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by Gronk
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: GF class37 Network Rail front lights problem? (#371-468)
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: GF class37 Network Rail front lights problem? (#371-468)

I had similar with a different 37. Remove the body shell and clean the contacts to the PCB at each end. also check they are making contact properly, you could try bending the contacts out slightly.

Having said all of that, my 37 actually had the PCB in the cab ends fail...
by Gronk
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:06 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Foam Board Info Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Foam Board Info Wanted

I used foam board on a removable tunnel section and after painting the inside with acrylic paint found that it warped. Painting the other side helped a little but I personally would not use it as a track bed.
by Gronk
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Class 101 .
Replies: 30
Views: 5879

Re: Class 101 .

It isn't easy, I'm afraid. I did quite a bit of damage to my 108 when I chipped that, it turned out the body shell had been glued on! :shock: The 101 requires four thumbnails! Try and ease your thumbnail between the body shell and chassis , then lever it off very carefully. I used the little steps b...
by Gronk
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Fitting together N gauge track
Replies: 5
Views: 1535

Re: Fitting together N gauge track

The fishplates can be difficult to slide on, especially if you bent them back and forth to break them up as there might be a slight lip on them as a result.
by Gronk
Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Class 101 .
Replies: 30
Views: 5879

Re: Class 101 .

In case you weren't aware, there is an very small, unmarked on-off switch for the lights on the underside.
by Gronk
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Small Shelf Layout
Replies: 5
Views: 1603

Re: Small Shelf Layout

My layout sits on top of a shelf and I used 34mm x 34mm softwood bracing underneath. This gives enough room for SEEP PM1s. Not sure about Peco motors. There was also enough clearance for my SMD82s, mounted on short spacers to hold them off the baseboard. Incidentally, I used a 44mm x 18 mm on the fr...
by Gronk
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Expansion gap for Peco Code 100
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: Expansion gap for Peco Code 100

Most people seem to recommend leaving a gap, however the reasons for doing so need to be understood before you decide. I will expand on the advice that two respected and knowledgable members have given you; Bufferstop and Flashbang mention their layout's enjoy a fairly constant temperature. My exper...
by Gronk
Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Airbrush help!
Replies: 8
Views: 2642

Re: Airbrush help!

Somewhat cheaper than a compressor, and often overlooked, would be a car wheel and tyre...

Having said that a compressor with a tank would be best, failing that a compressor without a tank.
by Gronk
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: New Baseboard
Replies: 14
Views: 2671

Re: New Baseboard

If this is to be fitted against 3 walls I think you would struggle to reach the corners, even with the hatch... Try measuring how far you can reach... Have you considered turning the layout 90 degrees and using this: http://www.liftturnmove.co.uk/industrial-products/the-layout-lift?category=special-...
by Gronk
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:45 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Xtrackad
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: Xtrackad

I believe if you have serious dedication and willpower you will get the better of this little ... package. Not sure I have either but I am reasonably adept at using it now. But then again I come from a background of using high-end 3d animation and modeling packages and am very used to learning very...
by Gronk
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Xtrackad
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: Xtrackad

I'm sorry, I don't have a guide, but learn the shortcut keys otherwise it is a tedious package to use... But that goes for any CAD package, I have to say...
by Gronk
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Class 101 .
Replies: 30
Views: 5879

Re: Class 101 .

By blue / grey 3 car turned up today... Very nice!

Will post some pics if anyone would like?
by Gronk
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:49 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Baseboard Construction
Replies: 71
Views: 15189

Re: Baseboard Construction

Personally, I used B&Qs timber cutting service for my ply top. I then built the frame to suit. I bought a cheap B&Q electric mitre saw which has been absolutely superb and allowed me to cut very accurately and square. I think the saw cost £35. The cutting service is in any large B&Q ware...
by Gronk
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:40 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: I Love Metcalfe Stuff - But !!
Replies: 21
Views: 4924

Re: I Love Metcalfe Stuff - But !!

I recently have been using Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (the brush tip ones) with my Metcalfe models to colour the white card edges. I bought 4 from Hobbycraft: Cold Grey IV - For slate roof edges, kerbs, etc Cold Grey VI - For anything black Warm Grey III - For stone colour items, e.g. capping st...
by Gronk
Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Baseboard Construction
Replies: 71
Views: 15189

Re: Baseboard Construction

I would recommend use of a pocket hole jig for building your baseboards. Much, much stronger than screwing in to end grain...

+1 glue & screw everything!

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