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    • August 7, 2018 4:44 PM EDT
    • Homie Shack?


      Oh the joke potential right there......

    • August 7, 2018 11:58 AM EDT
    • Found this on Facebook and it is heat shrink tubing with a metal connector inside that is made out of low temp solder, insert the 2 wires mesh together and heat and you wind up with a water proof electrical bond, Billwater proof comnnector

    • July 8, 2018 6:21 PM EDT
    • Hobby Lobby

    • July 8, 2018 6:10 PM EDT
    • What Big Box store did you visit, I may wander by one we are is same area ... kinda

    • July 8, 2018 5:38 PM EDT
    • Practice on soda cans.  If you can learn to paint one of those, you can paint anything.

    • July 8, 2018 4:37 PM EDT
    • Cool. Once you get the knack, airbrushes are a great tool to have.

    • July 8, 2018 1:24 PM EDT
    • Had to go to town on Friday, and stopped by the big box hobby and craft store to buy some copper rod for making hand rails. I noticed they had most of their airbrushes and accessories marked down for clearance. I picked up an Iwata Neo airbrush kit. It was originally priced at $239, marked down to $169, and was being cleared out for 50% of the lowest marked price. Paid $85 dollars plus tax for the kit. It came with airbrush, compressor, hose, three bottles of paint and a bottle of cleaner. Spent some time this morning playing around with it. The yellow paint was the perfect color for a model of a Porsche 914 kit I picked up for the layout. I'm doing the kit to look like my very first car, which was a yellow 1971 Porsche 914.




    • June 21, 2018 9:02 PM EDT
    • in my case, there was too much time spent on my other hobby - volunteer firefighter.

      and now, since that is history, i'm really busy catching up with all the small repairs in house and generalstore.

      and, i can't deny any more, that age makes me slower. the metalic age, you know...

      silver on the head, gold in the mouth and lead in the bottom.

    • June 21, 2018 5:48 PM EDT
    • Oh yea Korm, blame me, go ahead and blame me!


      Just kidding. Back when I was barely making ends meet, on the rare occasion when I had a few bucks of disposable income, I would go wander around the local mom and pop hardware store and see if I could find any useful tools. Over the years I have collected most of what I think I need to build most of what I want to build. Good thing too, because the mom and pop hardware store is becoming a thing of the past.


      So now Korm, you can glue up 90 degree corners. So I guess its time for you to dust off the building project you had in mind a decade ago, and start working out the plans on how to build it. I kid, because I planned on having a more complete railroad then I do now, 5 years after I started. I started in 2003. So I am quite a few years behind schedule.

    • June 21, 2018 1:56 PM EDT
    • I had quite a few - they are intended for making picture frames square but work on most corners.

    • June 21, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

      Just be careful of chasing price.  Go too low and they're probably made out of low-grade Chineseium

    • June 21, 2018 11:58 AM EDT
    • IF any body is looking for clamps check your local Harbor Freight


    • June 21, 2018 8:56 AM EDT
    • No excuse now Korm ..

    • June 21, 2018 8:46 AM EDT
    • on David's bridge thread i saw something new. (for me)


      today i got a package through Amazon.

      $7.75 per unit including postage around half the globe.

      my excuses for not building anything get less and less...


    • April 1, 2018 8:08 AM EDT
    • I have the Aristo rollers and found the contact to the track gets dirty and needs cleaning.  I use a piece of the LGB track cleaner rings to do this, and on the roller at the end I attach wires to my test track to insure good contact.  I also have used the Trainli rollers and these cost more than the Aristo ones but I never had track contact issues.  You get what you pay for in many cases.

      Note I only used these rollers mentioned above on brass track.

    • March 25, 2018 9:36 PM EDT
    • Success!  Figured out a way to get power.  K&S brass strip stock bent like an "L" connects the railhead to the inner race so the bearings still spin free!

    • March 22, 2018 2:17 AM EDT
    • yes and yes

    • March 21, 2018 9:01 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      I thought I just did ?

      OK let me get out my "fowl language" translation book.  So "they are not true" means No they don't spin freely and "I use alligator clips on them as well" means they don't transfer power well or not at all.  Got it.


    • March 21, 2018 8:40 PM EDT
    • I thought I just did ?

    • March 21, 2018 8:34 PM EDT
    • OK, So I added a 1/8" x 1" channel on the bottom giving the option to use your own piece of bar stock instead of track.  This feature actually reduces the cost of production by one cent!  Now playing with a piece of brass strip stock to transfer power. 

      Can someone that owns the Bachmann (with ball bearing) answer these questions?

      1. Is the power transferred to the inner race and through the bearings to the outer race?

      2. Do the bearing spin freely?  Like if you flip it over and give it a push will it zip along like a Matchbox car?