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Forum: HO Scale 02-12-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 510
Posted By Eilif
I think that AHM and then later Model Power took...

I think that AHM and then later Model Power took over the Cox Tooling. Until the recent sale of much of MP's tooling to Lionel, these classics had been in near-continuous production (or at least...
Forum: HO Scale 02-12-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 803
Posted By Eilif
I'd agree with the suggestion to curve the...

I'd agree with the suggestion to curve the backdrop. Maybe remove the buildings back there altogether.

I disagree with the idea that obscuring the trains is necessarily a bad thing. Looks like...
Forum: HO Scale 02-12-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By Eilif
Classic Metal Works has a 1957 Chevy Garbage...

Classic Metal Works has a 1957 Chevy Garbage truck. Younger than the modeltech, but still old enough to weather up nicely for a 1965 layout.

If you want a bargain for half the price of what's...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 02-11-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,352
Posted By Eilif
I don't see much value in trying to narrowly...

I don't see much value in trying to narrowly define what a very general term like "Model railroader" is. Certainly not by applying standards from 60 years ago to a hobby that has changed much in the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 02-11-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 592
Posted By Eilif
I agree that there are less brick and mortar...

I agree that there are less brick and mortar shops but as has been said, I'm not sure there's that much less overall interest so much as online stores (and there are MANY) have replaced them.

As...
Forum: HO Scale 02-08-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By Eilif
Good Luck! I will suggest chopping your...

Good Luck!
I will suggest chopping your cheapest 50's first.
Forum: HO Scale 02-08-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By Eilif
No DCC conversions yet for me I'm afraid. I think...

No DCC conversions yet for me I'm afraid. I think I've seen where folks glue a piece of styrene to the top of the motor as a morning place for a board. I think that folks who convert to DCC often...
Forum: HO Scale 02-07-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 316
Posted By Eilif
I know some guys who have cut hoppers down to...

I know some guys who have cut hoppers down to make 2-bay hoppers. The consensus seems to be that a bandsaw is the best tool, but you can do it with a mitre box too. A piece of sandpaper on a...
Forum: HO Scale 02-07-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By Eilif
Right back atcha sir! I didn't know the Mainline...

Right back atcha sir! I didn't know the Mainline and proto shared the same drive.

For those interested in the history of Trainline, there's some good stuff squirreled away at the old site of Tony...
Forum: HO Scale 02-07-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By Eilif
The Walthers Trainline GP9M is not a Life-like...

The Walthers Trainline GP9M is not a Life-like derivative. The Trainline GP9M was the flagship of the Trainline series in the mid 90's. It's derived from a Cox model that Walthers bought the...
Forum: HO Scale 02-07-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By Eilif
I've got the same model at home and I don't think...

I've got the same model at home and I don't think the blue trucks are original.

Looks like someone may have painted the trucks and underframe to match and gotten some paint in there that is...
Forum: HO Scale 02-07-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By Eilif
Very nice. Such a classic American piece and...

Very nice. Such a classic American piece and still common today. A good number of apartment buildings around here look awfully similar to that too.

Now to really capture the vintage cheezyness...
Forum: HO Scale 02-05-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By Eilif
N scale seems wise. Most swap meets will have a...

N scale seems wise. Most swap meets will have a table in the corner with test tracks in all the relevant scales. Don't be hesitant to ask a dealer if it's ok for you to take a loco over to the...
Forum: HO Scale 02-04-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By Eilif
I'd echo the concerns of big locos on short...

I'd echo the concerns of big locos on short curves. Is 32" wide really the limit for you? That's going to limit you to 15" curves and maybe not even that. at 32", you're looking at a shelf,...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 01-30-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By Eilif
I've not used hollow core doors for layouts, but...

I've not used hollow core doors for layouts, but I've got a set of 5 aprox 1'x6.5' closet door panels that I've used for years for wargaming by laying them over a set of 2x4's to enlarge the playing...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-30-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Eilif
The rails can be a bit of a pain. I put together...

The rails can be a bit of a pain. I put together an AC4400 and it took a bit of frustration but wasn't too bad. If you decide to part with the pair, let me know, but I wouldn't get between you and...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-30-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Eilif
I had a very similar loco to that B&O. Do you...

I had a very similar loco to that B&O. Do you have bands for it? Goody "ouchless" hair bands work pretty well and come in a pack with 3 sizes for a couple bucks.

$15 is a pretty good deal. I'd...
Forum: HO Scale 01-30-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,169
Posted By Eilif
Lots of good advice here. I would say only these...

Lots of good advice here. I would say only these things, based on what appears to be a desire to keep your budget down.

1) Go with plain (no roadbed) code 100 Nickel Silver track. All but the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-30-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Eilif
The SF "Rubber Band Drive" you pictured is a Hi-F...

The SF "Rubber Band Drive" you pictured is a Hi-F locomotive. Folks will often mistakenly call them Hi-Fi, but Hi-F is the correct term, referring to High Friction. It came out in the 50's and was...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-29-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Eilif
I don't have precisely that kind of belt drive,...

I don't have precisely that kind of belt drive, but I've got an Athearn "Hi-F" GP9 that runs pretty well.

I've also got several HI-F Athearn RDC's. A bit jumpy on the start, but they run fine,...
Forum: HO Scale 01-23-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Eilif
Lots of good advice here. If you post pics of the...

Lots of good advice here. If you post pics of the bottom of the cars (sides would be nice too), you may be able to get more precise advice about what cars they are and which trucks fit well.

I had...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-21-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 940
Posted By Eilif
I buy cheap, used stuff and I still prefer to buy...

I buy cheap, used stuff and I still prefer to buy boxed.
Helps resale value (perhaps proportionally more than high end stuff) and even though I'm only 3 years into this Hobby I've already sold off...
Forum: HO Scale 01-16-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By Eilif
True, but for those working with limited space it...

True, but for those working with limited space it may be worth it to keep everything level even if the yard would have a drop. In that case raising the yard to the level of the mains with cork tiles...
Forum: HO Scale 01-15-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By Eilif
Haven't used them yet but I bought 12" cork tiles...

Haven't used them yet but I bought 12" cork tiles from Menards. They happened to be the same thickness as the cork roadbed I'm using.
Forum: HO Scale 01-14-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By Eilif
I wouldn't give up on it yet. Pop the wheel and...

I wouldn't give up on it yet. Pop the wheel and gear off, soak it in alcohol (or just swab it all over), then slide the gear and wheel back on and apply a bit of water-thin superglue to the join. ...
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