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  1. My layout is about the same size as yours: 12' x...

    My layout is about the same size as yours: 12' x 13'. Keep it simple. The main thing you want is for your trains to operates smoothly. I am making my trackwork dead-flat—no elevations (I have a...
  2. Backgrounds: My four-year-long indecision over...

    Backgrounds:

    My four-year-long indecision over what to do with my backgrounds has really taken its toll. I want to move on, but this part of the project has paralyzed my progress. So, I'm throwing...
  3. Thanks! It feels great to be back in the hobby! ...

    Thanks! It feels great to be back in the hobby!



    Not sure. I guess the kind of damage an alien spaceship easy would produce (or, sure, Godzilla). Some excellent tips, there—thanks! I have...
  4. Destroyed City: Working on improving my...

    Destroyed City:

    Working on improving my "damaged structures," dappling them with black acrylic paint to simulate fire damage, attempting to better randomize the damage with dykes, and deleting...
  5. Thanks, Moose! Good to see you again, too! Feels...

    Thanks, Moose! Good to see you again, too! Feels great to be back. My interests are so enigmatically fickle—how and why I pick-up/discard new or old hobbies at a drop of a hat is a complete mystery...
  6. Containers: Also ordering two Kato freight...

    Containers:

    Also ordering two Kato freight depot structures, plus their extensions, to finally have a place to put my containers. I never planned on building a container-consist since the real...
  7. Thank you! But I have to tell you, I'm the...

    Thank you! But I have to tell you, I'm the slowest, least-skilled "modeler" on the forum (i.e., I'm more of a buy-stuff-already-built kind of guy).



    Thanks! Agreed. I used that precise...
  8. Two years later . . . Finally . . . I'm back....

    Two years later . . .

    Finally . . . I'm back. I've since gone through three more hobbies (modular synthesis, video art, airsoft), before eventually returning to model railroading. Not to mention,...
  9. Article: Adding weights to my N-scale rolling stock:

    You can view the page at https://www.nscale.net/forums/content.php?257-Adding-weights-to-my-N-scale-rolling-stock
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    Your foliage looks particularly awesome! Nicely...

    Your foliage looks particularly awesome! Nicely done! Your foam-work/Sculptamold is also praiseworthy! Layout starting to look amazing! I'm also a big fan of the polyfiber. Add leaves and instant...
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    Poll: Flat-top with 2" iso. For a while I had built a...

    Flat-top with 2" iso. For a while I had built a hybrid. Wish I would've stuck with the hybrid (don't know why I didn't). A hybrid/open-grid inherently inspires more varied terrain-height. Now I'm...
  12. Hi! Are you referring to CRC QD Contact Cleaner...

    Hi! Are you referring to CRC QD Contact Cleaner? An Amazon customer stated, "[The] can says it contains isohexane, difluorethane, N-hexane, and ethanol. No isopropyl alcohol." I only chose the...
  13. The CRC stuff works fine. That's what I've been...

    The CRC stuff works fine. That's what I've been using. Get a bottle of Flitz metal polish (I think AutoZone carries it), and try polishing your track with that first, then just perform a...
  14. Try the Flitz + WD-40 contact cleaner or CRC...

    Try the Flitz + WD-40 contact cleaner or CRC contact cleaner combo. I swear, you'll never look back!
  15. At a dielectric constant of 2.1, mineral spirits...

    At a dielectric constant of 2.1, mineral spirits is pretty good stuff and a lot cheaper than the aerosol products. I have a can of it I bought to remove paint but thought the canned stuff would just...
  16. Ooops!!! Corrected! Now, after everyone at MRH...

    Ooops!!! Corrected! Now, after everyone at MRH and some here went ga-ga over the WD-40 contact cleaner, I just ran out to Home Depot to get two cans of it, then I read the SDS sheet, after I got...
  17. My new track-cleaning regimen + DeOxit Gold G100L evaluation thread:

    • Track: Kato Unitrack and Unitram.
    • Location: Uninsulated garage in Los Angeles County beach community.
    • Elapsed time since trains were last run: >2 years.

    I've read just about every thread...
  18. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread. I've...

    Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread. I've created a new thread here to continue the discussion on my new track-cleaning regimen . . .
  19. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    I moved my previous post here...

    I moved my previous post here in its own track-cleaning thread.
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    I don't know. It seems to be a light-oil like...

    I don't know. It seems to be a light-oil like LaBelle's. I saw a graphic once pointing out a special lubricating hole in the bottom of a Kato Portram (which my models lack), but I can't seem to find...
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    http://studio460.com/images/katouniclean2.jpg

    http://studio460.com/images/katouniclean2.jpg
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    I once had a second-layer when building out my...

    I once had a second-layer when building out my extension. I'm re-thinking my whole layout now (easy, since NO work has been completed on it since last year), and may be lured back into creating a...
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    Yeah! Looks great! Sorry if it's already been...

    Yeah! Looks great! Sorry if it's already been mentioned, but what material are you using for that black surface?
  24. Thread: Atlas GP35

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    Yes, I have what, a dozen brand-new Fox Valley...

    Yes, I have what, a dozen brand-new Fox Valley Models' GP60s? And three new BLI AC6000s? And what do I like to run the most? My old used Atlas GP35s (typically, two or three lashed-up), creeping...
  25. Ha ha! Thanks a lot, man!

    Ha ha! Thanks a lot, man!
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