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    My Track Plans

    I hope we here from Steve, I can feel his pain being frustrated but wanting a decent layout. As I mentioned before he and I are quite alike, and I can appreciate him thinking about N. As an exercise I set up an N scale layout on a hollow core door using Unitrack and ran some trains, including a...
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    My Track Plans

    At least you have a clear direction as far as roadname and theme, I'm still torn between 3 different roads. Share your track plans here when you can.
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    My Track Plans

    Steve, you and I are in somewhat similar situations (besides having the same first name). I was in N scale for many years, and did all kinds of neat stuff including superdetailing and painting diesels. Then I took a break from the hobby, and returned about 2 years ago. While wandering around the...
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    Columbia, Mo. 1963

    Thanks again Joe, keeping a close eye on this thread!
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    Columbia, Mo. 1963

    Joe, I've been following this thread with great interest, you're doing a nice job. Do you have a track plan that you can post?
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    Painting Flexible handrails

    Well, there were flex additives that could be added to enamels, but I don't know of anything for acrylics. Would be nice! At times I'm tempted to bend my own wire handrails just to avoid this issue.
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    Northwest NJ/Eastern PA clubs?

    Looking for a club in the northwest NJ area (Sussex, Warren, Morris counties) or eastern PA (Stroudsburg or Easton/Nazareth area), preferably HO but could also get into N scale. Can contribute general layout work, custom painting and DCC installations. email: stevewoodward at mac dot com...
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    Painting Flexible handrails

    I'm not aware of any acrylic additives. Faskolor looks interesting, will have to see if there are any other colors available.
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    Painting Flexible handrails

    Many years ago I did custom painting for hire. When it came time to painting flexible handrails (delrin, celcon, etc) I used to mix in a small amount of an automotive flex additive, used by body shops for painting flexible urethane bumpers on autos. Fast forward to today...I've gotten quite...
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    Atlas GP38 decoder: What I SHOULDA done the first time

    That's okay Rex, I'm a determined tinkerer! Jeff, I don't have a shell handy, but a 3/4 speaker barely fits, requires a little trimming. There's a "step" in the atlas shell that widens toward the top, you can make a 3/4" speaker work but now I'm going to experiment with a 1/2" oval speaker with...
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    Atlas GP38 decoder: What I SHOULDA done the first time

    Glad I found this thread...I just installed an AT100 in an Atlas GP38 with a 3/4" speaker facing up through the fans, and I can barely hear it! My only other Soundtraxx installation was an older DSD sound only decoder. It's the exhaust volume that's so quiet, the horn and bell are fine. But...
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    Athearn decoder install - tidy?

    Very true, I should have thought of that! Did that once in an Atlas S-4...
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    Athearn decoder install - tidy?

    Thanks for sharing, that's exactly what I was planning on doing, that tiny bit of weight can't make much of a difference. Especially on my "flatlands" layout!
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    Athearn decoder install - tidy?

    Good thought Dave, I have gotten in such a routine with Digitrax I never even thought about a smaller decoder. I do have a Lenz that is similar in size to the MRC you used, I'll tinker with it. Thanks! It's that "step" in the dynamic brake area that makes it difficult. I just installed an ESU...
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    Athearn decoder install - tidy?

    Ah, ok, thanks! I've seen my electrical engineer buddy use that stuff for prototypes.




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