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  1. Re:New member, looking for some expert help....................

    Okay, I'll give it a go. I have a modified technique that is useful for applying Woodlands Scenics ballast. This ballast is purportedly lighter than the AZ material and thus more prone to floating...
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    Re:Alternative to extruded Polystyrene?

    Depending on the topography of your trackplan, you may be just as successful with using a plywood sub base firmly nailed to your structure. Use interior grade plywood with at least one sanded side....
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    Re:Getting my feet wet...

    Keeping in mind that your son is 6, I think you've made the right decision about starting with a Kato set. I'd consider this layout the first of many. I'd keep the layout simple and flat (reliable)...
  4. Re:Lights in building blink when switches are activated!

    kgrimes,
    will and sams have it right. I bought an old trainset transformer and strapped it to the underside of my layout. Both the DC and AC terminals are connected to termina strips so that I can...
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    Re:First Paint Layer

    I think an early coat of paint is very important as it helps to mask chipping and small bald patches in the subsequent work. I even mix acrylic paint into plaster so that there are no white flecks...
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    Re:Electrical Wiring for the Layout Room

    Without knowing more about your existing circuit (age, grounding, servicing other rooms), I would offer that you do not have an adequate system to do as you propose. Good practice dictates separate...
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    Re:Turntables and DCC

    I have an Atlas TT and DCC. As far as wiring the rails, you don't need a reverse loop system. The turntable has a its own split ring contact design which reverses polarity at 180 degrees on its own....
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    Re:medium or fine hmmm

    Maybe you are doing too good a job ballasting! Take a look at photos of your prototype and see if you can model imperfections, washouts, contamination, or native soil poking through. Buy a different...
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    Re:DCC Questions - Switching Layout

    Kato777,
    I have a Big Boy I bought used to run my system and have been happy with it. I like the dual encoders which allows me to control two cabs without having to "switch" cabs on a single knob...
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    Re:Module Structure

    Benchwork design should be a function of the skill of the builder. Regardless of how complicated the structure is, all successful ones share the same trait
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    Re:Easy to make and use ballast tool.

    Good ideas, all. But let me add one comment.

    If you ever use a recycled container (especially food or pharmaceutical), please cover the label and let everyone know whats in it.

    BTW, I prefer...
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    Re:Derailing at turnouts

    Agreed. I've run the exercise with several Trainmasters and different cars with the same results. Placing a locomotive by itself in the same position shows the unrestrained coupler centered outside...
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    Re:Derailing at turnouts

    Good idea about showing a photograph. Here are two that best describe the situation. The first photo shows the turnout. The subject leg is the straight one with the attached curve in the center of...
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    Re:Need a second opionion

    Here are a couple of suggestions to consider.
    1. Lay out your structures. Although I don't know if Xtrk has a library of standard structures, you can always look them up on the internet. Once you...
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    Re:painting concrete

    Depends on the base material and finish look

    For styrene, I use two cans of off-the-shelf spray paint. Matte white and gray primer. I start with the gray primer. I spritz it from a distance so I...
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    Re:Joining two module boards accurately.

    If alignment wear is a concern, how about using a bolt combined with two (2) brass threaded inserts?
    Simply drill the oversized hole needed for the insert entirely through one board and partway...
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    Re:First control panel

    If I may make one small suggestion.
    Either the orange or blue mainline (or both) should be individually switched or added to the red mainline curve. This will allow a mainline train to pass through...
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    Re:turntable and roundhouse

    I can offer this suggestion as it relates to Atlas turntables.

    1. Power the turntable drive off of a cheap trainset transformer/controller instead of the DCC power supply. The trainset...
  19. Thread: isolating lines

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    Re:isolating lines

    If I understand your question correctly, you have planned two independent loops, each with its own power. Therefore, you will need two turnouts mounted opposite each other. Conceptually speaking, the...
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    Re:Working with hollow door for layout

    The choice of construction detail for a layout frame is very much dependent on an honest assessment of one's carpentry skills and interest. The goal is pretty simple. When finished the layout must...
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    Re:Working with hollow door for layout

    The center of most hollow core doors are comprised of a honeycomb of corrugated cardboard glued to the door skins. The only solid wood inside the door is at the edges and around the door lock. ...
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    Re:Any Tips on Building Plastic Kits?

    I'd suggest having three different types of adhesives available.

    1. Solvent-style "welding" adhesive
    This adhesive literally dissolves a thin coating of each piece of plastic and welds them as it...
  23. Re:What is the Overall Diameter of the Atlas Turntable?

    Try this:
    Download the Atlas Right Track software (free), make a new layout, insert the turntable (only), and print. You can use the resulting template directly on your layout. Its helpful to be...
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    Re:track spacing for 2 stall buildings

    There are actually two issues to be concerned with. One is track spacing which you have identified. The other is track height. Depending on the structure, you may need to modify the roadbed or...
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    Re:Ideas for how to lift a layout to the ceiling?

    "Rigid" and "Light" are two goals that take careful study to pull off. Plywood, which can be heavy in itself, needs stiffening. 2x wood stud benchwork is inefficient when considering weight vs....
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