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    Gunna have to say, natural disaster as well. Two...

    Gunna have to say, natural disaster as well.
    Two years ago if Irma would have passed West of me instead of East, at the same distance from the Eye, I don’t think this house would have survived....
  2. Agree with @randgust...

    Agree with @randgust
    The tighter the tolerance the more precise the mechanism.
    The looser, the more slop is introduced.
    The second is why some mechanisms need more “break in time” than others.
    A...
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    Inventory (money) sitting on the shelf for months...

    Inventory (money) sitting on the shelf for months or years, is money you don’t have access to for other things. That money earns no interest. It actually loses value.
    About 30+ years ago, someone...
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    He can't break it in, It won't run long enough, ...

    He can't break it in, It won't run long enough,
    Re-read his OP.
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    I think a wheel not firmly on the railhead may be...

    I think a wheel not firmly on the railhead may be your problem as well.
    Buy an “old school” feeler gauge from your local big box or an auto parts store.
    Place the lokie on a piece of glass (from a...
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    No need to wash or wipe anything, the degreaser...

    No need to wash or wipe anything, the degreaser evaporates off clean, but I do set the cleaned parts to dry on a paper towel.
    If you are unsure about getting everything back together properly then...
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    ...Imagine that... I read it on the internet,...

    ...Imagine that...

    I read it on the internet, therefore I know it's true.

    sheesh....

    Polar vs. non Polar ...YFKM
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    Hi AP, It’s very possible to “heavy” of an oil...

    Hi AP,

    It’s very possible to “heavy” of an oil was used to lubricate the lokie, or possibly some lubricant is passing though the bearings and settling on the commutator.
    When the oil heats up and...
  9. It’s very good. Not bashing, just trying to be...

    It’s very good.

    Not bashing, just trying to be constructive…
    I like the heavy rust on the cab and hood.
    But my eye expects to see that same level of weathering to the handrails and the...
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    IIRC, I am using an MT 2004. But that conversion...

    IIRC, I am using an MT 2004.
    But that conversion took place many years ago.
  11. Every steam locomotive Bachman has produced for...

    Every steam locomotive Bachman has produced for the last 13 years has received an A rating on the Spookshow site.
    One man’s opinion, so grain of salt and all that.
    A sample size of one or two from...
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    Yes that, or a smaller version beard/moustache...

    Yes that, or a smaller version beard/moustache trimmer.
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    ​ 5x loupe, Calipers.


    5x loupe, Calipers.
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    1015 at the correct height is an excellent...

    1015 at the correct height is an excellent choice.
    Not sure if possible, might need something off-set.
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    I know it’s true because I read it on the...

    I know it’s true because I read it on the internet.
    Propaganda for the uninformed, magazines have to be sold to stay alive.
    And Fugate will sell this issue, controversy sells.
    As have many here,...
  16. ;) Yes. You can make the gap whatever you...

    ;)

    Yes.

    You can make the gap whatever you want, use a credit card will get you close.
    If you want to be more accurate then check the NMRA.
    Start here;...
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    IMO Best way is a complete dis-assembly and...

    IMO Best way is a complete dis-assembly and de-grease.
    If you can’t do that then;
    Take it outside and use a disposable bowl (miracle whip) etc.Tupperware type but disposable.

    Then hose it...
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    There could be lots of reasons for de-railing...

    There could be lots of reasons for de-railing with Bachmann EZ turnouts (any other manufacturer as well).
    As suggested, start with wheel gauge, then track gauge.
    Both maybe correct and the cause is...
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    That MRC Tech IV 260 is way more than enough for...

    That MRC Tech IV 260 is way more than enough for N scale.
    Mine puts out 12v at about 60% throttle.
    I’ve run 7 Atlas GP9’s at the same time with it.
  20. I use this from Office Depot ...

    I use this from Office Depot
    https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/326307/Realspace-Clamp-On-Magnifier-Task-Lamp/

    I also use single eye loupes from Granger. 4x, 5x, and 10x....
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    Rasputen pm sent

    Rasputen pm sent
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    I think you have a wheel(s) leaving the railhead....

    I think you have a wheel(s) leaving the railhead.
    Those long diesels are notorious for that.
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    Kato wants your opinion yet again…VOTE!

    Kato wants your opinion yet again…VOTE!

    http://www.katousa.com/webpoll.html
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    Sticky: Very first locomotive scratch/bash done many...

    Very first locomotive scratch/bash done many moons ago, painted with a brush.
    It’s pure fantasy.
    Yes, it started life as Lima 2-6-4T.
    According to my inventory notes, last run was 12/04/2002.
    Got...
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    Sticky: https://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt207/sandjamb...

    https://i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt207/sandjambag/Camelback/20190216_103342_zpsrlvz2k6n.jpg
    ...
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