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  1. gavino200

    Modern Steam at Sandaoling

    I'll send you a message or email with some goodies over the weekend.
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    M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I'm working on the side skirting. Studying the Kato Kobo model (see below) it seems that Kato add the skirting to the chassis/motor unit, rather than to the shell as I had assumed. I haven't decided for sure but I think I'll follow the Kato example. Making accurate cuts in styrene pieces this size is tough. I think oversize and then file/sand is the only way I can do it accurately. Even the blade width and the amount of plastic that is "crushed" by the cut is an important factor. http://www.lestrainsdedaliplumes.com/image/RDC-Jet-2.jpg On the positive side....I previously had been thinking of the First RDC shell as one extra chance to practice. But actually I can paint and strip as many times as I want until I get comfortable with the technique, before moving on to the final model. On the less positive side....I put the shell back on to trial fit the skirting. I realized that the "floor" of the chassis, isn't actually the floor of the RDC. Rather it is just at window bottom level, with little bumps to simulate the very top part of the seats. This means that it will be much harder to hide wires than I expected. I may use connectors in the "no windows" part and try to run all wires under the roof.
  3. My first British N scale train! A Dapol Class 33 and three MK1 coaches. Two of the coaches are new - the third is second hand and will be the practice coach. I need to open it up and see what kind of decoder it takes. My plan will be to practice masking and painting on the empty shells and just enjoy the British Rail train until I develop enough skill to turn it into an delightfully ugly, orange and black CIE train.
  4. gavino200

    Constructions scenery (and Mid Build Crane)

    Some more stuff. Tomytec "Construction Truck" and "Construction Hut". Also, some Graham Farish figures. One is called "Engineers" and the other is called "Workers", though both are a mix of boss guys and worker guys. I don't think I've ever seen a Civil Engineer operate a pneumatic drill.
  5. gavino200

    What did you do on your layout today?

    The Sagawa stuff is starting to arrive. These containers thanks to Serotta! Thanks Junior!
  6. gavino200

    What did you do on your layout today?

    Even though this is a temporary layout, I really like how it looks. The one thing I've never liked about my layout is the bare wooden legs. The masonite 'fascia' isn't great but isn't terrible. I see a lot of pleated cloth skirting at shows, but I don't like how it looks. Next time I build a layout I'd like to have this kind of finish for the legs and fascia.
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    Kato - New Releases

    I have it and I love it. It may be the best running Kato model that I have. But the main reason why I bought it over the Tomix was the (completely wrong) assumption that it would be a 'drop-in' decoder installation. The Kitty will be my first experience with DCC converting a Tomix Shinkansen. Fingers crossed.
  8. gavino200

    N scale militarized police force

    This has been a problem for me. I've now passed over quite a few collections, because I just didn't need or want many of the models in it. But there's really no alternative. I like having multiple copies of some vehicles, especially commercial or military vehicles. But ten trucks or trailers at a time can really crowd a layout. I think my strategy will be to buy every collection, select the models I like, and then sell the rest on ebay after about 2 or 3 years when the market has dried up.
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    Kato - New Releases

    Yeah, that's a different pantograph than the original. The orinal is a little stubby thing that sticks almost straight up. I always wondered about that. It doesn't look quite right. I never noticed the second car direction issue. About the first car light issue, I'm not certain because I put TORMs in it and they're very bright. But the 'purpled-out' windows need to be back painted for lightproofing, otherwise they glow a bit. I think that's what they're talking about. These are all nice improvements, but not enough to want to buy a new train if you already have it. That does seem a little bit spensive btw.
  10. gavino200

    Modern Steam at Sandaoling

    Do it. Chinese 101 is not hard. I'll give you some tips and I'll bet you a train you'll get an A.
  11. gavino200

    N scale militarized police force

    What's going on? Is the hobby slowly dying in Japan, or something? Why would production of these little wonders be going down? BTW I was asking about moving this thread to the 'other' scenery forum. The one in the N gauge "main platform". This one is mainly for techniques. I was confused about that when I posted it first. Now when I want to check this thread as a reference it takes me ages to find it. I always expect to find it in the other place.
  12. gavino200

    Modern Steam at Sandaoling

    Of course I know you're joking. But if you ever did decide on that, I have a ton of material I can give you. It's not as hard as people say. Pronunciation is a bitch. And it takes a while to learn characters. But after that it's super easy. There's zero, inflection or conjugation. The "words" are like immutable lego blocks that you build sentences out of. Grammar is minimal. Also, most Chinese people other than the youngest generation, are learning Mandarin as a second language and are super paranoid about "how bad their Mandarin is", which makes them fairly tolerant of your efforts. Also, if you use a computer program with pinyin, you can actually type those moon runes faster than you can type in English. Chinese opens up China, and China is probably the most interesting place on the planet, right now. Do it! Take the plunge!
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    Modern Steam at Sandaoling

    Actually yes. But I doubt if I can talk my wife into going to Xinjiang. What I'd really like to do would be to start in Urumqi and make my way to Europe on the old silk road. Maybe someday. But what we'll probably do is land in SH and take the Maglev from the airport to the city. Then after a day or two take a high speed rail to Nanjing where we'll spend a week or so with some friends of mine. Then a slow train uphill to Moganshan where we'll hang out in one of the mansions built in the 1920s for Shanghai gangsters and colonial expats. It's still a rough plan. Nothing written in stone. (First I have to ween myself off my infatuation with German and get back to my China obsession)
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    How to securely fasten Unitrack viaducts to base

    I used to use hot glue for this. A problem is that it hardens fast and takes up space, creating bumps. White glue doesn't have this problem and works quite well. Or E6000 also works. It sticks a bit better than white glue, gives you a while to adjust before it dries, and it can be peeled away from the tracks/piers later with no damage.
  15. gavino200

    M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    I had a go at the back door of the loco tonight. This was my first time "cutting styrene". I was especially intimidated by it, partly because the plans I have, give measurements to three decimal places. I thought I could never cut that accurately. Well, I took forever with a capillers, loupes and a fresh blade, cutting and checking until it was EXACTLY the right dimensions. Hilariously the dimensions were way off. Not even close. Maybe accurate to one decimal place at best. So I did it again. This time over-sizing and filing down. I used E6000. I'll use styrene cement for the final version. Here it is before (actually the other end), during and after a coat of grey primer. I'm reasonably happy but would like to improve my technique quite a lot. The prototype is smooth and seamless. I'm not overly worried about prototypical correctness. But I'm trying to get closer to actually achieving something close to what I'm aiming for. Prototype
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