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by Bigmet
Sat Feb 24, 2024 3:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering droppers to Code 75 track
Replies: 2
Views: 15

Re: Soldering droppers to Code 75 track

On each length of flexi, move the sleeper base apart, cut off the web, tin the rail underside, lay the tinned wire end along the rail bottom and apply the iron. If you have a lot of plain straight track to do make yourself a simple bench jig; a lath either end at 36" spacing, little upstands at...
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which modern-ish locos have coreless?
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Which modern-ish locos have coreless?

In addition to those mentioned, the recent-ish flurry of useful LNER group tank engines: Sonic/RoS A5, Bachmann/TMC G5, Oxford N7, also the Bachmann MR 0-4-4T, all have coreless motors is the opinion/information. The brand managements do give the impression that this is information they would prefer...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:59 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: List of Other and Minor manufacturers/Distributors
Replies: 9
Views: 36301

Re: List of Other and Minor manufacturers/Distributors

I've unlocked this thread, please append any desired additions/deletions/amendments , etc. as replies. [/color] John, Here's an amendment! I wouldn't for a moment think I have got all the brands listed, or all the 'no longer active' deleted... 00/H0 Gauge Accurascale...................................
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.

...Peter the proprietor has a massive stock. English 00 predominantly. His prices are fair, and I've seen and bought some great bargains, particularly as new locos. Now he doesn't do internet. His website hasn't been updated for 12 years. No ebay sales. I'm not even sure if thats his current email ...
by Bigmet
Thu Feb 22, 2024 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Dublo Three Rail Layout
Replies: 39
Views: 5001

Re: Dublo Three Rail Layout

That's coming on very well. Real working steam locos, once they had put in a few months in service after construction or a major overhaul, had all sorts of 'flaws' in their external appearance, dents and creases in the claddings and other external sheet metalwork, bent handrails, coal rails, oil pip...
by Bigmet
Thu Feb 22, 2024 3:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.

I have now mastered the Rails site in terms of 'mechanism' and it remains clunky and tedious compared to what Hattons had developed. I will continue trying the various online sites, and whichever retailer eventually matches what Hattons made so effortless gets all my business: it's never a mistake t...
by Bigmet
Thu Feb 22, 2024 12:13 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Mogul
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: Dapol Mogul

I haven't, but see one roughly annually on a friend's layout. It looks like it should and runs well, and there's a big choice of one 'current standard' model of the class in RTR OO. That's for the current production, first releases the gear ratio wasn't ideal. Standard advice: have it test run at po...
by Bigmet
Tue Feb 20, 2024 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Coppenhall Goods (Late Crest) 00
Replies: 60
Views: 11054

Re: Coppenhall Goods (Late Crest) 00

Part 3 - Some people looking at the layout were saying that a goods yard this size would not have a dedicated Engine Shed... A note of caution relating to 'some people' and their opinions. The old railway put up no end of buildings, some of which ended their railway working life being used for a di...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 19, 2024 10:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.

Bit surprised Rails wasnt mentioned in the above post. You can filter on in stock and pre owned stuff on their site which, imvho, is way better than hattons was. That looked like a 15 year old had used plain HTML to create it... Possibly I am not using the Rails site the way it was designed to be u...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 19, 2024 12:31 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1390
Views: 208191

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

When compact and with a highly competent range of motor control CV's to cudgel optimal performance from a less than special drive ie required: Zimo MX600 is my go to wired decoder, 25 x 11x 2 mm, full insulating shroud means it will go 'anywhere' in an all metal body. It was all of £20 not so long a...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 19, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.
Replies: 10
Views: 217

New s/h champion supplier required. Reports please.

Early in the Hattons closing thread, I recall this question. ... Permit an odd question. The main British model rail magazines seem to have an unusually high number of adverts "we'll buy your trains." Has the hobby shifted significantly to circulating used stock? Too high costs for new stu...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 18, 2024 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 546
Views: 84491

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

Good that you have an indoor hobby where you can entertain yourself without excessive effort. All the best for a swift recovery, with no further sampling of the hospital food.
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 18, 2024 12:38 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works
Replies: 1390
Views: 208191

Re: Dad-1 - Workbench - West Bay Wagon Works

...the drive motor has the name 'HANAZONO' on it, it runs better in reverse than forward on a DC test. My current problem is working out how to DCC it... The proof that the Japanese - usually to the fore in tech. - have in model railway decided not to go DCC. Memory now: A securing screw on the und...
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 17, 2024 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 299
Views: 50715

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

Aha, found the Bachmann diagram, and it has a drive of the same design as in the 4-CEP. This could be very useful, as it would be an easy conversion to motorise a BR mk1 brake end.
by Bigmet
Sat Feb 17, 2024 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 299
Views: 50715

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

...Superb figures I had to get a closer look as for a second you had me fooled, well done... Lose the tension lock and position a Kadee in the broad notch under the buffing plate and the whole scene is another small step up improved. What drive have Bachmann put in this? I still laugh when I think ...