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by Bigmet
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 104
Views: 2416

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I imagine if Hornby and others purely concentrate on the premium collectors market they will soon disappear up their own sunless holes just like the HD collectors market has as the people collecting the stuff shuffle off their mortal coils. Good for the short term maybe..... The short term is all t...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which sound/speakers for Heljan DP2
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Which sound/speakers for Heljan DP2

ER would cheerfully have had a fleet of DP2s (unaltered by the Derby drones who ruined the 50 by adding all their sophistimacated doodads and hobbled it) instead of the Brush type 4. DP2 was simple, robust, amply powerful enough for most turns and cheap. I don't recollect anything out of the ordinar...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which sound/speakers for Heljan DP2
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Which sound/speakers for Heljan DP2

A rather good site on the subject of the EE/Napier locomotive adventure here.
http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/index.html
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing new layout - ideas?
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Testing new layout - ideas?

Fiddle/storage yards, make them through road as much as possible rather than sidings, much more flexible. (Short sidings at the end of loops to take a loco or two are useful.) Now, you are limiting the length of the loops by not starting the fans of points that create the loops until you are on the ...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Lenz and Zimo decoder -where to buy?
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Lenz and Zimo decoder -where to buy?

Thirded on Coastal DCC. The proprieter, Kevin Dickerson, is a class act. Goes to a good number of shows, where day long provision of advice and demonstrations typically leaves him pretty hoarse by day's end.
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 104
Views: 2416

Re: Financial Woes Continue

...As for "an all out focus on the adult modeller and collector market" ... That's how I read what Lyndon Davies piece in the report had to say. He notes that they have to meet and beat the challenge of many competitors. What are those competitors making in model railway? Locos and some r...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 104
Views: 2416

Re: Financial Woes Continue

That's one of the classes of product I expect to see discontinued. Why waste manufacturing slots - which are clearly hard to secure by their own account - on something that has to then be sold at too high a price to attract customers in order to make any profit? Brutal necesssity to focus solely on ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 104
Views: 2416

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I get the feeling that the days of Hornby model railway (and most likely their other brands, but I know nothing of those) doing 'everything' in the way of a comprehensive range are over. It will be a much more closely defined offering, just the profitable items that can be manufactured and sold at p...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: VAT versus GST
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: VAT versus GST

It's wait and see on the implementation. Once a retailer has the correct charging regime to apply, it's a few lines of code to automate the process of calculating the VAT-less price plus shipping total, and charging 10% GST on that, maintaining a total of GST collected and remitting it. But that's w...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 104
Views: 2416

Re: Financial Woes Continue

The 'full woe' in Hornby's annual report. http://otp.investis.com/clients/uk/hornby/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=1477&newsid=1057137 Not good at all, but Lyndon Davies' team have a plan, and are going to play it, so here goes! There's a pretty well written statement of where it all went wrong a...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Stirling single announced
Replies: 19
Views: 1705

Re: Stirling single announced

Rapido have confirmed that the batch of Stirling singles departed the factory very early in June and are afloat. So given the usual transit time and clearance of the container at the UK port, my expectation would be deliveries to begin in July. (The sample photo of the finished loco with this inform...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing new layout - ideas?
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Testing new layout - ideas?

Like it. Now, the fiddle yard. Make it big, bigger... If you cannot afford all the track in one hit, lay it out so that future additions are simple. There's nothing like having ample track to park the locos and stock, it makes it far more fun operationally; and your models won't get damaged, because...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble

OK, you can tighten up then by fitting shims. But. What I would suggest at this point is to ask whether you have any good 'loco doctors' at your club? There's nothing like being able to see the problem to diagnose where it is coming from. I got a great start this way from two sage older modellers at...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble

Nothing so elaborate for reducing wheelset sideplay. As suggested above, cementing thin shims of black plasticard to the keeper plate sides behind the wheels will do that job. However, there isn't much sideplay on this model, probably just enough to get it round second radius curves, which is essent...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: Hornby R2151 J94/Austerity in LMR blue Wobble

If you want to get really technical this movement is Yaw (movements that are rotations about a vertical axis). There's also Pitch (rotation about a horizontal axis perpendicular to the direction of movement) and roll (rotation about a horizontal axis in the direction of motion). A steam locomotive t...

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