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  1. JR-Chiisai: Storage yard modules

    I agree. The yard is amazing! How do you control the switches? Do you have some sort of logic circuit set up so that you simply flick one switch and the right combination of switches are thrown for one particular line? Or is it completely automated?
  2. Questions about programming Decoders

    Thank you for the simple and super clear explanation.
  3. Questions about programming Decoders

    It was a D&H decoder. But yes, that's what the man did. He had me manually change CV08 to 008. Strangely I had to do it over and over again before it worked. Thanks. I'll look at CV05 and CV68 to 04.
  4. Concrete technique?

    That just gave me an idea. I can used those tunnel portals to practice too.
  5. Concrete technique?

    I have two practice tunnel segments. I think I'll try out a few different techniques on the rougher of the two to compare. Then I'll pick the one that works best for me, and try to get it right on the second practice segment. I have that same single tunnel portal btw, I think. Woodland scenics? I was going to use it on a previous layout. But we expanded before I got a chance.
  6. Concrete technique?

    Thanks Kiha. How would you deal with a smooth surface? Try to score it yourself? Or paint on the "texture"?
  7. Concrete technique?

    Many people recommend using Hydracoal, and other concrete materials to mold mini concrete structures. This won't work for me. Below is an example of creating texture and joint effect with paint. I'm not sure I like it.
  8. Concrete technique?

    On this site, half way down, there's a picture of a container yard. The guy made concrete joints by scoring styrene with an exacto knife and painting it. It doesn't look bad. Might work for a tunel interior. http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/134558.aspx
  9. Concrete technique?

    Also does anyone recommend any particularly accurate looking concrete paint brands/shades? I found that "concrete effect paint" is a thing in home decoration. I don't know if this would work in scale. https://selector.com/au/products/design-concrete-effect-paint
  10. I'm looking for technique guides for modeling concrete. Specifically, I'm trying to make tunnel interiors and tunnel portals. I'm finding two main techniques. One is to carve joint outlines and simply paint in a concrete color. This seems like it will work for the portal. The other method I see is to leave the surface smooth, and to pencil in fake joint lines. I've also heard of using wall paper, but I'm not sure that will work for a curved round tunnel. If anyone could share techniques or refer me to a good blog/site where this is discussed that would be great. Example of the "textured surface painted gray" approach.
  11. I have two questions about decoder programming. The first is specific. The second is general. First. I'm curious about Decoders and a loco motor's top speed. A few observations. A while ago I had a Kato steam engine wired up DC to test the pickup before adding a decoder. As a DC loco, it ran surprisingly fast. With a decoder in, the top speed was fast but not quite as fast. Also, I have two "identical" KatoUSA diesels with slightly different decoders. I expect them to have different speed curves. But they also have different top speeds. Do DCC decoders limit the maximum voltage supplied to a motor? If so is it a hardware or software issue? Can this be changed on a programming level? Second. I recently got "locked out" of a decoder, due to a fairly dumb programming error. Luckily, inobu was able to rescue me with some fancy jiggery-pokery. The incident made me acutely aware that I don't know nearly enough about programming these little pea-sized computers. I'd like to learn more. Can anyone recommend a good blog/site/page/article that teaches how to program these things. By "good" I mean "short, simple, and demystifying". I'd like to set aside a loco and use it as a guinea pig. Maybe, I could go through all possible programming routines on this one loco until I have a feel for the process. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.
  12. Wanted: Crash Trains

    Thanks that's a great piece of film. I'll show it to the boy later for inspiration! I had the same idea this morning about switching polarity. That way we can use a DC controller and not have to bother with decoders. I was thinking too that I could set up a long straight run of double track. Then use jump wire to connect the two tracks. We could run the two trains against each other on parallel tracks and mark the position where the collision will be. Then I can set up my wife's iPhone to video at that point so we can watch the collision in slow motion replay. I bought two almost identical American diesels last night on ebay for a very low price. I can't wait. It'll probably take a while for us to paint them and add rams. I'll post the videos, but in the "other hobbies" forum so as not to offend some people who I'm sure will think this is "wrong" and has no place in model railroading.
  13. Wanted: Crash Trains

    He's already talking about the jumping. He's hoping they'll land back on the track and keep going. Like in the Temple of Doom or something.
  14. I'll have to open my Series 500 up to adjust the TORMS sooner than I'd hoped. Either paper filters or resistors. I wanted to put it off for a while but the retinal searing glow bugs me too much.
  15. Is there anything out there even cheaper than $10? Although 10 bucks for something designed to fit, sounds good.
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