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    Paul Templar RIP

    The model railroading world has lost one of its best and brightest. My heartfelt condolences to his family and many many friends. He will be missed. Val
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    Shamus - Health update

    Very sad news for his family and the model railroading community. Shamus has been a huge inspiration for a lot of people. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Val
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    Doubleheaders Tour 2008 pictures

    Thanks for the great pics! I'm mad at myself that I missed the tour - it's a great one, and have always enjoyed it a lot! Val
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    New CP caboose

    Thanks all! Wayne, just a note on the end rails. They are made of delrin, that slippery plastic, and will be rather tricky to paint. Val
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    IHC Mikado?

    The main problem with these (and just about every other mass-produced Mikados) is that there's no all-weather cab. It's true there was the occasional Mike with US style open back cabs, but not very many. The vast majority had the vestibule, ie all-weather cabs and most also seemed to have had...
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    New CP caboose

    Picked up 3 new True Line Trains CP cabeese today. I got 2 with block lettering and one with script. Although the script lettering is a tiny bit too modern for 1956, I like it! :) Here's a couple shots showing the incredible detail on these models, including the marker lights.
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    Scratchbuilt factory

    Good to see you Jimmy - it's been awhile. Have to say that even hearing the name Georgetown still brings a little lump to my throat. I love waterfront scenes and will sure be looking forward to yours. Val
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    Unfinished projects

    Glen, you're a brave man! If I tried to make a list of all my unfinished projects, not only would it be utterly depressing, but it would also take so much time that I might never finish any one of them! sign1 Val
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    What do we hope to see in 2008???

    I'd like to see some steam engines with all-weather cabs for once. Same thing I wish for every year. Mikados, Pacifics, Northerns would do nicely.
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    canadian national cabooses

    I plan to get several of those as well. :thumb: Val
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    Weathered feed mill for Jess

    That looks like a great kit Jess. :thumb: Don't forget to post photo's of yours. :) :) Val
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    canadian national cabooses

    Here's some more info I gleaned about this "slippery" plastic from the CN SIG listserve. From Jason Shron, owner of Rapido Trains: Celcon and Delrin are one and the same. Actually, these are brand names for something called Polyoxymethylene, or POM for short. From Stafford Swain, a...
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    Weathered feed mill for Jess

    Hopefully this will inspire you in the painting of your grain elevator. :wave: Val
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    A Little Holiday Video Cheer For Y'all

    sign1 Wow - you don't fool around do you? ROFL!!!!! Cool video btw. Val
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    custom decals - a helpful tip

    No, lighter colour will not show up on a darker background because the colour is not opaque, which means the colour behind will show through. Take a piece of black paper. Now take a red marker pen. Draw a line. Is is red? No, it simply makes the black darker. As I said in my previous post...
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    custom decals - a helpful tip

    Art Decko's suggestion of printing a test strip is the only way to find an accurate colour match. Inkjet printers use Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black ink (CMYK) on paper. Most jpg images are RGB (red, green blue) which is composed of light - not ink - shining from your computer screen. In...
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    canadian national cabooses

    Picked up the 6 I ordered on Saturday and I am very impressed with the quality. With the exception of the end ladders and details all the grab irons are metal, the paint is crisp and the detail is excellent! :thumb: TLT worked closely with the CN SIG on these models. There has been a fair bit...
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    Curtains and Blinds and Shades, OH MY!

    Great idea! I usually just print my curtains on an ink-jet from downloads I find on Google, but I will definitely have to give this a try. :thumb: Val
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    Gil Finn Passed Away.......

    Very sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences go out to his family and friends. It's never easy to lose someone you love, but it must be doubly hard at this time of year. He will be missed. Val
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    Finished a couple of houses

    Don't worry - I can't see it either, I just know it's there! sign1 Val