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by peterws7
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old paint removal
Replies: 30
Views: 2301

Re: Old paint removal

Brake hydraulic fluid. I`ve used it several times on one loco (J94) It`s taken the old stuff off to the bare plastic. This engine was maroon-ish when I got it. Now it`s back to what I wanted. The body actually looks discoloured when the stripper had done it`s job, But a rubbing with a paper towel (n...
by peterws7
Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: More eBay nonsense...........
Replies: 1231
Views: 140850

Re: More eBay nonsense...........

Got a couple of Triang 0-4-0 chassies for a decent price, one wi motor. Flange was too pronounced, so I reduced it with a bench grinder. It ran OK but the cog on the driving wheels was asymmetric! The second chassis had a decent cog, so off I go again, reducing the flange somewhat. To nothing . . . ...
by peterws7
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 100 hours - Really?
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: 100 hours - Really?

I`ve had more motor trouble with Bachmann locos than with Hornby. 100 hours is quite long, you know . . . and those little square motors are cheap and easily fitted. I have about 6 spare. They`ll be here longer than I will . .
by peterws7
Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: thin wiring . .
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: thin wiring . .

I tried old headphone wires once, it had very fine coloured (painted) wires similar to those found on an electric motor, such as we use here. It did the job but wasn`t very robust (I`m a clumsy bugger) . The wires connecting to the Hornby motoRs are Ok BUT I DON`T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GET THE STUFF. M...
by peterws7
Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: thin wiring . .
Replies: 6
Views: 761

thin wiring . .

I could do wi some really flexible wires to wire up a tender for pick ups . . .for a tiny loco. Any ideas? I have some, but the plastic shielding is so robust, kinda defeats the object! What do you use?
by peterws7
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Improved Drivers for Hornby steamers?
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: Improved Drivers for Hornby steamers?

Has your plating gone just from running, or have you been using an abrasive cleaner? I've found that the worst thing for removing the plating from wheels are those wire brush cleaners which are quite aggressive. I've wrecked the plating on several wheels doing this over time :( . I did get some Ult...
by peterws7
Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Improved Drivers for Hornby steamers?
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Improved Drivers for Hornby steamers?

The plating (or coating more like) seems to wear out very quickly giving rise to contamination and subsequent poor electrical exchange with the track. The old 0 6 0 standard chassis wheels never did this. I hardly ever need to clean these, but the following are of some concern to me personally, othe...
by peterws7
Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby 0-6-0 terrier a1x for freight work?
Replies: 19
Views: 2878

Re: hornby 0-6-0 terrier a1x for freight work?

The terriers are great pullers for their size. The j72s are much heavier and will pull a ridiculously big load. . there can be one or two issues with these however. But a good one is a joy to own.
by peterws7
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Re: Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?

I found the plastic axles on some wheels on a j72 got bumped up to a greater diA at the edges than the pick up metal portions which could under certain conditions, stop the current flow. A file was the answer. . .!
by peterws7
Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Re: Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?

You can`t beat superglue . . . .for anything! People use it to hold piano tuning keys in place . . .
by peterws7
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Split chassis or Wiper p/ups?

The Bachmann {and Mainline} engines have used split chassis, no pick ups, often enough. I have a J72 which runs lovely on these, and wonder why the need to change what is a simple cost effective system which ain`t (imo) broke . . . here`s a "compacted" J72 on the road . . . . she`s my favo...
by peterws7
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4MT running problem
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Hornby 4MT running problem

Why bother with the original motor? The little Hornsby square motors used in the J 94 etc would do the job with the correct worm IMO. . .oh, and don't forget the superglue. . . ! Have fun
by peterws7
Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Dream City Railway
Replies: 7
Views: 3452

Re: Dream City Railway

This is really good. Could be Preston station. . .love fourshiny locos, and the double headed pair were right nice!
by peterws7
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: San Francisco tram
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: San Francisco tram

You might be right about the feedback controller. I had it reduced using 24 ohm resistance in line which enabled a faultless performance. I've now ordered 2 spares from USA link given here. Thank you guys! Job nearly done.
by peterws7
Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: San Francisco tram
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: San Francisco tram

Thanks for the responses guys. I'm looking into them. Bought this originally because it looked good as a slow tram engine on an inc!lined track past a liesure park. I fitted it with extra pick ups on the tiny trsilor wheels and it ran lovely with a feedback controller. As for the cable drive? Don't ...

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