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by Bigmet
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4mt shorting out
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Hornby 4mt shorting out

Tracing faults is where I prefer DC to DCC. If the loco has a DCC plug and socket, undo the decoder and start by testing from there. It can be easier to trace a short by doing this. Very much so, take DCC out of the equation for testing, insert a blanking plug and do the work with a DC supply. Deta...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: B12 spares
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: B12 spares

If you can salvage old brush 'copper carbon' from old motors or dynamos (those from old Electrolux products are particularly good), it is cheap and simple to solder shaped carbon pieces onto the old brushes. Pick up from coach wheels. Worth a hunt around for s/h examples of the split axle wheelsets ...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Big disappointment!
Replies: 16
Views: 344

Re: Big disappointment!

Interesting to read on the forums that more and more people are apparently getting what seem to be ‘returned and fixed’ items in lieu of what they thought were brand new items... This problem has been around long term. The retailer is the first port of call under our customer protection legislation...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 95
Views: 2374

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

Looking at the new 2019 Hornby range I am glad to see a few versions of the conventional 0-4-0's. Now you want to watch developments carefully. Because 'the range' is essentially a prospectus when it comes to reissues of old tooling. Whether these proposed productions actually happen depends on suf...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons Pre-owned - whats your experience?
Replies: 18
Views: 656

Re: Second hand stock

... As to used stuff.....nothing wrong with it if you use your brains... Very true. The major one to be aware of in OO locos is the Mainline, Replica and Bachmann 'split chassis' steam models. The problem with these is a mechanism construction dependent on bespoke parts, for which there is no compl...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann A4 spares
Replies: 17
Views: 333

Re: Bachmann A4 spares

Jerky Hornby, you have to track through the wiring for a poor connection or wire break inside insulation. Best to start by applying power direct to the motor brushes to make sure the motor itself is a reliable runner if it gets power.
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: B12 spares
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: B12 spares

...are there any curved points that would enable cross overs between 3rd and 4th radius curves........if i fit metal wheels to the coaches....will that short out,the set up is DC but will metal wheels not just short live to ground out. Let's deal with those two. Firstly the set track system in use ...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco
Replies: 32
Views: 2003

Re: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco

Yes, the enthusiasm of Jason Shron's gang is pretty legendary. They approach the task as enthusiasts first, but with no excuses resulting therefrom, the models are produced on the most professional basis. Following the Stirling single, I will buy again if something suitable is offered. Quite possibl...
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: I need help...
Replies: 10
Views: 262

Re: I need help...

...Tender drive does have its place... It may have done, but technique is now sufficiently good that it's all but redundant in 4mm in my opinion. As a fully concealed loco drive has been provided for a RTR OO Stirling single, it would need a search among the most awkward of ancient loco designs to ...
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann A4 spares
Replies: 17
Views: 333

Re: Bachmann A4 spares

If a Bachmann split chassis A4 (and indeed any of their split chassis steamers) is jerky and needs full power to run at all, then that is usually poor conduction between the axle stubs and axle locations, from a build up of metal oxide and old lubricant which acts as an insulator in the conduction p...
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: I need help...
Replies: 10
Views: 262

Re: I need help...

Oh yes you do need help. Assuming that is that you want to run them. The problem you might have is that there is little authentic from RTR to run those A4s with! The relatively little in Gresley design gangwayed coaches focusses on stock not so common in the premium trains that the A4's were built t...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Big disappointment!
Replies: 16
Views: 344

Re: Big disappointment!

I must be purchasing from a different Hornby. This Hornby has mounted a sustained twelve year assault on my wallet, during which time they have sold me multiples of: BR Standard Britannia pacifics (chmney rim detached on one.) Thompson B1(back plate of bunker was weakly attached on one.) Thompson O1...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco
Replies: 32
Views: 2003

Re: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco

It's arrived, and as nice a model as was promised. I expect this is the only RTR OO conventional steam tram loco model we will ever see, so if you have ever fancied such a thing...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Princess Coronation class Queen Elizabeth - another Hornby dud
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Princess Coronation class Queen Elizabeth - another Hornby dud

...my new Bachman Jubilee is having trouble derailing on curves, but I haven't pulled it apart yet to adjust front bogie. Should I try bubblewrap first? ... I have had only the briefest acquaintance with a friend's Bachmann Jube (current version) some years ago. (I am not buying until they produce ...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest Arrival!
Replies: 13
Views: 328

Re: Latest Arrival!

...It will be interesting to see if the recommended running in can make any improvement, it's silky smooth already. There's a bagful of bits to attach, cowcatchers without a hole, doors (choice of open or closed), windows ditto, chains for holding up side skirts, coupling hook, shedplates for every...

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