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by Bigmet
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

It reads as a sensible move, work their way through all the various announced product; and only when nearing the bottom of that barrel, start with new announcements to appear in the 12 -24 month timescale they were achieving 2002 - 2012. We will quite quickly be able to gauge whether they are on tra...
by Bigmet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

A 'compendium' catalogue of all Bachmann UK product has hit the street, and those who have it are reporting 'nothing new'
by Bigmet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

It's austerity from Bachmann! Nothing new to show, just revised timescales (bear in mind I have only looked at OO model railway, there might be 'other stuff'). Making positive noises about getting the V2 out in 2020. That's a tick in the box I want to see ticked. The EP's that have been shown reveal...
by Bigmet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: J26, 15 ton crane, wagons from Oxford Rail
Replies: 0
Views: 78

J26, 15 ton crane, wagons from Oxford Rail

The ex NER J26 a spin off from the J27 0-6-0 already announced, a fifteen ton breakdown crane, a GER ventilated van and a Pilchard. (This latter I believe to be an engineer's bogie wagon for ballast, rail and sleepers of an LNER design, which was designated 'Pilchard' under BR's 'seakind' scheme for...
by Bigmet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!

Matters have suddenly improved in the Bachmann accessibility department. Having embarked on a complete pig's ear of a website design some years ago, replacing what had been a very simple and user friendly site, now it seems the error has been realised and a rather better site design has been introdu...
by Bigmet
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: K1 to K4 conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: K1 to K4 conversion

Bignet- cheers for that. Curves and tender apart, is it then essentially a case of carefully masking off, removing decals, perhaps removing a few plastic bits, prime and airbrushing on a nice coat of LNER Apple green then applying lining transfers/bow pen line and decals? Bit more than that, which ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Front Bogie Derailing
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Front Bogie Derailing

A light spring on the pivot will help, but there is something more fundamental to check first. I suspect these are all Hornby products? The bogies are mounted in a bent metal bracket screwed onto the chassis block. If this bracket is slightly bent or secured slightly out of position, it can lift the...
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons class 66 in OO
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: Hattons class 66 in OO

Somewhat later than intended, these have gone on sale, but seem to have won no interest here? The rotating axle ends are falling off some owner's models, but that apart seem to be getting a positive welcome. Not for those with weak layouts: by report the heaviest model yet in RTR OO...
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: And now a class 91 + mk4 IC 225 set from Cavalex
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: And now a class 91 + mk4 IC 225 set from Cavalex

Bigmet wrote:...Will Hornby charge into the breach ...

Yes. But only the class 91, no new models of the mk4 and DVT.

Cavalex have formally abandoned offering the OO model, but are continuing with the N gauge version.
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Lenz Digital Plus LS150 not accepting programming
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Lenz Digital Plus LS150 not accepting programming

If it is less than 10 years from purchase, Lenz' warranty will cover it.

A&H Models are the UK distributor and can advise. https://www.aandhmodels.co.uk/
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!

Mk 1 or Thompson SK, both have been available from Bachmann, but you will have to find one s/h I suspect. (A Stanier coach is unlikely, as it would in reality require gangway adaptors to fit with the Pullman gangways standard on ex-LNER and BR Vehicles.) While I am not keen on the Hornby Gresley gan...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: K1 to K4 conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: K1 to K4 conversion

What you need first is a drawing of the K4. The Isinglass range are well worth a look. http://www.isinglass-models.co.uk/ If you don't have some already, good pictures are a major help in interpreting the drawing for a realistic result. 'The problem' for most folks are the sexy ogee curves of the fo...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dcc decoder plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Dcc decoder plugs

No specific tools that I am aware of. The Next 18 is the best in terms of ease, no tool required, very soft click in, click out. 6 pin and 8 pin are OK with fingers. 21 pin MTC is a bit of a bear both to locate and to remove. No need to push fully home, engaged is enough! For removal if pushed fully...
by Bigmet
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 20
Views: 693

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

...I have made 1 '00' point before and it worked apart from never finishing the switch rail pivoting again something I may need to do on my EM, but using code 75 track I might get enough flexing in the rail to keep fixed... The code 75 rail will flex very easily and thus the closure rails may be so...
by Bigmet
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Unusual Locomotive and Railcars
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Unusual Locomotive and Railcars

When it comes to unusual locomotives, have you encountered this little treasure trove?
http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCO ... coloco.htm
Hours of wonder and entertainment.

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