Motor show route and wagons.

The practical way of exposure to take a picture of your Ho (or N or O if you wish, it is enough to adapt the rails and the plate of presentation in function ...).
Very easy to make, light, easily transportable to be positioned in any place, to have the backdrop you want (campaign, near a station, on your network ...).
This is a method that you can also apply to achieve the [...]

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Patina of the track

Patina of the way. We have already discussed here the patina of the walls, but never that of the rails.
This is part of the sometimes a little daunting tasks that require patience and application.
You bring more or less care (super detailing) depending on the model (diorama or large network)
Obviously it will be easier for those who have an airbrush. A compressor stroke (brown paint) and the turn is [...]

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The needle lever ABE 28

I put in place the controls for the 4 needles of the modules. I chose for this simple levers counterweight.
After reflection my choice turned to the needle levers ABE 44 (belle époque workshop). They are delivered in a small plastic bag with inside, a foldable notice and two clusters of brass parts. One includes hooves, the other levers and counterweights.
Drilling each lever [...]

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Ballasting of Hoe lanes

The treatment of the tracks ... first the rails ...
Before the ballasting ... It is necessary to ask them, to stick them and to check that everything works correctly.
Coloration
On the ground, the rails are old and rusty, the wooden sleepers are for a lot ... very tired.
I will paint the sides of the rails (2 inside and 2 outside). I use for this painting in Humbrol 70 (mat) pot that I patiently apply with my little one, [...]

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HO relief for modules.

The way is laid ... the needles are tested ... everything is fine.
We must now move to relief. This relief HO must be simple to achieve and especially lightweight to allow easy transport modules.
The relief of module 2 is made with pieces of expanded polystyrene, that of module 1 with strips of cardboard.
The manufacture of relief Ho ...
I cut strips of cardboard, about 2 cm wide, [...]

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Ramma Modules 2015, The Way

I go to the laying of the track on the 2 modules HOe Ramma 2015. It is about narrow way PECO 80, 9mm for the width. I use flexible way.
The needles…
They were put in position at the desired locations at first. It is about electrofrog needles, the heart (metal) will be fed according to the position of the needle to not have inadvertent stop of the motor. Under the […]

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Tillig 86112 engine, how to wire it

For the needle motors, Ramma modules, I have a total of 4 needles to motorize.
I thought, at first, to make manual orders. But then I hesitated between different engines, like the PL10 Peco that I used for the network, the Lematec engines that I told you about on the Facebook page ...
I finally opted for the engine Tillig 86112, it is quite expensive in the trade, but there, [...]

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Clean the rails efficiently.

The very forbidding thing is cleaning the rails!
Yes it's true ... we never talk about it, but it's one of the repetitive actions of the rail model maker.
It's always difficult, do not damage the scenery, do it properly if the motor stops in the middle, it's really not really fun to do and yet ... it must stick!
I start on the subject following a question that was [...]

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Peco needles, how to wire them well

The network was previously equipped with Peco insulfrog needles, needles for the circulation of fast trains (tractors or railcars that sometimes run at speed, scale, a TGV as can be seen on some videos ).
In our case, few tracks = network of maneuvers, which imply speeds sometimes very slow ... 
The problem with the Peco insulfrog needles (which do not have polarization of the heart [...]

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HO platforms, How to do

Establishment of the docks for our two stations. Quays located across the main track and siding.
After having made a template of the future stations (PO of Architecture and passion) each dock is made in depron (2 superimposed thicknesses of 6mm) engraved for the borders, except for the way of stop of railcar for the station of St Antonin the wall was engraved [...]

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The HO loop of the network N°1

It's time to complete the loop, to make the HO loop of the network to finally ... the turn!
In the last article the support board was laid on squares. The cork underlay to accommodate the tracks (same thing in the underground station) is put in place.

The track will be doubled on this "parade route" with two long needles Peco [...]

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Helical loops HO for the network

I am sticking the rails on the helical loops of the network, considering the diameter it is OK for the convoys of transport (cc 72000, BB 66000, locomotives ...) on the other hand ... the convoys with passenger cars and the X2800 one forgets! The problems of place prevents me from making loops 600 mm radius! The rails used are flexible PECO SL 100 of 910 mm, forget about [...]

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