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by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench
Replies: 139
Views: 6699

Re: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench

When I have tried those motors matched to steel and brass gears, the extra friction in the gears raises the starting voltage, negating any speed reduction the gears might provide. The plastic chassis, with nylon gears and a low powered motor is actually a very well executed bit of cost engineering. ...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Resin casting
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Resin casting

I've not done any myself, but this guy supplies the stuff from his website, and has a tutorial for it. I'll apologise in advance for his ideas on web site layout :oops:
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Dimensions from a photograph
Replies: 20
Views: 310

Re: Dimensions from a photograph

One method I've used at times is to take a copy of the photograph into "Paint Shop Pro" ( other photo manipulation software is available ) and use the perspective correction feature to square up the wall facing the camera. Once I'm happy that the elevation is square, I save a copy, which I...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench
Replies: 139
Views: 6699

Re: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench

The worms and gears of the Triang designed twin worm motor bogie will fit but I've found that a new nylon worm and gear is a better bet. It's difficult to see the wear on the nylon but replacing with genuinely new ones does make a difference.
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: R6809; Which Era/Year?
Replies: 7
Views: 110

Re: R6809; Which Era/Year?

R6809 looks to me to be one of the ex Hornby-Dublo/Wrenn/Dapol/Hornby-Railways wandering wagons. According to "Hornby Dublo Trains" by Michael Foster the 21T hopper wagon was introduced in October '63. Photo's of genuine HD made models, Oct 63 to April 64 or thereabouts, have a smaller pan...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench
Replies: 139
Views: 6699

Re: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench

It's a shame about that original motor, far better made than the later tin cans, it was a Johnson motor but it was wound for use in Scalextric cars, no wonder it went like a bat out of hell. There's an alternative set of gears if you can find them, the worm and gears from the original Hymek. They ar...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations

There's far more to laying track than most people anticipate, reverse curves or 'S's being one problem, I know, I couldn't avoid one, it's immediately at the end of a platform. City of Truro with its outside flying cranks manages it no problem, Rood Ashton Hall bashes its cylinder on the top of the ...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Removing Smoker's Stench
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: Removing Smoker's Stench

Yes repeated washing of the wagon should get rid of it, but I fear the box will be hard to improve. Paper and card seem to have the capacity to hold the smell for years. My wife is an examiner and for a number of years the project work from a school in K*******d arrived in a parcel which always reek...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dean Goods, next loco from Oxford Rail
Replies: 29
Views: 1619

Re: Dean Goods, next loco from Oxford Rail

Let us hope that the voices of a few diehards does not drown out the praise for this locomotive. Oxford Rail should be given support for their product releases. I think Oxford are to be commended for entering the model rail market, they can't have been unaware of problems in satisfying such a diver...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest on Hornby takeover/buyout
Replies: 25
Views: 454

Re: Latest on Hornby takeover/buyout

They both behaved as though the other didn't exist. Meccano tried to limit sales to one established shop (often a toy shop) per town, whilst Rovex were happy to supply Triang to any shop who wanted to sell them, (frequently small model shops who Meccano wouldn't supply) the only form of control they...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations

Many years ago I pursuaded a Triang motor bogie complete with twin worms and knurled wheels to negotiate a six inch radius curve of Wrenn flexible track, code 126 IIRC. All it had to carry was a double decker tram body and the noise was deafening, but it went round every time. With rails that size a...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout
Replies: 348
Views: 31033

Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Re storage, if you are going to lay stock on its side, it would be better to have a sheet of tissue paper under it, just in case there's any interaction between the plastic of the bubble wrap and the finish on the stock. If you are in any doubt about the tissue paper look for the stuff that wedding ...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench
Replies: 139
Views: 6699

Re: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench

I picked up a really smooth running chassis at a small exhibition in Harrogate. Looking for body to adorn it I found a dome with its flared base damaged, a GWR safety valve bonnet and part of a smokebox with chimney attached. The simplest body I could envisage was a short pannier tank, so that's wha...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Radius 1 based layout and locomotive limitations

As you say Geoff same model same manfufacturer different results. If there is any manufacturing trait then it's with back to back dimensions Hornby tending to be tight Bachmann to be wide, but you can't put down anything specific. I don't know if you know this but many people don't the Triang or Tri...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest on Hornby takeover/buyout
Replies: 25
Views: 454

Re: Latest on Hornby takeover/buyout

George I think you are pretty close to the hub of the matter. Both Hornby as in Hornby Dublo and Triang behaved as though there was no other manfacturer in existence, yet alone competition. This was a particularly short sighted approach as a large part of their sales was in single items for the mode...

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