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There’s little more frustrating in the mind of a model railroader than reaching for a wood or styrene strip to apply to a component of a railroad, only to find that you’re short of the size you need. This setback goes for all model railroad parts, from plaster patches for landscape shaping to acetate cutouts for windows glazing. Generally, you can either improvise with a slightly different size or wait until the next morning when the hobby shop opens up and you have the chance to buy more. Or, you can opt for a third option: plan ahead and know what you have left of every size of your model railroad parts.
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