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by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Re: Using Contiboard For A Baseboard?

With regards to plywood; quality birch plywood is better than the cheap hardwood ply you get in the chain DIY stores.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Using Insulation Board as the base
Replies: 13
Views: 2554

Re: Using Insulation Board as the base

As they found out a couple of years ago, it ain't non-flammable either!

I tried 25mm an 50mm Celotex, but I'm wary of what harm it might cause being cut. The lightweight dust seems to hang in the air for ages after being cut, I guess that is why calvertfilm does all the work outdoors.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 2398

Re: We need to talk about costs

You used to be always going to pay more for something secondhand through a retailer than you were through a free ad though. Mountain got it, pre-internet you'd get people selling things as unwanted toys or their late relatives collection through a free ads paper without any way to value it, they'd p...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 2398

Re: We need to talk about costs

I can see that the hobby is completely inaccessible for kids of lower income families whereas it probably wasn't a couple of decades back. 20 years ago you probably could pick up some playworn but useable stuff from the local free ads paper if you were lower income. If stuff was broken, quite a lot ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 2398

Re: We need to talk about costs

Argent, you should show your wife the Hattons operation if she is not already aware of it. The complete antithesis to modern consumer goods marketing. We'll keep it in stock, even if it takes forty years to sell... My local model shop will keep something in stock for even longer! You want a low det...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Track Underlay
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: Track Underlay

It would seem likely that the track may have been pinned down too hard. Doing so causes the track to bend in the middle so the distance between the rails alters. If someone has done this, check any track you re-use as it may not return to flat when you unpin it. Underlay is a compromise, it is only ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2019 - Feb 2 & 3
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition 2018 - Feb 2 & 3

I always love this exhibition. My favourite of the year.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 31
Views: 2111

Re: BR blue popularity

Bigmet wrote:diesel traction, there's no romance, it is simply a utility.


For you, there are diesel and electric enthusiasts that find them more than utilitarian. The number of people living that remember steam operating can only go in one direction.*



*Assuming there is no zombie apocalypse.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Review- Peco Modern Loco Shed
Replies: 14
Views: 6470

Re: Review- Peco Train Shed Unit LK-80

Excuse the thread resurrection, but, searching on google it is the only proper review of this product and it is still on page 1 of the google search so I think it is still relevant. I'm just building up this kit (actually 3 of them in a row) and so far I agree with the above reviews. I chose it for ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?

I thought that the latest Swallow livery is the only Valenta powered class 43 TTS released. What other Valenta file class 43 have Hornby released, please? There are many Valenta prototype class 43 that Hornby have released without sound and these would provide a market for a standalone Valenta file...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 31
Views: 2111

Re: BR blue popularity

Riviera trains have two full rakes of blue-grey Mk2 aircons kept at Nemesis Burton.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?

It could be, or it could also be that they sell more sound fitted power cars from the Valenta era so don't have the stock to sell it as standalone.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: DCC test track
Replies: 9
Views: 960

Re: DCC test track

Cheapest but very limited: Hornby Select
Slightly more but NMRA compliant: Bachmann E-Z Command (not dynamis)
If you already have a laptop and think you could end up doing programming: SPROG II (A bit more technical though.)
by MickleoverTestTrack
Wed May 16, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: LNER is back
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: LNER is back

Passenger numbers have risen dramatically since privatisation, this is not in doubt. What I want to know is how the proponents of privatisation can be so sure that privatisation was the cause of this. Surely in a world where more people are on the move than ever before by every form of transport and...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Mon May 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting old locos to DCC?
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Converting old locos to DCC?

If they run quite well on DC then they should convert OK, if they are poor runners then it could be worth converting to CD tray drive motors before you go to DCC or sometimes a new magnet in the ringfield helps. Plenty of YouTube videos on converting to CD tray motors.

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