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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: August 05, 2020, 06:53:14 PM
I have had luck with a method taught to me by a guy that has owned a fiberglass shop for 40 years.

A simple propane torch. Wave the tip of the flame quickly over the resin surface and bubbles disappear instantly. Im sure there are YouTube videos about it too.

No kidding.....use a flame.

2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Here's a question (surprising?) on: August 05, 2020, 06:45:52 PM
Wow......I built my dragster cheaper than one of their kits on the site.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Modular Club meet Ups - What's Appropriate? on: August 03, 2020, 04:13:38 PM
I'm with you Trainman. Im a lone wolf modeller. I even gave up on the mainstream model train magazines over 10 years ago. The only one I read now is Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.

I tried going to the local club's open house and a regular meeting. Didn't find anyone sharing my interest in early 1930s steam backwoods shortline.

That said....I know a few of the guys that are, or were, part of that club, and no one has ever mentioned a problem with theft. When I was invited to the open house, no one had to stand guard to keep people from pocketing items. Must be a good different mindset in our societies.

BTW.....I like that you're optimistic about Covid ending lol. We are gonna be blessed with the Chinese Virus for a long long time. Get used to it.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: July 31, 2020, 05:08:20 PM
That Model A is one to kill for. So many ideas when I look at it. That's gotta be a ton of fun just as a stock unit.

Glad you're back....was kinda wondering where ya went.

5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ken's Railroad on: July 31, 2020, 05:01:08 PM
That's a lot of sticks man Grin

Little projects like this are always fun.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Still working on my Lye, Stihl & Djheet layout....... on: July 29, 2020, 04:43:44 PM
For fusion fiber see

Guys name is Dugan. He's in Kansas. The stuff is white outta the bag, and you tint it with watered down acrylic paint. It can be what ever color you wish. I have his phone number if you need.

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-10-0 TCS sound and motor control on: July 29, 2020, 04:35:21 PM
I just read through that TCS decoder manual and read about that 4 CV programming.

I understand normal DCC......That 4 CV thing makes no sense to me at all.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Still working on my Lye, Stihl & Djheet layout....... on: July 29, 2020, 03:23:10 PM
My favorite material for landscaping is Fusion Fiber. This cotton based material is lighter than plaster with way less mess. It also provides you with a 3 to 4 day working time depending on your humidity. I mix a batch and spread it over my roughed in landforms. Wrap your structures in plastic film and bring the Fiber right up against the base. Or the structure can be pressed down into the Fusion Fiber to make a depression for the building to sit in.

Hills and slopes are easily accomplished, and once dry, will hold their form as well as plaster.

Leave the building in place while you apply your ground cover directly over the wet Fusion Fiber. The foam will wick up the moisture from the fiber and when dry, everything is glued in place.

Here is the depression left once the Fiber dries and the building is removed.

I used it around the store and small house as well.

More soon! Grin

9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Still working on my Lye, Stihl & Djheet layout....... on: July 29, 2020, 03:12:49 PM
Okie we are a week later, and the rock wall is coming along.

I left off with the wall face having a first coating of washes to bring out some color and detail.

I wasn't happy with the color and kept repainting and staining it until I got to a redder base color. Still not 100% happy, but it will work.

After a first coating of ground cover foam, it's looking much better. Then it slips back into place almost seamlessly.

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tenders on: July 29, 2020, 01:51:30 PM
No offense taken Paul. I was hoping to offer some advice without offending you lol.

As for your query on Fotki.....yes, I made that cut with just the blade. Scribe the back of the point repeatedly along the straight edge until it cuts through.

11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tenders on: July 28, 2020, 09:16:55 PM
Not to diminish any advice Jonathan will give you, please have a look at my scratch bashed 2-6-6-2 cab forward photos for some ideas on cutting and splicing a cab and tender together.

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need main axle gear assembly for 0-4-0 Porter (11398) on: July 28, 2020, 11:19:30 AM
I think this is what you need.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: logging engines on: July 25, 2020, 08:26:05 PM
Oh man.....that Vulcan Shocked

14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sheldon's Layout on: July 24, 2020, 06:14:10 PM
One of my biggest obstacles in building my layout is indecision.

It takes a long time for me to finalize a scene and commit to building it. This corner I have been working on has been years in the making.

I put different structures in place and try them out. Then I move chit all around and find something that had never even crossed my mind the first time around.

Then I have builder's remorse for a while after, thinking if I did it "right" or not.

15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Still working on my Lye, Stihl & Djheet layout....... on: July 22, 2020, 06:20:41 PM
I bought a blue fang selfie stick a while back. 20 bucks on sale and it came with a mini tripod to hold my phone.

I can stick it into places I could never reach from the aisles. So far I am liking the results. Makes for some interesting shots that couldn't be done with out it and the remote trigger.


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