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  1. Have you looked at JMRI at all? It has a huge following and support group. Pretty much all aspects of model railway control are already covered. Tim
  2. The free CAD program GIMP may have that feature. Others here may know more. I thought my long ago TurboCAD SW had such a function , but I haven't used it for a decade or more, as it became quite expensive to keep up to date. So I never tried it. Any CAD program that can download a .jpg picture into its workspace and scale it, will give you a head start. Then you can use geometry to make frames you can measure. Tim
  3. No apology needed. It was my mistake in the first place and I should have been paying more attention. I was looking for a close up of the new point blades and point hinging. Tim
  4. Those pictures are of the new UK code 70 Bullhead track. Tim
  5. I think the idea of taking a typical RTR model out of its box and displaying it on the mantelpiece as a "scale model" is rather missing the point of what is scale modelling. Tim
  6. I'm still not sure what this thread is about. :( Tim
  7. The field and range of model railway products has expanded dramatically over the past few decades. For a bricks and mortar only model shop to survive, it needs to hold a ready to supply, stock of all the products it knows it can sell to a walk-in customer. That implies (actually requires) a massively larger inventory to store and finance than it needed in 1970. Just look at the livery and number/name options of even the simplest big two RTR products. The only way to start a B&M model shop today is with a huge monetary investment. Hence the rise of build to order technology,
  8. Using a calendar based on crowdfunding actual delivery dates would be entertaining. Tim
  9. I had been waiting for the N7 to be RTR modeled since 1956. But Hornby Dublo already had one even then, and others since. So no sympathy from me Tim
  10. If you don't want to caught out by model trains and model track not being compatible, it's a good idea to spend a little time finding out out how wheels and track work together to be problem free. The US NMRA website has a brief description that is easy to read and understand. Tim
  11. Sawing through wood isn't difficult for me. It's where the cut wanders off to that is the problem. Tim
  12. Strangely, I don't notice the gauge error of 00. Most of the time I'm only seeing models from the side, so it's not a big deal to me. And 16.5 mm track is plentiful and readily available for quick construction of even complex layouts. Tim
  13. I find the valve gear errors, if any, are eclipsed by the thickness of the steam loco model wheels and deep flanges. They just shout "model" rather than "real" to me. I know it's been very difficult to scale down wheels in the past, but with today's manufacturing technology, it should be pretty straightforward now. Tim
  14. Given the transport layer is basically uni-directional, I don't see much future improvement possible without a complete redesign. Driving trains via cab-view and/or robot drivers would be a tough fit. Tim
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