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46  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ballasting EZ Track... on: August 21, 2017, 03:46:10 PM
I never got around to doing any ballasting on EZ Track. I used a wash of diluted back India ink on the track pieces. It toned down the gray plastic and made them look dirtier without going through the whole ballasting process.

That's an idea! But... I already bought the ballast. I also considered that "make it stone" spray paint as well.

  But the India Ink idea... I might not have enough ballast for everything, and there are areas of the layout that will be hard to ballast, that an India ink wash may do the job!

47  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ballasting EZ Track... on: August 20, 2017, 10:36:28 PM
I decided to build up around the roadbed with water putty. That helps with the slope.
48  Discussion Boards / HO / Ballasting EZ Track... on: August 20, 2017, 08:18:22 AM
Okay, so... what I was told at the hobby shop was, spread the ballast, then spray it with a "wet water" made from water and alcohol, and then glue it using 50% Elmer's Glue All, and 50% water...

Now, I have to do it just a bit different, because I'm using EZ track... I need to spread some Elmer's on the roadbed, so when I spread the ballast, it sticks to the side (otherwise, because it's plastic, I will use way more ballast, as it will fall down the sides of the plastic roadbed) so I'm wondering if I still need to spray it with the wet water, or, would it be better to mix a bit of alcohol with the 50/50 white glue?

And if I do add alcohol to the 50/50, how much should I use?

I know this is probably old information, and I keep seeing a lot of conflicting videos on ballasting on Youtube, so I figured maybe someone here with ballasting experience will have some better answers.

Oh yeah, also, I should probably add I'm using a basic Proses Ballast Spreader (so no fancy levers on it, and you have to push it by hand) It's the same as the Bachmann ballast spreader. (they were out of stock on the Bachmann ones at the shop)
49  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 17, 2017, 07:56:44 PM
You never know. They might accidentally send you a 4-8-4 to go with it. :)

Oh, I wish! That's one of the few steam engines I DON'T have!

But yeah... I'm going to check the club/museums in the area, and see who needs it, and just hand deliver it. I don't see myself doing a build with it. (it's a nice motor)
50  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 16, 2017, 08:08:38 PM
We have tracked down the original recipient and mailed him his parts. Thanks for the "Heads up"!


Do you want to send me a return label to send these parts back? Or should I just donate them to the Balboa Museum (or the Old Town model train museum... or maybe the S Scale museum... damn, we have a lot of model train museums here in town!) next time I'm there?
51  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 12, 2017, 11:36:39 PM
Dear War,
Someone will contact you next week.
the Bach-man

Awesome! That works!
52  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 12, 2017, 04:03:00 PM
Meanwhile... Someone in Minnesota is trying to figure out how to power his 4-8-4 with the piece of blacksmith wall he just received. Grin


  Still no response from Bachmann (I was hoping they would send me a return label, or at least acknowledge whether or not they got my e-mail) I'll probably hear from them after the weekend.
53  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 11, 2017, 11:13:03 PM
Obviously they are not. Unless Plasticville has motors for a 4-8-4, and a Vandy tender front piece.

If they were the parts, I wouldn't have said "mystery package", or said they are nothing I ordered, or that they were meant for Minnesota (which I mentioned in the first post)

Hmmm... unless... I wonder of a motor for a 4-8-4 would make a good replacement wall for a Plasticville blacksmith/livery stable? (what? We've all kitbashed things before!)
54  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Strange package from Bachmann on: August 11, 2017, 08:40:46 PM
Yeah... I sent an e-mail to Bachmann earlier today...

I went to the post office to see about returning it, but, because it was opened (the package was labeled and addressed to me, and though I wasn't expecting anything, I had inquired about some Plasticville parts about a month ago) the USPS said that it's "legally mine" now, and I would have to pay the postage to return it to Bachmann. So Ill see if they will send a return post label.
55  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Strange package from Bachmann on: August 11, 2017, 05:43:01 PM
I just got a package from Bachmann, that I never ordered... I'm in the San Diego area, and they sent me a package of parts, that were meant to go to Minnesota (according to the packing slip)

Now what? Do I just write "return to sender" and walk it down to the post office? Does Bachmann need to be informed, so they can take care of the actual customer that paid for these parts? Will they figure it out with me returning the item, or should there be a note?
56  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Looking for parts. on: July 15, 2017, 05:19:28 PM
This is the SECOND brand new, unopened Plasticville building I've bought that is missing parts right out of the box... it is SO frustrating. It is the Blacksmith/Livery Stable set #2909... it was sealed, with the parts sealed on their board and bag inside as well... but, it's missing the Chimney vent (2 pieces) the chimney (2 pieces) Std. door, 2 loft pulleys, hanging sign, 3 windows, and the stall front! (I'm guessing they are all on the same parts tree)

Is there ANYWHERE to get these missing parts? Near as I can tell, this set of out of print, so I honestly don't expect much. It's just really frustrating is all.
57  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Recent work on the In-ko-pah Railroad on: July 13, 2017, 05:58:08 AM
Been watching you over at MRH, and DAMN I love your layout!

This is one of the ones I really do admire!
58  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Photobucket on: July 13, 2017, 05:54:12 AM
I have found that I can use any image I posted on deviantART (they have a free, and paid account... I use paid, but both work) as well as any of my photos posted on Facebook.

It's easy to do... just right click on the photo you want, select "copy image location" and then copy it between the "img" prompts, just like you did with photobucket.

This one is on deviantART:

This one is from Facebook:

This is also from Facebook (because I'm just kinda showing off now)

Seriously, pretty much any (as in most) social media you use that allows you to post a photo, can host that photo for here.
59  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Walk-Around Companion on: July 09, 2017, 09:14:35 PM
Oh, sure... understandable, but, doesn't really answer the question, and as I pointed out, you can't assign a loco, or dim the lights of a Bachmann loco with it.
60  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / EZ Command Walk-Around Companion on: July 09, 2017, 06:04:26 PM

  Okay, so... weird question, and maybe the Bach-Man, or someone else could answer it...

 I recently got hold of the EZ Command Walk-Around Companion from eBay (finding one of these things is NOT an "EZ" task!) I'm really enjoying it, don't get me wrong, but, I noticed that some of the function buttons are... well... even more limited than the EZ Command itself.

 Buttons 6 (F6) 7 (F7) and 8 (F8) can be used to select a loco, but, cannot be used in function mode (I have a few Digitrax equipped locos that have sounds on those functions)

  Now, at first I thought it might be a malfunction, but then I read the instructions (which, contrary to popular belief, I *DID* read before installing) and a part that didn't make sense in the instructions made more sense to me. It wasn't a malfunction, it was designed that way.

The instructions read as follows: "Additional programming functions transferred to the Companion are limited to functions F1, F2, F3, F4, and F10 (lights)"

Now, this is just fine with my "Sound Value" engines, as they don't really have much after those first four buttons plus lights anyway (bell is F1, whistle is F2, short whistle of F3, and steam release of F4, and other than F6 to dim the lights, and F8 to mute, there's nothing more to see there) However, other decoders it's a bit of a bummer, as I really like using the thing... I have it connected to a panel in the layout (Oh yeah... for those who know me, I built a layout in my absence from this board)

So my question is... "why?"

Why are those buttons limited? (why isn't that in the advertising... never mind that question...)

I'm curious if it was a programming issue? Or what the deal was?

Does anyone know? Maybe the Bach-Man can ask someone, if he doesn't already know?

Again... I'm not dissatisfied with it... i love the thing... I'm just really curious as to why the limitations? (the emergency "Stop" button doesn't do anything either, nor can you assign a loco with the Companion)

The curiosity is REALLY going to bug me! (I will have to assume that because it was designed that way, there is no fix either... like "Hey kids! You know what's better than a limited controller? One even MORE limited! w00t!")

My apologies for the snark there... I really am kinda laughing over it... and I would buy another Walk-Around Companion if I found one.
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