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I'm currently building the Leaverite Mine from the old Caboose Hobbies Builders In Scale kit.  This is the 2nd kit now that has lots of tie rods directly under cross beams (the other was Campbell Scale's Chama Coaling Tower).  I've had trouble getting the tie rods to come out perfectly parallel to the cross ties.  Anyone out there have any tips on how to drill the holes on the uprights to get the tie rods parallel?

Model & Kit Building/Bashing / Masking Bell & Whistles for Painting Locos
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:35:02 AM »
Any one out there have experience with airbrushing brass locomotives?  I've painted several but now that I've resumed model railroading am trying to figure out how to mask the bell and whistle to end up with that "factory painted" look.

Welcome aboard! / Re: New to the Forum
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:57:54 PM »
Just bought a used brass C-16 from them on eBay yesterday.

Welcome aboard! / Re: New to the Forum
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:33:58 AM »
After a couple of months of internet give-and-take, talking to hobby shop owners and reading all that I can get my hands on, it appears the real problem is that trains don't play a part in people's lives anymore (just like the demise of Western movies) so the youngest generation is growing up without any exposure to railroading like we old-timers had.  As a result, what IS selling are video games, remote control cars and drones.  20 years ago there were 2 major model railroad hobby shops in my metro area, Trains West and Abajo Station.  Now there are none.  Same with all the major sellers I used to patronize like Mitchell's, Village, Rivershore, Kris Kringle, Plum Loco, Raritan Bay.  Southwest NG is still in business and Caboose has been sold and turned into a joke for us brass modelers.
On the other hand, when I go to Chama or Durango the railroad trips on those narrow gauge RR's are all sold out.

Welcome aboard! / Re: New to the Forum
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:41:12 PM »
After a 20 year hiatus I've decided to take my old HOn3 layout out of storage and re-assemble it.  First couple of things I noticed is that things seem to have changed from CAB control to DCC and the Walthers catalogue has gone from over 1000 pages for just HO to a slimmer version for HO, N and Z scales.  What's happened to the hobby?

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