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  1. Hi Mark - I did a Google search for using...

    Hi Mark -

    I did a Google search for using "Great Stuff" expanding foam for model railroad scenery and got lots of hits, including some videos. Might give you some ideas.

    Here's the search:...
  2. One of the nicest looking Unitrack layouts is Bob...

    One of the nicest looking Unitrack layouts is Bob Ellis' JJJ&E. Here is Bob's informative blog post regarding ballasting and weathering Unitrack:...
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    No. The resistor in an LED circuit is used to...

    No. The resistor in an LED circuit is used to limit CURRENT, not voltage. Here is a handy online calculator to help you determine the value of the current-limiting resistor for circuits with one or...
  4. The combination of Tam Valley servo driver boards...

    The combination of Tam Valley servo driver boards and Berrett Hill touch controls is a good one. One advantage of a servo-based system is that servo plugs and control signals are standardized, so...
  5. I'm using Berrett Hill touch controls with Tam...

    I'm using Berrett Hill touch controls with Tam Valley Quad servo driver boards. I installed the Tam Valley boards a couple of years before the Berrett Hill products were even on the market. When the...
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    According to STAEDTLER Mars GmbH, a leading...

    According to STAEDTLER Mars GmbH, a leading manufacturer of artist's graphite, their recipe ranges from 41% to 90% graphite mixed with 53% to 4% clay, plus 5% wax. Their number 8B pencil is the...
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    The name stands for Water Displacement-40. It was...

    The name stands for Water Displacement-40. It was developed for the aerospace industry and first used to protect the skin of the Atlas missile, like the one John Glenn (and three other Mercury...
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    Here's a web page with general instructions for...

    Here's a web page with general instructions for adding keep-alive to any decoder, along with some specific examples.
    http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/mainnorth/alive.htm

    - Jeff
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    Hi Dave - What is a "18-24 VDC resistor?"...

    Hi Dave -

    What is a "18-24 VDC resistor?" Ordinary 1/4-watt and 1/2-watt carbon and carbon-film resistors typically have voltage ratings in the hundreds of volts. In this sort of low-voltage...
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    Very nice work and excellent presentation. -...

    Very nice work and excellent presentation.

    - Jeff
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    The amount of No-Ox required is ridiculously...

    The amount of No-Ox required is ridiculously small. To quote from the detailed instructions:

    "The total amount of NO-OX-ID “A SPECIAL” that should be applied to 500’ of N scale track is about ¼...
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    I have read extensively about No-Ox and discussed...

    I have read extensively about No-Ox and discussed it with many modelers. Nobody has ever mentioned putting it on rail joiners. When I applied it, I carefully followed the detailed instructions in the...
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    That's a nice description. I think it's always...

    That's a nice description. I think it's always helpful to write down the backstory of your railroad. It's nice to refer to it occasionally so that the railroad continues to make sense. I published my...
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    This is a VERY common technique among model...

    This is a VERY common technique among model railroaders. Many of us ask "what if?" As in, "What if that little branch line in southwest New Hampshire stayed in operation rather than being abandoned?"...
  15. Hi Dave - Another idea that would be simpler...

    Hi Dave -

    Another idea that would be simpler than building from scratch is to re-purpose an old wooden boxcar as is/was often done in the real world.

    - Jeff

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    Hi Dave - I'm using the Just Plug system as...

    Hi Dave -

    I'm using the Just Plug system as well. Below are the first four structures where I've installed Just Plug lighting.

    - Jeff

    http://www.astronomyboy.com/trains/Downtown_all_1.png
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    NO-OX is also available from HNS Tools:...

    NO-OX is also available from HNS Tools:
    https://www.hnstools.com/no-ox-id-a-special-grease-compound-r3266l1/detail

    It can also be ordered on Wal-Mart's web site.

    - Jeff
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    Don't try to use an just ANY 6-wire cable. The...

    Don't try to use an just ANY 6-wire cable. The NCE flat cable is wired differently than many off-the-shelf cables. And in the NCE cable, the two wires carrying track power are of a larger gauge than...
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    Hi Sam - My N-scale layout is the same size as...

    Hi Sam -

    My N-scale layout is the same size as yours. My track plan is based on John Allen's original Gorre & Daphetid (Gory & Defeated). Below are the track plan and a view of the partially...
  20. Thread: Micro layout

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    For examples of all sorts of micro layouts and...

    For examples of all sorts of micro layouts and layout ideas, check this web site:
    http://www.carendt.com/

    It's the oldest and best micro layout site on the web.

    The Small Layout Scrapbook...
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    My main reservation about posting the photos is...

    My main reservation about posting the photos is that we would be doing marketing for a manufacturer who apparently does not want to do it himself. And we'd be rewarding poor customer service.

    On...
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    Due to their horrid web site(s) I wasn't...

    Due to their horrid web site(s) I wasn't comfortable ordering ballast directly from AZ&M, so I ordered from Fifer Hobby Supply. Fifer's photos of the AZ&M products are small and may be the same as...
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    Hi Mark - My post was intended for those who...

    Hi Mark -

    My post was intended for those who had questions about using LEDs without resistors.

    I learned about the $2 voltage converters from you, and I appreciate your sharing that...
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    I conducted my own experiment, powering 8 LEDs in...

    I conducted my own experiment, powering 8 LEDs in parallel with low voltage and no resistor. More info can be found here:
    ...
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    Tony - Wow -- fantastic progress! It's been...

    Tony -

    Wow -- fantastic progress!

    It's been a few days since I checked this thread, and I am quite impressed with what you have accomplished. You are doing a great job of documenting...
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