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  1. Athearn are a reliable brand. It sounds like your points may be too small a radius. I would try to open it up and see if you can re-gauge the wheels you speak of. Ideally an NMRA gauge is your best friend, but I've found turning the loco upside down and sliding a piece of set track, or identical kind of point over the wheels will show you what is going on. No fun having a new loco fail on the layout.
  2. Used to be everything would run on the USA standard of 18' Radius. Most newer USA models are designed to follow prototype radii. Athearn says the new locos can do 18" but advise 22". Is that an SD60? I would also check the wheel gauges. With my N scale locos I had a problem that with a wheel gauge tool the wheels seemed correct. When running these same locos through a switch it turned out the gauge was slightly narrow and the locos would pick at the facing points. American models are now using body mounted couplers as well, the body mounts make a huge difference in radius they can do. Also, t
  3. Not as bad here, but yes, the winter is limiting enthusiasm. I may sit at the dining table and make more false hand laid track tonight.
  4. Sure could use an update. This looks amazing. I need more photos!
  5. A piece of hand made track with twigs for sleepers.
  6. I have a lot of layers of stuff on there. -Humbrol Brown x2 -Testors Dull Coat -Hair spray -Green Poster Paint -Dull Coat -FIRE!!! carbon color and texture added here -Rust effect using the #1 container from a product called Rust All As you can see it's built up quite a bit of texture and depth in colors.
  7. Really enjoying the layout and all the locos.
  8. More train car abuse. It still looked too nice. I decided to hit it with a Bic lighter which made the paint bubble. Now it is getting more to what I want it to look like.
  9. My experiment went a little bit off track. This is actually two experiments in one shot. The car weathering and a piece of set track disguised as hand laid track with glue on wood sleepers.
  10. Mick, I am going to experiment with Hair Spray weathering. 1. Put on a Enamel base coat 2. Spray it with Clear gloss finish 3. Spray with hair spray 4. Add a color coat of Acrylic 5. Use a 50/50 mix of Water and Window spray to remove some of the paint and reveal the underlying rust color 6. Add some chalks and maybe a wash of black, etc I have never tried this before. I've seen beautiful results with it.
  11. Second Stage: Remove ladders and put on a base coat.
  12. Building more 1/55 stock... Ok, time to disguise another Tyco car for my fleet. The scratch built ones take a bit of time and I need a quick cheater as filler. I am not a modeler so much as a creator of facades like thatre props. This should hide well in the small fleet. The side steps are a bit over size for HO scale yet look ideal for 1/55. Got it for 1.95 and now it will be time to modify slightly and add some paint.
  13. There is a Danish loco that has a similar beast quality to it. I just love the monster machines.
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