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    Detailing Sea Containers

    You can use decals on ribbed surfaces as long as you use micro set and micro sol. Micro sol is the one that will soften the decal and allow it to form to the surface.
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    Power outtage on layout!

    Did you put insulator pins on the track? I cant tell from the pics if they are there. The reason I'm asking is because I see them taped the the reverse unit still.
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    Power outtage on layout!

    Disconnect it from the track that you have the ballast on and wire it up to a new piece of track and see if it works on the new one. It's possible that you damaged the output transistors on the reverse unit. If you don't have a volt meter you can use a small 12 volt bulb and connect it across...
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    DCC control of MTH Locos

    You can convert to DCC, you will have to get a complete system, it does not matter which one you choose, the decoder that you choose will determine the sounds etc. every train has to have a DCC decoder. You can also get decoders without sound as well. Just make sure you get a decoder rated for O...
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    Optical (InfraRed) Grade Crossing Flasher Circuit

    They have a sensitivity adj. to control lighting. It has a 2 sec delay so it will not be affected by gaps etc. Does not have sound. No fade, but can be done if wanted. No they are not free, lol. The detector with grade crossing combo will sell for $25. Quantity discounts available.
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    Optical (InfraRed) Grade Crossing Flasher Circuit

    It uses an IR pair Transmitter and Receiver. They are mounted either across or above the track.
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    Optical (InfraRed) Grade Crossing Flasher Circuit

    That one is a IR detector and grade crossing flasher circuit all in one. The IR detector can be modified to do just about any type of detection.
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    Optical (InfraRed) Grade Crossing Flasher Circuit

    Here is my new IR grade crossing and flasher circuit.
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    Wiring Distribution Feeder/Bus Blocks

    I was wondering if people would be interested in these boards to make it easier to wire there layouts. If so let me know how many outputs would be good for connecting feeders etc. Here is an example of one.
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    1:87 Scale BIG BOY Loco Model

    Yeah I think your right. I was looking at it and its going to need a lot of paint and maybe some weathering.
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    1:87 Scale BIG BOY Loco Model

    With all the new hype of the x4014 I thought it would be cool to put together a 1:87 scale model of the big boy.
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    Capacitor discharge unit

    If you can take a close up picture of it I will try and help you out with it.
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    Capacitor discharge unit

    I make cap discharge circuits if you need one let me know.
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    How I Weather a Freight Car

    The Body I mix burnt umber and cadmium orange and thin it with water then apply a thin layer to the body. The patched look on the number plate was wiped off with a q-tip, you can also use painters tape. I will let this sit over night then I will cover it in a matte clear coat to seal it. After...
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    How I Weather a Freight Car

    The Roof pt.2 After I let the first layer sit over night I then mix raw umber and cadmium orange to get a dark rust color. I then layer it over top of the lighter rust, just do it in a random pattern. I will let this sit over night then I will cover the roof in a matte clear coat to seal it...
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    Restored Boxcar

    Yeah, I think I am going to leave it like that, I butchered it enough, lol
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    How I Weather a Freight Car

    The Roof pt.1 I first clean the car with soap and water to get any dirt or oils off of it. I start with the roof, I use white acrylic and add water to thin it out. I use this technique on silver topped roofs to give it a more aged look. Next I use water mixable oil paint, I mix burnt umber and...




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