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841  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: just curious on: February 26, 2007, 09:19:04 PM
I was down there (Tracks Ahead) the week before last with my grandson. Were you one of the guys there?
842  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making Frothy Foamy Water on: February 26, 2007, 10:51:59 AM
That's some of the most real looking fake water I've seen.
843  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how long i have been in this hobby on: February 19, 2007, 08:49:33 PM
Physically or mentally?
Started with wind-up around the Christmas tree in earlier fifties when I was below 5 and Dad had an O-27 layout. That was up until I was about 8.
No trains then until about 62', when I met a kid down the block who had an HO layout. I guess I was 12. Dabbled with HO through high school.
When I moved to NY in '70, I painted up my O-27 in black-light colors and ran  it in my black-light room.
In '74, I moved back to STL and didn't mess with trains again for about 20 years.  Not that I wasn't thinking about them and building layouts in my mind. In 95, my grandson was born and there just had to be a train around our tree. And each year I've gotten back in deeper.
I just took him to a model railroad clinic in Farmington Mo. this past Saturday.
844  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Toy Fair announcements on: February 18, 2007, 01:16:43 PM
Derek - If the 2" straights are not used in the new layout book, then I wonder if the layouts in there are not going to be much different than those in the old layout book?
845  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Toy Fair announcements on: February 18, 2007, 01:03:55 PM
Bear - You're going to let ME in on a  secret? Now what might that be? Huh?
Apparently you weren't following the threads about 2" inch straights on the old board and all  of the track combinations I did using the 2" straights.
And yes, that 1/4" can make the difference between track being aligned and track being misaligned.
846  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Passenger Car Lighting on: February 17, 2007, 11:56:10 AM
I'm converting a battery combine to track powered.
I decided to use the LGB ball bearing wheel sets that Curmudgeon recommended.
They have the contacts built into them. Just attach the wires to the two little prongs sticking up. They even include the fittings for attaching the wires to the prongs.
They are expensive, though, at about $26 per two axles.
Curmudgeon also recommended wiring all the wheels together on each side.
I'm also using plugs, so I can remove the body when I need to change bulbs or passengers.
I'm still doing the wiring on them now.

847  Discussion Boards / HO / Toy Fair announcements on: February 15, 2007, 06:53:25 PM
Looks like the 2" straights lost out this time.
848  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New Forum Section Request Mr Bachmann on: February 15, 2007, 05:53:02 PM
That's a good idea. Smiley
849  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Doorbell wire on: February 11, 2007, 03:56:32 PM
I'd guess that, if you are in doubt, twist a couple of them together before you run them to put your mind a little more at ease.
850  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is it improper to ask a non-train related question here? on: February 10, 2007, 11:24:33 AM
I've been looking at wide screen TVs lately and it sometimes is hard to figure out comparisons with regular screens.
I decided the easiest way for me to figure out what to get is to measure the vertical size of my present screen and get a wide screen with at least that vertical size. I don't want to go smaller.
I also understand that plasma isn't the way to go as the quality declines over time.
851  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Weathering plastic structures on: February 09, 2007, 12:39:21 PM
I like washes of diluted India ink if you don't want to mess with powder.
852  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Rix Products on: February 09, 2007, 12:35:30 PM
I'll add my thumbs up to the Rail-It. Works great and saves time!
853  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Who operates in....DC or DCC ? on: February 09, 2007, 12:14:49 PM
1 DCC oval - 3 DC ovals
854  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts on: February 08, 2007, 04:47:42 PM
A good book is "101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders" by Linn Westcott and published by Kalmbach.
Here is a website with some layouts -
855  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: just curious on: February 06, 2007, 01:06:01 PM
I'm from St. Louis and now I live about 70 mies south of there.
I've been sort of a "jack of all trades and master of none".
I've been a boat mechanic, driving instructor, console operator, newspaper reporter, lawn care foreman, resort housekeeper and houseman, lumberjack,  store detective, boat dock builder, manufacturing foreman, mushroom picker, forklift operator, mail clerk, carnival ride assembler and operator, UN cop, infantyman, machinegunner, squad leader, real estate agent, music publisher, job counselor, homeless coordinator, and owned a wood stripping business.
Never could decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I retired.
I do have 18 years in the Marine Corps, but most of it is reserves. I now get disability.
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