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by b308
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 281

Re: Soldering Iron

For N and TT track (wiring or hand building) a 15w is quite sufficient, I'd use a 20/25 for code 100. As I said I also use a 15w for assembling OO9/HOe brass kits. I can't think of a use for a 50w other than perhaps making O scale brass kits, it's overkill for anything else. Finally for whitemetal k...
by b308
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Wagon Number Sequences?
Replies: 10
Views: 127

Re: Wagon Number Sequences?

Rolling stock on NG lines tended to last a long time, often longer than some of the locos, for example the wagons used on the Welshpool at the end of it's days in the mid 50s were essentially what they got when it opened (however so were the locos!). Several of them have been preserved. They were ma...
by b308
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 18
Views: 281

Re: Soldering Iron

I bought a soldering station years ago and it's still in it's box! I use a 15w Antex iron for all my work, soldering wires to rails, building track (9mm gauge) and constructing small (HOe/OO9) brass kits. I've never soldered whitemetal kits, I find Superglue Gel and/or twin epoxy glue far better and...
by b308
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R9057 trakmat
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Hornby R9057 trakmat

You need to think about what you want from a model railway. For kids the trackmat layout is fine as they'll spend most of their time running the trains round and around... But if you want to do any more than that it's not very good.

Sit back in your armchair and have a good think about it...
by b308
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscene blending
Replies: 21
Views: 372

Re: Backscene blending

That's nicely done! One word of caution, though, be careful about putting anything too close to the backscene itself such as those cars. In certain lighting an object can cast a strong shadow which when projected onto the backscene can spoil the effect. It's better as some have said to use some sort...
by b308
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: what do you hope to achieve from your model railway?
Replies: 34
Views: 722

Re: what do you hope to achieve from your model railway?

Going back to that promotional video for a minute I do think you've all over-analysed it! It's a promotional video which shows what can be done with just Hornby products, so it's, in effect, a video of a train set made to sell to new railway modellers. As such it's actually OK and does it's job, som...
by b308
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Very simple question,
Replies: 24
Views: 446

Re: Very simple question,

I've used both the cheap UHU and Anita's "Tacky Glue" which is PVA glue but "tacky" so it holds stuff as well whilst drying.
by b308
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Gaugemaster combi controller
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Gaugemaster combi controller

I've had this discussion elsewhere but in view of the cost difference there must be some more difference between the W and the Combi, though I don't know what! People I know have used the Combi and found it fine on all manner of N and narrow gauge locos but I've always stuck to the W which I've also...
by b308
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Gaugemaster combi controller
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Gaugemaster cimbi controllet

The 12vDC output is for controlling the trains. You can use the 16vAC output for things which use that voltage such as point motors. You can get the technical details from the links below.

http://www.gaugemaster.com/instructions/combi.pdf
http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details ... =GMC-COMBI
by b308
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Union pacific
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: Union pacific

If you are running a rake of wagons and not shunting then you only need to change the couplers at either end, not all of them!
by b308
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: JAMES MAY'S BIG TROUBLE IN MODEL BRITAIN 06/03/19
Replies: 83
Views: 2310

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

They were but certain things were still assembled, the wheels on the chassis for instance. With today's market I recon the company could be liable for more warranty claims than full assembled locos due to cack handed assembly, also greater requests for spares. I doubt they'd be any cheaper, though. ...
by b308
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Steel rail
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Steel rail

Trouble with steel rail is it usually has a coating which protects it from rust. That coating can be wiped off by over zealous cleaning or use of incorrect cleaning materials, then you end up with rail that as close to the real thing as you can get and is useless. That's the advantage of N-S as ther...
by b308
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 24
Views: 753

Re: Making minories in settrack?

Bufferstop wrote:a bottle of MEKPAK.


A whole bottle?!! You'd have melted them down with that much!! :lol:

(Sorry, couldn't resist!) ;)
by b308
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Steel rail
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Steel rail

Like may of the other older members I used it as a kid (Super 4!) and couldn't wait until I had some money to buy nickel silver. Yes it can be made to work but it isn't really worth the hassle. If you let it become like the "real thing" (i.e. covered in rust!) nothing would work on it. Con...

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