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by bike2steam
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: wishlist survey.
Replies: 34
Views: 2080

Re: wishlist survey.

Bigmet wrote: Heljan seem to have found sufficient sales to propel them through the oddball diesel classes for example.


Yes, it's funny how the failures ( Co-Bo's, NB type 1's) can be so popular. :D
by bike2steam
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: wishlist survey.
Replies: 34
Views: 2080

Re: wishlist survey.

It's ok asking for these 'oddballs' but is there a viable market to make it worth while ???? If you were to do your own market research, and the answer is yes, then approach the manufacturers with your proof. 8) I thought that's what the survey is for... :roll: Oh, did it say that in post #1, I mus...
by bike2steam
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: wishlist survey.
Replies: 34
Views: 2080

Re: wishlist survey.

It's ok asking for these 'oddballs' but is there a viable market to make it worth while ???? If you were to do your own market research, and the answer is yes, then approach the manufacturers with your proof. 8)
by bike2steam
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your layou
Replies: 41
Views: 2491

Re: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your l

michaelasc wrote: 45647 Sturdee, which was the last Jubilee I saw in BR days


Last 'cop' of the class for me, saw it at Chester General on a Leeds to Llandudno passenger working, but saw ( again, and again) 'Bahamas' a few times at Stockport Edgeley after that.
by bike2steam
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your layou
Replies: 41
Views: 2491

Re: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your l

stuartp wrote:I thought I was doing well with four Black Fives, four Jubilees, three Crabs and three Clans !

Horses for courses, just depends on your own requirements to run your own layout. :)
by bike2steam
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why no DCC starter sets from Hornby/Bachmann?
Replies: 16
Views: 1807

Re: Why no DCC starter sets from Hornby/Bachmann?

as a business academic and management consultant type I dont see a problem with that - All the theory, and no practice, it does help to know a specialist market first hand. Reminds me of my engineering apprenticeship days when the new graduate apprentices came in from university, thought they knew ...
by bike2steam
Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your layou
Replies: 41
Views: 2491

Re: Duplicates: which loco class is most prominent on your l

Because I operate a specific location and time period, I have locos in just proportion to what was present in the area allocations and seen working in. Same rule applies here, but totally different area( mostly freight). With classes dominated by;- 10 - 4F's 8 - Black 5/ 8F's 6 - Standard 5 5 - Cra...
by bike2steam
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why no DCC starter sets from Hornby/Bachmann?
Replies: 16
Views: 1807

Re: Why no DCC starter sets from Hornby/Bachmann?

Bufferstop wrote: It may be that execs with a poor understanding of model railways and virtually no understanding of digital electronics


It is my understanding that NO ONE at the top echelons at Hornby is a model railway enthusiast.
by bike2steam
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Craftsman models
Replies: 3
Views: 1249

Re: Craftsman models

Which 'Craftsman' are you after ? 'End2end means the Wills 'Craftsman' ( or the more difficult plastic building kits), or do you mean these;-
http://www.craftsmanmodels.co.uk/
formerly under the guidance of Warwick Models along with SMP track.
by bike2steam
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Dapol kits- any good?
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Dapol kits- any good?

Depends on your ability, but they do need 'tweaking', and detailing to make them look good as they are a bit dated. I have recently used 16 Dapol kits to put together two Stanier main-line rakes, they'll do 'till something better comes along, :)
by bike2steam
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Plywood Baseboard, will it delaminate with ballast or not
Replies: 12
Views: 1257

Re: Plywood Baseboard, will it delaminate with ballast or no

Modern good quality exterior ply is as good as marine ply, but don't buy cheap rubbish from diy stores, get it from a reputable timber merchant. I make my baseboards from 9mm thick ply, and when the job is done, slap on a good coat of sanding-sealer. I don't use pva for ballast, but use thinned wate...
by bike2steam
Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Class 23 pics
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: Class 23 pics

Yes, noisy, dirty (2-) 'strokers'.
by bike2steam
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Class 23 pics
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: Class 23 pics

:) As a kid, trainspotting around London in the early '60's, you could always see more 'Baby Deltics' under repair at Stratford sheds than was either on shed at 34G or working from KX. Funny that all the 'hopeless' early diesel classes were either shedded at Stratford, always under repair there, or ...
by bike2steam
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Baltic tank
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Southern Baltic tank

That and the Robert Whitelegg GSWR baltics are by far the most handsome tank engines ever to grace our rails. One of the biggest railway crimes IMO was the destruction of Remembrance. That, Valour and Patriot should never have been vandalized/destroyed. Not when you consider what they represented. ...
by bike2steam
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Baltic tank
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Southern Baltic tank

I used Gibson side frames ( LM1-230) for the chassis I built on my LBSC baltic tank. It sits permanently in my display case ( next to a W class), as I 'stole' the motor ( Mashima 1628) for an ex GW 72xx kit :) As others have mentioned, you can use the old ( pre-tender drive) Hornby Flying Scotsman c...

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