more...

    A quick tip to make your structures more realistic

    Use some black construction paper to cover the inside of some of the Windows. That way the building does look toylike. Very few homes or...
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    While that loco is too Terran. Tomix sells an...

    While that loco is too Terran. Tomix sells an extensive catalog of motorized chassis. They just snap into the various bodies in the TomyTec collection. Like the B-Train Shorty chassis, they are great...
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    A way to hide the difference in scales is to not...

    A way to hide the difference in scales is to not have the two railroads come in direct contact. This is not, that hard. The PRR would be running the mainline while the British equipment could be more...
  16. Thread: Making Trees

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    Mooses know trees!

    Mooses know trees!
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    You shouldn't have all your trees of the finest...

    You shouldn't have all your trees of the finest quality.

    Only have quality trees like the Mooses made, in the first couple rows, of any stand of trees or as featured items. When looking at any...
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    When buying FoamCore(R), purchase from an Art...

    When buying FoamCore(R), purchase from an Art Supply or Framing shop. The boards in craft stores are a lower quality. The brand name stuff, has better paper and can have a glossy or matte finish,...
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    Sticky: Most importantly, DON'T WORRY, if stuff is not...

    Most importantly, DON'T WORRY, if stuff is not perfect. Especially for the first dozen times you do something. We all are human! We aren't perfect, so our results won't be either. But take a second...
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    Poke around for the Terrain/Preview function. It...

    Poke around for the Terrain/Preview function. It is under the preview tab. But, that is in the old version. It may have been moved in the update. You might have to check on the RM website, to see...
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    Okay, here's my secret for making terrain. To...

    Okay, here's my secret for making terrain.

    To get something like this...

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=34490&d=1347848380

    On a hidden layer I lay these tracks......
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    Where are you pricing your track? Walthers has a...

    Where are you pricing your track? Walthers has a 150% markup over Japanese MSRP. It can be much cheaper to buy directly from Japan. Hobby Search sells I at 20% off Tomix list....
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    Gee, you'd think, if the guy owns 20% of the...

    Gee, you'd think, if the guy owns 20% of the local property. He could afford to maintain the barn. Sure, isn't spending money on a big house!
  24. Most of the companies are relying on preorders....

    Most of the companies are relying on preorders. That way they have a direct view of interest. then they well adjust production to the demand. long gone are the days of making 10,000 Santa Fe and PRR...
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    For piping and other industrial accessories check...

    For piping and other industrial accessories check out these GreenMax kits. There is the basic building and three details kits. Then there is the full factory with all the goodies. The kits make great...
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