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 Posted: Fri Nov 4th, 2016 02:14 am
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Helmet,

Have you been to Reed's Hobby Shop in La Mesa yet? They have O scale rulers.



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 Posted: Fri Nov 4th, 2016 03:06 am
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Yes, I have been there. I am actually contemplating another visit to see if they will do a pro bono check of the TMCC (?) Camelback I have to see if it does indeed have TMCC and works.

Thx Patrick!



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Guys,
not sure if this is the place or if it belongs elsewhere: does anyone have experience with Micro Engineering flex track?

How does it compare to Atlas O?



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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2016 07:32 am
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Hi Helmut :wave:

Just a suggestion, for what it's worth. L:

If you start 1 Thread, in for example, the 'O Scale' Forum covering your whole project...
...other Members might actually be able to follow what you're doing.

If you start a ZILLION Threads all over the place, that essentially never make it past a couple of Pages...
...all this potentially useful information, about Lionel, rail, locos etc etc etc is very quickly just 'lost in history'.

On the other hand, 1 Thread that progresses from the planning/start of your project...
...on to the building/running etc that follows, is a way better 'story' for other interested Members to follow.
It is also a 'lasting' record of what you're making, not just something that 'slides down' the Board a week later.

That's just what I'd do, and in fact, have done, like loads of other Members.
Just my Dimes worth.

You did ask.

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Si.

I would think of a decent name or descriptive title, possibly quite open ended, eg.

' Lazy Afternoon Lionel In The Sunshine State '
Adventures In Outdoor O-Scale
( not bad, could get an exec. position on Madison Ave. with copy like that ! )

At a push, We CAN change the tittle later for you, if you can't make up your mind WHAT to call it.
But in fact, the tittle DOESN'T matter.
What does, is just sticking with a spot on the Board, so people know where you are, and can follow the story easily.

:bg:



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''pro bono'' infers that you are going to do something in exchange, doesn't it?

Let them make 30% on the price of a scale rule for diagnosing your loco?

One of the reasons why local hobby shops have disappeared

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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2016 08:21 pm
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@Herr Bert
Reminds me of an article in MR some 30 yrs. ago about the incidents that lead to the hobbyshop's owner being carried away in a straightjacket, mumbling to himself, just a few months after he enthusiastically opened it...
BTW - like that motto of yours.



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Si,
yes I undestand your point. On the other hand I have asked a lot of disparate questions that do not seem related at all, and I do not really have a well defined project as of yet, other than I want to set up a model railroad. This particular project is about hand laying track, not sure it would fit into any of my other topics really. Separate topics also makes future searching easier if topics are I do not think that would be a useful topic, and looking at the topics I have started particular items would be a bear to find looking through them. I have tried to keep my threads somewhat related to the topic I have posted about, although sometimes we all tend to digress. I am STILL in the information gathering phase and do not really have a project to address yet. But if I have violated a policy or common practice here I can change.

Herb,
yes I know which is why I have not rushed over there. there is a conundrum though - Brick and Mortar have higher prices most of the time. It is a fact of life due to the business model. They also do not tend to have the higher levels of skill and expertise available at places such as Freerails. I tend to gather all of my info online, and then purchase online. If I do go to a Brick and Mortar store for advice I always try to buy *something*, either then and there or in the future. It is only fair. This applies to pretty much every industry.

In this case my experience at this particular shop does not lead me to believe they are experts or even acquainted with BPRC. They would probably look at me as if I was nuts if I told them I was contemplating gutting the TMCC loco and putting in BPRC! But I will give it a fair shake and very well ask them.

My other conundrum is I have no way to test the TMCC capabilities of this loco, but in all fairness to a future owner I would like to ensure it does in fact work. But that just gave me an idea - this shop does do consignment sales! I could consign it there for a while and see how it does - it would likely just delay any future purchases.



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Not sure if this has been mentioned but steel spikes are the best outdoors according to those who have done it for decades. They rust and stay in place better than materials that do not rust.
I have a pair of pliers I modified with slots in it to hold the spikes, just like commercial ones. I often find I can do the job quicker with unmodified pliers.

I know of some that make their own spikes out of broken guitar strings.

I have a small battery operated drill on hand for times when I find the wood hard to penetrate or starting to split. It has a drill bit smaller than the spike in it.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2016 12:55 am
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MY EXPERIENCE, most all "model train" shops have no clue as to what BPRC or even the term r/c is about. After all these years (about 15 or so) the local train store doesn't know and worse, doesn't give a rat's ass about r/c. To get real info, you need to make friends with r/c flyers, car runners, and boat builders. In other words, just go to the train store for glue & paint.

On the demise of "brick & mortar stores, that has been a long time coming. When I owned a hobby shop, we worried about mail order discount sellers but what really got us was when so many lost good jobs in the 1980's and their "disposable" income dried up. Imagine...they would rather keep their lights on, food in the fridge, house payments...rather than fool with toy trains!
Today, with online discounters, there is no way in hell that I would ever consider opening a store. A sad state of "affairs" for sure.

On what works & what doesn't...why not do what most of us have done, buy something and see if it is worth it. Relying on the views of others (let THEM spend THEIR money) is like waiting for a dead guy to come back and tell what the "other side" is like.
Oh well, have fun and run a train today.
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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2016 01:33 am
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Bob,
Thx. I am not sure what the Micro Engineering spikes are, those are what I ordered. The packaging does not say. I sent them an email with a question about their track, hopefully they answer and I can ask them about the spikes too.

Woodie,
That is definitely the impression I got from the guys at the shop. I will try and give them a fair shake though!

I think to start I am going to order a S-CAB BPS and batteries and the Blue Rail board for a loco I have targeted for the Christmas Train layout.

This weekend I should be able to 'prototype' (yes, pun intended!) some of my trackwork.



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