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Vallejo Earth & Ground Texture
Excellent acrylic gel for ground effects, e.g., dirt, sand, mud, fine gravel, etc.
Brushes on like a dream. Won't crack, chip, or peel.
Great for dirt and gravel roads, muddy washes, and sandy areas.
8 colors... 200ml or 6.5oz pots.
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Micro Gloss surface prep
A surface prep for decals.


I'll preface this with a caveat by saying that I've had both good and not-so good results with it.
I'm not sure at this point if it's temperature or humidity sensitive, but IMO 100% success is tentative at best.
That being said however, where it has worked it's performed superbly, and I keep going back to it... especially on metal and plastic.
Where it hasn't worked it leaves the decal a bit cloudy... which might be okay if you plan to lightly weather over it -- if not, the job can be undone.
It's easily thinned and applied with an airbrush.
A 1oz bottle retails for $3 to $5.
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Discussion Starter · #163 · (Edited)
Vehicles
PCX87
Rapido (buses).
Brekina
Schuco
Herpa
CMW
Ricko
BOS (American Excellence).
Oxford Diecast
Wiking
Norev
Athearn
Malibu International
Motormax
Boley (trucks & buses).
Model Power
Magnuson
Trident
Rusty Rail (period kits).
Herpa/Promotex (big-rigs & cabs).
Sylvan (advanced kits).
Iconic Replicas
Con-Cor (CDM/Herpa) -- Tractor/trailers.
Busch
Woodland Scenics
Ulrich (diecast cabs & trailers).
Jordan (period kits).
Alloy Forms (big-rig diecast kits).
Artitec (bulldozer, motorcycles, etc).
ModelTech (utility, e.g. garbage trucks).
 

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Discussion Starter · #164 ·
Trees, foliage, grasses, & ground cover
Grand Central Gems
JTT
Reynauld's MBR (European).
Model Tree Shop (European).
Heki (European).
Mini Natur/Silfor (European).
Scenic Express (ready made).
Woodland Scenics (ready made).
Walthers
Bachmann
Noch Gmbh
Faller Gmbh
Busch Gmbh
TomyTec
 

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Decals
MicroScale
Dave's Decals
Tichy
Herald King
Blair line
A-Line
ShellScale
Speedwitch Media
Accurail
Woodland Scenics
Busch
Lonestar
Highball Graphics
B.T.S.
Kadee
 

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Couplers (trouble-free):
Kadee
ProtoMax (Walthers).
McDonald-Cartier (Rapido).

Metal wheelsets
InterMountain
Tangent
ExactRail
Kadee
JB
Rapido
Walthers Proto
Reboxx (code 88 only).
Ring Engineering
Athearn
Atlas
 

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Intermodal/Containers
Atlas Master
ScaleTrains
Rapido
Aurora
Kato
Athearn
InterMountain
PT Trains
A-Line
Walthers
Atlas Trainman (discontinued).
... Con-Cor (only as a last resort!).
 

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Locomotives
Rapido
ScaleTrains/RivetCounter
Athearn Genesis
Trix, Roco, Marklin (European).
Piko (European).
Gützold (European).
Trix (Big Boy).
InterMountain
Atlas Gold
Athearn RTR (recent).
Walthers Proto
Life-Like/Proto
BLI
Kato
Atlas Silver
Walthers Mainline
Rivarossi
AHM
Bowser
ScaleTrains/Operator
Bachmann
* MTH
Atlas Classic
Varney
Tyco/Mantua
* Sorry, but every MTH locomotive I've ever owned was a problem.
 

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Bachmann Spectrum should have it's own entry, like the different Atlases. And it would be farther up the list by at least five or six spots.

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Stumpy, that’s always been the issue with lists like this….they are purely the opinions of the list maker, and not actually fully founded industry standings….

Just like most “bests” list you will find….nothing wrong with that, but just so you realize what it is….
 

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Herpa/Promotex cab
Herpa trailer chassis
Athearn container


Chassis was painted with modified ModelFlex Conrail Blue.
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Bachmann Spectrum should have it's own entry, like the different Atlases. And it would be farther up the list by at least five or six spots.
IMO
My "opinion" of Bachmann Spectrum was soured and sullied when I purchased this 44-ton.
So much so, that I embarked on a campaign to completely nullify its hideous identity.
There was almost nothing authentic about it.
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I have several regular Bachmann diesels and steamers, and I like them very much. After a few modifications they're as good as any other.
But IMO the Spectrum line doesn't deserve any special consideration.
 

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Discussion Starter · #176 ·
SW-8
Thank heaven for Athearn Blue Box!

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My "opinion" of Bachmann Spectrum was soured and sullied when I purchased this 44-ton.
So much so, that I embarked on a campaign to completely nullify its hideous identity.
There was almost nothing authentic about it.

I have several regular Bachmann diesels and steamers, and I like them very much. After a few modifications they're as good as any other.
But IMO the Spectrum line doesn't deserve any special consideration.
And yet distrinction is made between Athearn Genisis and Athearn BB….Altas Gold, Atlas Silver, and Atlas Classic….Walthers Proto and Walthers Mainline…..

And we all know Bachmann Spectrum was a cut above regular Bachmann….

Interesting….:sneaky:
 

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Discussion Starter · #178 ·
Walthers Mainline
Excellent quality.

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Discussion Starter · #179 ·
Genesis MP15
Stunning detail.
Completely functional interior/exterior lighting.

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Discussion Starter · #180 ·
Flatcar, hopper, & gondola loads
JWD (superb... the very best).
Motrak (excellent scrap loads).
Protoloads (top drawer).
Tangent (best steel coils).
Model Railstuff
Walthers
Chooch
Busch
Osborn
AMB
 
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