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    Default What are you buying this month, August, 2020?

    Guess I get to start it off this month. First I have three custom made Cab Bus cables for linking my Universal Throttle Panels (UTP) made by Ed at NCE. Two 3 foot cables and one 1 foot cable. He even tried to save me money by telling me that the loss over a 7 foot cable is negligible and if I already had a 7 foot cable I should just use those. I still felt it best to get these and the price and shipping was very reasonable. $20 including shipping for all three and I had it in two days. The lengths are actually a little longer than needed but I hated to have over 4 feet of excess, plus, I wasn't sure the loss wasn't as negligible for the system I am using. (not NCE and NOT DCC). Next we have a detail dress up kit for Atlas 90 ton 3 bay hoppers from Keystone details (http://www.keystonedetails.com/). The kits are enough for two cars and provides two floor finishers to cover the car weight, two A end cage floors, two Brake end cage floors with brake details, and a flat wire bending/cutting jig to replace the cast stirrups on the model. The end cage floors have integral MT 1015 compatible draft boxes. So far I am only using the floor finishers. I have installed these in two previous cars and they look great. This set is now primered and drying, should get them painted Monday and hopefully installed Tuesday. One thing to be aware of, if you use the factory loads you will have to file down the pins on the loads as this raises the interior floor slightly. The cage floors and replacing stirrups may be in the future but not any time soon. The Testors grey primer, Woodland scenics flowering foliage and Kato end bumpers were from my LHS. Six other items on order, so I am sure this won't be my last post this month. Cheers all and happy shopping. Maurice
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    Two new books, one "The Southern Railway," the other Part III in the "Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads" series (West Virginia, parts one and two being Kentucky and Virginia).

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    Nice to start the week stampede-free.
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    Not what am I buying...what aren't I buying!!? Poorhouse, here I come. The layout won't take up much room.

    So from Amazon, I picked up this six pack of wire, 22 gauge solid core, 32 ft per roll, for 11.99...it came with a wire stripper, handful of zip ties and heat shrink tubing. Hope I don't burn the house down.

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    My immediate project is the terminal building. Across the street is a small city park which I mentioned in this week's blog. This is a very old section of a waterfront city so the streets should be cobblestones, but that's hard to come by in N scale. I really have a penchant for scratch building, but that seems too complicated so I ordered a sheet of it from Amazon. Estimated delivery is around the turn of the century, so I 've got plenty of time to get ready for it.
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    I hope this is my final track purchase to finish the layout.
    24 Atlas RH #7's (Bought 25 LH #7's the last time they were in stock)
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    The track. It just got real.

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    I wanted some WM power to help round out my Chessie power roster.

    The black unit is a Life-Like that which will be an easy DCC install this weekend.
    The circus units are custom painted KATOs. The previous owner was unsure of what generation mechs they were. Doing some research I found that it was either going to be a drop in decoder or a more involved hard wire decoder. I decided to take a gamble as the price was too good to pass up.

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    Turns out they are the older units and will require a more involved install. Drats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    Turns out they are the older units and will require a more involved install. Drats!
    Can you swap the shells onto newer chassis then sell off the unwanted locos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Can you swap the shells onto newer chassis then sell off the unwanted locos?
    Mulling that idea over. It will likely add more cost to the DCC'fying process. Talking to some friends who have done it and they say it isn't too bad.

    Just need to figure out how much I want to spend on them.

    Modifying the current mechs will cost ~$40 and some garage time..... swapping shells is attractive as I would get brand new mech with 0 miles on it.
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    If you're just doing DCC then you don't have a lot of the chassis you have to remove to fit a small decoder like a DZ146 or DZ126 and modifying the Non-DCC chassis isn't too bad.

    If you want sound then you have to remove a lot of the chassis for the speaker so you probably want to find a DCC-ready engine and swap shells. You'll lose some when you try to sell the Non-DCC chassis but it's a whole lot easier to convert for sound.

    ModelTrainStuff has current Kato F7's (fits both F7 and F3 shells) for $59.99 (10 in stock) once you add them to the cart to see the real price).
    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Kato...dian-National/

    Lombard Hobbies has them for $54.99 (4 in stock)
    https://lombardhobby.com/kato-n-176-...ional-cn-9098/

    Trainworld has them for $59.99 also
    https://www.trainworld.com/manufactu...d-f7a-cn-9098/

    All are cheaper than any DCC ready locos on Ebay at the moment. There are other online stores as well if you don't like any of those. Search for "Kato 176-2135" as that's the current released CN loco. There might be other previous releases as well. Check http://www.katousa.com/N/F7/index.html or http://www.katousa.com/N/F3/index.html as the F7 and F3 use the same chassis (I'm pretty sure) so either should swap shells
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    I managed to score myself some oriental limited e7 units in Brass. 2 shells and 1 chassis. Currently trying to find another chassis so i can have a running a and b set
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    Kapton tape: https://eckstein-shop.de/media/image...3d-drucker.jpg and some different sized Zimo sugar cube speakers: https://shop.fichtelbahn.de/bilder/p...utsprecher.jpg

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    I've milled out these early mechanisms before. Was able to fit a digitrax decoder into it. I also drilled and tapped some holes in the chassis so I can have somewhere to connect the wires from the decoder to the chassis.
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    Another run to the LHS, an order from a specialty online business and a stop at Joann's. First the stuff from the LHS. A can of dullcote. A Woodland Scenics chain link fence and a HO culvert kit for a waterway I am trying to add to my layout. The Pike Stuff Fire Station is kitbash fodder for a factory I am building. The two glues, paint brushes and a paint pen are all from Joann's fabric. The pain pen color turned out to be lighter than the cap which was disappointing but it was cheap, especially with the coupons. The Atlas Alco was ordered through the LHS. I could have got it a lot cheaper online but I do want to support the business. I really didn't need it as it isn't correct for my era, but it is a local shortline (Delaware Lackawanna) and I really like the paint scheme. The 2nd photo shows some pipettes from Amazon and three items from CMR Products ( https://www.cmrproducts.com/ ) They have a interesting line of detail parts and decals. I got a set of M.O.W. vehicle decals for Conrail and patch out lettering for Conrail. The detail parts are Conrail cab signal boxes. Still waiting on a caboose, a vehicle, a book and a special item from the U.K. God knows when the last item will get here. Cheers all. Hope you all are having a nice weekend. Maurice
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    This is it! My bank account is in ICU.

    Just ordered

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    They offered a 30% coupon, what could I do? I think it might be flat rate shipping too. I paid $10.

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    I bought a couple Power Distribution Boards off of the Evil Water Inlet. I plan on using them to hook my town lights up too.

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    I ordered a shop vac from shopmyexchange dot com July 22nd, they shipped it USPS from Fort Polk and it still has not arrived. So I guess this is an August purchase.

    According to Informed Delivery it has made it to Memphis, so it's getting closer...

    Once I have it and my track plan finalized I am going to pull up all the track and lay down a desert sand landscape with some topography. Going to use the shop vac to pick up the extra sand that does not adhere down to the plywood...

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    Quote Originally Posted by African Pirate View Post
    I bought a couple Power Distribution Boards off of the Evil Water Inlet. I plan on using them to hook my town lights up too.

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    How does this board work? Is it simply a transformer and bus, or does it have built in functions (fade, blinking, etc.), or does it have DCC addressable channels? New to the group. Just wired/hogged out a KATO ES44AC for DCC/sound. I'm starting to plan my 4x8' layout and I'd like to focus more on electric functions as opposed to needle painting buildings/scenery! Been pondering how to do scene lighting. Recommend any lamp-post, traffic signal, etc. sources?

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