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    Have you used them before? I need to look at something other than Tamiya. Had a bad experience with Tamiya tape recently and do not wish to repeat it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    Have you used them before? I need to look at something other than Tamiya. Had a bad experience with Tamiya tape recently and do not wish to repeat it.
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    No this will be the first time I have tried this brand. From all accounts though, it is very good and provides a crisp clean edge, at least that is what people who use it for model aircraft, specifically canopy lines, say. When I get it, I'll be "testing is out" before using it for the car so will be able to give people a better idea of how it goes and what I think.
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    @Maurice I'm currently using it and I really like it. I find it's very sticky and makes a good seal. I haven't used any of the very thin stuff though. I am watching to see how Tony gets on with it ? What went wrong with your efforts ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcook View Post
    @Maurice I'm currently using it and I really like it. I find it's very sticky and makes a good seal. I haven't used any of the very thin stuff though. I am watching to see how Tony gets on with it ? What went wrong with your efforts ?
    It leaked on a locomotive striping project. I thought I had a good seal all along the line I was masking but when I removed the tape there was leakage.
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    @Maurice

    The trick to getting crisp lines when masking is to "seal the edge of the tape", no matter what tape you use. For example, if the base color is blue shoot a light coat of blue over the tape and along it's edge. Alternatively, I use Dullcote to seal the tape I use. Once the edge of the tape is sealed, you shouldn't get any bleeding/leakage beneath it. Another tip, in addition to the aforementioned, is to spray away from the edge of the tape if that makes sense.

    Just an after thought - the same principle applies if you are hand painting a stripe or wanting a crisp clean line. Also, when removing the tape ensure you remove it at right angles to that which it is attached. I'm not completely sure why that is necessary but I know it produces a better edge as well.
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    Two purchases. One, an E-Bay buy that arrived in the mail today. The other was a complete surprise find at the local Walgreens. The hopper obviously needs new trucks and couplers, as well as weathering. I am slowly building my hopper fleet. The other was just dumb luck. I had recently run out of 70% Isopropyl alcohol which I use for scenery work. As I am sure all of you know, it has gotten pretty scarce and pricey. I was resigned to using water with soap in it. My first attempt with which did not go well. I stopped in to pick-up a couple of items and saw this display in the aisle. I bought three but that took three separate purchases.
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    Stopped at the LHS again, I really should just have my pay check direct deposited to him. Or split it with E-Bay. Picked up two cars off E-bay that were sold together. I only wanted the Conrail Boxcar. The Southern 40' boxcar isn't right for my time period (1983-ish) so it will go into the box of sell or trade items. The rest came from the LHS. A few bags of static grass in two different sizes and shades. The model master paints were just flat black and a grey, just basics that I needed. Figured I would help him clear out the last of it since Model Master is discontinued. The big box is sculptamold, which I was running out of. The Monroe Model weathering powder in ash gray. The Woodland scenics coarse cinders are for rocks, not ballast. The fire truck is purely for my collection, not the layout as it is A) the wrong scale, B) the wrong type as it is a British fire engine of a type not currently used in the U.S. There have been attempts to sell British style apparatus in the U.S. but I only know of one ladder truck that is in use here.
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    I'll be buying toggle switches for mechanical turnout control. Spent an awful lot of time today adjusting a couple of turnouts, when some others went really, really quick, had no idea why. Until it hit me: I've been using two different kinds of toggle switches, one with a 10.5mm lever, one with a 12mm lever. They look almost identical, but the 12mm lever gives me the additional fractions of a mm extra travel for point-to-stock-rail pressure instead of the wobbly "almost touching" feeling that will derail cars sooner or later.

    Now I feel stupid that I didn't check data sheets before putting the stuff in...

    So on my next electronics supplies order, there will be a bunch of toggle switches.

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    Default Moose Purchase Photo Editing Software with Focus Stacking

    Moose just purchased the Affinity software that includes Focus Stacking among other fine photo editing tools.

    Big thank you to Rick @rick773 for recommending the software and noting that it is currently on sale for half off @ $25...

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    Note: See Rick's thread about the software with sample photos here.
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    Just ordered Pacific Electric caboose decals
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    I bought a Trix BR 101 eLok, a couple of replacement motors and a gift of Scharffenberg couplings. Photos will be added later today.

    The AMAZING part is I ordered these from DM-TOYS in Germany on the evening of June 16th and I received them yesterday evening, June 19th!!!! Via UPS. Not even held up in customs for two weeks. I am agog.

    Tracking showed the package in Köln, Germany, on Wednesday
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    @el Gato Gordo

    Clearly, it is impossible to arrive so quickly, and the lack of photos proves it!

    No photos. Didn't happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Clearly, it is impossible to arrive so quickly, and the lack of photos proves it!

    No photos. Didn't happen!
    Perhaps the photos are in 14-day quarantine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Perhaps the photos are in 14-day quarantine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    To the last Moose grapple with thee; from hell's heart Moose stab at thee; for hate's sake Moose spit Moose's last breath at thee!
    Photos, please.
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    Picked up a third short hood Monon ALCO C420.

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    All right, as promised, here are the photos. First the Minitrix BR 101, which will pull an InterCity string of cars. This eLok is massive for its size, the frame and the body are metal, so there is a lot of weight:



    And two Fleischman replacement motors, and a sample pack of Scharffenberg couplings:



    I have never tried the Scharffenbergs, but since they were free I couldn't resist. And yes, these were ordered from Germany on Tuesday evening, and arrived Friday evening. Incredible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    And yes, these were ordered from Germany on Tuesday evening, and arrived Friday evening. Incredible!
    Either they didn't arrive by USPS or you are having much better luck with the Postal Service than I have lately. I am still waiting on a package that has been in their possession 11 days now and still isn't here and it originated only 150 miles from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbz28 View Post
    Either they didn't arrive by USPS or you are having much better luck with the Postal Service than I have lately. I am still waiting on a package that has been in their possession 11 days now and still isn't here and it originated only 150 miles from me.
    I had great luck with the USPS and my VO-1000's three transcontinental trip....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbz28 View Post
    Either they didn't arrive by USPS or you are having much better luck with the Postal Service than I have lately. I am still waiting on a package that has been in their possession 11 days now and still isn't here and it originated only 150 miles from me.
    DM-TOYS shipped it UPS this time. His shipping policy has changed, though. Usually any order over 300€ is free, but takes 2-3 weeks, depending upon how long it gets hung up in US Customs. Thanks to the Covid, and changes in international shipping, it cost me $17.
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