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  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:04 PM

You can now get decoders small enough to fit in the tenders .I have dcc equipped  steam locos and that,s how I did it .

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    March 2007
  • From: Atlanta, Ga.
Posted by MrSquid2U on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:44 AM

I did a long stint in model railroading and you're right in many things being applicable else where.

Having chosen N-scale had advantages for detailing and scratchbuilding for me as well since when I returned to scale modeling, 1/72nd seemed HUGE compared to 1/160th.Wink



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    April 2006
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by waynec on Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:29 PM

i don't think i have bought a train there either. usually rails and basswood for 1/72 and 1/35 choo-choos and diorama material. goos selection of paints too.

Никто не Забыт. Ничто не Забыт

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."


  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:01 AM

Hi ;

I thought I had replied . I think I hit the wrong key ! Anyway , they are putting the decoders and sound chips in the tenders in " N " scale .     Tanker-builder

  • Member since
    September 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:36 PM

I really like MV lenses (for head lamps). and Grandt Line nuts an bolts.  We have a great train hobby shop in Denver, Caboose Hobbies.  Been going there forever for little detail parts.  Never have bought a train there though.

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    May 2004
  • From: Dallas
Posted by KINGTHAD on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:41 AM

to bad......Polly S is no longer around. I liked their Grimy Black as well.


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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 28, 2013 6:08 PM

Computers have really revolutionized that hobby. I left it just before it became universal. Many hours spent on my back under plywood soldering copper conductors together.

I was a little discouraged because I own a large collection of N scale brass steam locomotives, and it was not practical to install decoders in them. Maybe that's changed.

One material I do still use.

With all due respect to Woodlands Scenic, a company called Arizona Rock and Mineral makes really nice ballast for N scale. It's extremely fine, nicely graded, and it mixes readily. They also make good snow.

I also find that the dozen or so "boxcar red" colors I still have do make good ship bottom colors.

And Polly Scale is IMO very nice paint. The first acrylic I ever used, and still one of the best. I use Steam Power Black, Grimy Black and Engine Black on my ships as well.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books


  • Member since
    March 2004
  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Monday, January 28, 2013 10:00 AM

Well said, doog.


I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Monday, January 28, 2013 9:58 AM

A lot of guys use railroad things already in their tank dio's, tankerbuilder. It's always good to remind the newbies, though!

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    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Monday, January 28, 2013 8:41 AM


  Not that again ! YUP !

    I went to the S.A.M.R.A. train show here in LIVE OAK ,TEXAS. What I saw blew my poor old fuses .My gosh , computers certainly have  invaded every facet of life ain't they ? Now , that said , how about this one . I can get parts that fit on planes ,tanks ,ships and YES , even cars at a model railroad show .

  You like modeling , right ? You should see what these guys do .It would certainly open your eyes to a multitude of new sources of parts . Try it , you WILL like it . I know I have certainly learned a lot about things I didn't know .I now can do trees of all sizes for dios in which there might be a tank or two . hmmmmm .      Tankerbuilder


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