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by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Thankfully never produced
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Thankfully never produced

That is awful... True, but all things are relative. Better by far than the uninhibitedly inauthentic interpretations of the N2 and R1 tank locos that were part of the H-D/Wrenn range. That catalogue date of 1977 is telling isn't it? Mainline's launch in 1976 had 'reset' ideas of what RTR OO might l...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 38
Views: 2762

Re: Dcc loco issues

In my experience a Lenz DCC system and Lenz or Zimo decoders are a stable solution, A similar scenario to the "Apple v just about everyone else" in computers. Build your hardware to your design, control the use of it by copyright and patents rigorously enforced..." Lenz made their DC...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.
Replies: 16
Views: 187

Re: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.

...In all of those designs I have not had a single example of zinc rot. Do you think it is safe to uncross my fingers yet? From a total of about 30 Kader locos of the split chassis type from Mainline, Replica and Bachmann, I have had just one failure, the wheel castings on one of the first batch of...
by Bigmet
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 38
Views: 2762

Re: Dcc loco issues

...Ongoing compatibility is a very shaky promise... In my experience a Lenz DCC system and Lenz or Zimo decoders are a stable solution, free from compatibility problems. I see plenty of other makes of decoders that friends have tried. The best of them just not as good all around, abundant direness ...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How is my brain nowadays??? (Funicular layout)
Replies: 24
Views: 178

Re: How is my brain nowadays??? (Funicular layout)

You can make points work in model form with no moving parts at all, just a check rail to drag the vehicles to the correct road when they reach a facing point. (Same principle as a 'divergence' on mixed gauge track.) An oblique slot in the check rail allows the vehicle in the trailing direction to pa...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s

If the paint sticks like the proverbial to a shovel then a thorough clean will be all that is required for the paint you apply to adhere.
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: starter set vs separates
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: starter set vs separates

... I got a good deal (I think! £32) on a BACHMANN 60117 locomotive. It just arrived and the body is in mint condition. Sadly one hook is broken but then again, it does not match the hooks on my 3x Jouef coaches, so will need to replace both hooks, or perhaps the end hooks on the coaches?... I was ...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)

Of course, it is all very realistic! The B1 was a wartime design, and the design effort focussed on materials cost down, simplicity, steaming and power output, and well established refinements such as provision for axle bearing adjustment to take up wear were absent as a result. That could be fixed ...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)

In principle they ought to perform very similarly. But there are some significant mechanical differences between them, the K1 has both a flywheel and smaller diameter wheels than on the B1; both factors helpful for drive smoothness. I have had several examples of both to look at, some my own, others...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ballasting/sound reduction
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Ballasting/sound reduction

...I’ll only need it wide enough for 4-tracks at “sea level”, so I reckon that’ll fit onto a 12” strip?... This needed more discussion, so I left it for when I returned from the supermarket run! If you use a flexitrack system (such as Peco Streamline) to build your layout - and you should in the sp...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: starter set vs separates
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: starter set vs separates

...Am I missing something? Guidance much appreciated! What you get in a starter set is very basic items which you will swiftly outgrow. But it will do what it says on the box, and at that price you can flog it before Christmas to someone else who wants a starter set; since you will by then be build...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ballasting/sound reduction
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Ballasting/sound reduction

All to say there is that cork will last the life of the layout, even if that is decades. Synthetic foams may last the life of the layout, and are potentially degraded by solvents commonly used in railway modelling, so need to be tested with these before use,
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.
Replies: 16
Views: 187

Re: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.

Just to up date. After a bit of a think decided you are right and I should return the engine. Will let you know how I get on... For the future, the 'split chassis' locos with this weak construction from Bachmann, Replica and Mainline, may be avoided by not buying locos lacking a DCC decoder socket ...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Theoretical Question.
Replies: 18
Views: 286

Re: DCC Theoretical Question.

...Myself for quality RC equipment, Id recommend Jeti, Futaba, JR Propo and Spektrum. As Ive said, these brands come with premium prices (you're talking minimum £600), you'll still be stuck with 30 model memory or thereabouts ... Thank you so much for this information. I'll keep watching developmen...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ballasting/sound reduction
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Ballasting/sound reduction

There are two key aids to noise reduction from model railway 'baseboards'. First, reduce the surface area of baseboard on which the track is mounted. Don't use a large rectangular piece, cut it up into shaped lengths to take the track layout only. (Less material is required so there's a cost saving ...

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