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by allan
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ready made roads?
Replies: 8
Views: 288

Re: Ready made roads?

https://www.eurorailhobbies.com/product ... a=40&sc=HO

Gottabe careful of the continental stuff - the roads are a bit narrower than British, and the cars are always on the wrong side..,
by allan
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

Well, I'm with Accurascale (you never would have guessed...) in that aiming at the bottom of the market is a guaranteed dead loss. In the absence of accepted standards, a huge problem in itself, the manufacturers that lead the way will adapt and adopt the set of standards (in this case, Norms) that ...
by allan
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

...The best alternative is to "raise the bar", and fit full NEM 352 mechanisms which will allow true close coupling. As I've previously noted, non-British European manufacturers have been doing this since 1995. Have a look at some European models (Roco, Fleischmann or Brawa, for example),...
by allan
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

Aha! I see the confusion - my apologies, while we are of course fitting a standard NEM socket, it will absolutely be mounted on a NEM352 (or what we call Kinematic) system. We actually shop close coupling bars with some of our wagons (Like our Irish Tara Mines Wagon) Congratulations! That puts you ...
by allan
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

Absolutely! The Deltic will include a fully detailed bufferbeam, as well as NEM sockets for your choice of coupler! (and metal sprung buffers of course) Sprung buffers are a step forward, but NEM coupler pockets are of very limited use if they are not fitted to NEM 352 mechanisms, limiting the choi...
by allan
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

In 00 scale, the real turn-off, for me, is the tension lock coupler. The "other" Europeans dealt with this issue 25 years ago, with NEM coupler mechanisms, a solution that is quite appropriate to 00 scale, but one that has not yet been fully embraced. Being able to run 00 scale locos and ...
by allan
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1391

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

In 00 scale, the real turn-off, for me, is the tension lock coupler. The "other" Europeans dealt with this issue 25 years ago, with NEM coupler mechanisms, a solution that is quite appropriate to 00 scale, but one that has not yet been fully embraced. Being able to run 00 scale locos and r...
by allan
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do my locos keep falling apart?
Replies: 46
Views: 1121

Re: Why do my locos keep falling apart?

There's nothing above that I could disagree with. The boxes that model trains come in are designed to get the models to the customer in one piece, which they seem to do rather well. But, every time that you take the model out of, or put it back into the box you are taking a chance on dislodging deta...
by allan
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dusting the Layout
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Dusting the Layout

The best way is not to allow dust onto the layout in the first place. Seal the doors and windows, and cover the layout when it is not in use: Holland blinds are quite effective. As an aside, when I was a kid in Broken Hill, it was not unknown to do the household dusting with a shovel! A major vegeta...
by allan
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Couplings
Replies: 17
Views: 630

Re: Couplings

And a note on terminology: "Buckeye couplers" is a term unfamiliar to me. Best I can figure is that it was a "brand" of knuckle coupler, and there are lots of different brands of knuckle coupler. "Knuckle couplers", or "autos" as in automatic couplers, are, I ...
by allan
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Couplings
Replies: 17
Views: 630

Re: Couplings

Might be good to peruse a couple of not-so-old threads...

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=53001

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=52726
by allan
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?
Replies: 61
Views: 1730

Re: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?

Anything except 00 scale trains! The marketplace is too small, too fragmented, and underfunded. Manufacturers need to be able to build long production runs with minimal variation, and then sell them at a profit. The manufacturers are in business to make money, and if that becomes too hard they will ...
by allan
Fri May 18, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: NEM box the downside.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: NEM box the downside.

In Australia that won't be an issue - the guts has dropped out of the 00 market. The remaining "demand" is for entry level trainsets, and they don't last long enough to be resold.
by allan
Fri May 18, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: NEM box the downside.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: NEM box the downside.

I guess that the one factor not yet addressed is that pleasing modellers is only a secondary consideration for the "manufacturers" - the primary aim is to please their shareholders. But, if modellers don't buy... The 00 scale market is obviously very price sensitive, rather than quality se...
by allan
Fri May 18, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: NEM box the downside.
Replies: 19
Views: 673

Re: NEM box the downside.

I have a Symoba gauge for fitting NEM coupler boxes: it sets the face of the coupler box 7mm back from the buffer or diaphragm faces, and the bottom of the coupler box 6mm above the rail heads. Fleischmann and Roco Couplers lock in when the buffer faces are about 1mm apart. Under tension they pull o...

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