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    Is this the excavator? ...

    Is this the excavator? https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/diecast-masters-n-85556-cat-315d-l-hydraulic-excavator/

    $6.99 at Modeltrainstuff. dave68124 sorry, too late help you, but maybe of help to...
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    If you end up ditching the Unitrack and switching...

    If you end up ditching the Unitrack and switching to flex track, then lets talk those details. Code 80 or code 55, and which brand. There are pro's and con's and lots of different opinions, but we...
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    Yep :) I think you're just fine to mix flex...

    Yep :) I think you're just fine to mix flex track and Kato Unitrack. Peco code 80 flex on standard, 1/8 inch thick roadbed matches up very well with Unitrack.

    Unitrack is code 80 (which means...
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    Glad you're OK after that fall tomcook. Just...

    Glad you're OK after that fall tomcook. Just because we talk about giant scale plunges for our equipment off the layout or workbench doesn't mean you're supposed to go experimenting with the real...
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    Making some progress on the house. We're just...

    Making some progress on the house. We're just using Elmer's glue for assembly, and only a couple of walls at a time to let them dry before moving on. I painted some green behind the windows for...
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    On the track painting front, I got my old...

    On the track painting front, I got my old (probably six years) Model Master paint pen working again, and the color is much better. They don't sell those anymore, but I think I'll order another paint...
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    Although scenery is much more fun, I wanted to...

    Although scenery is much more fun, I wanted to get started on painting the track. I figure if I knock out some of the drudgery now, it won't be so bad later. My paint pen that I used on the last...
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    Couplers come in two basic varieties - Rapido...

    Couplers come in two basic varieties - Rapido couplers still used outside North America and now only found here on older stuff, and knuckle type couplers that look more or less like the real thing. ...
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    Well... I'm guessing here, but if you have all...

    Well... I'm guessing here, but if you have all the Kato track you need for the layout already, try putting that all together. Without the risers it will just loop over itself with nothing to hold it...
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    Here are a few more progress pics. We put on the...

    Here are a few more progress pics. We put on the rest of the sculptamold, unsanded grout for dirt, and ground foam. We also added some loose rocks, and some WS "iron ore" in a pile, and lightly...
  11. Thread: Dream steam !!!

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    A Great Northern 2-8-2. The O8 class were...

    A Great Northern 2-8-2. The O8 class were monsters, and look interesting with the compressors on the front, Belpaire firebox and Vanderbilt tender. Most of them started life as a 2-6-8-0, were...
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    +1 on the soil. Some options: Dig up a little...

    +1 on the soil. Some options:

    Dig up a little from the backyard, dry it thoroughly (some folks put it in the oven at low temp), sift it, and run a magnet through it to make sure there isn't...
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    Wait... is Moose in danger of getting...

    Wait... is Moose in danger of getting stampeded?!?

    That's OK... I can imagine that tone all too clearly... pretty sure it's similar to the tone my wife uses from time to time... Not that I ever...
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    Finished with the sculptamold and dirt on most of...

    Finished with the sculptamold and dirt on most of the hill. Part of the canyon behind the hill isn't finished yet, and one of the nice things about a layout that comes apart in sections is that I'll...
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    If that doesn't work out, maybe sanded grout from...

    If that doesn't work out, maybe sanded grout from the hardware store? Unsanded grout looks more like dirt, texture-wise.
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    I've used a fair amount of AR&M's "Northern...

    I've used a fair amount of AR&M's "Northern Pacific Grey" ballast, and like it. I haven't noticed any significant changes in color, although maybe that's because it's a lighter color? The idea of...
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    Train length - this is subjective, but I have a...

    Train length - this is subjective, but I have a hollow core door layout and keep the train length a little under 1/2 of a loop. For 50's era stuff, right now I have 18 cars (mostly 40 foot boxcars)...
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    One thing about building a layout with a four...

    One thing about building a layout with a four year old is plans change :)

    We're adding a mine over on the right side of the layout. The entrance is made from some scribed wood I had on hand...
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    I think we'll put more trees over on the other...

    I think we'll put more trees over on the other side of the layout, but probably not by the barn. A nice big tree would look nice by the barn, but as you said, would get in the way of little fingers.
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    Poll: ^This. Roof top vents, HVAC units, electrical...

    ^This. Roof top vents, HVAC units, electrical meters, water meters, odds and ends you'd see piled next to or leaned up against a building, etc.
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    That was exactly it. A tiny bit of solder (well,...

    That was exactly it. A tiny bit of solder (well, a tiny bit for me, but I suck as soldering...) and now all is well. Thank you very much guys.
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    Here are several more scenery pictures. You can...

    Here are several more scenery pictures. You can see how I'm building the hill: extruded foam for the main outlines, newspaper wads in between, plaster cloth over that to provide a continuous...
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    Well, not as much new progress to report this...

    Well, not as much new progress to report this week, but we've been having fun. Today we spent some time picking up cars from the siding. Of course, each had to go in a particular spot in the train...
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    Kato F7B / Digitrax decoder issue

    My Digitrax DN163K0b in a Kato F7B seems to have taken it's ball and gone home...

    The first time it stopped working properly, it would respond in reverse, but not forward. The light still worked...
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    Exactly. I can try a longer shank coupler,...

    Exactly. I can try a longer shank coupler, and/or try filing a little off the edges of where the coupler goes through the frame of the loco, to let it swing a little further to each side. There may...
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