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by Bufferstop
Thu May 06, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from America
Replies: 8
Views: 62

Re: Hello from America

Welcome to the forum, we have a few States side modellers, who model UK 00 gauge models. I suppose if you don't want to specifically model the UK scene, working in H0 with US designs is going to be easier and less expensive, I hesitate to say cheaper modern models are very good compared to what was ...
by Bufferstop
Wed May 05, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: DonB's Loft Layout: Ruddington GCR
Replies: 265
Views: 74739

Re: DonB's Loft Layout: Ruddington GCR

Doesn't have to be over and out Don, you are just entering the "armchair" phase for planning the next one. You'll find yourself assessing every space you look at in terms of what could fit in there.

Stay safe and All the Best.
John W.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 177
Views: 21589

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

PS: Layout era is about mid-fifties until the end of steam.

So your zebra crossing has only recently been installed/upgraded. On of those useful little snippets for embellishing your back story when you get visitors.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: locomotive "full service"
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: locomotive "full service"

it now goes like a bomb despite having one of my zombie x04's with the paper clip brush holders newly installed in it. I can visualise an X03/4 brush spring made from a paper clip, what I have difficulty with is the malleability of paper clip steel. can you make it sufficiently springy enough to ma...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?

If you are looking for new/recently released items the only advantage is that you can usually inspect things before you buy, prices will be in line with box shifters/on-line traders. Where they are useful is items on the end of run or which haven't generally sold well, there are sometimes bargains t...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 177
Views: 21589

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

Great scenic work! Your flashing Belisha Beacons might be rather new, the first ones were converted to flash in 1952. Until then they had simply been orange balls on the top of the poles. the zebra stripes had been added in the late forties.
by Bufferstop
Sun May 02, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Which Bogies?
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Which Bogies?

Chris, I have oft times pondered the possibility of a funicular in our garden, it's the only sort of garden railway that would work here. Just from experience of modern RTR wagons on not quite horizontal baseboards the problems are likely to come from the lack of a braking system rather than frictio...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Greater Loftchester
Replies: 78
Views: 10305

Re: Greater Loftchester

the time and effort in building track doesn't seem worth it atm, I need to see my trains running to keep my motivation up I spoke to a friend today who has been building his own track for some time. Then he saw some of Peco's Bullhead Streamline. Same tale "there's more to life than sticking c...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!

All suggestions valid, I'd say, First make sure the loco is offering as little resistance as possible, then look to the traction tyres and anything else on the tender that might be draining the motor's effort. Apart from perhaps buying a set of tyres I wouldn't spend any money on it, maybe just a li...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Which Bogies?
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Which Bogies?

FWIW I have attached a text copy of my email. (no I haven't; we are not allowed to attach TXT files here!) No problem Chris Good old DOS era Ctrl/c - Ctrl/V, lets you copy text from an email and paste it here as the following snippet from a random email shows. This email was sent by eBay (UK) Limit...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: stay Alive query
Replies: 17
Views: 344

Re: stay Alive query

Could the real reason be that the website, or the info that it's based on, simply be out of date, the 03/04 models were originally on a split frame chassis which a) takes up too much room in the body for a butchery-less conversion or b) required more butchery than they were prepared to do to a new m...
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Point Motor Wiring layout
Replies: 45
Views: 1779

Re: Point Motor Wiring layout

I looked back at the start of this thread and E2E's comment that he failed at the first hurdle because your method started on the un ballasted board. Assuming the slot was big enough and reasonably aligned it should be possible to drill the two 1mm holes through the ballast then proceed as you expla...
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Replacing the motor in a Dapol 14xxx engine
Replies: 4
Views: 219

Re: Replacing the motor in a Dapol 14xxx engine

Afraid I can't help, in fact I had to google Dapol N gauge 14xx, didn't realise they did one and wanted to be sure this wasn't a missposted query for the "built by everyone but Bachmann", 00 scale one. Rotate the motor by hand whilst checking for continuity, some motors are series wound an...
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: advice required
Replies: 12
Views: 257

Re: advice required

I don't know how big, complex, small or simple the layout you started was going to be. Try starting a very small layout, just a tiny station running out to a dead end, no more than 3 points about four feet long and a foot wide. Take it step by step and don't move on until you are perfectly happy wit...
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N and 3D pen!
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: N and 3D pen!

Oh they will be disappointed, 0.7mm means a 2.8inch rivet in 4mm scale, I doubt they didn't even use them that big on the Titanic. They'll just have to carry on hitting the metal on the reverse side with a hammer and blunt nail. :D

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