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by Bigmet
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dismantling a 1438
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Dismantling a 1438

Mike Parkes wrote:Dapol provided the 14xx with a new chassis which all models of 1438 had so the Hornby service sheet not the Airfix one should be relevant...

Aha! You learn a new thing every day...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: BASEBOARD - another way to consider
Replies: 19
Views: 4606

Re: BASEBOARD - another way to consider

...The use of multiple levels was definitely above average. I don't believe it can be said often enough, that the moment a layout builder makes provision for the 'land surface' of the layout to fall significantly below the track level, makes a step change in realism. A significant vertical aspect t...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Pva/water mix ratio for ballast
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Pva/water mix ratio for ballast

Perhaps we should post a warning about ballasting. Done right the sleepers become solidly attached to the base, whether it's wood or cork, to the extent that there's very little sound deadening. It is possible to 'play tunes' with this effect. A more compliant adhesive such as Copydex results in le...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dismantling a 1438
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Dismantling a 1438

Since it is OO you can look for the Airfix GMR or Hornby 14xx diagram, as this model was manufactured from the same tools in turn by Airfix GMR, Mainline, Dapol and now Hornby. This is the Airfix jobbie. http://www.lendonsmodelshop.co.uk/pdf/Airfix%20Locomotive%20Service%20Sheets/0-4-2%20Tank.pdf HTH.
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 48HP Ruston better than I could have hoped
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: 48HP Ruston better than I could have hoped

... and you get a spare wagon to boot... A wagon with pick up arrangements too, which might be redeployed? It has been noticeable how few complaints or difficulties have been reported by owners of this model, Hornby have made a good job of the mechanism which is really good news. If you can do the ...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Standard and self isolating points
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Standard and self isolating points

... There are 2 RH points 36-871 and 36-873. The 873 is described as compatible with the Hornby R8073. The 871 say it's self isolating, and doesn't mention compatibility, but from the photos I can't see any difference between the 2... That's somewhat slack of Bachmann. There are two distinct and di...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dismantling a 1438
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Dismantling a 1438

You will to supply some more clues Bobby. Dapol manufacture in N, OO and O. With the gauge and the manufacturer's catalogue number progress is possible. You could also look at Lendon's site, they maintain a pretty full compendium of what service sheets are available.
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

It's one of the great things about this hobby, it offers so many options. Above all else, the aspect I enjoy most is watching the movement of the timetabled operation. Just what I did when young, from the lineside, platform or overbridge. Other than shunting moves I don't drive the trains. Never had...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

I 'lucked in' to the space required for my four track main line in OO, and then had to spend quite some time finding a suitable real location that was genuinely confined, to enable realistic modelling of the scene. Bottom line is that I am a timetable operator above all else, and don't go in for sce...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Let's Tango! O2 to be produced
Replies: 44
Views: 10820

Re: Let's Tango! O2 to be produced

Yesterday it was the turn of the O2/4 to run into the one reliability problem I have yet to cure, occasional great gobs of track dirt which appear randomly on the data I have collected so far. The O2/4 made a really noticeable kick as it ran over points, so came off its train and was stood aside whi...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

When Peco began their move into EM in conjunction with the EM Society - something they could have done any time these past thirty or forty years - the thought that crossed my mind was whether this was about maintaining RTL EM track supply into the longer term future. I am fully in agreement about P4...
by Bigmet
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?
Replies: 10
Views: 270

Re: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?

A book I am forever recommending for this period: 'The Big Four in Colour 1935 - 50' . Does exactly what it says on the cover, and the text and captioning is highly informative.
by Bigmet
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 31
Views: 1158

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

...this was aimed at a budget and relative simplicity. With two locos I was intending to use sitting here with no real current use, easy ? No way, simply getting wheels & axles seems beyond my lightweight internet searching. Suggestions from the EM society - Build chassis for my locos. THAT is ...
by Bigmet
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?
Replies: 10
Views: 270

Re: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?

Thanks for clearing all that up. I came across the terms in a book on LMS coaches... And that's a whole other story. The LMS had built coaches during its existence in three fairly distinct design families, but little to tell them apart in the stock listings. A group of LMS modellers - including the...
by Bigmet
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Help: Kings Cross Reference Material
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: Help: Kings Cross Reference Material

A little specialised. You might also try posing the query here. https://www.lner.info/forums/index.php This terminus was built and operated by the Great Northern Railway, and then from 1923 by the LNER, a 'group' of previously independent lines, then British Railways Eastern Region, and now nobody q...

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