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  1. How would you? -or- would you? (Salvaged Materials)

    I have this nifty heat sink salvaged from a dead computer and I'm thinking it might make for an interesting structure.

    It's shown next to a locomotive for scale reference.

    How would you use...
  2. Arduinos, relays, and rotary switches are all...

    Arduinos, relays, and rotary switches are all good if you the ultimate in flexibility.

    Based on the legend in the lower left corner of the layout diagram, there's a much simpler solution.

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    Something I didn't see mentioned above... As...

    Something I didn't see mentioned above...

    As long as one wheel of an wheel-axle-wheel set is insulated, everything should be okay, provided that all the axles on the same truck have the insulated...
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    Bingo, that is a major reason. Another is...

    Bingo, that is a major reason.

    Another is that the older I get, the harder it is to get the things apart and back together.

    Third, while these motors work, I'd like to replace them with...
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    Re-motoring old bachmann locomotives

    I'm looking to re-motor a couple of old Bachman diesel locomotives. They're both pretty close to 30 years old. Both have lots of run hours and the bushings are starting to squeal.

    Any...
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    I recently used Createx to paint a fleet of ore...

    I recently used Createx to paint a fleet of ore cars and was pleased with the results. It seemed to flow well and cover nicely. It was initially a little too thick for my preference, so I did thin...
  7. Budget Modeling - How to use pecan shells ?

    I've just finished shelling some pecans and have a gallon bag full of shells.

    Looking for ideas on how / where to use these on a layout.
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    I've found that hydrogen peroxide while take...

    I've found that hydrogen peroxide while take sharpie off floor tiles with a paper towel and a little rubbing.
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    @migalyto...

    @migalyto mentioned using molds. Have you considered making your own using something like http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Clay-Molding-Sculpting/Casting/Mold-Builder-Liquid-Latex/p/20660.
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    Check out your local artsy-craftsy store for...

    Check out your local artsy-craftsy store for paints for painting glass.

    Something like...
  11. looks like we crossed paths saturday. His work...

    looks like we crossed paths saturday. His work is amazing.
    gdr
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    To paraphrase my hazmat book: 1993 is various...

    To paraphrase my hazmat book:

    1993 is various flammable Liquids, including diesel, other hydrocarbon compounds including refrigerants, "not otherwise specified" and cosmetics.

    GDR
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    Another commodity might be Administratium. It is...

    Another commodity might be Administratium. It is dense, heavy, and usually packaged in red tape. When added to chemical reactions, it usually causes any useful activity to cease.
  14. Off the top of my head, you might start here: ...

    Off the top of my head, you might start here: http://trainmtn.org/tmrr/index.shtml

    GDR
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    Steamers are just full of hot air. :nah:

    Steamers are just full of hot air. :nah:
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    Found this load on u-tube. Thought it belonged...

    Found this load on u-tube. Thought it belonged here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6O90gIdUzg
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    She might have a point. Where's Santa gonna...

    She might have a point. Where's Santa gonna stash your new train presents?

    Nice setup.
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    Most certainly. Once the hardware is assembled,...

    Most certainly. Once the hardware is assembled, all that is needed is an Arduino sketch (program) to control the lighting cycle. Once you have the Arduino programmed, it will run until you shut off...
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    Looking Good !! Looks a bit on the red side,...

    Looking Good !!

    Looks a bit on the red side, but that may be the photo. Then again, my wife accuses me of being color blind. What brand of paint are you using?
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    This article mentions that the AC version offered...

    This article mentions that the AC version offered a bit more tractive effort. It looks to me like it was an interim step between the 38 and the 38-2 models.
    ...
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    I haven't actually done it yet, but here's how I...

    I haven't actually done it yet, but here's how I plan on doing it when I get to that point on the Pinnacle & Western...

    LED's are not really 'dimmable'. They're usually either on or off. You can...
  22. A sharp blade is a must, but is still not very...

    A sharp blade is a must, but is still not very good without a good knife-resistant straight-edge and a smooth cutting surface.
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    One thing not yet mentioned... Is the car too...

    One thing not yet mentioned... Is the car too light? Does it need some weight added? Are other cars behind it in the train rolling freely or putting enough stress on this car to cause it to derail?...
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    Leverage the cabinets under the window for your...

    Leverage the cabinets under the window for your workbench.
    Shove the music stuff in the closet (my old high school band practice rooms weren't much bigger than that).
    Fill the rest with trains.
    ...
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    What are you using for your roadbed? Could it...

    What are you using for your roadbed? Could it have warped/deformed when you applied the ballast & glue and thrown the track out of gauge/alignment? As others have mentioned, checking the track and...
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