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    • September 18, 2017 10:11 AM EDT
    • Gilbert, thank you for your patience - thanks to me purloining mrs tac's laptop I can see your impressive list of stuff!







    • August 31, 2017 10:14 PM EDT
    • Guys;

       The locomotive may be used in service on Saturday, if the traffic warrants it...there should be a railfan nearby to get a picture of it...Gilbert might even be here to see his product in service.

           Steve; it was designed for the ten wheeler. I'm not sure that it will fit the 4-4-0. I do know of a 4-4-0 here in town that we might use its deck plate for a model...


    • August 31, 2017 8:06 PM EDT
    • Yep, read it, want to see pics of the beastie installed.

    • August 31, 2017 7:20 PM EDT
    • Posted by GLX on 26 August.... (for those of us who read every new post)




    • August 31, 2017 1:25 PM EDT
    • I'd sure be interested.  I have a Spectrum 4-4-0, whose deckplate gave it years ago.  Love to see pics.

    • August 30, 2017 8:23 PM EDT
    • I just had GLX Models make me a "Safety Tread" Deck Plate for my B'mann Ten Wheeler. At this stage it is just a one off, but it is mounted and gives good signs of being a success.

      I don't do pictures, but I will get someone in our gang to take a few, to show how it looks.

      If anyone is interested, just let Gilbert know, and he might make one for you too...


       Fred Mills

    • August 20, 2017 12:25 PM EDT
    • I agree ebay is turning more retail.


      One thing I often find is you can buy product "A" at 2 prices, one from the manufacturer in China, and wait up to 2 months, or from a guy in the US, who already bought them from China and is making a profit.


      Seeing if the item is in "stock" is one way to determine which this is, but lately, "in stock" means "in stock in China", i.e. bulls**t .... look at the delivery date, if it's over a week and it's small, it's coming directly from China.




    • August 20, 2017 7:32 AM EDT
    • Ok. Yes, that is true. But as long as the buyer is aware of that, and does proper research, then only the shoppers that don't shop around will end up paying full retail. What you see as a rip off, I see as the market place. One has to shop around to get the best price. That is true online and in brick and mortar stores.

    • August 19, 2017 11:35 PM EDT
    • David, you know a voltage regulator and a DC to DC converter are not the same and so do I after 50+ years in the electronics industry I was just trying to keep it simple and that was not my point.  But you restated my point in this reply, if you would just read what I wrote, I pointed out, in my way, that you can indeed find items at a lower cost if you look around but I also made the observation that more and more sellers are turning eBay from a bargin site into a retail outlet with higher prices

    • August 19, 2017 9:29 PM EDT
    • A DC to DC converter isn't the same as a voltage regulator. And, why shouldn't the seller try and make money? The buyer needs to know what he is buying, and shop around for the best deal.


      When I went shopping for the bearings I needed, I must have browsed nearly a dozen sites before I found one that had the bearings I needed, at a price I was willing to pay. Could I have purchased them for a lower price? It turns out I could have. But, the price I paid was less then half the price of most of the other resellers I found.


      Ebay is rife with folks trying to sell items for much more then they are worth. Its a simple thing to go shopping and compare prices to find out what something is actually worth.

    • August 19, 2017 5:38 PM EDT
    • Yea Dave thanks but I know it is a converter just trying to keep it simple  And Greg you may be correct but I emailed one of the sellers of just the converted alone who had them listed for $7.95 each asking him why he was selling an item on eBay for that price that costs less then a buck.  My reason was that eBay use to be a place to find "great deals" but of late it is more like a place for "retail" sales

    • August 19, 2017 8:14 AM EDT
    • If one is electronically challenged then buying a built up circuit is better than buying parts and creating smoke.

      I have no problem with making my own circuits and I salvage many parts from old power supplies, and cables/wire from computers (many 100mil connectors here) thus lowering my costs even more!!

    • August 18, 2017 11:58 AM EDT
    • Yeah, this is definitely not the first time something is 2 different prices on ebay, or Amazon, or in stores.


      Not sure I would have titled this a ripoff report, maybe "hey look at this great deal I found"



    • August 17, 2017 5:10 PM EDT
    • Actually, that looks like a DC to DC converter.


      But as with all purchases, it pays to shop around.

    • August 17, 2017 4:00 PM EDT
    • In the pics attached you will see a circuit assembly being sold on eBay for about $10 it consists of a bridge rectifier a electrolytic capacitor and a voltage regulator circuit board  If your are interested in this and would like several of them for lighting in your cars and locos etc you can purchase the parts on eBay for about $3  I found the voltage regulator boards on eBay in the electronics category i bought 20 pieces for $19 with free shipping, I bought the bridge rectifiers 10 pieces for $4 and the capacitors again on eBay in the electronics category 5 pieces for about $3 both with free shipping.  There is also a seller on eBay selling the exact same voltage regulator board for about $7 each.  To save a few bucks of your modeling dollars on eBay all it takes is a little looking in other categories 

    • June 1, 2017 1:44 PM EDT
    • I've used the EVAPO-RUST for a number of years restoring old furniture, car parts, machine etc.  Works very well.  For items going to still be exposed to air, best to paint or cost with something to seal the item.  I get mine from a discount place called Ollie's that quite often has it for less than $10.00 a gallon.  I've had no problem with screws, bolts and old style nails being re-used in wood, plastic other metals.  For bolts/screws and nails where the head will be visible or air exposed, I spray the head with a light coat and a bit of the shaft with clear acrylic rattle can and then touch up the top once in place and secure.

    • June 1, 2017 2:31 AM EDT
    • Canceled Post


    • May 31, 2017 10:45 PM EDT
    • WD-40 company is here in San Diego... their web site specifically and categorically denies it ever had fish oil.




    • May 31, 2017 2:51 PM EDT

      WD-40 makes all kinds of products/cans.