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Forum: HO Scale 01-23-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 189
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: 16
Views: 674
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: 318
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: 318
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: 146
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. ...
Forum: HO Scale 01-14-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By Eilif
That's a Bachman GP30, the exact same loco was...

That's a Bachman GP30, the exact same loco was originally made by Kader for Lionel.

It may be fixable, but buying a replacement is probably easiest. Cheap ones will pop up on ebay from time to...
Forum: HO Scale 01-13-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By Eilif
That's what's usually referred to as a pancake...

That's what's usually referred to as a pancake drive. They were common on every level trains in the past. I assume that is a Life Like or a Bachmann?
They can sometimes be repaired but if you...
Forum: HO Scale 01-11-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By Eilif
Glad to hear it! Maybe I'll go ahead and start...

Glad to hear it!
Maybe I'll go ahead and start adding more weight to mine.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-10-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By Eilif
I see where Walthers would have a leg up on...

I see where Walthers would have a leg up on shipping speed, but in many cases they are also the most expensive, and their shipping is not always competitive either.

You may find for some things...
Forum: HO Scale 01-10-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 788
Posted By Eilif
I'd skip the "True Scale" track. It was a very...

I'd skip the "True Scale" track. It was a very good product in it's time, but do you really want to be messing around with 60 year old brass track?

For a little test loop, messing around with...
Forum: HO Scale 01-09-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By Eilif
In that case I'd suggest going with Extruded...

In that case I'd suggest going with Extruded Insulation Foam (the Pink or Blue stuff) as your base. Less likely hood of damaging your billiards table, and you can probably cut a piece of the...
Forum: HO Scale 01-08-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By Eilif
Before you go further, do you want this to be...

Before you go further, do you want this to be something that comes apart entirely, stays together but can be taken off in one piece from the pool table, or will permanently stay on the table?
Forum: HO Scale 01-07-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 548
Posted By Eilif
You guys who use decal paper in your own printer,...

You guys who use decal paper in your own printer, can you print white?

I've been looking into this and it seems that the inability for home printers to print white is the crux of self-printing...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-05-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 715
Posted By Eilif
A buddy of mine is casting his own boiler doors...

A buddy of mine is casting his own boiler doors for his Rivs that are missing them.

I'll point him this way.
Forum: HO Scale 01-05-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 719
Posted By Eilif
Some of my older single truck locos are...

Some of my older single truck locos are surprising pullers, in particular a Tyco c630 and an AHM C Liner. I think it's due to the traction tires. I know a guy who put yep traction tire powered...
Forum: Union Station 01-05-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 687
Posted By Eilif
I get the pain of seeing your favorite show...

I get the pain of seeing your favorite show disappear from your streaming services but I just remind myself that shows have always come and gone on TV, cable, etc.

We never did Cable and went...
Forum: HO Scale 01-04-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By Eilif
This is key. I'm fairly sure that the AHM GP18...

This is key. I'm fairly sure that the AHM GP18 came in both 4wd and 8wd versions. I have a SOO and two different NW versions, but I don't recall which versions they are. I'm told they're...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-04-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 347
Posted By Eilif
Nice C-Liner. I have the same one. Even with...

Nice C-Liner. I have the same one. Even with only one powered truck it pulls well. I'm currently remotoring an 8wd chassis for it.
Forum: HO Scale 01-04-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By Eilif
Many of those old AHM locos are good candidates...

Many of those old AHM locos are good candidates for a repower. Especially the ones with 8wd. You might never get to 35 cars but a new motor and more weight can greatly increase the number of cars...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-04-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By Eilif
I'm not sure but I think theres a powered B unit...

I'm not sure but I think theres a powered B unit on sale at trainworld now.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-04-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 321
Posted By Eilif
Hawthorne Village send to reflect whatever the...

Hawthorne Village send to reflect whatever the current basic (or slightly above basic) Bachmann train standard is. Bachmann's current basic stuff (and thus Hawthorne) is almost the same as the...
Forum: HO Scale 01-02-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Eilif
No shame in going with what you like and what you...

No shame in going with what you like and what you know. There's plenty of HO folks doing DC still, though new entrants do seem to gravitate towards DCC.

If -like me- you like Athearn Blue Box...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-01-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 401
Posted By Eilif
Very interesting that the Bachman is a Hawthorne...

Very interesting that the Bachman is a Hawthorne Village. I've never seen a Hawthorne in a realistic livery
I bet the Hawthorne is fairly recent production with flywheels.

Usually you can see...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-31-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 401
Posted By Eilif
There's a very small cost savings with the #5,...

There's a very small cost savings with the #5, but really I wouldn't bother with #5's. #148's are alot less fiddly and easier to install.

As others have said the B unit looks like an Athearn. ...
Forum: HO Scale 12-29-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Posted By Eilif
Amen. I prefer KD 148 and I swap out pressure...

Amen.
I prefer KD 148 and I swap out pressure arm first gen plastic knuckle couplers ASAP, but if they're the spring variety I keep them until failure. I'm not running long trains and if they're...
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