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 Posted: Fri Mar 8th, 2019 08:07 pm
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Hints & Tips No. 2150
Making Models using impure “black” and “white”
By  Will Chapman
 
I NEVER use pure black or pure white anywhere on a layout, as in my opinion they make a model look unreal and 'model-like'.   White can be toned down with a wash of very dilute brown or weathered black paint, and for black use a 'weathered black' such as that produced by Rail Match.  Pure black (eggshell or matt, never gloss) is limited to pristine locomotives and very clean black cars!


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Rail Joiners on Smaller Track
By  Wayne Toth
 
On the upper level of my layout, I used Micro Engineering code 83 rail on Central Valley tie strips.  I could not find any code 83 rail joiners locally, so bought some M.E. code 55 joiners.
I used the face of a cut-off disc to make the foot of the rail narrower, then used the same method to reduce its thickness, too, removing material from the bottom.  The small joiners then slipped on easily, and after soldering four lengths of rail together, installed the rail, using contact cement, onto the already-in-place tie strips.
This should make all scales rail joiners work satisfactorily. The advantage to this method is that there's no need to file or cut depressions in the ties upon which the joiners sit to eliminate the slight bump that they would otherwise create.


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Correct Modelling of your chosen Era
By  Dave Starr
Era correctness.  Your best bet is photographs.  Google will find a lot of 'em. There is very little color available before 1945, so for earlier periods you have to guess at colors but a lot of buildings pre 1945 were still standing well into the 70’s and 80’s as is.  Old magazines are good sources, and you know the latest date of any photograph from the date on the magazine cover. Automobiles are distinctive. Back in the good old days, when Detroit employed stylists, most people could tell the year of a car with just one glance.  Many can still do that with model cars. Buildings last for ever, so a modern railroad will run past buildings that may date back to the American Civil War. Certain building styles, white glazed brick gas stations and McDonald's Golden Arches for example, have definite dates.  The white glazed brick gas stations in North America were replaced with less conspicuous red brick in the 1970's. McDonald's dropped the Golden Arches in the 1980's.


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Keeping Moulding Sprues after completing that kit Pt 1
By  Various Modellers
Although this seems like common sense, some of you might tend to discard your sprues after removing the parts from them.  I put mine back in the kit box after separating all the parts, or what I think are all the parts! In constructing my last two structure kits, I search all over for a little part and lo and behold it's still attached to its sprue looking like an injection molding.  This spells grief for those of you who hastily chuck your sprues! I save them anyway to make spare parts with later. (Rob Spragg)
Sprues make for fantastic gutters or tubes to put on flat gondolas, etc.  There are plenty of ways to use them. Keeping a few of different sizes and diameters is invaluable. (Leor Kass)


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Keeping Moulding Sprues after completing that kit Pt 2
By  Various Modellers
I always save the sprues.  They make great styrene welding rods by dipping them in Testors Liquid Cement.  Having the proper color welding rod really helps. (Mel Perry)
I keep a stash of them and I have found them useful in a number of kitbash projects. They are easy to cut, drill, file, paint and glue. (Simon Roy)
There is the old trick of holding a sprue over a hot light bulb (or for the daring, a lit candle) and when the plastic starts to soften, pull it apart to create strands of plastic - great for plugging holes and if you're lucky, the correct color to boot. (Dave Nelson)


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Keeping Moulding Sprues after completing that kit Pt 3
By  Various Modellers
I had a truck bolster that was too large for a 2-56 screw.  I filled the hole with a piece of scrap sprue and cemented it in place with liquid cement.  After it dried sufficiently, I re-drilled a 2-56 tap hole and used the screw to tap the threads in the hole.  Cheap and easy - the screw tightened down the truck quite nicely before I backed it off to allow enough rotation in the truck. (Tom Stage)
I save most all of mine. Sometimes I will cut them up a little into long straight pieces (where the sprue may be two pieces at 90 degrees, or even a full box shape) to make them more compact foor storage, but you never know what pieces of sprue material will come in handy for making detail parts or plugging holes, or any number of uses. Rarely if ever does any of it go in the trash.(Randy RInker)


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