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Christmas Edition
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I've got some foam inclines (like pic related) in N Scale. Any advice on how to landscape it to look more like an IRL embankment?
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>>1261292
I didn't think this existed. Anywho anyone here /oo scale/
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>>1261299
We had OO for a brief period of time in the U.S. but it was eclipsed by HO a long time ago. How do the two compare?
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>>1261292
Shouldn't this thread belong in /toy/?
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>>1261318
oh_you.jpg
the_big_laugh_-_jürgen_schlachter.mp3
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>>1261303
HO is 1:87 OO is 1:76.
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>>1261303
Also OO is primarily British stuff.

>>1261318
REEEE AT THIS MAN
REEEEEE
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damn, i love model trains
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>>1261292
>Patriarchal white male imposing his hobby on the family

This thread is problematic.
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>>1261407
>>1261320
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>>1261320
>>1261333
im not joking there is nothing separating model trains and toys
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>>1261341
It is pretty cool.
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>>1261658

Add Programming and comfiness.
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>>1261559
They're toys for adults, what's wrong with that?
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I'm totally new, where and how do I start?
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>>1261790

Unironically a starter set, all good hobby shops have some, buying all necessary separatelly is usually more expensive.

First of all decide the scale, N or HO.
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>>1261734
They're still toys
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>>1261792
O scale isn't as intimidating as it seems, especially if you've got some dough.
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>>1261318
Not since Ithaqua died...
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>>1261867
And the space.
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>>1261994
O27 if you have not so much space
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Does anyone have any good resources on handfor modelling British Railways?

Looking for more details about the big 4 (LMS, LNER, GWR, SR) - routes, train configs and rolling stock and such.

Getting back into the Hobby after a decade or so and was fairly amateur last time I had a train set.
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>>1261862
Yeah, and what's wrong with that?
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>>1262376
Nothing, if you share. :^)

>spy one of these on 'used table' at a train show recently
>sign says $85 obo
>still has original price tag on box: $60
>i point that out
>"Ya, but I want $85 for it"
No sale. Are they rare or something?
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>>1262345
Your question is too broad. Browse YouTube or Flickr for train pics and find something you like then work backwards.

I can help.
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>>1261867
>O scale isn't as intimidating as it seems, especially if you've got some dough.
British 0 is going through a crazy renaissance at the moment: RTR locos for less than £150 sometimes. Doesn't need much space either so would consider that. Extra comfy.
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>Christmas edition
>thread will be up for 9 months
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>>1262925
Literally asking for resources so I can pick an era I like. Browse youtube of flicker is too broad to be of any use to anyone.

Your help is pretty much redundant at this point if this is the quality you provide.
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My latest build gets started, pic attached.

9' wheelbase for an RCH 1907 5-plank open wagon. The solder is 1mm in diameter, for a sense of scale. It sounds really hard, but it's no diffferent to kit building in HO/OO or higher - the smallest thing you can see is still the smallest thing, but in 2mm:ft that 'thing ' is a handrail, whereas in HO it's a rivet and in O it's the thread of a nut.

It also helps that these kits cost almost nothing - £6 for a pair with some of the finest detail you'll see.

>>1262958

The point I was making was not to over-intellectualise the choice; ultimately you have to like the visuals of what you're going to model. That said, if you're serious:

Pre-grouping (i.e. pre-1923): lots of crazy liveries, mostly 0-6-0 tank and tender engines pulling 4 or 6 wheeled coaches and open wagons. Pre-20th century has some really cute stuff - dumb-buffered wagons, express trains with huge single wheels in the middle, ballast over the sleepers, etc.

Grouping 1923-1947: four big companies, lots of glitz but essentially the beginning of the end - the era of streamlined express trains, lots of black liveries outside of the 'specials'. You would see Pre-grouping stock and locos on branchlines and secondary routes until the end of this period.

Nationalisation 1948-67: British rail struggles to cope with the huge debt of the war, and so lots of rationalisation on loco types and stock, and new standards appearing like the BR wagons that are still around today. Everything gets black or brunswick green, 99.99% of the pre-grouping stuff is gone by now. At the end of this period almost 40% of britain's rail mileage is slashed by the Minister for Transport in what is known as 'the Beeching Act'. It's very popular because boomers can just about remember it.

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>>1262968
TOPS 67-82: The first post-diesel era where BR blue come to the fore. The book 'Modelling the British Rail Era' is a great resource for this period - multiple units, and the successful diesels from the earlier nationalisation period dominate. Most freight becomes trainload and almost all wagonload freight is finished.

82-95 Sectorisation: British Rail divides into multiple sectors (containers, construction, civil engineering, intercity, etc.) and a huge profusion of liveries after 30-odd years of BR Blue. Wagonload freight has a slight comeback witth the short-lived Speedlink service. This is extremely popular now on Youtube (everard junction, dean park, etc.) because most people in their 30's who are starting to have disposable income can remember it.

95-today Privatisation: A complete shit show of trainload freight and ever more shiney 8+ car multiple units. Basically unmodellable unless you crave a procession of stock through a barren landscape with a bus-shelter station building.

Check out Iain Rice's "Creating Cameo Layouts", he's very firmly in the pre-grouping period but has really interesting concepts about layout design which go beyond the usual dichotomy of 8x4 board vs exhibition behemoth vs loft queen.

Right now I have two layouts on the go, one is 00 set in 1987 in the British Rail southern region - I get multiple units from my childhood (4CEP, 2EPB) as well as locos I can just about remember (Class 33, 37) and rolling stock I can either remember (BR Mk. 1's and Mk. 2's) or can see currently (PGA gravel wagons).

The other is set post-nationalisation ex-LMS in the 1950's in 2FS where the whole layout will fit into a 4' x 1' cube, so I can keep it in my office.

Generally, the earlier you go the more modelgenic reality is, and the more appropriate it is to go with a finer scale (i.e. nobody gives a shit if your O gauge Class 66 has oversized flanges because of the size of the loco, but it's much more noticeable on an SE&CR P-class.
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Nickel silver etched kits are really fun
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Daily reminder - say no to steamroller wheels. (yes I've already cut off the coupler to replace with a brass micro version)
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>>1262345
>Looking for more details about the big 4 (LMS, LNER, GWR, SR) - routes, train configs and rolling stock and such.

rmweb.co.uk is a good website to start on.
Loads of different interests, lots of info and links to other sites.
For the Big Four routes you're best going to wikipedia for your start and deciding where you want to locate.
Most rail traffic at the time was coal traffic from the North East, Midlands and South Wales, so make sure you have at least a few coal wagons.
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Managed to source a full rake of HAA hoppers for a MGR train, looking forward to repainting them, weathering and recoupling them then hopefully adding them to a class 47 or class 56
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>>1262969
>2FS
what flavour of autism do you have
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I live in the US and I'm thinking about getting something from hattons. Anyone know how much the shipping usually is for one loco?
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went to the greenberg show today
wtf is with these prices lmao
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>>1264874
A fair bit, but really depends on the loco. Hattons and Hornby are where I get my OO, but I buy from eBay the most. Got this airfix locomotive for 50 bucks.
>>1264889
This is a Boomer ass hobby, you should see prices for passenger cars.
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>>1264890
Here is the rest of my roster. All this cost me less than $250 because I eBay snipe.
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>>1264890
I mean I'd understand it if all the prices were high, but the cars just in that one box range from $19 to $152 and I literally can't tell the difference
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>>1264892
You know how /k/ makes jokes about gun shows and "hurr Durr Gorings glove over 9000 dollars"

Literally the same thing but with trains. You go to look at neat layouts, not buy shit. eBay is your best choice desu.
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>>1264893
eh I found some stuff, most of the sellers there sold for about what I usually see on ebay
I just had to take a pic of this one guy's table
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>>1262958
YouTube search:

Railway Roundabout
Preservation railways/preserved lines
The names of whatever companies/lines/routes you want to draw inspiration from


Wiki has a lot of information, just google the names. Say like, I really love Southern and preserved lines and I want my railway to consist of preserved locos. So, google that shit and get what you need.

Pre-grouping, nationalization, modernization, privatization- what you want bro?
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>>1264874
Depends, basic shipping (the £4 option) took just over a week (I'm in south-eastern USA) to get to me.

Definitely go with the DHL express option. It translates to $16 USD but it's so worth it. Hattons ship out super quick, and it takes no more than 2-3 days to get to me.
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>>1264889
What scale are those cars?
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>>1264957
N
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>>1264958
>$100+ for an N scale wagon
Fucking hell that's ridiculous, even if it is a collector's item
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tried to set up a family photo but didn't have enough space on the table
gotta buy that corkboard soon
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>>1264891

are ebay trains still a thing?

I bough most of my collection 5 years ago and then prices skyrocketed.
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>>1264738
graham farish?
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>>1265173
Are those Baldwin Centipedes? Nice! Post some more of them please, how do they run? And nice GG1 too.
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>>1265409
Yeah, PRR A & B units by BLI. The GG1 is Kato DCC-ready, I'll need to buy one of the drop-in decoders for it now but I'm not sure if the $60 one with sound is worth it.
The BLI models surprisingly don't run as well as the Bachmann EM1, which I can get what looks like scale 1mph out of. While that's DCC it doesn't have sound, and unfortunately is missing an irreplaceable part due to a derail that shorted & melted the plastic. So that's $200 down the drain.
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>>1261871
Kek
F
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>>1261407
>some people unironically think this
I don't know whether to laugh or cry
>>1262918
Sounds like a boomer hate thread on /o/
They've completely ruined the collector car market pricing.
>>1262957
That's the magic of Christmas
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How well does 3D printing work when kitbashing? Thinking about semi-streamlining a Hudson I picked up.
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>>1265640

with a prusa I3

N - Questionable / difficult.
HO - Feasible
G - you have enough filament?.
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>>1265666
I use 3D printing for Hon30. Just use Kato chassis and Bam, cheap locomotive.
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How difficult/feasible is it to build a custom powered-chassis for a 3D printed shell that does not fit onto an existing mechanism?

This would be in N Gauge, FWIW.
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>>1265725
current 3D printing just isn't up to my standards for N, unfortunately
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>>1265640
I tried 3D printing for G Scale once with an Sd70Ace turned out completely shit. My plan was to use an SD70 Chassis by USA Trains and mount the SD70ace body on top but it didn't really fit and some of the details came out really bad, so I gave up.
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>>1265725
Hmm.. that may be the only way i'll ever obtain an FM H20-44.
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>>1266094
Of all the locomotives to want, you desire a switcher?
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>>1266138
Anon is Based & Switchpilled
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3D printing is unironically the future of N gauge - Anycubic Photon printer and print basically anything ontop of RTR chassis - in some cases you can just print off the chassis too if there are existing gearboxes/wheels/bogies you can re-use.

On the other end of the scale, some 7mm:ft (O gauge) wagons
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>>1266094

I also use it to build hard to find things
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>>1266222
>>1266227
3D printing and Tomix chassis are pretty much the only way to do U.S. traction.
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N scale is fag material. Real men do G scale.
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>>1266512
hi jon
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>>1266512
>real men do G scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poyUFRliwJM
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>>1266138
Yeah, it sucks switching with a C-Liner A-unit.
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>>1266512
>make a gauge
>call it a scale
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>Ordered more OO stuff off of ebay

Fuck me
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>>1265407
I've been just getting back into the hobby for the first time since I was a kid and I've bought several decent-to-good-quality HO freight cars (mostly Walthers, some Athearn) for between $5-10 a piece. Higher end stuff is a bit more expensive but there are definitely deals out there.
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>>1266959
wha'd ya buy, son?
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>>1267131
2 Bachmann Maroon BR suburbans and a Caledonian 0-4-0
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I had the idea to build some Star Trek layout stuff, but then realized that at 1/160 the original Enterprise is 8ft long. Maybe I'll just build a shuttlecraft instead.
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>>1267395
nice, nice. just got myself a Hornby J16 and Bachmann Caley 828 on pre-order for christmas.
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I like this thread.
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How do we feel about integrating model trai/n/s and slotcages?
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anyone got any /mtg/ projects they're working on over the holiday break? I am putting a new rock wall face on my tunnel opening
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>>1268285
the layout
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Got a digikeijs DR5000, which is a pcb/ic controller board compatible with all proprietary standards - occupancy detection, computer control, etc.

Can't get the fucking thing working of course....


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>>1268119

If you have enough space and work with G scale maybe
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I think for 2019 I'm going to buy one model train thing a month until I have enough stock and materials for a basic OO9 layout. What's some good recommendations for stock?

I'm thinking about getting a few coaches and some freight wagons (probably slate). Layout is gonna be a standard oval with a siding or two for storage. Nothing major. Not sure about locos yet but I'm debating between one of the L&B locos or buying the Bachmann Skarloey and a Talyllyn conversion kit.
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>>1268285

I'm working on a classic marklin layout with tin plate C track.
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>>1268285
It's more of an ongoing project, but I've been working on organizing my grandfather's N-scale stuff. Technically they're mine now, but still. I finally just finished organizing the freight rolling stock. Over the years, the both of us accumulated at least 170. I identified the keepers and managed to convert as much of them as possible for the cheapest cost. Surprisingly I'm not trashing most. I have enough for six beefier consists, four of which are all knuckle couplers. I also have all the PRR and other eastern road rolling stock set aside for use in dioramas.
The locomotives, passenger cars, and layout it next. The layout needs major cleaning and finishing touches on the scenery. Unfortunately, the track quality isn't that great. It's a new layout, but I let him do the track work while I focused on scenery.
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>>1268498
>ANDEN
>LAGO
Found the Spaniard
Looks comfy af btw
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>>1268524
That sounds pretty great. Enjoy spending time with your grandfather, he will be gone one day and after he is gone, you will think of the 1000 questions you never asked him.
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I know this thread is about the tabletop stuff, but how does /n/ feel about the bigger stuff?
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>>1268611
a qt
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>>1268611
It's almost a different hobby entirely.
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>>1268666
It really is. Tabletop railroad bobby is almost entirely about the scenery modeling, and little about the train.
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>>1268611
7.5?
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>>1261407
>>>/pol/
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I have inherited a couple of ancient, Life-Like N scale locomotives from my boomer dad. Even though the mechanisms suck and reek of ozone, the shells are decent enough, and they’re painted in relatively obscure liveries that haven’t since been modeled by modern manufacturers. Have you all ever had success in dropping old shells on modern chassis? (e.g. a 1970s Life-Like F40PH shell on a modern Kato F40PH chassis)
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>>1268716
I can agree with that. Once I buy a house with a backyard I'm planning on building an elevated layout. For me the hobby is about operating the loco 100%- watching their motions and pulling whatever's coupled behind.
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>>1268804
nah just 5
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>>1268497

Just get anything modern - Heljan Leo for comfy, Bachmann Baldwin for srs. OO9 is plagued with older models which have bad quality motors and old style chassis.

>>1268666
>>1268611

My 2FS kits in brass exposed me to metalworking, now I'm thinking about getting a Unimat lathe and doing proper live steam. Probably traction engines rather than trains tho - who the fuck has space for a 120' oval

>>1268916

It's going to be almost impossible to replace the chassis like-for-like but maybe you can try renovating them for what they are? pic related, started life as a 1970's Lima 33.
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>>1268942
you join a club if you wanna go into live steam locomotives. Tho traction engines are a decent alternative, if i was going to go to the trouble of building a traction engine, id go for one i could ride tho, so a unimat is kinda small. also when it comes to lathes, buy the biggest and best qaulity to can afford trust me
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>>1268916
Entirely possible. My experience is with HO, but in the late 80s I put a heavily reworked AHM c-liner shell onto an Athearn GP7 frame that needed a lot of trimming to succeed. It was a nasty bitch to do & the end result was still a compromise as the wheel spacing was noticably off. But I couldn't afford brass. A fellow modeller did something similar 2 yrs earlier by splicing the frames from 2 Athearn F7B's & repowering with a Sagami can motor.

Thank christ for those Lifelike C-liners. They're what actually brought me back into the hobby after a nearly 10 yr absence.
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>>1268951

There are lots of societies in Kent and Sussex where I live, but I just don't know if I can justify the extra cost of a small lathe let alone something bigger and more expensive than the bare minimum.

Anyway, just spent all day wiring up my layout, here's a rather moody shot across the bow
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>>1264859

I laughed at this and then I wired up the layout (see above) and it looks like this and now I'm sad.
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>>1269053
its difficult to justify the cost of a lathe period. but i will tell you now if you ever do plan on building anything of a halfway decent size youre gonna need a machine to suit
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UdAUxg9ZwY
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>>1261292

got this for Christmas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIALxHYMdZI
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I've got some secondhand coaches that the previous owner appears to have attempted to detail with a sharpie and some gaudy sparkling silver paint on the roofs. Do you guys have any recommendations as to how I could try and remove these without damaging the original coat of paint underneath?
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>>1269804
Isopropyl alcohol or naptha/lighter fluid. If that fails then you just need to sack up and strip/repaint using brake fluid or simple green.
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>>1269804
I used a product called EZ Strip. It's a clear thick liquid. I used a q-tip to apply it and had to wait a minute for so before the paint softened enough to be wiped off with a couple of Q-tips. It seems to work but it took a while as I did small areas at a time.
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>>1268497
I said one item a month, but I lied. I don't have a loco or track yet, but here we go!
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Why am I suddenly seeing so many fucking trans degenerates involved in the hobby on YT/etc. ?


>>1269871
he said he doesn't want to damage the paint underneath - paint stripper will fuck that right up.


>>1269900

You need to get into scratchbuilding my bro - the money you spent on those wagons would easily eclipse the cost of materials to build your whole roster
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>>1269912
>paint stripper will fuck that right up.
Fair enough, It's slow acting and it took several small applications to remove the layer. Patience is a virtue in this hobby.
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>>1269912
Don't bring your political shit into this comfy thread.
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>You need to get into scratchbuilding my bro - the money you spent on those wagons would easily eclipse the cost of materials to build your whole roster

I considered it but looking at kits+ materials/paint it was almost the same price as just buying the peco stock. It's something I definitely want to get into down the line though
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Hey guys, I have returned as promised. I finished my very first setup.

N Gauge.

Ended up costing me about $600 ausbux to do right, but I think the results are worth it. Dumping pics.

Also a video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGo4cdh2syc

Hope you guys enjoy.
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>>1270166
Overall view of the layout.
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>>1270167
Coming out of the tunnel
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>>1270168
Going over the river. The water ended up getting clouded by the sealant i sprayed to keep the grass, etc in place. I was pretty annoyed.
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>>1270169
Travelling through the cuntry side.
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>>1270170
Final shot of the locomotive. Hope you guys enjoy.
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Comfy. What's next?
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>>1270171
Any reason you picked CSX? Like the paint job? (Good a reason as any)
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>>1270171
Put some weathering on that sucker!
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>>1262207
Three rail O are closer to toys than scale models with all sorts of concessions to cram as much into as small a space as possible, but if you like big trans running in a relatively small space, they're a lot of fun. Tree rail O Guage Hi Railers run non scale trains, or "semi scale" on realistically landscaped layouts layouts. Not the way to go if you're a rivet counter, but again, lots of fun.
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>>1270310
I liked the look of it, there weren't many n gauge trains available at my local store.

>>1270335
I intend to! Resting from the massive effort of getting the layout done.

>>1270273
Got to do some weathering on the train, and I want to add some animals/a sasquach or something in the woods. I might also 3D print out some small buildings.

The water also needs a new layer of realistic water to get it's shine back, the sealant spray got onto the water and ruined it. The waterfall needs to be redone too!
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I’m normally a GWR modeller, but I’m looking at doing a little dummy layout of a rural station somewhere in Virginia, 1850s.
Can anyone suggest some good resources?
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>>1270169
you can always apply some glossy varnish on top.
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>>1270336
With you on that. I have more fun driving O scale trains than HO. Maybe it's on account of them being louder and heavy enough to shake the floor a bit when they go by.
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>>1270995
That's a big part of it for me. The steam locomotives especially are big chunks of metal that have real weight to them.
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I don't have room for a layout yet, but it hasn't stopped me from buying locomotives and rolling stock.
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That's a Big Boy
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So I have recently wanted to get back into Model Railroading and I stopped by a Local Railfair and picked up some HO scale Steam and a couple of Diesels for good prices. I got a Bachmann AT&SF 2-10-4 Texas (With a NYC Centipede tender for some reason?) And a Lionel GS-4 Daylight. I also picked up a Riversio? Big Boy but its got some missing and broken parts. Anywhere I can get spares? Will the company have some?
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>>1271641
>Rivarossi
Getting parts for a Big-boy could be problematic depending on when it was made as this guy is learning:

https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?3,3246892
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Have any of you ever seen any sci-fi layouts? I've been browsing around trying to see if anyone has ever made a cyberpunk layout because I think that would look really good, especially with some of the sleeker or smoother trains, but I haven't been able to find anything. Other layouts that would be cool:
>moon surface with trains decorated in ISS module visuals
>underwater with bubbly looking cars/engines
>warzone/madmax with heavily aged trains with bits and pieces / guns slapped on them, desert terrain
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>>1271766
I couldn't think of any offhand, but I know I've seen space-themed maglev/monorail layouts.
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>>1271766
I've always wanted to add a scratch-built razor train from HL2 to that giant basement layout I'll never build
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>>1271766
>>warzone/madmax with heavily aged trains with bits and pieces / guns slapped on them, desert terrain
So a New Vegas layout? hmm.....
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>>1271766

>Dystopian future
>Voyagers and Pendolinos running.

Seems legit. Only thing that's missing is a Pacer.
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>>1268119
Tyco did that, I think.
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>>1271616
For you
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My layout update, please like and subscribe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aly61mpNKvk
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>>1271559
Man, the turning radius on that Big Boy is huge, bigger than you can do on a 4x8. Hopefully you can get you a nice sized layout so you can use it.
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Has anyone ever gotten a loco shell off of Shapeways? How's the quality?
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>>1273296
relatively nice, however do your research on the plastic quality.
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>>1273387
I read a blurb on dieseldetailers that some plastics tend to soften when its exposed to heat.
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>>1266222
More details about /n/scale printing please. My brother has one and I'd like to put it to use.
>>1266227
Awesome.
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>>1268716
>and little about the train.
That's not true at all
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>>1269055
I...I don't get it.
Also what are you using? Those look like laser cut wood.
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Have you guys ever heard of/seen model trains with a functioning overhead cable? I'm sure someone somewhere build one, but i wonder if they are comercially aviable
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>>1270171
Very nice anon, I like it. I really need to get off my ass.
>>1270384
>waterfall
Pic?
>>1271616
Obligatory 4U
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>>1271766
>moon surface with trains decorated in ISS module visuals
Do this. Dystopia is worn out now. It's almost a meme at this point.
The underwater idea is also very interesting. But with the space theme you can get away with model rockets/landers/astronauts etc
>>1272270
>please like and subscribe!
Kys shill.
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I've always wanted to see what real running water would look like. The only thing that moves on a layout is the locomotive but the world doesn't stand still.

>>1270166
Slow your roll, literally. Your train is whipping around way too fast. It's still very nice though.


>>1274309
>i wonder if they are comercially aviable
I've never seen one ever for sale. It's such a unique, niche thing that is much more difficult to make work than electrified rails.
I think I have seen one that works but the guy built it himself.
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>>1274308
Yes, it is a laser cut baseboard, basically a 4' *18" diorama box with space underneath for point motors and wiring, to put on a shelf or sideboard. Tim horn baseboards
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>>1274353
Thanks
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>>1274317
>I think I have seen one that works but the guy built it himself.
Neat, did he use a standart set and modified it or did he build the entire thing by himself?
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>>1274372
I don't know, sorry. I do think the cantery wires and pantographs and everything associated with operating overhead wires were built by him.
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>>1274309
Not sure if this counts, but there's the East Penn Traction Club.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCg92Lw7MQY
This video is only in O gauge, but their HO setup is quite impressive. From what I understood, the two rails are both negative and the wire is the positive. They use dead rails to stop trolleys at certain points, like stations. The dead rails are wired to the rail of another section of track proceeding the stop where one side of the track is isolated from negative. When the next trolley comes up to that point, the wheel set transfers power to the dead rail which sends power to the rails at the stop and the trolley there continues on.

I don't see why their setup can't be used for regular trains. Also, I'm pretty sure most or at least a good amount of electric prototypes these days are built to run of either rail or cantery wires and pantographs.
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>>1274309
Yes, it's fairly common among the more serious electric railway modelers, or at least it is here in the U.S.A.

>>1274317
>I've always wanted to see what real running water would look like. The only thing that moves on a layout is the locomotive but the world doesn't stand still.
It creates a lot of issues with algae/mold, and it looks "off" because the ripples/waves/etc. aren't to scale. I could be mistaken, but I believe that famous giant layout in Germany has real water (and it requires a lot of upkeep).
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>>1274463
The biggest hurdle to using water would be off scale. The rest is a pain in the ass but doable. So how to mimic moving water that appears to move? Maybe lights underneath (modeled water)to trick the eye?
I just would like to see water that's alive.
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>>1274309
Yes, but I didn't see it. He had a small diorama-like trolley scene & he hand made the catenary wire. He said it was a real headache & the current draw of the motor meant he had to use wire that was grossly out of scale. That was so long ago & at his age then I doubt he's still alive.

In 2000 I listened to a guy who wanted to model BC Rail's Tumbler Ridge subdivision and run the GF6C's off an overhead wire rather than track. Dunno if he succeeded but it would've been neat to see.
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Are train building blocks sets viable to have some fun with model trains?
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>>1274309
>but i wonder if they are comercially aviable
Tri-ang in the UK had a system in the sixties.



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