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  • Those pits are very nice Mike! Mine are very shallow and painted a matt black to disguise them as I have trouble removing the plywood. Wish one could have find Homasote here in Sweden.

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    • Originally posted by masonamerican View Post
      Those pits are very nice Mike! Mine are very shallow and painted a matt black to disguise them as I have trouble removing the plywood. Wish one could have find Homasote here in Sweden.
      Thank you! I built my layout with homasote attached directly on the wood benchwork; no plywood. I get away with doing that because my layout is not very deep and I space supporting joists about 18" apart. Making holes for switch hand throws or in this case the service pits is very easy.

      Homasote is not readily available in the U.S. Some of the large chains don't carry it.

      Mike

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      • I've been working on scenery around Auburn depot. First up were some platforms:

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        I also spread dirt and other scenery materials.

        Mike
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        • Mike are most of your turnouts hand thrown?

          Or is that a decorative piece in the photo?

          Fifth Dave to the right
          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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          • Originally posted by David_J_Buchholz View Post
            Mike are most of your turnouts hand thrown?

            Or is that a decorative piece in the photo?

            Fifth Dave to the right
            Dave,

            That's a Caboose Industries turnout throw in the photo. I use hand thrown turnouts throughout, although I have a stash of Tortoise switch machines in the cupboard.

            Mike
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            • Mike,

              If your Operators have issues with throwing the switch, a dot of Testors paint on the square at the end of the handle can help clear up orientation issues. I use red and green for the mains, and yellow/white for the ancillary (yard, industry, etc.) trackage. works well, and is mostly prototypical, too.... Other brands of paint will probably work, but I use the Testors because it's thick, solid and available. I rough up the handle a skosh with a file before applying the paint.... Nail Polish might work well here, too, but I have not tried that.... Yet....

              Pete
              in Michigan

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              • Originally posted by Orionvp17 View Post
                Mike,

                If your Operators have issues with throwing the switch, a dot of Testors paint on the square at the end of the handle can help clear up orientation issues. I use red and green for the mains, and yellow/white for the ancillary (yard, industry, etc.) trackage. works well, and is mostly prototypical, too.... Other brands of paint will probably work, but I use the Testors because it's thick, solid and available. I rough up the handle a skosh with a file before applying the paint.... Nail Polish might work well here, too, but I have not tried that.... Yet....

                Pete
                in Michigan
                Pete,

                Thank you for the suggestion. And current styles in polish and hair color being what they are*, I should have no trouble finding the perfect shades of color I want.

                Mike

                *I almost wrote "among women" and then remembered that the fellow who gave us a tour of the fantastic club layout in Portland had dyed his hair red. I didn't notice his nails, however. --M.
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                • Mike,

                  As bizarre as this may sound, I have red, black, white, yellow and clear nail polish on the bench (well, truth be told, on the kitchen counter as I'm using the dining room table for a "workbench"), but no green. Yet. The stuff is good insulating material, dries bulletproof in about twenty minutes and lasts forever. So far. Highly recommend.

                  Pete
                  in Michigan

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                  • Orionvp17
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                    Mike,

                    OK, I admit it. I was out today, and the store was right next to the road, and I bought the green, too. Thrill a minute around here....

                    Pete

                • Beautiful depot!
                  Philip

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                  • Thank you, Philip!
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                    • I like the depot. the platforms are coming along nicely.

                      Bob
                      It's only make-believe

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                      • Thank you, Bob!
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                        • I only have fluorescent orange nail polish in the train room. I use that to mark tools or similar things (like the keeper wire for my needle glue bottle) that get easily lost in the clutter on the workbench. :-)

                          dave
                          Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                          • Mike, good looking depot!
                            Caboose ground throws are what's on my layout too.

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                            • Originally posted by deemery View Post
                              I only have fluorescent orange nail polish in the train room. I use that to mark tools or similar things (like the keeper wire for my needle glue bottle) that get easily lost in the clutter on the workbench. :-)

                              dave
                              Dave,

                              That's an idea.

                              I actually have relatively few tools, although the ones I have I use often., sometimes for jobs around the house. (The rule is always put them back where they belong.) I usually don't read the Tool column in the NMRA Magazine because I don't want to be tempted. I don't like clutter.

                              Mike


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