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Hints & Tips No. 2433
Things to Consider with Backdrops Pt 3
By Several Modellers
 
I struggled with the horizon line on a painted lake on my painted scene and making sure it looked right with the rest of the lay out, and how it looked as you walk up to the lay out. I still second guess a little, but I think we all second guess our work. (Michael Wise)
Remember that the basic purpose of the backdrop is to keep potential distractions like curtains, wall colours, furniture and people standing at the other side of the layout out of the field of vision of the layout viewer.  The height required to accomplish this can be determined by some simple testing.  Stand away from the wall at the specific viewing distance and height you want to plan for, look at a point of interest on the "layout", and have somebody move an object up along the wall until it is out of your field of view.  This is where the top of the backdrop should be.(Carl Johanssen)


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Hints & Tips No. 2434
Applying Fascia to a layout
By Several Modellers
My fascia top edge is even with the edge of the scenery, which continually undulates to match the rolling hills. It is anywhere from 3 inches to 14 inches depending on what the scenery is doing where the aisle cuts through. (Mark Robbins)
On my Fascia, the top edge follows the profile of the scenic ground formations. The bottom edge is  "what looks good" but also tall enough to cover and hide the benchwork structure, provide a valance for lighting the lower level (if multi-deck), enough space to provide labelling (station names etc.) and other aids, card boxes if you operate with car cards/waybills, turnout controls (if you use something other than manual ground throws), plug ins for walk-around throttles, etc. (Chris Van Der Heide)


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Hints & Tips No. 2435
Manually Removing Dust from Rolling Stock  Pt1
By Crandall Overton
This is only good for two or three tries before one is simply displacing the crud in a non-productive way, but I use my pursed lips and a long-haired soft artist's brush to dislodge dust.  Or, when I'm not feeling particularly lazy, I'll actually remove the item, walk eight steps to the outside of the building, and perform the same operation.
Works well enough for me.


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Hints & Tips No. 2436
Manually Removing Dust from Rolling Stock Pt 2
By Mike Farrelly
A Modeller I know uses an airbrush, in one hand, to lift the dust and a vacuum, in the other, to catch it. Also lifted is anything not glued down. So, use an old stocking over the mouth of the vacuum to catch the figurines, etc.


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Hints & Tips No. 2437
If Your Rolling Stock is Too Free Rolling... Pt 1
By Several Modellers
I remember when the first model plastic trucks/bogies were causing many modelers to realise the changes in elevations in their layouts that the older - metal - trucks never let them knew they had.
An old piece of advice is to place a small very soft coil-type spring at the axle end as it is being put into the truck, to add a bit of resistance.  Initially I think that advice was for cabooses so that there would be a bit of tension at the end of the train to avoid the "slinky" look of freight cars bunching up and then pulling slightly apart as a train made its way around the layout. (Dave Nelson)
It is easy enough to add a wiper to brush the axle of a caboose/brake van or a vehicle which is likely to be placed on a graded siding (Wayne Toth)


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Hints & Tips No. 2438
If Your Rolling Stock is Too Free Rolling... Pt 2
By Thomas Hitchener
If the metal wheels roll too much, try applying grease to the bearings. The starting resistance has increased and the rolling stock will have stopped on a slight slope. On the other hand, when it starts running, the original lubricating action of grease is exhibited. There are two challenges. One is to choose grease of appropriate hardness (cone penetration, kinematic viscosity). The other is that there is no adverse effect on the paint coating or plastic (ABS and styrene).


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