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    Modeling Idiosyncrasies That Usually Don't Work So Well

    As I go through the process of learning, in the back of my mind I keep wondering what "pitfalls", "clichés", or other (mostly newbie) modeling idiosyncrasies am I rushing headlong toward? It would be nice to know what is commonly done "wrong" or difficult to do "well" so I can reflect on what I...
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    Erie/EL yard @ Jamestown, NY using USGS Historical Topo & County Tax Maps

    Jamestown, NY Erie-Lackawanna (former Erie RR) Yard. The scan on the left is a reduction of three taped together 8.5x11 copies of portions of the Chautauqua Co. Tax maps covering the depicted area. [FWIW, Each original tax map is approx. 2'x3' and showed more than I needed.] The area depicted...
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    Newbie Quick Questions

    I've read the forum FAQs & etc., searched older threads, and am uncomfortable asking for help without, first, giving it for several weeks/months but I don't have any experience. Plz. excuse any breach of protocol any faux pas committed. - I didn't see any similar thread or Sticky; nor did I...




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