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Hints & Tips No. 2332
Painting Grab Irons and other thin wire models
By Doug DIckson
Painting grab handles, down pipes, spear fencing etc often achieves a thickened element. I first consider using a good quality permanent black marker pen in two/three passes. If you do not want black, well ...
(A Note from Trevor,  You can get quite good effects with permanent markers of differing colours such as a teak or rustic effect with brown permanent markers or a mixture of blacks and browns ... have fun experimenting!) 


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Cleaning CA Glue 
By Colin Wilshire
When I had  running issues with my Dean Goods loco, I decided to pull off the brake rodding which had been firmly glued in place. There was a fair bit of dried CA on both the rod holes and the mounting points which took some removing, clearing the holes required my Dental files.

However I then found that a #40 drill bit was a perfect fit for this. 


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Using Lego Blocks in Modelling... as Operating Waybills?
By Paul Denison
Lego bricks have many uses in model railroading, stand in buildings, something to hold that up for a minute (or 5 years), something to hold that square, a form for a mould, etc.  
I used the larger Duplo square bricks as waybills for one layout I had.  They had tape with the car number and could be drawn at random and stuck together in the proper order for switching, sort of like an electric staff used in railway safeworking. As each car was switched off the train, that block was taken off  and placed back in the box.

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Using Uno Cards in Modelling... as Operating Waybills?
By Norman McIntosh
I use uno cards (three packs mixed together) in a similar fashion to Paul Denisons’ waybill method . Each color represents a direction: North, South, East, West. The wild cards are  “shop cars” or special moves; the skip, draw two and reverse cards in general, are Hazmat. Before a session, I will usually have an index card with rules governing what the card values represent or which local industry, if any, gets worked. Then just shuffle and deal a card to each inbound train car from staging. There are a few other tweaks, but in general it works pretty well.  


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Hints & Tips No. 2336
Controlling Oil and Lubrication on your trains 
By Crandell Overton
I have  taken a good sized sewing needle and clipped the top half of the eye off with side-cutters.  That leaves two tines with a small gap between them.  I also nip off the point so I don't jab myself when I hold the needle remnant by that end. The pointed end then goes into a piece of dowelling or other handle type
I dip the forked end into Dextron III Mercon or equivalent auto transmission fluid.  The clipped eye will take a load of ATF, whereupon I insert that end into the bearing boxes on the locomotive and against the pins that keep the valve gear and rods in place on my steamers. I also lube the truck pivot bearings and the pin holding the drawbar.  I also do all my tender trucks and rolling stocks' trucks that way.
I have never had a paint mar, no melted plastic, no melted ties...nothing that might give me pause about using the ATF as a lube. ATF is a highly superior lubricant, does not migrate much, and seems to last for years in place.


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Controlling Glue Application on your trains 
By Bill Davies
I use much the same tool as Crandall (Hint 2336) for glue application.  It was being recommended for use in applying cyanoacrylate (super glue, ACC). It has helped me. The only difference is that I have inserted the pin in the end of a length of dowel to keep my fingers distant from the glue as a handle manily so that my fingers do not block viewing the intended joint. If you do make such tools for say PVA, ACC glue or the Auto Fluid lube as Crandall has , it would be a good idea to label and/or colour code your tools so you do not create a chemical cocktail that might affect you.


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