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 Posted: Fri Apr 7th, 2017 11:11 pm
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The problem with making barrels out of that plastic register receipt tube is trying to cut a perfect circle.  Well, there is a way.  I use a round diamond tip drill to make the cap or end (or a round hole in styrene).  I found these on eBay and used them in the past to drill a hole in a glass wine bottle.  I would stuff a short string of Christmas mini lights inside and make it into a night light of sorts or a bar decoration.  My wife and I saw them in an out-of-the-way store, and my wife turned to me and said "you can make that."  "I can?"  Well, I did finally figure it out.  I will warn you; there is no centering drill bit so this thing has a tendency to wander so I would strongly suggest that you make some kind of form to hold the drill bit in place.





I found these drill bit on eBay and they cost about $4-6 depending on the size you want.




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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 01:29 pm
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I use this sort of cutter, works good and you can use it for more then one size


Compass Circle Cutter


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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 03:12 pm
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Neat little item.  Never thought of that.  Went and ordered one.  Thanks for the suggestion.



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The female figure that I was waiting on finally showed up in the mail.  Cost was about $12 including postage.
















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 Posted: Sat Apr 8th, 2017 06:35 pm
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Ran across some Peco HO switches (#240 & 241) that have a 22.5 degree angle, 17.25 inch raduis, and is only 6 9/16 inches long.  Planning on using a few of these on my small 35n2 layout.




http://www.peco-uk.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=0&P_ID=17484&strPageHistory=search&numSearchStartRecord=1



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 Posted: Tue Apr 11th, 2017 09:31 pm
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I've used a number of these on my small ON30 layout. They're only available from Peco's Setrack line as opposed to the Streamline products. I like the fact that they're a good substitute for a hand built "stub" turnout, which is helpful if you're squeezed for space like I am. But then I'm only running ON30 geared steam and porters, so smooth switching at high speeds is not something I'm concerned about, let alone would ever do.

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Slow running will be the norm on my 35n2 layout (once I get it built).  I think that the more we slow down operations the larger the layout seems to be.



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 Posted: Wed Apr 12th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Exactly! Fortunately for some of us that don't have the space or time to build a room-filling layout, there are ways to compensate and still enjoy the hobby. I personally have little interest in watching trains run continuously in circles and much prefer starting/stopping/switching, which works very well for small shelf/point-to-point layouts. Slowing things down goes hand-in-hand with that....another reason why I really enjoy geared steam.

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These turnouts look like a good solution for a tight area on my layout. Larry G

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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 04:01 am
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Even though I model 35n2 I used short equipment that will handle a 6 inch radius.  So these switches will work great for me.  I've tried making my own switches before and just never had any success.  So I'll stick with Peco switches and Atlas flex track (with many ties removed) and devote my energies to more rewarding projects.



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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 04:20 am
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Has anyone thought of using some Lionel cars for 35n2?  I was looking at a Lionel Scout tender and thinking that it could be converted to some type of water car.  It's metal and has rivet detail.

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