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by Bigmet
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 7
Views: 63

Re: Soldering

Some exhibitions have a soldering demo stand too, good for those whose preferred learning style is by seeing a demonstration, and then following the example. I would almost go as far as to say that electrically powered model railway requires the ability to perform electrical soldering. Once this sma...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Different Values For The Same Model?
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Different Values For The Same Model?

Bufferstop wrote:...They could then produce sealed collectors editions with just a lead weight inside the box :D

I am occasionally tempted by the thought of utilising cheap supermarket confectionery to ballast appropriately and sell 'mint in box'.
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 2721 Class:- Chassis Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: 2721 Class:- Chassis Replacement

Another neat job to put a more competent mech into a dated model. It is sobering to realise that the current incorrectly dimensioned Hornby 'universal' 0-6-0T mechanism originated with a 1950s compromise. There's one 0-6-0T mechanism in Hornby's range that they tooled themselves and is correctly dim...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Different Values For The Same Model?
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Different Values For The Same Model?

A dealer near me never takes the items out the boxes because he says as soon as the box is opened he can't sell them. I asked him how we know the loco is working and what would we do if it does not? He said if there was an issue with the item to deal direct with the manufacturer rather then return ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Derby Sulzer type 2, class 25/3 for OO
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Derby Sulzer type 2, class 25/3 for OO

30% more for the motored 25 compared to the unmotored Ethel at the currently quoted £129/£99. Whether that ratio is maintained at whatever point the prices finish up on release is quite another question.
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Different Values For The Same Model?
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Different Values For The Same Model?

Not that it matters, but the dealers I have known suspect otherwise, coming up with estimates that between 60 and 80 percent of their sales go to collectors. Key indicators: pretty much only RTR locos are purchased, possibly some straight track (most likely for display purposes) no purchases of spar...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Loco head lamps
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: Loco head lamps

Don't know, whatever you find out, do share please.

Personally I have yet to find an ideal loco headcode lamp product, most are not small enough to look right once painted, due to both growth in size from the paint and loss of crispness. Good subject for 3D printing in a bright white material...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Different Values For The Same Model?
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Different Values For The Same Model?

I like it, because the cheaper ones are just as good for my purposes. I have lucked in on a few items bought at low prices that then for reasons known only to those with cash burning holes in their pockets inflated in value, my last such was a Hornby Clan. Not vital for my modelling so it got sold o...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues
Replies: 42
Views: 3997

Re: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues

Eighth inch axles. No guarantee that N2's 18 spokes are the same as on the 43xx, and the crescent pattern balance weights will be wrong too. It is all compromise when we start fooling around swapping RTR parts.
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Lima can motor locos
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Lima can motor locos

Cheaply acquired tooling, and a model at a low price in a Hornby box would be the shorthand answer. There was positive howling at the time Hornby bought the Lima tooling, for immediate resumption of production of the 'essential' diesel locos. At least the 20 has the decency to look like a 20; the 55...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 109
Views: 3051

Re: Financial Woes Continue

This was mentioned, but that is business as usual when moving between manufacturing operations. I have played a part in a fair amount of this type of work, and let's just say it can be interesting. Won't have helped Hornby in getting reissues out on originally planned schedules, just one of the many...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Financial Woes Continue
Replies: 109
Views: 3051

Re: Financial Woes Continue

I don't know how true it is but I read a newspaper report that said when Sanda Kan the earlier Chinese Hornby maker gave the Hornby moulds to Kader that Kader notified Hornby that they now owned the moulds and would not be returning them to Hornby under any circumstances, maybe things have changed ...
by Bigmet
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues
Replies: 42
Views: 3997

Re: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues

Neat job. The original Airfix GMR motor is a good design (derived directly from the MW005) but was manufactured cheaply to a relatively low standard of precision. The armature balance was not closely controlled, and the bearing fits are typically slack. They run forever (never yet seen a magnet lose...
by Bigmet
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Derby Sulzer type 2, class 25/3 for OO
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Derby Sulzer type 2, class 25/3 for OO

I look at this slightly differently. The production diesel traction fleet is 'complete' in RTR OO in terms of decent models with good mechanisms either available or announced, and it is only the 21/29 and 59 to come on the announced list. So what to do if these have been your core products? Until qu...
by Bigmet
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Magnification Lamping.
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Magnification Lamping.

...What do you recommend for a tight budget!!! There's nothing to beat the great big yellow thing that is performing strongly just at the moment (all for free!) and a magnifying lens. Apart from an eye loupe I make a lot of use of an old 50mm f1.4 optic from a 35mm film camera. These offer very goo...

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