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by George Stein
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: An odd repackaging ???
Replies: 2
Views: 208

An odd repackaging ???

Writing from the USA. Recently purchased (forget where) seven PO wagon kits in Cambrian packaging with Cambrian instructions labeled as "RCH P.O. 7 plank End Door." However, looking at the Cambrian website, there is no such kit. Comparing the kit with a Peco (ex-Parkside) model, the kit pa...
by George Stein
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Little Jemmy Point Motors - Fawn Electronics
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Little Jemmy Point Motors - Fawn Electronics

May not be exactly what you're looking for, but search "Mole" and "Mole II" at the USA company "Proto87Stores." No connection to company.

George
North Carolina
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: 193

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: 523

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: 213

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: 532

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: 60
Views: 2235

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: 27
Views: 1105

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: 90
Views: 4256

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: 680

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: 318

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: 318

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: 1123

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: 523

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: 898

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...

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