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by muggins
Thu May 02, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,
Replies: 11
Views: 189

Re: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,

(Except GWR, on which the company servants voluntarily stayed up all night... polishing the rails.) Ah, but they only polished the sides of the top of the rail: the running surface itself was loving scuffed crosswise with a wet Brunello abrasive stone, the better for the mighty wheels to grip so as...
by muggins
Thu May 02, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,
Replies: 11
Views: 189

Re: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,

I forgot to say that for weathering the track (after painting it and ballasting), I use a very weak wash of browns, greys or blacks as required, then I tweak the end result by a very light application of Vallejo pigments. That works for me, and FWIW I've never had an adhesion problem with Tamiya acr...
by muggins
Thu May 02, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,
Replies: 11
Views: 189

Re: Weathering track ,what to use ,advice please ,,

For painting track (and just about everything else, come to that) I use Tamiya acrylics. I go over it all with a mix of light grey/brown, then paint the rail sides in a different mix of brown, grey and a touch of orange. For reference, I use good colour pictures of real track taken in the appropriat...
by muggins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Cheers mister. I'll get on to them in due course and see what they can do.
by muggins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Now that idea I like! Cheers Bufferstop :)
by muggins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SEEP motors and Peco points
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: SEEP motors and Peco points

Ffrom the Gaugemaster website ...

... the PM4 has a self-latching mechanism which is useful for handmade points without springs. It should only really be used on points that have no springs, as it will be very hard to throw a point with an over centre spring.
by muggins
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Thanks once again, Bigmet. I'll do like you say later on, but meanwhile I'll look sternly at it every now and then and get it worried ... ETA - Well, this is certainly a learning experience, as they say nowadays. I've finally managed to get the body off the chassis, the problem being exactly what Bi...
by muggins
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Cheers Bigmet. This one was bought new. If it's not any embuggerance to you, I'd appreciate it greatly if you could sometime just confirm that the face below the bunker into which those two screws go which hold the casting in is the face to which the chassis mates. If that is in fact the case, and g...
by muggins
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Well this really is most peculiar. I've removed both the screws that hide under the couplings, and the front end of the chassis happily parts from the body, but whatever I do with it, the back end's stuck like the proverbial! I've wiggled it and pulled it in all directions up to and perhaps even pas...
by muggins
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: 57XX body removal

Bigmet wrote:Keep wiggling ... it will part without damage.


Thank you sir. I shall start wiggling tomorrow!
by muggins
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 57XX body removal
Replies: 13
Views: 363

57XX body removal

If I''m having a senior moment here it's gone on for some time now, so I have to ask how do I get the body off my 2 year old Bachmann 57XX (running number 6422)? All I want to do is make it easier to put the crew in! I'm looking at its underside with one eye and the exploded parts diagram thingy wit...
by muggins
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 83
Views: 2484

Re: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19

Hang on - we are not talking about some surplus stock in a store that could be sold on Ebay, we are talking about injection moulding tooling, which requires expensive machines for them to be in any way useful, the tooling may also be designed to fit old IM machines which themselves have been scrapp...
by muggins
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Acrylic v. Enamel Paints – your uses/preferences.
Replies: 21
Views: 549

Re: Acrylic v. Enamel Paints – your uses/preferences.

I've given up with enamels for various reasons, not least of which is The Lady Wife's objection to the smell thereof. I was persuaded that Vallejo acrylics were The Biz and they may well be so if you know what you're doing with them, but I couldn't get on with having to mechanically shake each bottl...
by muggins
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Level crossing
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Level crossing

FWIW the late 50's were peak train-spotting years for me in the east Midlands, and I'll swear I never saw crossing gates with mesh on them until much later. If they did have mesh on, we wouldn't have been able to get our feet safely on the bottom rung in order to ride the gate as it opened or closed...
by muggins
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Question about Chinese steam locos
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: Question about Chinese steam locos

Now that I can understand.

But I still think it's ugly :)

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