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by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another glue question
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Another glue question

I'd go with Pritt stick. poke the spigot end of the whistle into the Pritt then push it into the hole.
If the finish is shiny PVA may not hold well, if it's matt you may end up with a shiny patch around the plaque
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)

CCTs are the grandchildren of the trucks provided in the early days for the nobility to have their personal horsedrawn carriages loaded onto the end of a train. Once they had been persuaded by the provision of more luxurious special saloons to get out of their buggies and enter the train the origina...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old tender drive A4
Replies: 16
Views: 308

Re: Old tender drive A4

It looks to me as though the motor is struggling to produce enough power to push the loco around. It turns the wheels continuously on the rollers but struggles to move the loco. you say it came from Beatties that makes it very old, if it has had long periods of no usage it's likely the magnet is sho...
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 30
Views: 544

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

I've had experience of six wheelers that run OK, with and without being Cleminson. And I really wouldn't judge all RTR 6 wheelers by the standards of the unfortunate Hornby magazine example - which, I should point out, was made by Dapol, not the mag; do you need to guess who was involved in its des...
by Bufferstop
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Old Wrenn loco
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Old Wrenn loco

Just spotted the neodymium magnets. Too powerfull! The motor may overheat trying to turn fast enough to generate sufficient back emf. Look for an alnico block magnet as originally fitted and get it re magnetised. You can't just increase the field strength by a huge amount and not do something about ...
by Bufferstop
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Old Wrenn loco
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: Old Wrenn loco

Is this one of the. "classic" Hornby Dublo mechanisms with a vertical armature. If it is you may need to adjust the top bearing to prevent the armature moving vertically between forward and reverse, the armature should be centred vertically between the pole pieces, Anne the brushes should ...
by Bufferstop
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 30
Views: 544

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

I notice that the blurb says six wheelers will have a sliding centre axle to accommodate tighter curves and it will be easily removable. So they are obviously thinking about the possible problems.
by Bufferstop
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gateside and Northbridge
Replies: 749
Views: 82094

Re: Gateside and Northbridge

Re - the air gap for the insulation, I'd put up a layer of Tyvek breathable roof membrane. It's the green stuff that goes on the roof rafters before the tiling battens. The builders left behind an almost complete roll so I put it down in our garden cabin outside face up. I hadn't got around to trimm...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The VLBR
Replies: 13
Views: 447

Re: The VLBR

You've certainly squeezed your quart and a bit into the pint pot, with small locos and short trains there's plenty of operating potential. The only improvement I would suggest at this stage is a one inch thick batten fastened to the two long edges, to prevent any suicidal leaps by wayward rolling st...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)

It's usually because the transformer laminations are loose. Probably someone's dropped it, or they occasionally come like that. As Roger says get used to it. Whatever you do do not try to cure it by clamping the transformer, it risks creating a "short circuit turn" which is the basis of th...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Mcbuffys (OO, DC, Now End to End, U Shape, Size?? ")
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Mcbuffys (OO, DC, Now End to End, U Shape, Size?? ")

I downloaded a plan to make an applicator using an electric fly swatter, which looks like it could work. Trouble is, I can't find an electric fly swatter! :? Try the Pound Shop. Got swatter and pack of three strainers from there so mine cost £2 and I still have two strainers for hand sieving scatter.
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1062
Views: 67096

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

Much the same as mine works, but not on the layout scale. At the moment I have part finished or "in development" motor bogies, various small locos which although running need various improvements (rebuilds) before I'll call them finished, a set of drawings,and trial 3D prints of small comp...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1062
Views: 67096

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

That's just the one in his garage! He has another in the loft and one that's so big he has to hire a hall to put it all together!
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 48DS first impressions
Replies: 16
Views: 334

Re: 48DS first impressions

If it was at Burnside (just up the Windermere line from Carnforth) it would have been on the internal lines a James Croppers paper works. There have been a couple of PO wagons produced in the Cropper livery.
by Bufferstop
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: operating Ratio Semaphores
Replies: 6
Views: 544

Re: operating Ratio Semaphores

I haven't looked at Ratio 2mm scale signals, but knowing Ratio they will have tried hard to make them true to scale. I think building a working semaphore of approximately the right size but strong enough to operate while still "looking" right should be doable. The fact that the arms move s...

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