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    Default What are you buying this month? - October 2019

    Delivery human forked over this package of goodies! :bounce:

    Static grass for something happening on layout soon... , some different colour rerailer ramps because Moose keep misplacing blue Kato one... , and some trucks for a pair of Tichy Train kits Moose hope to build soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    different colour rerailer ramps because Moose keep misplacing blue Kato one.
    So you're sayin' meeses can't see blue? Or does the rerailer plays hide-and-seek with Moose like something out of an old "Twilight Zone" episode?

    Betcha once the blue rerailer knows there's competition, you'll be tripping over it.
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    Got some stuff coming from nscalsupply tomorrow. I have an oreder coming from modeltrinstuff the first of next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    something happening on layout soon
    No pressure like, but but my finger is already hovering over The Beginnings of the G-Shaped Pacific NW Layout thread button to see the developments
    Thanks, Tom

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    My order from nscalesupply came in today.
    An Atlas GP-40 with DCC installed, 2 wood chip loads and a big box of cork road bed. My track from Modeltrainstuff should be here tomorrow.
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    The GP 40 was from their Preowned stock. Just like brand new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Static grass for something happening on layout soon...
    Static dinner? Moose eat grass...
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    So yesterday I went to Atlas' HQ (yes, THE manufacturer) for their first ever Warehouse sale. They opened up their warehouse to the public (you do have to register ahead of time to get in) to sell all the excess inventory (and some pre-production samples) at reasonable prices. I got there around half an hour before the event and I was #40.


    Half of the N inventory had no trucks so you have to provide your own but the prices were cheaper factoring that in. The other half were ready to run.


    I've seen cheaper at train shows but here you don't have to hunt for them and there were some hidden gems that you would be hard to find at a train show. And to boot Atlas provided free hots dogs (via Randy The Hot Dog Guy) and drinks.


    I had to keep muttering "Need vs. Want...Need vs. Want...Need vs. Want" the entire time I was there. I could have EASILY bought 10x since there were some really nice rolling stock there, especially the cabeeses. Many were holding empty boxes, throwing in items like walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket.







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    After a bit of issue with the local post office, this came today:


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    More Kato hoppers! This is my 18th set.

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    Moose buy some different spray paints for tree branches ... After trying both out, the Multi-Textured Autumn Brown, ummm, well it sucks. It looked like it would provide a kewl branch-like colouration, but it doesn't seem to stick the furnace filter material. The Satin Dark Brown, on the other hoof, seems to stick well. Moose wanted something with a lighter brown colour than had been using before (a Krylon Mocha, if Moose memory serves, which it really doesn't, so don't take Moose word for it...)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Moose wanted something with a lighter brown colour than had been using before
    Trees are often lighter and brighter in colour than we think. In 1:1 scale light bounces through and between the needles/leaves making them look lighter and more vivid . This doesn't trainslate into N so we have to compensate for it. If that first can of paint isn't sticking but is the colour you want, would primer work ?

    Good luck. I'll be excitedly hovering over here: The Beginnings of the G-Shaped Pacific NW Layout

    to see the spectacular fruits of your labors
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    If that first can of paint isn't sticking but is the colour you want, would primer work ?
    My experience with using gray primer only is that deciduous trunks and branches are too light, even under 5000K layout lighting, Tom. This coloring would be even more egregious for coniferous trees.

    A brownish-gray works well, but hard to find in a spray can. Craft paints are an option, but the agonizing hours spent devising a repeatable formula can be a deterrent.

    Best bet is gray primer, followed by mistings of deeper browns and reddish-tans. It takes practice and patience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Best bet is gray primer, followed by mistings of deeper browns and reddish-tans. It takes practice and patience.
    Hi Paul. Bad explanation on my part. I ment try spraying primer before top coating with the spray that didn't cover well. Even better, get a little airbrush and mix some health safe acryliques to spray on
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    Just bought a Kato Switcher and appropriate DCC Decoder for it:



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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Just bought a Kato Switcher and appropriate DCC Decoder for it:
    It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely tiny the decoders can be these days. When I bought my very first new model locomotives in a quarter century, I made sure the Alco S2 I picked up was not only DCC equipped, but sound equipped too. That blew me away. Sound blew my mind when I first heard it, and I am now intent on everything I buy, rebuild, or make having it equipped. I still feel just awestruck by the tiny controllers. When I first got into the hobby, right at the start of the 90s, digital control was brand new, and it was leagues out of my league for my broke school going' self back then... But oh, did I drool over the old Walther's catalog or occasional model railroader magazine...

    It's crazy how far it's actually come. I remember being intrigued by an analog RF like circuit that I think was in either a Popular Mechanics magazine or a REALLY old modeling book (talking about those newfangled transistors). The basic idea, if I recall, was that a fixed frequency, fixed voltage AC was sent into the track, but you broadcast a higher frequency on top of the AC, as a carrier wave. Each locomotive had a very basic analog receiver which was designed to activate power to the motor when it detected a high frequency signal on the AC carrier that matched it's tuned frequency (can't recall if it was a capacitive or inductive tuner). On your command station, you had a frequency generator tuned to match each locomotive's receiver. If I recall, throttle was functionally equivalent to a light dimmer, but it turned on the high frequency signal for a percentage of the AC wave. Direction was based on whether it was the positive or the negative portion of the AC wave when the high frequency was activated. It was basically an analog radio control PWM, where instead of RF frequencies and an antenna, you just used high frequencies and the power in the track to deliver the signal. That system really intrigued me, because I always figured that if I made it using modern surface mount components, it could probably be made to fit in an N scale locomotive... Hehe! Now it's not even necessary! We have even more superior digital controls, ready made, either for installation, or even pre installed in new locos, and it's awesome!

    As for what I bought... Not a whole lot. I bought some warm white LEDs, stacking them on top of an order for work. Nothing particularly special, and more of a "just so i have them on hand" kind of thing.
    Fortunately for my free time, my job has returned back to my regular pace of manufacturing, for now.
    Unfortunately for my wallet, my job has returned back to my regular pace of manufacturing, for now.

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    The decoder for the Kato certainly is small to the point where TC warns about how "fragile it is and how careful" you need to be to put it in. The upside, according to the TCS Install pictorial document, is it is very easy to install being a "drop-in" decoder.

    Kind of ironic isn't it - the older we get, the smaller the parts become
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    @richfiles, sounds as if you are describing Astrac, which GE introduced in the 1960s, an analog command control system for model railroads. Used FM on fixed frequencies to one of five receivers.

    It never quite caught on commercially, but it inspired the ideas that brought us eventually to DCC.

    I iust read on the DCC Wiki where the technology behind ASTRAC was intended for whole-home automation in the early 1960s!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Kind of ironic isn't it - the older we get, the smaller the parts become
    And so much harder to see!! A lot of the small detail on locomotives is like that too....
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    I am a happy chappy - just got my Kato NW2 and Decoder:



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