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by gppsoftware
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TPO- Getting It Working
Replies: 17
Views: 515

Re: TPO- Getting It Working

The ramps were solid and not sprung and as mentioned above, there were two and they were placed off-centre in the track - one operated the 'collect' sequence and the other operated the 'drop off' sequence. Mine is the later version. Do the solid ramps not interfere with the couplings then? It looks...
by gppsoftware
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TPO- Getting It Working
Replies: 17
Views: 515

Re: TPO- Getting It Working

Depends on how old the OP's LMS TPO coach is, not forgetting that the same coach has appeared in other liveries over time. The last time I looked at one of these coaches was back in the early 1990's - a GWR liveried version - and it had two 'levers' hanging down underneath which ran over ramps in th...
by gppsoftware
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Help with Romford type wagon wheel bushings
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Help with Romford type wagon wheel bushings

Markits is probably the supplier you need to contact: http://www.markits.com/ Their website looks a bit like a 'my first attempt at a website', but email them and I'm sure they will be able to help. On the shortening of axles, this is something I have done in the past as well. I did this on Lima DMU...
by gppsoftware
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Ballast, but leave platforms removable.
Replies: 13
Views: 655

Re: Ballast, but leave platforms removable.

I don't have any Metcalfe platforms to be able to check, but be aware that the surface of a platform should be no higher than 12mm above rail head in 4mm scale: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/OOScaleMeasurements . One thing I commonly observe is platforms which are far too high, most likely because...
by gppsoftware
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Should I use dropper wires for this simple layout?
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Should I use dropper wires for this simple layout?

In answer to the OP's original question, irrespective of whether the layout is DC or DCC, its size is such that it will benefit from a bus. I would be installing bus(es) if it was my layout. The OP indicated that the layout is DC, so if a second loop is installed in the future, a separate bus will b...
by gppsoftware
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Control panels. Show us yours.
Replies: 32
Views: 1501

Re: Control panels. Show us yours.

I think my panel is somewhat different to everyone else's: http://www.mrol.com.au/Media/Layouts/AshpringtonRoad/IMG_6139_800x600.jpg This is my 'SSI' software which mimics a real IECC system with full turnout and signal interlocking and entry/exit route setting. It uses the MERG RPC system on my lay...
by gppsoftware
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring decoders to older Lima models.
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: Wiring decoders to older Lima models.

Lima locos are really easy to fit decoders to but they are a 'hard wiring' job as they pre-date the standard 8 in DCC socket. I have used TCS decoders without a problem, but TCS doesn't really improve behaviour over DC control in Lima models. These days, there are far better decoders around such as ...
by gppsoftware
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: What glue for making trees?
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: What glue for making trees?

I have used 'rubber' based glues like Evostick and its Bostick and 'Tarzan' equivalents. All worked well.

Just a tip with trees: when you look at them, your can usually see a lot of light through them so don't pile the foliage onto a model tree thickly.
by gppsoftware
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: I build with Plaster
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: I build with Plaster

Plaster gives a very realistic appearance and texture for rock faces and stonework when suitable coloured. I use water colours but it appears that acrylics work just as well. My work has generally involved stonework: Tunnel Mouth: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/ModellingaBrunelStyleTunnelMouth Stee...
by gppsoftware
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Tunnel portals
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Tunnel portals

Exeter isn't too far from the neck of the woods I model: west of Newton Abbot. In that area, there are Brunel-style tunnel mouths. I used cab-view photos of the tunnel mouth at the top of Dainton bank, suitably adjusted and then modelled with plaster: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/ModellingaBrunel...
by gppsoftware
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

@Bufferstop, by pure DC I am referring to the DC produced by my Gaugemaster DS100 seen in the middle right of the first picture here: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/WorkBenchLayout The class 41 does indeed perform very well on the Gaugemaster. Otherwise, I agree on all your other points. I believe ...
by gppsoftware
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

I've two class 41s and both run exceptionally well. Powerful and quiet. The motor is far from garbage. They certainly do run extremely well on DC. It is certainly very quiet. I wouldn't say it is any more powerful than any other loco, but it has very little momentum. The problem is that theses moto...
by gppsoftware
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Protocab control system
Replies: 23
Views: 1307

Re: Protocab control system

Personally, I think what is on the market at the moment is rather in its infancy and fairly typical of the 'we got it to just about work so we'll push it on the market'. There are standards for radio control and given that we control of model locos digitally, I think we should stop 'small thinking' ...
by gppsoftware
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

Not 'arf! And I hope they haven't put that cheapo coreless motor in it ... not that I can ever see me paying that much for one :( Sadly, that same garbage motor isn't limited to afflicting the J94. It also got into the Kernow class 42: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/ReviewofKernowD600Warship
by gppsoftware
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem
Replies: 43
Views: 2020

Re: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem

Thanks Geoff, yes, having parts to substitute is helpful. I run my layout with a radio-control NCC system. Previously had a Lenz SET 100 which is now on the test bench layout: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/WorkBenchLayout I also have a Hornby Elite system which is the next step up from Select. I a...

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