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by Bigmet
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons Wholesale
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Hattons Wholesale

Effectively a manufacturer now, just as much as Hornby and Dapol are. Product research and design base in the UK directly managing outsourced manufacturing, with a marketing and wholesale function supplying other retailers in addition to direct sales. I notice that they have announced a stand at the...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release

This comes down to pre-group modelling being a minority interest, and worse yet with about 30 significant companies all with their own styles of construction and livery and many of these with something of a tendency to build coach variants in penny packet numbers, no cheap and easy route to provide ...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do my locos keep falling apart?
Replies: 42
Views: 367

Re: Why do my locos keep falling apart?

It's all very realistic of course, this is what real steam locos did, as a quick read of a running shed engineer's account of his work will reveal. One of my favourites a loco with a driver's fault card report 'make sands to run'. Part of the linkage from the lever in the cab had simply 'dropped off'.
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Decoders not to NRMA standards?
Replies: 9
Views: 69

Re: Hornby Decoders not to NRM standards?

If the model predates the introduction of TTS, it will have an ESU sound decoder, which will not be a problem. Do your research on the model number, and ask the vendor what the decoder is. It's 'caveat emptor' (buyer beware!) with all s/h purchases. Don't take the NCE gear as a benchmark for complia...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Using Polysyrene sheets as backboards
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Using Polysyrene sheets as backboards

A height of six inches can be enough in N gauge, especially if the wall behind is a neutral colour. If the layout is permanent, and so doesn't need to stand the knocks of moving around, a good material for the backscene is foamboard. Very light, takes paint and adhesives well, can be glued to the la...
by Bigmet
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do my locos keep falling apart?
Replies: 42
Views: 367

Re: Why do my locos keep falling apart?

I know it is not possible for everyone, but far and away the best place for the model is on the layout, handled as little as possible. ...I once mentioned the falling to bits thing to a model shop owner he said ' modellers moaned to manufacturers and asked for more detail and now they moan about the...
by Bigmet
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby A1, A3, A4 replacement motor
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Hornby A1, A3, A4 replacement motor

Looks like the 'black can' found in most of the newly tooled steam models made during Hornby's time with Sanda Kan. Be interested to read your report when you have them.
by Bigmet
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Best Scales and Gauges for Budget Modellers...
Replies: 9
Views: 174

Re: Best Scales and Gauges for Budget Modellers...

...Any thoughts on budgeting ideas? Have you set a challenge to build a model railway with out spending more then a certain amount of money? I expect most of us have a budget. Mine was set some years ago when a small group of friends realised that 'boys night out' could be diverted into getting on ...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Bachmann 36-568 chip
Replies: 17
Views: 367

Re: Bachmann 36-568 chip

This aspect of no standard key defined for operational functions is something that has led me to home in on a small range of decoder maker's which either do it the same or may be programmed to conform. When operating from a group of seventy locos the last thing you want is the need to remember what ...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Mk4s: First Vs Standard
Replies: 7
Views: 155

Re: Hornby Mk4s: First Vs Standard

... Railway fare has never been very appetising... I felt it was worth the first class fare on the ECML for the at seat service if I was going London-Newcastle or further, and in my experience the food and drink on offer was consistently good in BR's hands and up to the end of the GNER operation of...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DIESEL CLASS 20 HEADLIGHT CODES
Replies: 12
Views: 120

Re: DIESEL CLASS 20 HEADLIGHT CODES

That's a single disc (lamp) over the right buffer. Correct post 1961 for an unfitted freight, the single disc (lamp) over left buffer having been eliminated. In the 1950s it would also be legitimate for this class of traffic, but specifically identified the train as stopping, rather than through unf...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad range
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: Railroad range

Lysander's sepia wash treatment is a winner alright. Those old Graham Farish coaches have been upgraded so well as to be almost unrecognisable. It will also work well on the old 'Ian Kirk' polystyrene kits which are the long term favourite for LNER Gresley teak coaches on a budget. Unfortunately the...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DIESEL CLASS 20 HEADLIGHT CODES
Replies: 12
Views: 120

Re: DIESEL CLASS 20 HEADLIGHT CODES

Facing the loco the usual code would be one lamp above the left hand buffer (BR train classification J) and the mineral wagons can be loaded or empty. The first EE type 1s in service were a pilot batch of just 20 introduced from 1957 (they are not going to become class 20s for ten years!). These wer...
by Bigmet
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad range
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: Railroad range

Anyone got any views on the Railroad range, particularly the R4332/R4333 LNER Teak coaches? I've seen a couple of opinions that they are cheap and nasty... That's what they are. Dimensionally inaccurate, they are complete fictions that date from the bad old days of OO. If you want them, I would sug...

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