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    I think he means that, when you're looking in...

    I think he means that, when you're looking in that Sears Catalog and you get to the armchair section, the smiling face that you see in the picture is likely to be him. Armchair modeling is certainly...
  2. How modern are these? I model the year 1971 and...

    How modern are these? I model the year 1971 and there's a lot of modern rolling stock that simply wasn't on the rails even in a preliminary form back then. Coil cars are a big unknown for me, I just...
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    I would guess that this results in a very...

    I would guess that this results in a very monochrome block. If you wanted to add some of the "pepper-speckles" that granite often has, I wonder whether there is some kind of ultra-fine granulated...
  4. I have had success with getting two spray...

    I have had success with getting two spray sessions out of a can, provided you let the tube/nozzle seal itself over after the first spray. Then you can cut the clogged tube off, and replace it with a...
  5. As others have pointed out, Great Stuff or other...

    As others have pointed out, Great Stuff or other similar spray foams are suitable as a substrate, but you generally need some sort of finish layer on top of that for your presentable scenery (not...
  6. 103664 I know you've already done pretty much...

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    I know you've already done pretty much all the research you need on this, but over this past weekend I had the chance to go to the Air Force Museum and view this launch car up close (it...
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    It could be bigger, like that - the proportions...

    It could be bigger, like that - the proportions are similar to what I typed. That would make the height roughly 90' or more. This is how selective compression can work - you could choose to build it...
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    My eyeball estimate of the white block, based on...

    My eyeball estimate of the white block, based on the size of the doors and stairs, is roughly 45' wide, 20" to 24' deep, and 55' to 60' tall. The door at the top of the stair goes into a box that is...
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    I don't bother with calculations; rather I lay...

    I don't bother with calculations; rather I lay things out based on the things I can measure directly. As Gordon mentioned above, begin with one simple gable then build the over-framed gable that...
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    Happy Badland-day!

    Happy Badland-day!
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    If it were me, I would use the footprint of the...

    If it were me, I would use the footprint of the building to trace out an area (presumably a rectangle) and cut/remove only that portion of the foam core. Then the building can sit down into its...
  12. Thread: What Have I Done?

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    But that is, in fact, the proper orientation to...

    But that is, in fact, the proper orientation to run a diesel, is it not?
  13. Thread: Going Modular

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    A 3" spur isn't that bad, you can fit a shorter...

    A 3" spur isn't that bad, you can fit a shorter car like maybe a 2-bay hopper.... oh wait, I'm thinking N-scale!
    This was HO you say?
    That's barely enough for ONE THIRD of a modern boxcar in that...
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    Yup, you do indeed have lots of class...

    Yup, you do indeed have lots of class...
  15. Thread: What Have I Done?

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    What Have I Done?

    So this was just one of those random moments of creativity that hit me with an idea I had to follow through on.

    What I wonder is, will this make people pleased, or might it tick them off?
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    I love the F-unit being led by the nose! And I...

    I love the F-unit being led by the nose! And I saw some NW rolling stock there at the end, shows you got some class... ;-)
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    The tilt-up walls in this kit are certainly...

    The tilt-up walls in this kit are certainly useful for modern modelers, perhaps what should have been done was to offer this pricey kit as one that includes a lot of extra materials. Basically, you...
  18. The short line that runs through my back yard has...

    The short line that runs through my back yard has a hodge-podge fleet of all sorts of secondhand engines, including GP38s, SD40T-2s, and industrial switchers. Whatever you settle on, I'd suggest that...
  19. Thread: The Soo's P-Line

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    Make that, 3 votes for DSSA...

    Make that, 3 votes for DSSA...
  20. You might consider doing a baseball field as its...

    You might consider doing a baseball field as its own separate model, as though it is a chunk of real estate that you can bolt or clamp onto the foreground of your layout temporarily. You could work...
  21. I have been using 12-pole (6-position) rotary...

    I have been using 12-pole (6-position) rotary switches that I got from Radio Shack back in the day, for my analog layout. I still have a stash, not sure what I'll do when I run out... Anyways, the 6...
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    That does indeed look good. My one constructive...

    That does indeed look good. My one constructive critique would be to use slopes that are not quite as steep. Let each mountain spread out a good bit more. The reason for this is that you get a fair...
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    That's only like one dollar per inch, surely...

    That's only like one dollar per inch, surely that's a good deal?! I mean, how many inches do you even really need?
  24. As a dedicated modeler of Norfolk & Western...

    As a dedicated modeler of Norfolk & Western second-generation diesels, I have to ask: would the U30B be offered with a high nose? N&W was one of the main purchasers of these units. I could be...
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    While I agree that a standard should be chosen,...

    While I agree that a standard should be chosen, I'm not sure that .540 would be the way to go. It seems like a longer axle could be made to work within tighter side frames if the grooves were gouged...
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