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  1. Well I don't do it that way...never have and never will as believe in stripping and starting over...less paint coats means better showing details. But now I have seen pics on various forums of people doing just the sanding bit and they look just fine but they "hide" the real finish by using camera angles that shy away from reflections etc. Nowadays I blast paint off my trains using a Harbor Tools blast cabinet and a form of baking soda for the blasting media.
  2. Just for a heads-up Ro has once again changed the heavyweight delivery date to 12/16/2019...FEF is still showing 9/16/2019 and USA missed that! I think sometime in 2020 is more realistic.
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    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Well it now appears that the whole catalog delivery dates have been pushed back to 2020...except for the passenger cars which shows 12/2019. Personally from what I've seen over the years be more like late 2020 into 2021.
  4. The toughest paint that I've ever come across to remove from a locomotive is MTH. They use a self etching primer that really bites in. What I used to do was completely strip everything out of the shell then submerge the whole thing in a big sealable container of 91% Isopropyl alcohol and let it set a day or two then use various brushes/ toothbrushes and go at removing the paint. Flat, Matte, Satin or High Gloss...depends on what you want. I stick with flat or Matte.
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    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but those 2 Christmas cars have been pushed back about a year...to August 2020.
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    Lionel diesel motor blocks?

    You know after tinkering with the old Lionel large scale for years, I think the wheels they used were really a sintered iron product...still a crappy design esp. when used in a power pickup situation. You'll have to search the NWSL website.
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    Lionel stanchions

    Scroll down to part no. 5101-070 Handrail Stanchion Brass - $2 each... http://traindoctor.com/service/gscale/lionel.asp
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    NWSL closing

    Great news as NWSL has a new owner and will continue!! http://NWSL.com
  9. Chuck

    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Hi Tony, Thanks for the compliments as I have done a lot of work converting various engines to DCS Far as climbing 2% grades and working close with MTH on products, I think you may have me confused with Raymond...but that's okay as he's like a brother to me!
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    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Jim, Same here with 3977 and I'll add the 3985 as both look like they'll have the oil tender! For SD70's I'm ordering all 3 UP..that is 4141, 9096 & Spirit of the UP. I also ordered that EMD/ demonstrator in Cat paint as I spent years operating Caterpillar heavy equipment. To go along with the Spirit engine I'll buy all the boxcars and matching caboose!
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    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Jerry, Yes! I want MTH to continue investing in new tooling...only way they'll do that is with strong sales.
  12. Chuck

    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    I'm real happy with the new catalog! Put me down for 2 of the improved Challengers and 4 SD70's...for starts.
  13. Chuck

    McKeen car metal kit.

    Union Pacific came up with the McKeen idea... http://utahrails.net/up/up-motorcar-index.php
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    MTH 2019/2020 One Gauge Catalog

    Judging by the cover it's gonna be expensive for me!
  15. Chuck

    My backyard layout by Robert Brown

    It will but the only function you'll have is direction. The TE will not access any of the MTH functions. Be just like operating a MTH loco under conventional DC track power. Infact there is quite a bit of proof that the TE is detrimental to the MTH DCS decoders.