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by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: New / Old

Hi Dublo welcome to the forum. A familiar story. Given the technology of the time HD produced some very good models that cost too much to make even at the prices they charged so it was inevitably going to come to and end, so hang on to those models you have and enjoy them.
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Edgware GN,
Replies: 287
Views: 29914

Re: Edgware GN,

I tried stainless steel garden lights the other day, failed, to thin, it bent and buckled when I tried to use a pipe cutter, and a diamond saw left ragged edges, Exactly the same experience! Plastic water pipe is ok if you can keep it straight, I used PVC wastepipe for a large saddletank, sanding t...
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 50
Views: 1039

Re: Financial Woes Continue

If they retrain any Railroad items it's likely to be those with the tools in the best condition and those that already have new mechanisms. Anything needing money spent on it is likely to be pensioned off. Unless some small outfit pops up and takes it on. They don't have a G&R Wrenn to unload th...
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering Station
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: Soldering Station

It's reading the temperature ok, it's just not regulating, Goes on getting hotter even after it starts beeping at 50 degrees above the set temperature, so I think it's the switching rather than the sensing or heating that's the problem.
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering Station
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Soldering Station

My soldering station has gone beserk, doesn't shut off when it reaches the set temperature, then bleeps like crazy when it's about 50 degrees over. Time for a new one methinks, anyone got a recommendation, mainly used for wiring and turned bit of metal to be joined, but the ability to turn it down f...
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 50
Views: 1039

Re: Financial Woes Continue

Earliest memory of not quite Thomas. Thomas didn't figure in the Rev's first book, I can remember our teacher reading it to us in my first year at school. Would have been 1949/50. It was quite some time before I then discovered Thomas. Print runs were very restricted due to paper shortages and the b...
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digital power
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: Digital power

When it happened to mine the button completely disintegrated. I managed to replace it with one rescued from a defunct radio/alarm. Just had to leave out the rubber button and let it stick up through the hole.
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 50
Views: 1039

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I think Mattel just pushed the license cost beyond Hornby's means. There's a limit to what parents will pay for toys and I think Thomas has been living on borrowed time for a while now. The Heritage organisations are starting to reconsider Days out with Thomas, as well, the demand for child protecti...
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Flickr agrees to takeover
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Flickr agrees to takeover

How much longer Flickr remains free and allows "IMG" links must now be in doubt since it has agreed to be taken over by Sugmug see here but big on pictures light on detail.
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 39
Views: 1238

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

The trouble with land based systems is lack of synchronisation, particularly is you may wish to use different locos from time to time. I wonder if the BBC ever sells off old "jingle machines" just load it up with spot sound effects.
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Edgware GN,
Replies: 287
Views: 29914

Re: Edgware GN,

Echo Jim 's comments manna . The use of lolly sticks is interesting, so much so that I have taken the liberty of infringing your copyright in copying your post to this thread: https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=52596 On the way home yesterday I was siting back let...
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digital power
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: Digital power

Don't let anyone tell you lead alloy solder is banned, illegal or no longer made. It's still available and legal for you to use yourself. You aren't allowed to let an employee use it and it's not considered safe for large scale production methods. The only change I've made to my working practise is ...
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 39
Views: 1238

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

It would make sense, as this sort of loco mainly shuffles back and forth in a relatively small area. You'd have to get recordings of a small shunter though, anything else would sound a bit daft.
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica
Replies: 12
Views: 409

Re: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica

When I was young I knew a Glaswegian fitter who worked in Bescot sheds. Last time I saw him he was complaining about this young lad who was working with him who had no interest at all in the trains, always rattling on about pop music. I think about him every time I spot Pete Waterman at the NEC, the...
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help Needed Dating A Livery (Please)
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Help Needed Dating A Livery (Please)

I've long had a suspicion that liveries like this for goods stock were only applied in order to get some initial publicity photographs, and the official framed ones that were put up in the corporate HQ. Beyond that maintaining the livery was of no interest to anyone. I might be entirely wrong but my...

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