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    All spic-n-span, not a trace of dirt on her, this...

    All spic-n-span, not a trace of dirt on her, this must have been a builder's photo from when she was delivered. Though, considering the state of the art of photography back then, I suspect this might...
  2. Thread: Tomix 4x8 layout

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    I am a firm believer in the notion of building...

    I am a firm believer in the notion of building separate foundations for buildings, into which the structure fits snug somehow (I often make the foundation walls with an interior lip around them that...
  3. I think you'd need to scale up the overall plan...

    I think you'd need to scale up the overall plan to make that work, and as it is, it is a 4'x8' plan with the operator notch so that reach ranges are all within 24", assuming you have access on three...
  4. My initial feeling was that this might be too...

    My initial feeling was that this might be too much track and not enough scenic context, but as I start to look at it in more detail I can see that there are opportunities for scenes that don't feel...
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    Did you try it on for size? My mom bought me a...

    Did you try it on for size?

    My mom bought me a shirt, and when I tried it on, it was too tight. So the day after, she went back to the store and came home with two other options, both of which...
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    One thing that strikes me about this scene is...

    One thing that strikes me about this scene is that it is weathered into rather large features, like humps and knobs, that at the macro scale are relatively smooth. Close up, they'll be fractured and...
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    I suspect that even if you could empirically...

    I suspect that even if you could empirically determine what a "best practice" for any particular hobby task, you would find that assembling a complete document would be a nigh impossible task. There...
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    I have done washes in the past, but I wouldn't...

    I have done washes in the past, but I wouldn't recommend starting with white paint to do so. I have used tan; real mortar is most often a grayish tan, like concrete, though it can be colored with...
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    Seeing this just reminded me of when I was a...

    Seeing this just reminded me of when I was a young boy and we lived in Florida, there was an auto dealership (I think) that had a vehicle, maybe it was a VW Beetle, that was up in the air on a big...
  10. Thread: Where is TwinDad?

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    Speaking of folks we haven't heard from in a...

    Speaking of folks we haven't heard from in a while, has anybody heard from Jazzbass01 lately?

    Oh, wait, there you are...



    I guess I could have gone the FB route too, but like a lot of folks...
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    I would be inclined to just keep applying Micro...

    I would be inclined to just keep applying Micro Sol night after night, until the film edge is barely noticeable. I do this often when I apply decals. I believe the "Sol" in the name refers to the...
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    Sticky: I don't think anybody has mentioned glue yet, or...

    I don't think anybody has mentioned glue yet, or rather glues, as you need an assortment for use with various materials:

    1. White glue (Elmers, PVA) for porous or fibrous materials like wood and...
  13. Thread: Life on Mars !

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    Stalagmites (and stalactites, which cling tightly...

    Stalagmites (and stalactites, which cling tightly to the ceiling) would be indications that this is in an ancient existing cave where groundwater seeps with its payload of dissolved minerals. Is that...
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    If you have some old computer guts lying around...

    If you have some old computer guts lying around (or have a friend who has outdated computer parts) then you might find something like a parallel port or SCSI connector that you could repurpose. You...
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    With ME flex track, the ties are "free" to move...

    With ME flex track, the ties are "free" to move equally along each rail. They don't have a continuous spacer under one rail, the way Atlas track does (Atlas has gaps between every other tie on one...
  16. Thread: Civil War period

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    And if one ever does make it to EnterTrainment...

    And if one ever does make it to EnterTrainment Junction (near Cincinnati, Ohio, hence near to me), you should be aware that this is not far from Morrow, Ohio. And you can go to Morrow, but if you...
  17. Thread: Life on Mars !

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    The roundness of the windows suggests to me...

    The roundness of the windows suggests to me something else about alien habitation preferences. Generally, a round window indicates that there is a pressure differential, since a non-round shape would...
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    I just watched this same video yesterday... for...

    I just watched this same video yesterday... for some reason YouTube has decided that it wants to recommend it to us, I guess. It was just in my random suggestions, as I suppose it was for you. I...
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    It looks like it will be a fun layout to build...

    It looks like it will be a fun layout to build and to operate. The one thing that gives me pause, though, is that the Yard seems to be inordinately short, and there is room for it to lengthen....
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    I would be interested to see what double-dipping...

    I would be interested to see what double-dipping might look like: first the dark brown, let that dry, then a dip in the creosote... or vice-versa. It might even produce some natural variation in...
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    To be fair, this may not mean active usage of the...

    To be fair, this may not mean active usage of the camera, but rather that it is asking for permissions. YouTube may default to requesting such permissions since it is a platform for hosting...
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    It appears that the Hunterline product is a...

    It appears that the Hunterline product is a stain, meaning it will work on wood, but not so much as a general-purpose weathering wash to go on the sides of plastic boxcars, for instance. I guess...
  23. Thread: Evergreen Trees

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    Fortunately they are cheap enough that you can...

    Fortunately they are cheap enough that you can afford to experiment a little bit with multiple techniques, and report back to the rest of us just what works best!

    I think if I were in your shoes,...
  24. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    I could see this being a grandfathered situation...

    I could see this being a grandfathered situation that called for a unique situation, and you could make use of one of those old-style crossing towers as a place where some union guy had the cushy job...
  25. For fall protection, my N-Trak club has its yard...

    For fall protection, my N-Trak club has its yard modules protected by means of a 2" tall strip of plexiglass that sits into a slot created along the front edge of the layout/module. It is a tight...
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