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    I use an older Canon photo printer (MP990) with...

    I use an older Canon photo printer (MP990) with good results, but their newer models are similar. One good thing about the Canon system (if not others) is that the larger sizes of matte photo paper...
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    Two more updates to this old thread, based on...

    Two more updates to this old thread, based on some newer purchases:

    There is one reasonable steam option I have found for extremely tight radii: a Model Power mogul 2-6-0 maintains decent traction...
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    Fixing some old locos

    I bought this 1988-vintage Atlas/Kato RS-1 on EBay years ago, but it always lurched and stalled. I finally took it apart and found the axles and axle bearings were all greased up and filthy. I...
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    It is going to depend a bit on your room lighting...

    It is going to depend a bit on your room lighting and especially the contrast between the lighting on the panels versus on the layout. If you are looking at a brightly lit layout and then glance...
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    Trying my hand at a laser-cut building kit

    I've been mostly a card/scratch modeler lately, and sad to say, I had never built a laser-cut wood kit before. I bought the AMB interlocking tower kit about 20 (??) years ago but never had put it...
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    Farmhouse Build

    This thread concerns a card model that I worked on simultaneously with the one for my wife's log cabin (see earlier thread from 9/17/21). As with the cabin, there is a story here.

    My father was...
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    Hi Ken, I don't have the Big Boy, but the...

    Hi Ken,

    I don't have the Big Boy, but the track centers are 33 mm. I find the crossovers very reliable.

    The equivalent curvature for the switches in the crossover is about 28 inch radius, so...
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    Current Status

    My wife would really like to see the cabin on my layout in a context that suggests its original location. I am trying to shoehorn this into my small railroad space, but this is still the early...
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    A Sturdy Core

    The cabin consists of three rectangular "modules": the central log section and two clapboard additions. The additions were pure card builds using heavy matte photo paper The core of the center log...
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    Chimney

    My wife's cabin had a massive chimney built out of large rounded stones set in mortar, making an extremely bumpy surface.

    I found an N scale soft metal casting of a similar chimney on Ebay that...
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    On a Matter of Logs

    My first big problem: how to represent logs in 2D? Unlike clapboard, shingles, windows, and doors, printed log textures are not convincing, even from a distance. Real log cabins include some kind...
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    On Design Tools

    I have experimented with several tool sets for card building over the last year. I started with Evan Designs' Model Builder software, which I found easy for simple cases, but ultimately too...
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    Building One to Throw Away

    One thing I have learned from building computer software is the value of low-fidelity disposable mock-ups that a customer can play with. I printed, folded, and taped a paper mock-up of the cabin...
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    Log Cabin Build

    Once upon a time, my wife owned a log cabin by a lake. A lot of stuff happened in that cabin, both happy and bittersweet.

    I had been working on card models last winter, and she asked me to...
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    That one takes about 4 times the momentary...

    That one takes about 4 times the momentary current of a single Kato turnout. If your supply is extremely weak, it might overload it momentarily.
    Do you know find the current/power capacity of...
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    One other worth checking out is...

    One other worth checking out is https://www.taydaelectronics.com/.
    Like futurelec they are global, very cheap, and carry some unique parts, but unlike futurelec they seem reliable:...
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    I read an article in MR back when I was in middle...

    I read an article in MR back when I was in middle school in the 1960s about someone who had used actual window glass for a similar effect. I believe he used alcohol-based dyes or inks to put a...
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    Webspinner, I love your work. I also do most of...

    Webspinner, I love your work. I also do most of my buildings in paper.
    It's easier to get some details closer to N scale in 2D than in 3D.
    I can print at 600 dots per inch, but my hands can't...
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    My solution was: square pin + a little x-acto...

    My solution was: square pin + a little x-acto work = D-shaped! The other way around (d pin into square hole) works fine. Dremel is probably even quicker.
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    Some unique photo-collaged structures

    Over the past few days, I've been digitally photo-collaging some cardstock structures for my railroad set in northwestern New Jersey.

    Here is one structure, an excavator's place of business in...
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    The closest railfanning spot is just down the...

    The closest railfanning spot is just down the street from the hobby shop where the NS Lehigh Line (ex-LV) crosses New Market Road. There is a park there with one gazebo off New Market Road that is...
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    I want to give another shout out to the Model...

    I want to give another shout out to the Model Railroad Shop. I shopped there from the 1960s until I moved away last year. Two stories:

    When I was 12 I got the notion to scratchbuild a #8 Code...
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    I can also state that, IMHO, the extras alone are...

    I can also state that, IMHO, the extras alone are worth the price. Consider the mags themselves just an excuse for us packrats to clear off some shelf space!

    Van
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    Not true! That's just what they want you to...

    Not true! That's just what they want you to think. Sneaky guys!

    If you change your settings for the file explorer (Windows) or finder (Mac) to show all hidden files on the DVD, all the...
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    I don't know if any of the replacement axles from NWSL are still available, but those are a permanent fix for the cracked gears on Arnold S2s.
    The old part number was 2679-6 for normal wheels or...
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