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by Bigmet
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Stephenson Rocket
Replies: 10
Views: 879

Re: New Stephenson Rocket

And now the blue second class open passenger truck to go with the Rocket releases.

Rumourings that Hornby may have a second very early loco model in development too.
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI
Replies: 0
Views: 2

Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI

And here's another piece of real exotica, Oliver Bulleid's 'looks like a tube train on steroids, but is actually a steam loco' Leader class, in OO gauge. Expressions of Interest are sought to evaluate the viability of bringing this to market. (With a centre motor all wheel drive mechanism specified,...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby K1 2-6-0 (spare part error)
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Hornby K1 2-6-0 (spare part error)

We don't appear to have a topic for this fine model, of which practically all that needs to be said is very good indeed. (Appearance and measurements accurate, except that the tender frame ends are scalloped rather than straight as on the majority of the class, smooth running and quiet mechanism wit...
by Bigmet
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Scale confusion.
Replies: 20
Views: 269

Re: Scale confusion.

It's right as a model, but simply too big for the layout scene.
by Bigmet
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Scale confusion.
Replies: 20
Views: 269

Re: Scale confusion.

...I still have it, but to me it seems over scale. It dwarfs an Oxford JCB... It should dwarf a JCB tractor of front shovel and back hoe type. These machines were made to the size required for the job, and with 'Meccano kit' construction to be broken down for transport. There's a similar machine on...
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Got to start somewhere
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: Got to start somewhere

... My plans are garbage so far, however, utter garbage. Spoilt for space, a dream as a kid, I just cannot plan a decent railway...exactly the reason I canned it 3 years ago! Are there some stretches of the real railway that you enjoy? Nothing like attempting a representative model of something rea...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: ON30 DCC Bachmann 50 Ton Derv to onboard Battery
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: ON30 DCC Bachmann 50 Ton Derv to onboard Battery

DCC systems run from 9 to 24V from memory, so it will be somewhere in that range, since the loco is DCC equipped.

Far and away the most common are motors specified for 12V. Give that a try and see how it goes.
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Got to start somewhere
Replies: 6
Views: 223

Re: Got to start somewhere

DCC controllers are just the same. Before you purchase, make sure that the system offers adjustable track voltage. It is advantageous to be able to adjust below the normal rail voltage for OO. Something like 9 to 10V at the motor terminals is good for motor longevity in N. I would check directly wit...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unidentified Hornby Electric Locomotive
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: Unidentified Hornby Electric Locomotive

I think Tony's work has persuaded me that the black early crest is the way to go. The exterior appearance is derived from work performed under Sir Nigel Gresley's oversight on the design of what became EM1. Probably the last new traction unit constructed of which this can be said. (My excuse for hav...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SHAPEWAYS COUPLINGS
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: SHAPEWAYS COUPLINGS

Glad you posted that, it has reminded me to try some of the 'hoses' connectors that Bachmann suppiied with their mk1 coaches. (I reset these to 16mm between coupler pocket faces when I first tried them on these coaches, and they worked well, but were replaced by the Hornby R8220 which they were pack...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: All things paint!
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: All things paint!

From one very inexpert painter to another. 1 and 3. Models are best painted with the specialist colours from various makers, choice of three forms. Enamels, spirit based Acrylic, water based Spray paint. Application of the first two by brush for small area coverage and detail painting. Good brushes ...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: solder problem
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: solder problem

Probably not the answer you want, better not to do that. If the movement is enough to break the solder, then it will distort the rails if you take that weakest link away. Allowing the rails to move with expansion gaps is the better plan, making the electrical connections with wires that can flex. Is...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Thompson O1
Replies: 26
Views: 3717

Re: Hornby Thompson O1

The newly received O1 proved to have a small trick up its sleeve, tender top remained stubbornly attached at the front after the securing screws were removed to gain access for decoder installation, and rearrangement of drawbar and wiring as done on my own. A little work with a scalpel blade cut thr...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unidentified Hornby Electric Locomotive
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: Unidentified Hornby Electric Locomotive

Chops, your PM received and reply sent.

SRman wrote:...From memory, the EM2 has provision for a second motor bogie mounting moulded into the body shell already.

You remember correctly! I don't recall this (useful!) provision in any other Triang Hornby twin bogie model.
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Building a scenery for a total newbies
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Building a scenery for a total newbies

Welcome, and yes, you need some structure on which the track and scenery is mounted. In outline, what you do is build a support framework with a top surface to make a table on which the layout is constructed. Some links to good content here: https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php...

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