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  2. Kiha66

    Bloggers, what Blog software/services do you use?

    I don't have a blog myself, but blogspot seems somewhat popular for rail modelers. Two useful US blogs I follow for SP info https://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/ http://nightowlmodeler.blogspot.com/ These two are by fellow JNS member Brad http://palisadecanyonrr.blogspot.com/ http://tokyo-in-nscale.blogspot.com/
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  4. chadbag

    DHL issues

    (This is US based experience) I've filed 3 times for small claims court. Twice against Compaq (first was settled before appearing -- second came from their badly written agreement on the first and that one went to court but ended up being settled). Once against Amazon (I sold on Amazon and they cancelled my account [unjustly in my opinion] and wanted to hold any funds I had from sales for like 180 or 240 days or something stupid (they settled without going to court). When going against a large company, most of the time they won't appear if the value of the claim is re
  5. roadstar_na6

    Bloggers, what Blog software/services do you use?

    It's controversial but I think tumblr is actually a nice platform to use for stuff like this. You can html-code the whole thing to your liking and follow others at the same time to get inspired.
  6. I've decided I'm going to start a blog. It's really mostly for myself as a way to keep track of techniques and information. I tend to learn, forget, and relearn before things really sink in. I use many of my threads here as a kind of breadcrumb guide to follow on my second or third pass through a subject. But it can be messy, and often it's hard to remember where I had recorded something. So I think a blog might be the answer. Having it open would be useful too as I might occasionally receive some advice from anyone who finds the site by accident. I'm going to start researching sit
  7. lukewang01

    Bandai B-Train Shorty

    Old T trucks have a higher resistance. Takes a bit more juice to get them going.
  8. gavino200

    Arduino Projects Thread

    Making a permanent board and housing for it will be a fun project too. The censor distance will be 9cm according to the sketch. I'm going to wait on the sensor housing until I've decided what scenery or building I'm going to build it into. The Yukari permanent circuit has a capacitor that looks like it's attached to either the 5V or the 0 power supply line. Assuming that will protect from power fluctuations. I'll add that too. For the moment I'm going to put this project aside and continue learning. Thanks @Madsing for publishing your ideas and techniques!!!
  9. gavino200

    Arduino Projects Thread

    Thanks. It lives!!! First successful Arduino project!! I'm super happy.
  10. Madsing

    Arduino Projects Thread

    On the Arduino Nano, SDA (i2c serial data) is on the pin A4, and SCL (i2c serial clock) is on the pin A5.
  11. gavino200

    DHL issues

    Interesting. I can't imagine ever having the time to go to small claims court. But I'm curious, what's it like? How does the process go? I only do the sig release because I live in the boons and I haven't heard of any porch bandits here. I probably wouldn't do that in a real city.
  12. chadbag

    DHL issues

    Its the kind of thing that I would take them to small claims court for if a package was damaged or goes missing -- especially if you don't do their "signature release" thing. With your history of contacting them you'd have something to stand on. Especially if they dont show up, which is likely.
  13. gavino200

    DHL issues

    I always do the signature release, and they consistently leave the package on my doorstep, so it's no company-wide. You might want to talk to the delivery guy. Or obnoxiously video him as he does a delivery. Or perhaps show up in person at the depot to tell the above story. I had similar issues with the USPS and that (minus the video) was how it went away. I wouldn't worry about pissing him off. He couldn't really do worse. He won't dare to disappear your packages. My two cents.
  14. I've got mine! 😁 https://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/n/97904.html
  15. bill937ca

    DHL issues

    The delivery partner here has changed from Loomis, a long established courier company somewhat equivalent to UPS or Purolator to a ow level delivery service. This could still be part of TFI International.
  16. Martijn Meerts

    "Japanese town spends Covid funds on huge squid statue"

    He's already infiltrated the staff, pretty soon he'll set up a new rule on the forum, you're only allowed in if you own the squid train o.O
  17. BalticRailways

    Baltic railways

    Private company "Gargzdu Gelezinkelis" owned freight diesel locomotive 2TE116-1679 between Paneriai - Vaidotai stations, Lithuania
  18. cteno4

    DHL issues

    Over the last year or so of covid my use of DHL has of course shot up. Mostly been fast and not any major issues, but recently it sort of went off the rails. They have always been spotty about collecting a signature, but a since Covid started they have stopped asking for signatures all together. When I asked about this DHL would not say they have stopped asking for signatures, a bit of a concern with their pretty much no insurance, but our front door is pretty safe just odd they will not say if it’s the delivery person deciding this or DHL policy. the real issue started when they t
  19. Hi guys, Hoping that some of you could help or point me in the right direction, I’m looking to update my Kato Eurostar 10-1295/10-1296 from the old Eurostar logo/branding to the latest stylised logo/branding which was running for a few years before the Class 373 got repainted as the E300’s. I’ve got the vectors for the Eurostar logos and since they would only be going on the power units and a small window on each coach, in theory it shouldn’t be too hard if it was a decal. Does anyone have any ideas on who I could approach, or know anyone I could discuss th
  20. I forgot to mention one issue that inobu mentioned with vacuum cleaning is that you can get lots of dust blow around with vacuuming depending where the exhaust is pointed out your vacuum. Our old vac shot is straight at the floor which tended to blow any stuff on the floor everywhere! Use to have to chase dog hair dust bunnies around the room in some places as they vac was sending out such a current of air over the floor. Replaced it with a hepa canister model that shoots the exhaust more up into the air where it doesn’t blast a lot of surfaces hard like the old one blasting the floor. Ultimat
  21. Yavianice

    Kato N Gauge Hong Kong-Canton Railway

    Have you tried to ask a KATO representative for these spare parts? Since the RE460 is sold also through Lemke for European distribution, they -usually- also have spare parts available (at least the smaller internal parts), since they re-released the RE460 not THAT long ago. You could try sending them an e-mail. See here https://www.lemkecollection.de/de/servicepartner TIP: Ask them specifically about replacement parts for an RE460, probably they don't know about the KTT, but I can confirm that the KTT and the RE460 is exactly the same under the hood (apart from the couplers).
  22. Now I gotta start on making a squid train… jeff
  23. cteno4

    Kato N Gauge Hong Kong-Canton Railway

    Yeah unfortunately usually the best you can do is replace the whole motor, rarely do you find n scale motor brushes and other sub parts for sale and some motors are sealed so you can’t even get at them. Good news is I’ve never had a motor go out in any of my Japanese trains in 25+ years of collecting them. At worst yes you could get a whole new power chassis and transplant the shell. best of luck! jeff
  24. Yes hepa air cleaners do cut down a lot on the dust. Good thing is a lot of the big dust particles are trapped by the foam prefilter which are inexpensive to replace as soon as you see them get coated well (some you can rinse out others not). hepa filter gets the tiny stuff and are expensive to replace but they last a year if you change out the prefilter when they get crap accumulated on them. For my wife’s health we’ve had to have them in some of the more used rooms and there is a very noticeable decrease in surface dust about 10-12’ radius of the air filter in a room. The rooms with
  25. Do the flashlight test an look for the area that has the most activity. You will most likely find the ingress of dust. Inobu
  26. Yeah, my room is also constantly dusty. It really shows on my model cars and other hobby stuff I have on my desk. I just learnt to live with it and dust off my models from time to time. I wonder if one of those air cleaner thingies would help though. But anyway, as I can't do much about the cause - I mean my room will always be dusty - I will just try to keep the rails and the wheel clean. For the wheels I will order a Soft-Kun wheel cleaner, and as for the rails, I will probably keep cleaning them manually - after all, my layout is not that big for now. I'm still hopin
  27. Dinosbacsi

    Bandai B-Train Shorty

    Talking about Bandai chassises, what are your guys experience with older T trucks versus the newer T-Kai chassises? I'm asking because, as I've wrote about it in my previous posts, my 205 series has T-Kai chassis, while my 103 series has original chassis with replaced T trucks. And my 103 series seems to derail a bit more, compared to the 205, which never has problems. It looks like the older T trucks seem to behave worse when being pushed from behind. For example, as it goes around in my small loop layout, there is a 117mm radius curve where the front car's rear truck
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