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    Default What are you buying this month (September 2018)?

    Time to open the new month's thread, right?

    Cause I'm screwed:



    So now I can start screwing around properly

    No seriously: Those are self tapping screws with phillips head of 1.2mm diameter (about 1/20") to fit MTL couplers. I got 100 each of 4mm length, 6mm length and 8mm length in pan-head and countersunk head versions. The countersunk version perfectly fits the MTL1015. And they are black already...

    Makes body mounting couplers to plastic cars that much easier: Drill a 0.8mm hole, screw the coupler to the car, done. No thread-cutting, no cutting away excess length of the screw, no painting the head black so it doesn't shine, much easier screwing with the phillips head instead of continously slipping the screwdriver off the MTL screw...

    I'm going to reserve the MTL screws for cars with metal body, where I have to tap a thread anyway. And it's not that many cars...

    Sometimes it's the small things that make life so much easier,
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    Well, I got this. It's my first intermountain locomotive, my First SD40-2, and my first in the blue and gold colors of DME/ICE. I COULD leave it as is, but I kinda wanna have a go at renumbering it. I've just never done that before... It's a little intimidating! I'm tempted to let it be. While I'm primarily modeling DME, I'm cool with some ICE too. There's a local hobby shop with another Intermountain SD40-2 ICE locomotive. It's got DCC though, and I would prefer to get it DC (and upgrade later) or DCC with sound... With regular DCC, I'll have to actually get rid of the old DCC module before I upgrade. It's just extra cost... I'll probably get it anyway. Just a slight nuisance to spend up front for what you don't need...

    I'll also copy-paste my last entry from the prior August post... Seeing as how it IS technically a September find...

    Landlord has been doing annual apartment inspections. I guess someone put a hole in the door to their closet. Not gonna ask questions... All I know is I just snagged a 24 x 80 inch (~60 cm x 2 m) hollow core door from the dumpster... I was totally gonna spend money on one from the hardware store, and low and behold, like mana from heaven... An old door just lands in my lap! I'll take it!

    Ever since I first saw the tip, I've loved the idea of using hollow core interior doors as a base for a model railroad. It's nice they come in standard sizes, so expanding shouldn't be a problem! They're quite rigid for their low weight. It wasn't a problem at all to carry the door by the door handle hole using just a finger or two, with another finger pushing on the door to keep it level (the door handle isn't centered). That's a testament to how light hollow core interior doors actually are!

    Originally, I was gonna get a scratch and dent discounted door from the local hardware store for $20... Now I don't even need to spend that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    So now I can start screwing around properly
    I've been meaning to stock up on screws myself, these look quite perfect! Exactly what screws are these? What's the diameter/thread of these? I'm not quite up to date on all aspects of the hobby (been away from it for 25 years). I'll order some from the local Fastenal store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richfiles View Post
    I've been meaning to stock up on screws myself, these look quite perfect! Exactly what screws are these? What's the diameter/thread of these? I'm not quite up to date on all aspects of the hobby (been away from it for 25 years). I'll order some from the local Fastenal store.
    I bought them at a German online store, right now I'm in a bit of a rush, so let me just post the links:

    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...-1--44848.html
    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...-1--44852.html
    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...-1--44854.html
    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...pf--44752.html
    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...pf--44756.html
    https://minischrauben.com/blech-holz...pf--44932.html

    Hope you can make sense of the dimensions and thread from that. If not, give me a shout and I'll try and answer your question tonight

    Heiko

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    I managed to win an Ebay auction on this Santa Fe B unit over the weekend. These things are hard to find with knuckle couplers.

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    Those Kato F's run super quiet, super silent and have great pulling power.

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    Looks as though I am going to have quite a few new still in their packets SL 395 and 396's up for sale, probably $12 per turnout, as I have just ordered the following:

    2 * Peco Products SL-386 Right hand curved point with insulfrog @ 8.75 each = 17.50

    3 * Peco Products SL-387 Left hand curved point with insulfrog @ 8.75 each = 26.25

    6 * Peco Products SL-388 Right hand large point with insulfrog @ 8.75 each = 52.50

    7 * Peco Products SL-389 Left hand large point with insulfrog @ 8.75 each = 61.25
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingmeow View Post
    Those Kato F's run super quiet, super silent and have great pulling power.
    I'll second that!
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Looks as though I am going to have quite a few new still in their packets SL 395 and 396's up for sale, probably $12 per turnout
    Seeing as how I have exactly zero turnouts of any type at the moment... I might have a fair bit of curiosity on what you end up doing with those old ones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave S View Post
    I managed to win an Ebay auction on this Santa Fe B unit over the weekend.
    I have a pair of old Bachmann F9 A units... Not in great shape (cracked axle gears), but they have strong sentimental value. I've considered de-gearing them, and getting a quality B unit like one of these to be the motive power. I'd be cool going with a Non-DCC ready one, seeing as how if I converted my A units to dummies, I could just have my DCC and speakers in the pair of A units. I AM experimenting (with some August purchases) with re-gearing and re-motoring a Bachmann of similar era (a GP40). Honestly, if that works out well enough, I might just stick with those two as drivers, and put DCC and speakers in a B dummy.

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    richfiles,

    I can gaurentee I WILL be selling of the ones I wont need. At this point, I should have the following:

    Peco Code 80 SL 395 (right hand diverge) X 12
    Peco Code 80 SL 396 (left hand diverge) X 9

    All are brand new in their packages and IF I have done my math correctly, the above amounts available will be available once I have my track work laid out and I have confirmed that none of them will be/are needed.
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    My credit card was hit hard this month (and partly last month, but what I'm showing here is what I got this month):

    More legs for my (future) modules - aluminum profiles with end caps:


    Kato spare parts for my SD70MAC (actually, this is the broken truck which I replaced, but with the new sideframes)


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    Too much again.....MT DODX Navy set, a few other MT cars, a PWRS/MT Procor runner pack,some people and a fence.

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    Yes, I know, my entire layout is modern German passenger service, Era V & VI. Some things are too hard to resist!

    From DM Toys, this vintage 1983 Rheingold set by Arnold (HNS 4221). The Rheingold was a luxury express train, running up the Rhein Valley from Hoek van Holland (and by 1983, from Amsterdam) to Basel, Switzerland.




    And the companion set, Arnold HNS 4184:




    And to pull them, this BR 103 E-Lok from Trix (16351), DCC plus sound:


    DM Toys ships anywhere in the world for 10 if your order is under 300, and for free if over that amount. With luck, I expect it today....
    Cheers!
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    @el Gato Gordo, you will not regret buying those coaches
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    @Heiko, you will not regret buying those coaches
    What happened to your short term name memory? First you call Mark Mike, now you mix up Gorden @el Gato Gordo who's buying German coaches with me...



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    Wow. Again?
    Okay, another sign of stress. Thanks.
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    That's okay. I was flattered. And thanks for the info on the TEE Rheingold.
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Yes, I know, my entire layout is modern German passenger service, Era V & VI. Some things are too hard to resist!

    From DM Toys, this vintage 1983 Rheingold set by Arnold (HNS 4221). The Rheingold was a luxury express train, running up the Rhein Valley from Hoek van Holland (and by 1983, from Amsterdam) to Basel, Switzerland.


    https://www.en.dm-toys.de/system/htm...4-c40e46cb.jpg

    And the companion set, Arnold HNS 4184:


    https://www.en.dm-toys.de/system/htm...G-f5f1386d.jpg

    And to pull them, this BR 103 E-Lok from Trix (16351), DCC plus sound:

    https://www.en.dm-toys.de/system/htm...G-8594c0b6.jpg
    DM Toys ships anywhere in the world for 10€ if your order is under 300€, and for free if over that amount. With luck, I expect it today...….
    I still think the BR 103 E is the most beautiful E-lok of all time, If I hadn't gone American , my layout would have asolutely had one or more of these.
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    Yes, that single loco might have been a reason to try my hands at overhead wires...

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    Ordered a couple more DME hoppers (both Micro-Trains), as well as another Rock Island hopper.
    There's only one DME hopper pictured above, but I actually have a second one in the mail.
    It's identical (so much so, I'll need to renumber it), so just cross your eyes and then you'll see two of 'em!

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    The Rock Island hopper is my first Athearn model, and wow, she's a beaut! I am very impressed with the amount of detail it has over most of my other models!
    The detail is incredible! It's well on par, if not better than that weathered Potacan hopper I was gushing over last month! (I still have no idea who manufactured that one)
    These are all gonna look so nice once weathered! I'll also absolutely be rolling with graffiti on my layout.

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    My DME fleet is slowly, but surely, growing! Only two of my three Micro-Trains ones are shown, so I'm now up to 6 hoppers, and that ICE SD40-2. Not shown are the over dozen hoppers that will be repainted. They'll get the faded paint patch treatment, heavy weathering, and basically be second hand rolling stock. Work's been absolutely crazy lately, so no time to actually work on things... I've been working a much as 74 hours PER WEEK for the last three weeks, and that'll keep up at least for another week or two! Then I'll need to deal with that every other week for at least the next 8 months!

    When you have the paycheck, you don't have the time or the energy to do anything with it.
    When you have the time, you don't have the money to do anything with it.

    So I'm buying up what I can afford to get, while I have the disposable income. With all the repaints and rebuilds that I've been stockpiling, I'll have months, if not years of stuff to restore, rebuild, paint, decal, weather, and so on. Then there's the awful task of compression... Literally the decision of what not to model in town vs what to model. I don't even know how much space I can model, cause I'm reluctant to build too much before getting myself out of this apartment. I'd like to find a house someday.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Wow. Again?
    Okay, another sign of stress. Thanks.
    Don't worry about it DieselPower4ever, I think everybody manages to screw up some else's name every now and then!
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