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by Bigmet
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digital point clips
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: Digital point clips

Brace yourself. These are a crude method of adapting a track system design of much the same age as yourself to cope with the DCC system. If you can perform electrical soldering, small pieces of insulated wire can be used instead. There are much better alternatives in OO track, notably by Peco. But t...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Lost Tooling
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Hornby Lost Tooling

I simply don't believe there has been any disastrous loss of Hornby's 'legacy' tooling. My guess is that everything potentially worth using has now long been shipped out to China, India, wherever: and exploited if found to be usable and capable of making product for which there is a commercially via...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Lost Tooling
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Hornby Lost Tooling

I rather suspect that starting from a sample of the earlier product would be the simplest approach, and therefore the old tooling was redundant.
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: McLaren Models Falkirk
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: McLaren Models Falkirk

You have to be a little cautious on operating a business from domestic premises, dependent on local authority regulation. Our's is red hot on it; they want to lease you commercial premises.
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Wagon Number Sequences?
Replies: 10
Views: 109

Re: Wagon Number Sequences?

It is helpful to have at least an outline 'history' of the operation that the model represents, as that will suggest things about loco and vehicle identification and numbering. For example if it has been running for a good many years and is a reasonable success, all the early rolling stock and locos...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Crowd funded proposal for EE Gas Turbine 3 in OO
Replies: 23
Views: 1073

Re: Crowd funded proposal for EE Gas Turbine 3 in OO

I would love to sign up for a 00 version of GT3 having seen her on test between Whitchurch and Chester in 1963 but am a bit wary of committing monies in in these days of internet fraud etc. and having no UK contact number or address... This is one of those 'your call' decisions. There is a risk, be...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Getting started
Replies: 34
Views: 562

Re: Getting started

...So on to building the base board. I am carpenter by trade so no problems there but seen many different ways to build the base board, some look a little OTT to me but I was thinking of using 1/2 inch ply joined together with a 2x1 frame work to keep the weight down, then all I need to do is figur...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 21
Views: 1174

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

The Prairie appears to have been quietly dropped since the Hornby announcement that they had one underway, but a test assembly of the Mogul was shown at Ally Pally show, and the first EP is expected end 2019.
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Rivarossi class 641 Diesel railcar - which decoder?
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Rivarossi class 641 Diesel railcar - which decoder?

Have you tried e-mail form in 'contact us' to make a direct request for this information of Hornby? It may take a few days for a reply in my experience.
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R1233 The Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 781

Re: Hornby R1233 The Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set 2019

Reputedly, these promotionals are exceedingly popular 'collector' items, among those who collect specific branded merchandise. We will be able to tell if it works for Hornby, because they will create new versions in succeeding years. Last thing I want , but if it is solidly profitable, Hornby do nee...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?

Showing its age like good wine in my opinion! No broken wires in handsets for me, but then I am careful. I know someone who hung up his Lenz handset and then tripped over the wire: he broke a few wires alright, but I think the fractured wrist mattered more. Controlling signals, never tried that so n...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?

That's simply not necessarily true. (I suspect that's information from an incorrectly wired system.) On the rare occasions I have a system all stop, I can change any point without trouble.

Do please list any further shortcomings.
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Class21/29
Replies: 14
Views: 941

Re: Class21/29

And how it looks at home in that 'somewhere down at heel' urban location.
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Class21/29
Replies: 14
Views: 941

Re: Class21/29

Supposedly Dapol are aware of the issues with the EP and will be altering them. However the front looks so bad I can't imagine the front tooling can be rectified, I think they will have to make a new one. Now seen photos of the all green sample displayed at Ally Pally 2019: and I have to admit surp...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 470

Re: ZTC Controllers... Are they any good?

Now I don't know every DCC user obviously, but I do know a fair number and here's the the thing I do know about Lenz, compared to 'all the others'. It's so reliable. Coming up to fifteen years use, and never a problem - bear in mind I operate every day I am home - you really have to make an effort t...

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