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by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Trackshack Isle of Man
Replies: 5
Views: 1229

Re: Trackshack Isle of Man

yep, another happy customer here too

ordered a bunch of Bachmann people and a building recently - excellent service

no affiliation etc, other than having spent many happy holidays in Peel on IOM
by LittleSkink
Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Web / book guide to loco types?
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Web / book guide to loco types?

At Christmas my eldest daughter (10yo) got her first trainset. Since then we have been working to design and build an interesting layout - and find out a lot more about how real trains work Yesterday we hopped a bus in to town and went to watch the trains - we saw loads. Confusingly many had more th...
by LittleSkink
Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Manual points switching for newbs?
Replies: 4
Views: 922

Re: Manual points switching for newbs?

thanks bufferstop - thats why I love this forum so much. After weeks of struggling to get my head round electronic activation a whole new world of manual switcing appears - and it looks totally intriguing

yes the whole thing is going on a single board
by LittleSkink
Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Manual points switching for newbs?
Replies: 4
Views: 922

Manual points switching for newbs?

Apologies if this is in a thread elsewhere, I couldnt find it - also apologies if I am talking nonsense, read lots about his but still confused We (my 10yo and I) are currently building up a baseboard and layout design in DCC, ultimately it would be good to control points remotely - but probably wit...
by LittleSkink
Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: First N Gauge - or any gauge for that matter layout plan
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: First N Gauge - or any gauge for that matter layout plan

pretty much a novice myself but what I have learnt is look at lots of different plans and other peoples solutions/ideas - and what you have looks like a good a place as any to develop from One change I might consider is having all the spurs either clockwise or anti clockwise (you have a mix) - reaso...
by LittleSkink
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: More than ten items instock?
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: More than ten items instock?

my experience here seems to be the "big folks" can mostly be trusted - so far all the stuff from them has been fine, and I guess they run decent automated stock control systems. But with smaller dealers I have used to date, who presumably have manual stock control, many have been quite poo...
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?
Replies: 17
Views: 3286

Re: OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?

had another tinker - will the tinkering never end! - and now have a proper double loop with 'round and round again' (or whatever it is supposed to be called), still messing with good area but I am content to get the loops right as phase 1 of the build and then judge where the landscape and stuff wil...
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How much is something old worth????
Replies: 26
Views: 1371

Re: How much is something old worth????

maybe folks are buying nostlagia not junk? having had a Wild West Triang train set in my youth it would be lovely to find / see one again - but frankly I dont doubt it would be plastic tat and it is nicer to have the memories of it from my childhood rather than the realities of trying to get it to w...
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco level crossing with Code 75 track?
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Peco level crossing with Code 75 track?

thanks folks

it sounds like I am better off trying to get a "proper" Code 75 level crossing and returing the set track one (its unpoened) - is there a recognised product / kit to look at here?
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?
Replies: 17
Views: 3286

Re: A OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?

thanks folks. If I have accidentally created a "variation", is there a better way to create a double loop? The poor clearances and "wonky" curves are down to my throwing a design in to AnyRail and not tweaking the flexi track much (it doesnt seem that easy to get "just so&qu...
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco level crossing with Code 75 track?
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Peco level crossing with Code 75 track?

I already have a Peco ST268 Set track level crossing (which has code 100 track pre fitted) and would like to use it with a Peco Code 75 fine scale based track design

How do I make that work?
by LittleSkink
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?
Replies: 17
Views: 3286

Re: A OO 8 x 4 - a sensible enough place to start?

okay well we have settled on a 6mm ply monocoque, one piece, base board design (if it has flaws I will live with them for now), just waiting for some decent weather to go get the materials, maybe to build up over Easter In the mean time I have returned to the layout design, it will all be done in Pe...
by LittleSkink
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Code 75 OO on Celotex?
Replies: 8
Views: 1115

Code 75 OO on Celotex?

having drawn up a design for a 6mm ply based 8' x 4' board (which is workable, but a lot of work) I am now exploring the merits of a board construction using insultation foam - just to be sure we make a sensible start that wont cause pain later My main concern is securing track etc to the foiled foa...
by LittleSkink
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Preiser 120 figures pack - size?
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: Preiser 120 figures pack - size?

thanks GWR_fan, having looked at the Preiser German website I reckon these are clearly HO but marketed as OO/HO in UK - which is a shame because I think the quality /variety far exceeds the Chinese offerings. The price is really good for that many decent figures - imo, but having spent a fair bit on...
by LittleSkink
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Peco concrete platform edging
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: Peco concrete platform edging

I am a big fan of Vallejo paints (and they do one called 'concrete'), but as you have already intimated stuff like this is very subjective I find this thread quite helpful, and totally agree with the idea stuff like this needs at least 2 colours, a base colour and dry brushed / speckled colour: [url...

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