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  • Have you ever tried these for the fine detail paining:

    http://www.micromark.com/super-fine-...f-30,8377.html

    L&N nut

    Jon

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    • Where did you find the N scale decals for the GMO car?

      L&N nut

      Jon

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      • That link to micromark didn't work when I tried it. But I will go look. I do have some micro brushes I have not tried, I think I know what you are referring to. The Decals I used on the gondola are white roman lettering from Clover House. They are dry transfers. The GM&O and the car numbers are indivually applied. The capacity and other lettering were actually from a Clover House practice set, also dry transfers. I have sent them a package of GM&O pictures and information which they said they will look over and possibly produce if it there is a market.

        Another resource for decals is http://home.mindspring.com/~paducah/ . This is a site by Daniel Kohlberg (an Illinois Central fan) who produces some very nice decal sets, check it out. I haven't tried any yet but I will. Just recieved an order I placed with him. I will try it on my next gondola conversion.

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        • http://www.micromark.com/super-fine-...f-30,8377.html

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          • Its great how some hobbyists have stepped in to fill a need. Here is a good place too:

            http://www.greatdecals.com/

            L&N nut

            Jon

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            • Sorry, have not been active in awhile. Between the house, the summer, the kids, a new granddaughter, some minor family crisis', the recession and a hurricane, railroading has been put on the back burner. I have set my mind on modeling the GM&O along with the Alabama State Docks in Mobile with a section devoted to the Warrior River Terminal Co. Researching the GM&O has been very interesting. I will retain my steam era time period which will mean bending history slightly. Have also decided to scrathbuild most of my structures except for a select few. Have been listing many kits on Ebay and shall be listing more and some rolling stock soon that doesn't fall into my plan. Anyone interested can check out my listings under rhettn2007. Will try to be more active in the future.

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              • Rhett sorry to hear about all the other things, hopefully you can get back on your RR soon. If you have any Southern 40 foot steel boxcars (N scale of course) let me know.

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                • No reason to feel sorry, just life. I am blessed with a new granddaughter by my oldest. The difficuties are like the refiner's fire, they make us stronger. As usual some of the hardships or difficulties as we see them end up being blessings in disguise.

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                  • :up:

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                    • Been almost a decade since I've been active here. Most everything was packed up when we moved to Mobile. Still have a lot to accomplish at home before I can start a layout, but am wanting to get my train room and workshop finished up. Will try to get started back on some models and finish up those I had started here. Glad to be back.

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                      • Looking forward to it!

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                        • Nice to have more small scale threads to look at!

                          Scott

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                          • I pulled up my old CADRAIL program to work on layout and benchwork plans. To my dismay it doesn't want to work quite right. May be because I am out of practice. What I have is CADRAIL Version 9 by Sandia Software. Upon investigation I found that they have an upgrade to Version 10. The older version I found a bit cumbersome and awkward to work with, but that may have been my inexperience with the program. I also saw some other options out there such as AnyRail, Scarm and others. Before spending money on the upgrade I want to post the questions here:
                            1) What computer design tool do you prefer?
                            2) Is it compatible with Windows 10 or later?
                            3) Why do you like it?
                            I am experienced in AutoCAD and other 3D modeling and drawing programs through my work. Am wondering if just obtaining an AutoCAD program may be the best route, but I won't have the track libraries and such.
                            All opinions appreciated before I make an investment!

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                            • Hi,

                              I've been using AnyRail since May of last year, both to draw a track plan for my current layout at home, and to draw a layout design for our club, So, I've used it for both large (club) and small (home) layouts.

                              I learned AutoCad about twenty-five years ago and would never use it for layout design now that I've learned AnyRail, which has the track libraries. There is an excellent series of tutorials on the web that somebody put together.

                              I had never used track design software before, so cannot compare it with other products. It cost about $60 which some have told me is a little expensive, but worth every dollar to me. You can download a free version to try it out; there is a limit on number of track sections or track length, but you can see how you like it.

                              I've been designing our club layout to fit a 20' by 50' space. It's a group effort, so it has evolved in design as members have suggested changes. I find it very flexible and I've learned to quickly respond to ideas, drawing provisional designs for approval by the team.

                              Another member of our club also uses AnyRail. As we build benchwork, I send him the trackplan for the next section, and he takes a jpg file to a local blueprint place to print out full-size templates. He is also using AnyRail to design our club's O scale layout.

                              Mike
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                              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              • Thank you for the input Mike. Don't know if you have used Autocad recently but it is light years from the early versions. I hated those early versions (about the same time - 25 years ago or so), trying to work with them was similar to having a root canal. The new versions and some of the industry specific programs built on the Autocad platform are amazing and easy to work with. I will take a good look at AnyRail. Looks like the price is similar. One of the nice things about the CADRAIL was being able to run a simulated train on it.

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