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  1. Again the ???. ME flex is on the left, Peco...

    Again the ???. ME flex is on the left, Peco turnout on the right. Both look the same height to me.
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    What is that grunge on the joiner? Maybe I should ban my macro lens from the layout...
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    Canada won't even let us visit. Can't say I...

    Canada won't even let us visit. Can't say I blame them, but it sure would be nice to get away and do some wilderness camping up there.
  3. ??? Huh? Peco c55 works well for me. Way more...

    ??? Huh? Peco c55 works well for me. Way more robust than Atlas.
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    Poll: Classic L beam with 5/8 plywood, not really a...

    Classic L beam with 5/8 plywood, not really a grid. Lower (aisle mostly) part is cookie cutter, upper is risers and narrow plywood sub road bed. No noise, and I can lean (or even sit) on the edges....
  5. By chance is the rail painted brownish? Acetone...

    By chance is the rail painted brownish? Acetone might strip paint better than paint thinner, aka mineral spirits.
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    No experience with pickups here so take this with...

    No experience with pickups here so take this with a grain of salt, but what if you route the wires thru the center of the car? That way there is an inch or so of wire running horizontally to the...
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    Well, according to Fitbit my wife accomplished...

    Well, according to Fitbit my wife accomplished something this weekend...


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    My unit coal train could certainly use one but...

    My unit coal train could certainly use one but you can't hide it in a coal hopper that actually loads and dumps. Also how do you get power from the rails to the device?
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    Since printed is not porous, more like plastic,...

    Since printed is not porous, more like plastic, not sure how to get washes to work well - I end up with water-spot patterns when I try it, even when thinned with isopropyl.

    I've had good results...
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    Hmm, the no ox id that I use is not a cream, more...

    Hmm, the no ox id that I use is not a cream, more like a thick brown grease. Didn't do anything prior to application other than the usual rail cleaning with isopropyl. ...
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    Similar here. After more than one year locos...

    Similar here. After more than one year locos started stalling on crawl speed sections. Wiped and reapplied the No Ox. Previously I was pretty much cleaning the crawl sections and loco wheels with...
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    Too much like work! We used $1M in sales per...

    Too much like work! We used $1M in sales per engineer year as a general guideline for something with almost no unit cost. 9 out of 10 projects never made it to production or didn't meet breakeven...
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    As doctors would say, "these symptoms are...

    As doctors would say, "these symptoms are consistent with"... Sounds like the right track to me.
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    ggardei appreciate your comments. Didn't realize...

    ggardei appreciate your comments. Didn't realize there would be a strength issue.

    In my particular case I have a unit train so as you surmise easy coupling is not a priority. I successfully...
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    Sounds ambitious. If this is your first layout...

    Sounds ambitious. If this is your first layout since you were a kid, then to be honest I'd recommend starting with something simpler and treating it as a learning opportunity. Maybe a folded figure...
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    https://img.cinemablend.com/filter:scale/cb/4/a/a/...

    https://img.cinemablend.com/filter:scale/cb/4/a/a/7/2/5/4aa725edb5f1df40042b145c0b04a0a93ab62371d308c49ee7072f34dc1693ac.jpg
    You're gonna need a bigger layout.
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    Wow! How long do you think it would take to...

    Wow! How long do you think it would take to model and test functioning rotary couplers?
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    Can you fit in a Pilatus railway? And hang...

    Can you fit in a Pilatus railway? And hang gliders and cows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSBRl8rbgo
  19. Best money I ever spent on my layout was buying...

    Best money I ever spent on my layout was buying that book.
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    One thing about N scale is it take more than a...

    One thing about N scale is it take more than a slight grade due to the square cube law's impact on weight.
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    If you can jump part of the circuit to leave the...

    If you can jump part of the circuit to leave the LED on all the time it might help with the diagnosis. Sure looks good otherwise!
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    See...

    See https://ncedcc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201799499-NCE-DCC-Cables-Explained RJ12 specifies 6P6C connectors and they don't come in sizes, but I'm pretty sure different places use different...
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    Is he really here if he didn't post a pic of...

    Is he really here if he didn't post a pic of himself?
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    Its easier to solder to the track if you use...

    Its easier to solder to the track if you use solid instead of stranded for the feeders, and 22 gauge works well.

    Personally I find a spot on the flex with a gap in the tie plastic, drill a 3/32"...
  25. 15" in N scale equals bigger than 24" in HO. I...

    15" in N scale equals bigger than 24" in HO. I operate no problem with 11" but bigger is always better. Medium Peco turnout curved rails are equivalent to 15".
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