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  1. Fishplate

    Source for compressed air

    I've used a compressed air cylinder for many years with good results. A 100 PSI charge is good for about 2 or 3 painting sessions. The mini regulator/filter came from a mail order airbrush supply outfit, and the airbrush hose adapter is a Badger part.
  2. Fishplate

    Sculptamold, Hydrocal, Plaster of Paris?

    I agree 100%. Scenery materials are a very personal choice. Try everything you can find, then use whatever you like best. Celluclay is NOT the same as Sculptamold. Plaster (including Hydrocal) has the smoothest texture and Celluclay is the coarsest, with Sculptamold in the middle. Having...
  3. Fishplate

    How do I fill a gap?

    Another vote for Squadron Green Putty. They also make a white putty, but I haven't tried that. If the putty seems too thick, you can mix in a very small amount of liquid plastic cement. After the putty is completely dry, wet sand with 600-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper.
  4. Fishplate

    Best Plywood to Use for Layout Construction

    Birch plywood is wonderful stuff, but I agree it's overkill for this application. B-C grade softwood plywood is probably a good compromise. It will have one smooth face and the price is usually reasonable. CDX grade is too rough in my opinion. If you have a choice, go for the plywood with more...
  5. Fishplate

    Abandoned or old buildings

    Anybody remember E.L. Moore? He actually blew up his Cannonball & Safety Powder Works with photographer's flash powder. That was true gonzo model railroading. :cool:
  6. Fishplate

    Anyone using Lenz DCC systems?

    Bernie, I also use Lenz with a pair of LH-90 throttles and have been very happy with it so far.
  7. Fishplate

    What font is this

    Well, I'm going to disagree with Josh on the font ID. New Aster is pretty close, but I think this is either Dante MT or Danmark URW. The numbers look like plain old Helvetica. If you don't mind paying $20 for the Danmark font, it would be possible to print these at home.
  8. Fishplate

    wsor paint colors

    Based strictly on photos, NYC Pacemaker Red looks pretty close. I agree with Jim that Platinum Mist would be good for the silver-gray.
  9. Fishplate

    Soldering Iron questions

    Jeff's tips and techniques are excellent! Just two things to add: 1. Use eye protection. 2. Work in a well-ventilated area. Fumes from rosin flux can be irritating.
  10. Fishplate

    Took the DCC plunge

    John, North Raleigh NTrak has a great how-to web site on wired DCC decoder installations. Many N scale locos are very challenging (especially steam), but it's possible to fit a decoder in almost anything.
  11. Fishplate

    Trix roller test stands

    Anybody see the new Trix roller test stands on the Walthers web site? I thought they looked really well-designed. Then I saw the price and practically fell off my chair.:eek:
  12. Fishplate

    UP ac4400 build.

    For masking, I used to use drafting tape. Now I put a strip of regular blue 3M masking tape on plate glass, use a straightedge and razor blade to cut a clean edge, and apply. Burnish the edge just before spraying. Never tried the liquid mask stuff, but I think it would be handy for irregular...
  13. Fishplate

    AC Power Supply?

    If you happen to have an old "wall wart" plug-in transformer like the ones used to power cordless phones and other electronic gadgets, try wiring the lights to that. Use your existing power pack just for the switch machines. You can control switch machines from the Lenz DCC system, but would...
  14. Fishplate

    Need help with MP15AC details

    I'm planning to build an MP15AC and need help identifying some equipment on the prototype. On the right side, on the step just ahead of the cab, is a tall rectangular box. A round tube pokes through a gap in the gusset plate, and below that is a red square hole in the sill. Can anybody tell...
  15. Fishplate

    Solvent based washes over Acrylics?

    Any paint that is thinned with mineral spirits (like Model Master enamel or artists' oil paint) can be used in a wash technique over dry acrylics (Polly Scale or ModelFlex) or Dullcoat with no problem. I usually let the acrylic base coat dry overnight just to be on the safe side. Avoid stronger...
  16. Fishplate

    Chameleon Paint Stripper

    I recently used Chameleon paint stripper to strip three different N scale 40-foot boxcars: one from Micro-Trains, one from Atlas, and one from Intermountain. The results were eye-opening. The Chameleon worked perfectly on the Micro-Trains car, dissolving all the paint in 15 minutes. It worked...
  17. Fishplate

    Custom Decals

    I recently ordered from Rail Graphics www.railgraphicsdecals.com, which has been around for many years. They did a good job and were easy to work with. Maybe not the cheapest, but a good value for quality and service.
  18. Fishplate

    WU road switchers circa 1955

    I did use distilled water and both Microscale setting solutions. I've had good luck applying decals over Polly Scale paint in the past; not sure why it gave me trouble this time.
  19. Fishplate

    WU road switchers circa 1955

    This week’s project: the first two diesels in my freelance paint scheme. Unit 3502 is a Kato RSC-2 and 2918 is an Atlas Train Master, both in N scale. Paint is a mix of equal parts Tarnished Black and Steam Power Black. Corner handrails on the Alco are Railbox Yellow. The custom decals are...
  20. Fishplate

    My Latest

    Fantastic weathering job (and good photography too). I especially like the smiley face under the reporting marks near the B end.




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