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by shaunster
Fri May 08, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby pricing January, 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2398

Re: Hornby pricing January, 2008

I wonder how much profit they make on a wagon? As someone who has not experienced the cheap prices of the past a bachman or hornby wagon at £11+ per item for a simple wagon upto £20+ for the more intricate ones the prices seem ridiculous. Prices like those just make me more inclined to scratch build...
by shaunster
Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9975

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

While you make some good points b308, you have not said anything that tells me DC is better than DCC. Perhaps the advantages of dcc are not worth switching over an established DC setup for but what is your view on starting from scratch? If you had no stock and just entering the hobby which would be ...
by shaunster
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Spray Matt Varnish - alternatives to Humbrol
Replies: 5
Views: 956

Re: Spray Matt Varnish - alternatives to Humbrol

I use windsor and Newton matt varnish. Not for any particular reason, it's just in the artists section of a local shop and seems to work well.
by shaunster
Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9975

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

If you already own a dc system, fully wired for dc and are happy than that's fine. If your not happy or are starting a new layout that's when the dcc choice really. I prefer dcc as you may have gathered but if I had a dc system I wouldn't even contemplate spending £1000s to convert.. Just out of int...
by shaunster
Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bamboozled
Replies: 19
Views: 3522

Re: Bamboozled

I never use flux either, or that horrible lead free solder.
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service

Funny they dont sell them in anti static bags yet the instructions all say dont touch the decoder because of risk of damaging the components. I build computers as well so I have a grounding wristband I use. With static electricity you can damage the components without even realising it, an antistati...
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service

It doesn't matter what their terms and conditions state, they go against the sale of goods act and thus are invalid. I always make online purchases via credit card, that way if the company plays up you can always start a chargeback via your card company.
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service
Replies: 12
Views: 1524

Re: DCC sound decoders - faulty and customer service

I would politely inform them that under the sales of goods act the SELLER is required to cover the cost of return postage on faulty goods and then never order from them again.
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9975

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

Well if you just have one loco then it wouldnt be better? But most people have many and like to run them. Personally I like a quote I read a while back a long the lines of 'In DC you control the track, in DCC you control the train' and I think thats a nice way to sum it up. I dont feel the need to l...
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9975

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

Why "logical"? Because with DCC you can do everything you can do in DC but with distinct advantages. I am sure some people who have always used DC will never change. I dont see challenging wiring as a good argument for DC, rather a downside and it leads on to DC's limitations. Controllers...
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9975

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

Dc or dcc feels nothing like driving a real train to me. I don't know many or any people who get into modelling so they can feel like they are driving a real train. Dcc is unrestricted and dc is restricted. Dcc is the logical choice going forward. But I only use it for driving the trains. Points con...
by shaunster
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bamboozled
Replies: 19
Views: 3522

Re: Bamboozled

I had this once. I am using my own switches and unknowingly a tiny strand of wire was bridging two connections causing a short circuit. Now I power mine with a switchable power supply at 9v and it has a small LED indicator on it, I could see this wasn't on and went hunting and found the tiny short. ...
by shaunster
Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Railroad
Replies: 27
Views: 2721

Re: Hornby Railroad

I just think the world has moved on from the 1960s. Watching a train go around a circle just isn't enough today.
by shaunster
Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?
Replies: 69
Views: 6316

Re: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?

Cycling is totally different to model railways. Generally a cycle is something you need or want to see and feel, test the seat etc before you buy it. A new loco or wagon, track and most other items you know what your getting so buying online is a better choice. Being 'only' 25 I don't remember what ...
by shaunster
Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?
Replies: 69
Views: 6316

Re: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?

Probably it is simply down to money. Bricks and mortar model shops are very expensive when compared to the online companies. I won't pay the difference myself. My nearest decent shop is probably gaugemaster in arundel, all their items are expensive so I dont visit very often and I have bought nearly...

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