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by Metadyneman
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

So, the cups have been glued in and everything reassembled (i did realise afterwards that i should have glued the cups in-situ rather than when bogies dropped out the chassis, it was a real headache to get back in, forced it back in). It’s now been run on track and seems to be moving about fine in ...
by Metadyneman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

I'd only be glueing the cup to the shaft if it's slipping, but I'd play safe if it/they have cracks and fit new ones from Guagemaster. Did you try the test I suggested to see if any of them are slipping? Whilst buying a new part is a good solution, it doesn't stop the same thing happening with the ...
by Metadyneman
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

Any chance that these are simply the ones you run much more than whatever other Heljan models you own, because they are such good looking machines? The theory is sound but in reality I can say that the problem seems to be very much luck of the draw. This may sound surprising for me but the my Hymek...
by Metadyneman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

I have had this problem with many of my Heljan locos in the past and it is really the "Achillies heel" of their mechanism design. I have found that the only way to resolve it with any degree of success is to clean up the spindle and the plastic cup then glue it back on to the spindle with ...
by Metadyneman
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kernow D600 Warship
Replies: 100
Views: 19901

Re: Kernow D600 Warship

In the end, we all collaborated and came up with a collection of settings which are as good as we could get which for most people, would probably be 'beautiful'. I updated them slightly in my article to tweak off the starting jerk. I guess it all boils down to what level of "beautiful" pe...
by Metadyneman
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: garden DC or DCC
Replies: 26
Views: 8879

Re: garden DC or DCC

Not just carefully profiling gradients in construction to enable the locos to get up them with the required trainload, but watching out for changes in gradients. (Seasonal shrinkage and expansion of soil can have a surprising effect.) A very good point indeed. With my garden railway now approaching...
by Metadyneman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kernow D600 Warship
Replies: 100
Views: 19901

Re: Kernow D600 Warship

Your experiences with the ESU decoders and this loco are definitely not good and certainly not something I have heard mentioned from others with this loco. I have an ESU Lokpilot Standard in mine and it runs beautifully every time I use it. As an experiment last summer I decided to let it run round ...
by Metadyneman
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang/Hornby Winston Churchill
Replies: 11
Views: 506

Re: Triang/Hornby Winston Churchill

Just one thing to be aware of with these "synchrosmoke" generators, they were notorious for leaking smoke oil through the screw hole which fixes the smoke unit to the chassis which eventually rotted the cylinder cross head plastic. I've seen serious cases in the past where the body has als...
by Metadyneman
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Class 52 Westerns OO gauge
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: Class 52 Westerns OO gauge

As predicted, I have just seen this thread and will add my twopenneth to the conversation. I have three Dapol Westerns and I can honestly say they are all very nice models indeed. Out of all the Western models available from various manufacturers, they are the most accurate in terms of cab shape and...
by Metadyneman
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Jules's garden railway update
Replies: 11
Views: 1975

Re: Jules's garden railway update

Just as an update, I have since purchased another class 117 and put a Zimo decoder in it. I have successfully configured the Zimo decoder to run in tandem with the previously purchased ESU one so Zimo decoders are back on my "OK to use" list :)
by Metadyneman
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Jules's garden railway update
Replies: 11
Views: 1975

Re: Jules's garden railway update

So Bachmann really have made some progress since the pilot scheme MU's in some respects, but have also backed away from some of the good stuff on these, like the chunky motor unit able to pull about a dozen mk1s. I would have welcomed a plug in electrical connector between vehicles: but only if the...
by Metadyneman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Jules's garden railway update
Replies: 11
Views: 1975

Re: Jules's garden railway update

Ees good, ees look like real theeng (just yank out that tension lock!). Out of curiosity, how have you secured the ballast? I've only had the unit a couple of days so the coupling has yet to be replaced. I have another 117 on order ( the NSE version) and will need a functional coupling at one end (...
by Metadyneman
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Jules's garden railway update
Replies: 11
Views: 1975

Jules's garden railway update

The Bambrough garden line is still going strong and is now in its 18th year of existence. I have spent a lot of time working on it in the last three months (can't think why??!) and have replaced quite a few lengths of worn out track and some rotten woodwork holding it all up. I have also had a go at...
by Metadyneman
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: garden DC or DCC
Replies: 26
Views: 8879

Re: garden DC or DCC

I concur with Bigmet. I have had an outdoor railway now for 18 years.. 10 of which have been using DCC. The outdoor atmosphere has had precisely zero effect on all decoders fitted to my locos, some of which are also sound fitted. I have to say that "digitalising" my outdoor layout was the ...
by Metadyneman
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby
Replies: 29
Views: 3101

Re: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby

As I've said for several years... an electrostar EMU would be nice.. as long as it isn't as dreadfully engineered as the VEP!

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