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by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 28
Views: 639

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I've never thought of Thomas as a way into railway modelling. There seems to me a bit of an age gap between following the Thomas stories and understanding what goes on in main line or heritage railways.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Triang transcontinental referb project (title change)
Replies: 11
Views: 967

Re: Triang transcontinental referb project (title change)

Examine the undersides of the coaches. You'll often finder a finger sized hole, on UK stock sometimes covered by the clipped in truss rods. Useful when trying to push out the roof.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 28
Views: 639

Re: Financial Woes Continue

Wonder if Bachmann will pick it up, they already have most of the models.
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 36
Views: 1031

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

It seems almost as though they design the chassis starting with the assumption of a single worm and gear, which puts the motor into the most space consuming position then move it just enough to squeeze in an extra stage of reduction. A motor mounted horizontally (or vertically for small ones usually...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Base board wood question
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Base board wood question

You have to watch out for deceptive bundling as well. It might look all straight and true till you cut through the wrappings then the twists and bends reappear. It was the poor quality of cut timber that converted me to ply. 6mm thick 100mm deep well screwed and glued with reinforcing blocks along t...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!

Whoops, no doubt just after someone had carefully set all those little clearance indicators on the platform face.
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: NRM 2017 00 'Tour' STARTED
Replies: 265
Views: 9809

Re: NRM 2017 00 'Tour' STARTED

I'm up for one but let's start it in the Autumn when less people are likely to be away on holiday.
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Real Life Use of Polystyrene Blocks for Scenery!

I've seen descriptions of its use in re-building railway embankments, particularly where they have been cut through for new bridges. Using lightweight polystyrene between the sloped off ends of the original embankment and the new abutments, reduces the dead weight that has to be retained. I think a ...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 36
Views: 1031

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

Hornby's UK franchise for TTTE doesn't seem to have been very profitable for them despite using existing models as the basis for much of the range. Could this be because it was over engineered for it's market. Bachmann's US product is engineered down to the toy market but manages to include features...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 36
Views: 1031

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

The commissioning of models by retailer/distributor (the distinction is disappearing) puts the role of the major manufacturers in a different light. Hornby found itself becoming a distributor of scale models despite it's roots in the toy trade, and has at times suffered from a lack of clarity of vis...
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 36
Views: 1031

Re: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos

Well it's been well played with, just four items not already fitted, two coupling hooks and two brake hoses. Looks like the hooks minus chains will fit even with couplers fitted. Running is silky smooth, no trouble dragging the Peckett dead when I pushed a coach a bit too far into the shed. That'll ...
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Base board wood question
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Base board wood question

Alex if the access to the unused bits of your loft is going to be under the baseboards, look to tying them down as well as supporting them. The number of times I have bashed my back or shoulders against the bottom of the baseboards (usually on the edges) makes me glad the supports were screwed down ...
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons P and Barclay, two small locos
Replies: 36
Views: 1031

Re: Hattons Barclay, Katie's arrived

A box in the post today, here it is Hatton' Andrew Barclay "Katie", I'm off to play, no more sense from me today, old, small and quirky fits my preference profile totally.
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by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: WHAT A GREAT COMPANY
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: WHAT A GREAT COMPANY

Two lessons successful companies have learned, "Good enough isn't" and "a delighted customer is worth a hundred satisfied ones!"
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Base board wood question
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Base board wood question

It's a bit light, my preference is to go for thinner and deeper, but it might be useful for the secondary bits in an open frame construction.

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