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1  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: LED's to light structures on: September 26, 2007, 06:51:42 PM
Hi,

This looks like  a rather good site for learning more about LED's
http://led.linear1.org/category/led-basics/

Cheers,
Jim
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Simple Turnout Control on: September 26, 2007, 06:31:29 PM
Howdy Steve,

Congrats. Very impressive work every step of the way.

Regards,
Jim
3  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: LED's to light structures on: September 13, 2007, 07:40:08 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the link, that is a good start. It led to "Quick and easy interiors," but unfortunately that article isn't online. Guess I should subscribe to that mag.

I choose LED's because of the typical advantages they have over bulbs. Like lower current, no heat and longer life. They may be a bit more expensive but surely it isn't very much.

I'm also looking into street lights. It may be possible to scratch build something,  although I'm very new and little experience or skill. Smiley So will likely purchase some street lights - if something appears that catches my eye. <G>

Thanks,
Jim
4  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / LED's to light structures on: September 11, 2007, 07:16:26 PM
Greetings,

Anyone have suggestions on this subject?

Guess it should be rather simple, pick LED add series resistor and wire then insert into the structure.

Thanks,
Jim
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Import youurself from Germany? on: September 09, 2007, 05:26:27 PM
Greetings Gents,

Thanks a bundle for the comments and suggestions. Most helpful.

Regards,
Jim
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Import youurself from Germany? on: September 08, 2007, 09:17:58 PM
Greetings,

If you were about to go to Germany are there any model train goodies you would bring back? Especially something that might be difficult to get from within the USA?

My brother is going on rare business trip soon.

Thanks,
Jim
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Switch problem on: March 06, 2007, 09:36:43 PM
Hi,

I've not found an EZ track to Kato conversion. Have read it's easy enough. There should be some messages on that subkect on this board. Seems something like cut off the EZ part that sticks out and use Atlas code 80 joiners to connect. I'll try this some day as have several pieces of EZ track.

Good Luck,
Jim
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Switch problem on: March 06, 2007, 12:31:47 AM
a 4-4-0 (the prairie flyer trn st one)

Ah, that's a real cutie for sure. Played/worked with mine over a month trying to get it to work well with two switches. Got it to, sometimes, work well in one direction - a few time really well for a few minutes.

Later realized two big bad strikes against that one:
1) is too short for reliable turnout running
2) is too light weight.

Mine looks great in the display case.  Grin I've no clue about your others. But noticed longer and heavy engines will run all day over numerous turnouts.

Also, a change to Unitrack eventually solve most troubles.  Smiley The turnouts are much higher quality. But the Prairie Flyer doesn't run much better there. Sad

Good Luck.
9  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Sharpest? on: February 24, 2007, 09:24:16 PM
Howdy All,

It appears there's a good selection of old kits at this site. Way out of my range but fun to admire.

http://www.craftsmankits.biz/

Jim
10  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Sharpest? on: February 12, 2007, 02:25:02 PM
Hi,

Sorry, I just noticed the HO structs are called Plasticville and the N simply assembled buildings. So, by that I'm crossed up a bit. Looked at the Bachmann assembled offerings in the onling catalog and unfortunately none currently seem to catch my interest.

Looked at the valley model trains site and they do look good. But I'm doing N scale.

Here is a rather intriguing prospect, paper structures developed on a graphics printer. This site even offfers a "free" outhouse (scalable for all).  Smiley
http://www.papercreek.com/

Capitalism is sometimes humorous:
http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/

Here's some useful detail. Free ad signs:
http://www.trevinocircle.com/adsigns.asp

Wonder if many on here have attempted to use a computer and printer in creating things for their layout?

Jim
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Sorry Guys on: February 12, 2007, 01:56:35 PM
Hi,

IMHO the new forum is great. Only real drawback is losing the info from the old posts.

Compare this format to most any other around and it is superb. For example the Yahoo forums, very difficult to follow a thread and wade through endless post of litttle or no usefulness. Same for the Atlas forum.

Jim
12  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Sharpest? on: February 09, 2007, 09:26:17 PM
Greetings,

This group needs more activity so I'll jump. Wink

Who makes the best looking - yet - easiest to assemble plastic kits? Or perhaps the two things are mutually exclusive?

Who makes the best looking pre-built structures?

Perhaps no single company but some here some there? How about some example pointers.

Thanks.
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: MT conversion chart confusion on: February 09, 2007, 01:22:03 PM
After replacing about 4 dozen trucks with MicroTrains trucks

Hi,

Do you know, are the wheels on the MT replacement trucks metal or plastic? Surely they are metal but who knows these days.(

Thanks.
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