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Best Glues

Geo2000 ·
Hi, I am a newbie to modeling and wanted to know the best glue products to use for building both wool kit structures and plastic structures. Also any other tools I should get beyond paints brushes and xacto. Thanks in advance!
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Advice needed for Painting Box Cars

WAPD ·
I have 10 Weaver box cars that I want to custom paint and letter.  I want to make a custom box car for each of my grandchildren.  I have never done this before and need some advice.  Can I disassemble them and spay them with a can of spray paint? I there any particular kind of paint I should be using? Where is a good place to buy the paint?  Where can I get Lettering and Numbering for the cars? I appreciate any help with this. Mark  
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Badger water based paints

Rob Leese ·
After searching the forum for discussion on this brand of paint, I find there has been none. Who has experience, opinions, etc on this brand? My interest stems from Badger offering Frisco mandarin orange paint.
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Best way to remove rust?

Patrick Kazy ·
He guys(and gals), I have old Lionel track and it has rust on it. What is the best way to remove rust off my tack? Also paint?  Additionally I have an old 1688e that has light-medium rust on it and want to get it off without ruining the paint. Is...
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Does Lionel make something like this??

FlatCar51 ·
Saw this on Ebay. I am no expert but this sure does not look like a repaint to me. I am familiar with the 1055 (I own two), but I have never seen one with a front coupler and its a dummy unit, no motors. To me it looks like a 211T but with a 1055 paint job, but the paint looks factory. Now someone could have cut the front out for the coupler but the front cowl is different on the 1055. I'm stumped.. 1055 on Ebay [IMG] [/IMG]
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Free Trees From The Hedge...Maybe

baggetta ·
Well I was out trimming the yew hedges in my yard when one piece fell off that looked a bit like a miniature tree.  So I thought it might look good on my Tombstone layout.  I'm pretty sure the "tree" would eventually dry up and look...
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How do I paint delrin plastic?

Steven Michael ·
Okay, so I was visiting a local O scale two rail layout, and the owner had two Weaver GP38-2s running. He had detailed them very nicely, and they looked nothing like the basic models they came as. Many years ago my dad purchased three of these engines decorated in Conrail, and I too plan on detailing mine. In order to get started on this, the handrails need to be repainted to blue rather than their current black. These handrails are made out of delrin plastic, so if I paint them with Floquil...
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Is this the new look of NS Diesels?

Ron045 ·
Are these just special paint jobs or will this be the new look going forward? Ron
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NOT LionelLLC ·
In the redo, not only were the yellow stripes on the nose changed to black and white, but the large blue NS logo on the side was changed to black. Stu
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Re: Is this the new look of NS Diesels?

TexasSP ·
Looks better to me, although on the nose I would prefer black stripes and a white horse.
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laz1957 ·
They look great to me, but oh oh, better send them back look at the rust on those wheels? Looks like the Lionel GEVO"s .
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Re: Is this the new look of NS Diesels?

Kent Loudon ·
>> send them back look at the rust on those wheels Wheels and couplers (and steam loco side rods) are normally unpainted - makes it easier to see defects. Do they plan to wash tem after each trip? I wonder how long before those light colors start looking grungy?
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Re: Angela Trotta Thomas Official first Book Signing of her book "Painting an American Icon" The Lionel Train art of Angela Trotta Thomas- 25 years!

Al K. ·
I look forward to seeing Angela and Bob in York. This is a great coffee table book for all train enthusiasts to enjoy Al K.
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

walt rapp ·
Originally Posted by mountain482: I want you to get the right color for your touch-up. The engine in question is a very dark green (Pennsylvania DGLE), not black. I know it looks black, but if you compare it to an engine that is definitely black, you will see the difference. I have the RK PS2 6-8-6 S2 Baby Turbine and if it ain't black it sure has me fooled! Not saying it isn't green, just saying that I have 3 black engines and the color difference, while I never really concentrated to see...
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

dgauss ·
Weather it.
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

mountain482 ·
"I have the RK PS2 6-8-6 S2 Baby Turbine and if it ain't black it sure has me fooled! Not saying it isn't green, just saying that I have 3 black engines and the color difference, while I never really concentrated to see if there was a difference, never jumped out at me." Walt, You wouldn't be the first person with that reaction. I have several MTH and Lionel steamers that are painted in DGLE (including the Turbine in question) and they don't see it until I sit it next to a true black engine...
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

gg1man ·
I'm sorry try this link for crylon pens; http://www.tcpglobal.com/spray...raft-paint-pens.aspx Testors has a larger color chart for their pens but for some reason the link in my first post dose not work. I can find it when I do a search on Bing. I found this testors training link for the use of these pens; http://www.ehow.com/video_4767333_testors-paint-markers.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask Have fun and Good luck.
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

mountain482 ·
I want you to get the right color for your touch-up. The engine in question is a very dark green (Pennsylvania DGLE), not black. I know it looks black, but if you compare it to an engine that is definitely black, you will see the difference. I'm interested in what paint will match as well as I have an MTH Premier K4s Torpedo painted in DGLE that has two small spots that need to be touched up.
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

RAK ·
A very wise person once told me (for a black engine) to use a black "Sharpie". I tried it and it actually worked! For very small chips only!
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

oldrob ·
Sharpie pens will leave a purplish sheen in larger areas. I wouldn't use it. Rob
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

gg1man ·
Try WWW.testors.com look up their paint markers, they are made for toy trains. They are four of five bucks each. But, if you don't let the tip dry out you can touch up alot of dings and scratches over the years.
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

gunrunnerjohn ·
On black locomotives I've used the Sharpie for small chips. A trick to avoid the purple sheen is to rub the touchup with a finger after a few seconds, it knocks down the purple. It's not perfect, but it works very well for small nicks.
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walt rapp ·
I dug out my RK 6-8-6 and my RK P&LE switcher in black and TRIED (not very successfully) to get at least one clear image to show color comparisons. I also included in the picture my black camera case and a black flat car. To my eyes, in person, the engine still looks black but looks like a "less deep" black or a dull black compared to the rich, shiny black on the P&LE engine. There is definitely a difference, if nothing else at least in the "shade" or deepness of the blackness. Did I...
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Re: What's the best way to touchup chipped paint on mth steamer?

mountain482 ·
Walt, You are correct in your assessment that it does not look green. Unfortunately, some manufacturers make DGLE more green than it actually should be. The original Pennsy recipe was something like a quart or gallon of green added to a barrel of black (not the exact recipe, but something like it). It makes it not true black and not true green, though I bet it did vary some from batch to batch. Despite it not looking too green, the Pennsy did call it Dark Green Locomotive Enamel (DGLE). My...
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Re: Weaver daylight passenger cars

Oldcarsrule ·
May have to widen my search. Any Weaver 20 In cars out there in Daylight???
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Re: painting pre-war loco?

C W Burfle ·
Without a picture, its impossible to judge the condition. Anyway, it's your train, and you should do as you please. I prefer to leave things in their original finish, scratches and all.
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Re: painting pre-war loco?

Lee Willis ·
I've repainted most of those i own that are badly scratched, etc. I strip the paint and prime them. On something like that, with scratches, I would first use Rusoleum gray auto body primer rattel cans. It is a good paint that dries thick, fills small scratches and sands well, then sand carefully with #400 afterward until smooth. if you have scratches visible through the primer after spraying, use Bondo Auto Glaze filler, the type not labeled as "professional' grade (professional grade is the...
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Re: painting pre-war loco?

TrainLarry ·
Paints that match our trains are available from several dealers, such as Hennings and George Tebolt . Cans and jars for airbrushing, and spray cans are available. Many hobbyists use brake fluid to strip off old paint. There are also a few people that do custom paint jobs if you want to go that route. Larry
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Spider82 ·
Thanks for the tips! I removed the trucks and the roof panels, and kept the lithographed body as is. A six hour bath of evapo rust removed ALL of the surface rust completely, and the roller pickups are clean and roll again. For the roof panels, a 9 hour bath removed all rust and all paint - it worked as well as boiling it in Tide. The almost junk car now has a new life. You guys are great! Thank you.
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Doug Murphy ·
Patrick, I was in the same 'boat' as you - without a lot of cash for the hobby and a lot of 3 ft long pieces of 027 track - which is pretty inexpensive new but I still wanted to redeem them if I could to increase the length of a layout run. So I rubbed a scotchbrite pad across the top, and also used a dremel-style motor tool too (sanding or scouring the top of the rails). I left the sides, etc the way they were. The track wasn't very far gone to begin with. But this worked.
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Adriatic ·
Thanks for the timeline. We can see now it does have a varying effect and can lift some paints. I "spot work" more, and do less dunking.
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

riki ·
Good grief!!! The best, easiest and cheapest way to remove rust from track is with a bench grinder with a wire wheel. I've cleaned many pieces of track that were dirty and rusted that, for a minute or two were run through the bench grinder wire wheel, came out looking like brand new. I've saved one model train owner hundreds of dollars in not buying new track. It is only the top middle rail (for electrical pick up) and the two outside rails (for ground) that need to be "clean". While the...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Prewar Pappy ·
There's many good ideas posted here. I recommend to the OP, approach all with caution. What worked for one person might yield disaster for you. Many of these are used by those with years of experience. If you have a piece that is a rare or hard to find. I strongly recommend that you hire a professional to perform the work correctly. This is my opinion based upon many years of experience in this wonderful hobby.
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Adriatic ·
Riki, I'm not sure you've seen track from the "rust belt". Your pin joints might rust causing "death" to some track faster than the rail tops need work. 5 years of no use in a garage, basement, or attic can leave some looking like WEMDD's wheels. A chemical solution would be great.(hey that's punny) A hobby bench grinder does a decent job topside. But a bump & grab will tear apart 0-27, and your finger tips on my Thor . I found a good Scotch-brite tool. Two 5"or 6" wheels doubled on a...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Spider82 ·
Has anyone used evapo rust on an entire standard gauge wheel set, truck, or car? It sounds too good to be true. I am rehabbing a standard passenger car with lots of surface rust on all of the nickel parts. It would be great if I can immerse the whole car.
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brr ·
I have never tried it on a prewar car, or postwar for that matter. I'm restoring a 1966 Mustang, and have used it on hundred's of fasteners, painted parts, chrome plated parts, and parts that still have "soft" parts on them such as plastic and rubber bushings. Never had a problem with Evapo-rust damaging any of the above. I've used it on postwar trucks, and it didn't remove the finish. The only thing that might happen is some of the paint may flake off around any rust you can see, because...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Firewood ·
Originally Posted by Adriatic: Evapo-rust. I think I've seen it at Lowes, Wall-mart, and more. Soak, agitate, soak, overnight if you like. Tinplate guys like it because it doesn't do anything but remove rust & clean the paint a little. Citrus based. I used it, and a plastic bristle brush, on a rusty Marx set, all 7 in an afternoon. Gets pits clean too once rust thins. Mostly soak time. I will definitely use it again. My vote goes to Evapo-Rust also. Just be careful if you are aware of...
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Adriatic ·
I'm glad this came up again. I have had an issue with a Marx M-10000 Denver tin plate set. With a long overnight soak it did soften paint. And to the point it could be pushed off with finger pressure. The strange thing is, it only happened on one side of each car. I suspect some kind of electrolysis action doing multiples, because I did 2 batches of four, upside down and side by side, and two cars were not affected. I say it is to be used with some caution now. Previously I did one at a...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Moonman ·
Originally Posted by Patrick Kazy: Thank you everyone! I would like to restore my track because i am sort of broke. I am only 18yrs old and a senior in high school. I will definitely look at that website though Just clean the tops of the rails and the pins. That will get you running. Scotch Brite. Pads.
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Rayin"S" ·
I like the suggestions for saving this old track or other rusted pieces, we live in too much of a throw away society. All of my track, save a few that sneaked through is 50- 70 year old Gilbert track. Ray
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Spider82 ·
Thanks everyone for your guidance. I'm redoing a Flyer West Point car. The price and condition make it an easy decision to restore. From what you have said, I will start with Evapo-rust on only the nickel couplers and wheel sets, and maybe a few other parts. The roof will need to be stripped and painted. I don't want to mess up the lithography on the car body. I got it really cheap, and the goal is to make it a runner that looks good from three feet away. I appreciate the help.
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Adriatic ·
Is it an early AF? Later paints are much more likely to be immune. It really is a gentle product, but those early paints could even be water based. The paint industry had a move to much better products as a whole. If I hadn't soaked overnight, it would have likely been fine. I was repainting anyhow, the rust was very deep on the M-10000 set. The six inchers were average in the rust dept. But soaked hours. If it has paint on the inside you might try it there.
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TrainLarry ·
Light rust removal can be accomplished with a ScothBrite pad (not sandpaper). For heavier rust removal, and to get into the rail ends where the steel pins go, using electrolysis is the best way to go. Electrolysis is what causes oxidation in the first place, and electrolysis is used to remove it. It is the method used by museums and restoration companies. Easy to set up and inexpensive, it will get track, trains, and anything else rust free in a short time without damaging good metal, and...
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the train yard ·
There is a product that I recall using in the boat yard I once worked at. Anyway, this stuff removed rust instantly. I used it on propellers. Which if one tried to clean the rust any other way......they would be there for ever. Anyway, a boat store or perhaps Loews or Home Depot would carry the product. Though I am not sure if it can be used for this delicate work. Perhaps a small amount with a small regular hobby brush will do the trick. Anyway, I cannot recall the name, but it is very...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

cjack ·
Originally Posted by the train yard: There is a product that I recall using in the boat yard I once worked at. Anyway, this stuff removed rust instantly. I used it on propellers. Which if one tried to clean the rust any other way......they would be there for ever. Anyway, a boat store or perhaps Loews or Home Depot would carry the product. Though I am not sure if it can be used for this delicate work. Perhaps a small amount with a small regular hobby brush will do the trick. Anyway, I cannot...
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Re: Best way to remove rust?

Adriatic ·
Evapo-rust. I think I've seen it at Lowes, Wall-mart, and more. Soak, agitate, soak, overnight if you like. Tinplate guys like it because it doesn't do anything but remove rust & clean the paint a little. Citrus based. I used it, and a plastic bristle brush, on a rusty Marx set, all 7 in an afternoon. Gets pits clean too once rust thins. Mostly soak time. I will definitely use it again.
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brr ·
Evapo-rust. It only removes rust. It won't remove paint, plating, or grease, and it will get inside the rails during the soaking process. May have to soak for a couple of days. It's safe on your hands, and is reusable.
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L.I.TRAIN ·
Totally agree! Originally Posted by SJC: As for track, my method of choice is throw it out and buy new track. Tubular is readily available and cheap enough that cost isn't much of a deterrent.
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rockstars1989 ·
I agree with SJC.Throw it out and get new track.The rust will keep coming back.Not worth the time and aggravation.Besides it is fun to come home with a box of new track.Nick
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Adriatic ·
Previously I did a dunk in muriatic acid too. Pre war & marx. 4 years, no issues. But they have a point on price. I was getting 30" for under $5ea. Bought for the same "low buck" build at the LHS .
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