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by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Now who should get one of these for Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: Now who should get one of these for Christmas

I like the idea of "muted" activity and background sounds but after a few circuits of the railway the repetitive nature would become boring very, very quickly. Perhaps there should be a sense of randomness in the sound triggering whereby the sound may or may not trigger when the reed switc...
by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crisis point
Replies: 15
Views: 177

Re: Crisis point

Several years ago I had a conversation with a guy who knew of an elderly collector of rare Marklin models. The collector was single and had numerous railway layouts throughout the house. He befriended a young neighbour who had shown an interest in trains and as a gesture left him his train collectio...
by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crisis point
Replies: 15
Views: 177

Re: Crisis point

Problem????? what problem. Women have only two feet and two arms and yet how many pairs of shoes and handbags do they really need?
by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crisis point
Replies: 15
Views: 177

Crisis point

At some point in time we realise that there is just not enough time to attempt to run everything purchased because it either took our fancy or was a bargain too good to pass up. Well, I have reached that point and decided that everything not pre-war GWR will need to be culled (I may weaken and stret...
by GWR_fan
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: General Advice About Scratchbuilding.
Replies: 17
Views: 179

Re: General Advice About Scratchbuilding.

The hardest part when scratchbuilding is that first cut. Once you overcome that initial reluctance then the work flows. My problem is that I get an idea and then set out to build it without plans or drawings, relying on memory. The problem arises when I get the hard work done and the interest wanes....
by GWR_fan
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: BMR Workbench.
Replies: 392
Views: 66284

Re: BMR Workbench.

Matt, like many others I have enjoyed your threads. Like you I am getting a little peeved with some forums. I only post on this site in OO scale and another British site for largescale, although right now I am ready to chuck in the largescale forum as unfortunately I feel that they still think that ...
by GWR_fan
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Loco with a mind of its own - Short Circuit?
Replies: 23
Views: 322

Re: Loco with a mind of its own - Short Circuit?

...............and I know it was commented on to forget Hornby digital systems, but is the eLink/RailMaster system worth looking at? I suggest that you look both online and You-Tube videos before commiting yourself to e-link. Many have success and many do not. I feel that like the Select the e-Link...
by GWR_fan
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Loco with a mind of its own - Short Circuit?
Replies: 23
Views: 322

Re: Loco with a mind of its own - Short Circuit?

................. If using the Hornby decoder, am i going to have this issue again any time i use them, surely this can't be a common issue? I'm loathe to spend more on different ones as the moment as I have another 3 new Hornby decoders sitting in their packets still. I have found that the R8249 d...
by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad 14XX
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: Hornby Railroad 14XX

Call me a cynic, however, since the release of the troublesome 14XX, it would seem the major discounters are scalping the market with ridiculously high prices for old Airfix, Dapol and early Hornby models. I have yet to see an old 14XX selling on the popular sites for less than the Railroad model wa...
by GWR_fan
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 19
Views: 376

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

The older Southern coach had a revised roof profile so the tooling must have had a removable tool for the roof section to enable either the pseudo GWR or Southern coach body. To modify the coach side tooling would negate the other body side from being tooled, irreparably affecting the tooling. I wou...
by GWR_fan
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby class 58
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Hornby class 58

Are you sure they are held on by spade lug connectors ??? If an early flat motor oriented model then they are spade connectors. Before changing over the connectors one would need to check that the motor terminal is not shorted to its motor block chassis. I prefer to purchase the later versions due ...
by GWR_fan
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby class 58
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Hornby class 58

My soldering skills are zero so I am sending the loco back to who I bought it from. Too much messing about! Also tried to post a pic but said too large. Soldering is really an "art" that you should learn. It really is quite simple, although cleanliness is essential as well as fireproof/he...
by GWR_fan
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby class 58
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Hornby class 58

The motor will be a type 7 slot car type motor. If an early release then the motor will lay horizontally (flat) on the motor bogie. This model tended to be troublesome and was replaced by the later version with the motor sitting on its side (vertical). Either motor will have two electrical wire inpu...
by GWR_fan
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad 14XX
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: Hornby Railroad 14XX

.................(I was sceptical of the longevity of the plastic chassis moulding too, but with oldest nearing forty years they knew what they were about... Perhaps back then plastics were real (pure) plastic and not the recycled junk we use today. I have read that today's plastics may be up to 1/...
by GWR_fan
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad 14XX
Replies: 30
Views: 794

Re: Hornby Railroad 14XX

My 72xx has gone quite sloppy in the axle department, although it does still run well. That one has a diecast chassis and you can see the wear despite me keeping it well greased. One advantage of the square cutout is there's lots of space for lubrication to sit. This is the reason that I never purc...

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