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  1. Thread: Kato vs bli

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    Top: BLI (I can spot those unpainted plastic...

    Top: BLI (I can spot those unpainted plastic trucks from a mile away).

    Bottom: Kato (I own 3 Kato SD70ACes, so I can confirm the truck detail - look at the chains - comes from Kato).

    I've NEVER...
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    My reasons: - Adds weight and improves...

    My reasons:

    - Adds weight and improves tracking
    - More free-rolling than plastic wheels
    - Looks better - more realistic wheel profile and no plastic shine
    - Better-sounding clickety-clack
    -...
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    Eastern Seaboard Models and Tangent Scale Models...

    Eastern Seaboard Models and Tangent Scale Models are the new metal wheelset kings. I was a Fox Valley/BLMA metal wheel loyalist but I'm an ESM believer now!

    I just hope ESM also gets to make .553"...
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    If this is for a layout base, then yes, try to...

    If this is for a layout base, then yes, try to find a new piece that's more flat. But try to double-check first if it's really your benchwork that's uneven. Your uneven foam piece can still be used...
  5. Same here. I've never been an BLI fan, all of...

    Same here. I've never been an BLI fan, all of their diesel locomotives have been disappointing, but I do know they generally do a better job with steam. I'd love to see a head-to-head comparison...
  6. Yes, these non-stackable containers are made for...

    Yes, these non-stackable containers are made for hauling trash:

    https://lionelllc.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/trashflat.jpg
  7. Party Train!

    And to celebrate my layout's 15-year anniversary, here's not one, but two trains - a UP doublestack train (with rear DPU) and a UP manifest freight:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo5Ohf_Rysw
  8. Happy 15th Birthday, UP Vallealmar Subdivision!

    My layout turns 15 years old! I first started work on my N scale layout (built upon some of the benchwork from my old 4x12' HO scale layout), which became a personal endeavor and leisurely escape for...
  9. They're called Canvas-Top Containers. They can...

    They're called Canvas-Top Containers. They can carry loads in an open-top configuration, or with the removable canvas tarp top on. They are usually used to carry wire spools, long steel bars, scrap...
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    Can 500 of us get together and pitch in $1,000...

    Can 500 of us get together and pitch in $1,000 each? :D
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    Micro-Engineering is located in Fenton, MO, which...

    Micro-Engineering is located in Fenton, MO, which is only about 25 miles from you!
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    So all you really needed to do to rejuvenate the...

    So all you really needed to do to rejuvenate the grass was to just water the lawn - literally! :D
  13. Forgive me for resurrecting an old thread, but...

    Forgive me for resurrecting an old thread, but I've discovered something recently on my designated DPU locomotive (a Kato AC4400 that's programmed with a speed curve to run a hair slower than my lead...
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    Unless its a very small oval layout with just one...

    Unless its a very small oval layout with just one train (in that case DC is good enough), I don't think size is necessarily a factor in justifying DC vs DCC. You can have a hollow core door layout...
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    If you're just collecting trains, you don't need...

    If you're just collecting trains, you don't need DCC. If you're running trains, and value things like sound, speed matching on locomotive consists, control of headlights/ditchlights and having more...
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    Thanks, this helps a great deal. I thought from...

    Thanks, this helps a great deal. I thought from your text description you were talking about a naturally-scenic'ed area, but this is clearly lawn grass.

    I would not apply static grass; even 2mm...
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    Mind posting a pic of the area in question?

    Mind posting a pic of the area in question?
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    EPILOGUE: The buyer just chatted me right now to...

    EPILOGUE: The buyer just chatted me right now to let me know the package arrived after all! He said it still said "Return to Sender" but he got it, and the Tracking page says it was "delivered to...
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    UPDATE: I had a chat with the buyer today. He...

    UPDATE: I had a chat with the buyer today. He also discovered it got returned to sender and told me the houses in his neighborhood have an offsite centralized lockbox. He did not receive *any* mail...
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    Thanks, I looked up the address and it does come...

    Thanks, I looked up the address and it does come up. The buyer sent me his address in a chat and I copied and pasted his address into MS Word to print out a mailing label.
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    USPS Shipping Conundrum - Need Advice!

    Hi all - This issue concerns shipping model trains I sold recently, but it's not necessarily a model-train specific issue, aside from the fact that N scale items are small, usually light and go in...
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    Sticky: When I use eBay for model trains, I would type...

    When I use eBay for model trains, I would type things like "N scale containers" or "N scale locomotive shell Kato." I recently found a brand new 3-pack of ScaleTrains 53' containers which sold at...
  23. That crossbuck looks like an HO scale crossbuck...

    That crossbuck looks like an HO scale crossbuck that's partially buried in the ground.

    I do go to WeHonest for LEDs in bulk. Probably the best deal you can get for DIY lights. They even include...
  24. I'm sure you can, as long as the punch is the...

    I'm sure you can, as long as the punch is the exact same size as the logo.

    I have a circle cutter, which works kind of like a compass tool, but the logo might be too small.
  25. Yeah I have an old Starbucks card right here. I...

    Yeah I have an old Starbucks card right here. I just need to find a way to cut a perfect circle out of the logo!
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