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    Reviving old Floquil and its other brands identifying solvents on labels "best way to store" Floquil paints,restoring them with "additives?"

    I made a paint shaker a while ago. It makes mixing any paint that has separated a lot easier.
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    Short Train

    It doesn't run. It was a "dummy".
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    Short Train

    I made a short train out of some broken up junk.
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    Attaching Structure to Diorama Base

    I use clear silicon to attach my structures to foam. Any that squeezes out can be easily removed after it dries. If I ever decide to remove the building I can use lighter fluid (naphtha) to soften the silicon and pull the building off without damage. The one drawback to using silicone is that it...
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    A " How to paint this " help request.

    If I was doing it I would paint the white first. Then mask the rings with Bare Metal Foil. Then paint the blue.
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    There isn't an inside joke. I just like boats a lot and there aren't many available in HO scale. I might build a model of the SS Minnow in the near future.
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    I scratch built an HO scale 15 foot sailboat. Here's a link to some pictures I took while I was building it: Here's a short slide show:
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    Looking for B&M yard structure plans

    I was looking around and found this: There seems to be a lot of pictures on line of the B&M Railroad.
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    Ernie Hoffnagle's Place

    Thanks for the comments!
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    Ernie Hoffnagle's Place

    Ernie Hoffnagle wasn't sure if it was a rock or a maybe a dinosaur bone in his garden. He called in some experts and now it's all a big mystery. Here's a link to all the pictures I took while I was building this diorama...
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    Backing for a "Metal" Sign?

    I use the aluminum from disposable pans.
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    1929 Ford AA Truck and Belly Tank

    The belly tank wasn't a kit. I used parts from other stuff and did some scratch building.
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    1929 Ford AA Truck and Belly Tank

    1:87 scale.
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    I was in the sign business for 30+ years. It takes 2 guys and a bucket truck to flip the signs around on the front of the building. You need bucket truck and a crane truck to remove the big sign near the road. Since it's close to the power lines the power would have to be shut off while the...
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    Muppet Studebaker

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