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by Bigmet
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Hornby Dublo N2
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Hornby Dublo N2

Certainly haven't, but it wouldn't be overly difficult to adapt. The main problem is that the H-D mechanism dimensions are way off so the resulting combination won't look very good. (I have put the Mainline N2 body on a Bachmann split chassis V1 mechanism, with it's front end lopped off, pretty stra...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coach identification help please
Replies: 10
Views: 84

Re: Coach identification help please

Wasn't it a Chinese clone of a Bachnann Mk 1 ? There are similarities. Laser scan a Bachmann coach to get the CAD, simplify it (underframe in particular) and produce a cheap low volume mould... Like the GBL product, though that was reported as done in Eastern Europe. That was very clearly based on ...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: I Was Thinking.....
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: I Was Thinking.....

In the smaller scales and for smaller locos, it would be better to start from a clean sheet, rather than adapt to existing mechanisms. This because if the power supply has to be onboard, we want the combination of the most efficient power storage for the required charge, and the smallest power consu...
by Bigmet
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: In praise of online shopping
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: In praise of online shopping

The loss of model shops in major cities is a pain. My nearest is in Old Stevenage, and likely there or thereabouts as close to the centre of London as any... When you think of the great model shops that were once a short walk from KX it's rather sad. ... Anyone have a realistic figure for the number...
by Bigmet
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: bachmann J72 (new) issue
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: bachmann J72 (new) issue

A stay alive is a 'band aid', the fundamental problem that should be addressed is interruption in the track supply to the decoder. Do all pick up wipers maintain full contact through side to side movement of the wheels? Are all the connections from the pick up strips to the decoder sound? (Bachmann ...
by Bigmet
Wed Feb 24, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Push-pull sets
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Push-pull sets

...it depends on a few other factors besides having matching locomotives. Carriage weights and coupling types can affect such operations as well, and curve radii also... He's right, and you can add the wheelsets, free movement of the bogie pivots, and quality of the track and the track laying to th...
by Bigmet
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Help desperately reuired Bachmann Deltic
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Help desperately reuired Bachmann Deltic

Further information that will be useful to anyone taking on the repair, the catalogue number of the model, and a copy of the parts diagram that came in the pack, in case spares prove to be necessary. (Gone are the days when Bachmann had a file of parts diagrams on their site.) ... both the bogeys sn...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Locomotives Passing At Speed.
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: Locomotives Passing At Speed.

Even on model railways. Well arranged smaller locos that will slowly move lengthy trains of free running stock on level track, can prove incapable of stopping that train when on a gradient. Hornby's neat little J15 will easily move about 60 of my wagons (mix of RTR and kit built) on level track, but...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: My first baseboard experiment
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: My first baseboard experiment

... This layout is this shape as it will run in our loft room and through a simple banister that’s why there’s two square holes through it The 'made to measure' construction is impressive. One question: if the mention of a banister implies a stairwell in very close proximity, make sure to put a 'fe...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Locomotives Passing At Speed.
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: Locomotives Passing At Speed.

We often think that our models need to go slow to look realistic but do they? ... No way! I have the space for a 'full line speed' rated section of the ECML, and the 'four track' allows the contrast in speeds to be seen between Doncaster's pacifics on the 'racetrack', swiftly overtaking the unfitte...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

... has saved another 47 from going to the scrappers yard!... That's good, and now you know the symptoms of the problem, you will be able to analyse and fix failures on other models with this style of drive linkage. And not to the scrapper :wink: : there's a steady demand for 'spares and repairs' m...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Minitrix Britannia, replacement motor
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Minitrix Britannia, replacement motor

...The 9f is another story, it ran ok in reverse, but forward, was a total disaster, there was a horrible grating sound from the chassis, resulting in the 2 rearmost driving wheels ended up out of alignment with the front 3! That description suggests the axles are all gear connected, and a couple o...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wire Stripping
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Wire Stripping

Some use appropriate sized convenient gaps between their teeth! Screw settable wire strippers do the job for me. Take a look in RS components, Eileens Emporium, and the like.
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Coronation class DCC plug.
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Hornby Coronation class DCC plug.

... Mine is R2446 Montrose renamed to 46227 Duchess of Devonshire. It states it is DCC ready on the box but there are no instructions with it as I got it second hand. Is the plug in the tender or on the loco? My A3 had a lead coming from the loco which plugged into the tender , with, I must say, th...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: HORNBY R2144 SR 'EASTBOURNE' SCHOOLS CLASS
Replies: 9
Views: 171

Re: HORNBY R2144 SR 'EASTBOURNE' SCHOOLS CLASS

...Unless someone can come up with places to find second hand at fair pricing ... I purchase from model railway retailers with a s/h business, which is most of them. (Temporarily suspended while visiting the shop premises is impossible.) Pricing is variable, all the way from genuine bargain to 'you...

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