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by Bigmet
Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoders for older Hornby locos?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: Decoders for older Hornby locos?

...The set B12 and J52 Im finding to still be hesitant at times. I'm guessing these would benefit from upgraded decoders?... More information to digest! A good decoder will get the most out of the motors in these mechanisms, but it cannot 'work miracles'. What needs to be sorted out is why they hes...
by Bigmet
Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:07 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Accurascale have a Manor underway
Replies: 6
Views: 1024

Re: Accurascale have a Manor underway

Promising a 'running on the rails' video of the production version in the near future, so we can have a good look at the smoothness achieved when the mechanism is working as intended. (They have shown an engineering sample of the assembled model on a rolling road, and it appears rotationally smooth ...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: SORRY - yet another rookie electrofrog puzzle - pse help!!
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: SORRY - yet another rookie electrofrog puzzle - pse help!!

...It's such a nice loco that I don't really want to have to rewire it by routing the motor wires directly to the wheel contacts (I think I'm correct in saying that)... I had a quick look at the Bachmann USA site, and if your loco has all the acccesories it was orignally shipped with, you should fi...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old hornby Pullman coach
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Old Hornby Pullman coach

gromit54 wrote:Ops, :D yes I see what you mean...

As it's your thread title, you can edit it to correct the spelling, click on the 'pen' in the header of the post to edit, click on submit when you are done.

I can only do it for this specific post, because I was not the thread starter.
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoders for older Hornby locos?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: Decoders for older Hornby locos?

Some of the Hornby decoders will not be able to supply sufficient current for older motors, especially ones where the magnets have become weakened with age. Your select does not put out a good waveform so you will need to use good decoders to get good response from your locos, only the very expensi...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Exhibitions and Events
Topic: Exhbition 15th January - Beaminster, Dorset
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Exhbition 15th January - Beaminster, Dorset

Good work. Small is beautiful would be the appropriate phrase to cover this; where the larger events are hampered, you can overcoem the obstacles.
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old hornby Pullman coach
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Old horny Pullman coach

Model railway sites so need a s/w spelling patch to autocorrect to 'Hornby'.
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 11:30 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help with motor identifcation please
Replies: 6
Views: 80

Re: Help with motor identifcation please

The Maxon motor adapted as a drill can be found in all sorts of applications, motor vehicle, office equipment, hifi and photographic drives.( I found one in an amplifier with remote control of volume, and it was so torquey it dismounted the potentiometer after about two days use, returned for refund...
by Bigmet
Mon Jan 17, 2022 11:14 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Identification Help, Soviet?
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Identification Help, Soviet?

Also under the loco which someone else said "Mini" the wheels and motion actually spell something as well! Good spot about the stylised letters for the loco wheels! Cannot read them though - MINI was the one dead easy word... ...The loco itself looks Germanic though there are plenty of si...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 10:59 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Identification Help, Soviet?
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Identification Help, Soviet?

The box lid, what looks like a four letter brand logo in the loco outline is 'MINI'. That I can confidently guess! The four words to the left, the translator offers 'kit electrified iron road', which makes reasonable sense; I wonder if the term translated as 'kit' also carries the meaning 'model'? I...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 10:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Loco Turntables
Replies: 14
Views: 234

Re: Loco Turntables

I was just looking for examples of turntables on YouTube and I spotted a solution to aligning the track by eye. The turn table was being turned by hand with a long bar sticking out over the concrete surround. If I add a bar like it on two diagonally opposite corners and a post for it to line up wit...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 25
Views: 495

Re: Heljan Class 33

...I don’t know exactly the difference between the two but the Prototype has very little airspace twixt body and bogie/wheels whereas the Bachmann normal deltic has the usual unfortunate issue of a gap wide enough to install a decoder, well maybe not quite that much. The prototype model, while very...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoders for older Hornby locos?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: Decoders for older Hornby locos?

Further to the above comments with which I generally concur: for my money go directly to Zimo for older models, if you want the running performance to match as closely as possible what current mechanisms deliver. I have been using Zimo as 'mechanism tamers' since I became aware of this brand about f...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 12:48 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 25
Views: 495

Re: Heljan Class 33

Bachmann Deltic first. The original Bachmann Deltics (8-pin DCC and no lights) were only powered on the outer two axles of each bogie ... I had quite forgotten that. Took one look at that drive arrangement - bound to be unstable - and walked away, finally purchasing when Bachmann did the job right ...
by Bigmet
Sun Jan 16, 2022 12:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Position of Load Gauges
Replies: 9
Views: 91

Re: Position of Load Gauges

Seen as constructed it suggests to me a former terminal station from the dawn of the railway, (since superseded by a much larger passenger station with superior layout for efficient movements of the considerably heavier traffic now on the line) that has been adapted little changed as a freight termi...

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