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by George Stein
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New Tpoic - "A Modest Proposal"
Replies: 1
Views: 155

New Tpoic - "A Modest Proposal"

First, not proposing that we abandon the various track and layout planning already in this forum. Rather a look backwards. Second, we all recognize the pioneering track planning, especially aimed at realistic operation, that C.J Freezer (and others) did in years past. It is also recognized that most...
by George Stein
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"
Replies: 15
Views: 365

Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"

Gentlemen: On the rear of the motor of the Bachmann Rood-Ashton "Hall" is a PCB board with capacitors & spring-like things [chokes??]. Most DCC installation advice (e.g., YouChoos & Buffers) recommends removing the whole assembly to permit mounting the DCC chip vertically behind th...
by George Stein
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Improving road vehicles
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Improving road vehicles

In my OPINION, the best thing to do is to kill the shine with a "satin" or "semi-gloss." "Flat" is too flat as most vehicles retain a slight sheen. Cover the windows with a "school glue" PVA that can be washed off with soap & water. Then use Humbrol "...
by George Stein
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: BBC news article
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: BBC news article

Just out of curiosity, just who (what country, etc.) is Phoenix Asset Management? British, Chinese, Multinational??? Might make a difference in a potential trade war world.
by George Stein
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 61
Views: 1833

Re: Price of a Hobby

Writing from the USA. Very informative discussion. The only, perhaps incorrect, comments I would make regarding the UK prototype market are: (1) I have the impression that part of the rise in prices may have been generated by the demand for "better" models when Bachmann entered the market ...
by George Stein
Wed May 22, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dapol Wagons
Replies: 28
Views: 794

Re: Dapol Wagons

The one tenth of a mm question. In a different context/forum a contributor claimed "the correct back-to-back dimension for Hornby and all recent RTR wheels is 14.4mm, not 14.5mm -- see: http://www.doubleogauge.com/standards/commercialwheels.htm And went on to add that a "14.5mm back-to-bac...
by George Stein
Sun May 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wanton Vandalism of layouts
Replies: 78
Views: 3076

Re: Wanton Vandalism of layouts

Very sad. In the USA it is usually expected that the club/primary host for an event like this will provide an overnight watchman (volunteer club member with an airhorn, cellphone, etc. {and being the USA,sometimes a gun}). While I don't support the gun bit, I believe it prudent for any trademen or v...
by George Stein
Fri May 10, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How Many Brake, or Brake Composites Should I Have ?
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: How Many Brake, or Brake Composites Should I Have ?

Interesting discussion. Now I had always assumed that in the era of steam, second/third class coaches were marshaled close to the locomotive and first class coaches were towards the rear. Point was to spare the rich cinders & soot pre air conditioning. This was done (usually) in the USA and the ...
by George Stein
Wed May 01, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SEEP motors and Peco points
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: SEEP motors and Peco points

Using the PM4 to supply power to frog on Peco electrofrog. Thanks for comments.
by George Stein
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SEEP motors and Peco points
Replies: 5
Views: 231

SEEP motors and Peco points

In your experience, if using SEEP self-latching point motors, is it best to reduce the strain on the motor by removing the locking spring on Peco code 100 points? Thanks.

George
North Carolina
by George Stein
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 14
Views: 866

Re: 57XX body removal

While we're on the subject, I have a Bachmann 57xx (running number 5775) [model number 32-215] in which I have put a TCS "DP2X-UK" 8-pin chip. Runs fine. However, I would love to have sound. As ESU and Zimo UK sound decoders appear unavailable in the USA, I'm asking if anyone among the for...
by George Stein
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thoughts which may help the manufacturers, the trade and the modellers alike.
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: Thoughts which may help the manufacturers, the trade and the modellers alike.

As an American Episcopalian, I actually suspect most modellers are like C of E Anglicans: Catholic or Protestant depending on the influence of the local vicar or bishop -- i.e., their modelling buddies. For example, I am quite happy to buy Railroad Range GWR Collette coaches -- knowing that if I wis...
by George Stein
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Acrylic v. Enamel Paints – your uses/preferences.
Replies: 21
Views: 741

Re: Acrylic v. Enamel Paints – your uses/preferences.

In one sense, this is a question of "de gustibus non est disputandum." In another sense, the answer is "it depends." The real issue for me is always "what paint is best for this specific project?" Painting a Ratio GWR wagon kit is usually a question of using a rattle ca...
by George Stein
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: People on the layout
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: People on the layout

There is a material known (at least in the USA) as "morticians wax." It is also used by museums and art galleries to hold, say, a valuable crystal goblet, etc. to a glass shelf and remain unobtrusive. Easy to use and easy to remove. A drop applied to figure's feet with a toothpick (cocktai...
by George Stein
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: TTS DECODER ,,BIT OF A SURVEY
Replies: 8
Views: 347

Re: TTS DECODER ,,BIT OF A SURVEY

Thinking out of the box speculation. As many DCC discussions suggest removing the "radio noise static suppression" bits to get better DCC running, is this possibly any issue with TTS?

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