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  Mix ratio for Tru-colors paint?
Posted by: twilight - 07-22-2018, 07:34 AM - Forum: Engineer's Technical Workshop - Replies (8)

I've been working on some F&C kits lately. Got to the point for painting and figured I'd give Tru-colors paint try again(They had the prototypical color for this particular boxcar). Tried paint directly out of bottle in my air brush as stated it can be used. Paint came out dry and caused a rough surface( I should have experimented on a scrap piece of styrene or something. Lesson learned). So, boxcar has been stripped and I am preparing to paint it again. 

Anyone use Tru-colors a on a regular basis and have a ratio for paint and thinner that seems to work well? I did pick up a bottle of Tru-colors thinner, so I have that on hand.


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  7-20-18 Happy Birthday
Posted by: ngauger - 07-20-2018, 08:03 PM - Forum: Hobo's Camp - Replies (1)

Congratulations to: 

 railohio (35) 

Happy B-day And Many more!!!!  
train 2296_ 2257_bouncing 1990_dancing   

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  Weekly Photo Fun 7/20 - 7/27/18
Posted by: bdw9535 - 07-20-2018, 04:42 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (7)

WPMA-19 sets out cars at Mid Atlantic Waste Paper.



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  How to add photos to your posts
Posted by: ezdays - 07-18-2018, 01:45 PM - Forum: Forum how to's, getting around and features - Replies (2)

It takes about the same number of steps to add a photo to your posts as it did on our old phpBB forum. As with the old forum software, you cannot gang upload more than one photo at a time, sorry about that, but we don't write the software so we have to use what we get.

Step 1, anytime you are composing your post, you can scroll down to the bottom of the composition window and click on, "browse", as shown.

Step 2, You will be taken to your computer where you can click on the file you want to upload, then click on, "open". Your screen should like this with your file shown on the left. You then need to click on  the, "add attachment" button:

Step 3, You should see your photo name on a separate line as shown:

Step 4,You can repeat step 1-3 to upload more photos to your post. You can do this for up to 25 photos, but a post with a lot more than 10 or 12 photos should really be broken up into several posts for ease of viewing.  When you have them all uploaded, your screen should look something like this:

Step 5, you can place the cursor anywhere in the text field of your post and click on the, "Insert Into Post" button corresponding to the photo that you want to insert in that spot.  Repeat for all your posts and they can be in any order that you choose. If you just want your photos to just be placed at the end of you post, than just skip this step and that's where they will appear. The results should look somewhat like this:

Step 6, After you've clicked on the, "Post Thread", button, the example post I've been using came out looking like this:

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  Just a few basic things to help get around
Posted by: ezdays - 07-18-2018, 10:45 AM - Forum: Forum how to's, getting around and features - No Replies

We just opened this new sub-forum to help everyone get around the new MyBB software that we're using. We had a similar bunch of threads on our old forum and it occurred to us that some procedures are different, so if something isn't working the way you think it should, such as posting photos or setting up your profile, stop by here and we hope we have enough info to help you. We will be adding threads as quickly as we can, so bear with us as we construct these threads.

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  Limits on attachments?
Posted by: doctorwayne - 07-17-2018, 03:26 PM - Forum: Forums Issues, requests, and FAQ - Replies (7)

I'm trying to reconstruct a thread, where the Forum move has resulted in the illustrative photos ending-up in the wrong places within the text....in other words, the photos don't match their descriptions. 

While the original thread had 14 or 15 photos, I've managed to re-insert, in their correct places, only 10.  The eleventh one has been appended to the end of the thread, and it appears that even if I can add all of the other missing ones, they'll also end up in the wrong place.  The entire procedure is more labour intensive than the old Forum, and a limit on photos isn't, in my opinion, a good thing.  It certainly doesn't encourage us to show what we're doing.

While I still have a viable photobucket account, and could add the pictures from there, when I kick my own personal bucket, those will disappear.  This is not very conducive to leaving something which may be useful to others in the future.  I do, of course, realise that this medium is at best temporal, so perhaps I'm over-reacting. 


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  Convert Bachmann On30 Cars to 55n3 - Redux
Posted by: hminky - 07-16-2018, 04:08 PM - Forum: Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining - No Replies

Have updated the conversion with new trucks and techniques:


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Thank you if you visit

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  Weekly Photo Fun 7/13 - 7/19/18
Posted by: bdw9535 - 07-13-2018, 03:53 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (9)

WPMA-40 with a pair of GP15-1's pulls cars from Pier 34.



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  55n3 Reboot -Proof of Concept
Posted by: hminky - 07-10-2018, 11:28 AM - Forum: Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining - Replies (20)

The first 55n3 site was put on the web in 2010. Due to medical problems I couldn't pursue this endeavor further. Time went by and I let the domain lapse. Now my medical problems have been under control, none of which were life threatening, just debilitating.

Been in and out of the hobby since 2010 and can't believe how such a short period has brought so much change. Most of the items discussed on the 55n3 website are no longer available and have to be sourced on E-bay.

I write web-articles on the net. The satisfaction comes not in praise or an "atta-boy" post but someone using the information that was presented. It is nice to see someone applying the techniques that I bloviated about even if no credit is given to me. Stuff comes up in magazines that I recognize as my contribution to the hobby.

It was warming to see Ronald Halma's American Civil War 55n3 Layout on the net. Ronald showed the concept of 28mm war gaming items and On30 Bachmann equipment is a viable concept.

Thank you, Ronald

Vist Ronald's blog:


There are videos of Ronald's efforts two at:



Our 55n3 website is now 55n3.info and no longer 55n3.org


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28mm gaming has grown and there are more figures and vehicles available.

Thank you if you visit

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  using photographs as backdrops
Posted by: cn nutbar - 07-08-2018, 06:49 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (11)

            [attachment=28885]Hello Everyone---recently I've been using some of my photographs as backdrops.My printer makes copies that appear a bit hazy or muted but I like the effect.I simply paste the copy onto a piece of card-stock and place a locomotive in front of the picture to create a scene.Here's some samples

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