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by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 44
Views: 762

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Remember Bachmann Europe are owned by Kader - it ultimately may have come from higher up re not supplying Hattons. The 66 seems to be the announcement that really titled the matter for the decision maker but making the rest of their own models available to other retailers immediately changed them in...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 44
Views: 762

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

People will simply use another supplier - other suppliers turnover will go up so if anything Bachmann not supplying Hattons will actually financially benefit other suppliers.
by Mike Parkes
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 44
Views: 762

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Hatton's used to be the cheapest supplier, followed closely by Rails. Both retailers have been limited by the major manufacturers dictating that they cannot sell below a certain price for 8 weeks ( I think that was the figure ). Kernow, Gaugemaster and Derails are / were all potentially cheaper tha...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 44
Views: 762

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Bit of a difference in that Hattons are producing their own models whereas Rails and Gaugemaster commission an existing manufacturer. The Rails Terrier is by Dapol and the CR 0-6-0 will be by Bachmann for example. Hattons openly offering trade terms to other shops to stock their models straight away...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 481

Re: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.

There are two distinctly different Hornby Black Fives - the current Railroad model (R3494 45025 BR plain black in the current catalogue) which is the 1973 model as modified from 1977 with more accurate valve gear and now with the motor in the loco rather than the tender, although it was originally d...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Could somebody explain the difference between couplings?
Replies: 13
Views: 401

Re: Could somebody explain the difference between couplings?

Tension lock styles vary within makes so its best to use stock that stays together regardless of its origins. Generally different styles of TL couplings will work together and if you have problems consider, if they are fitted in NEM sockets, simply swopping couplings about. On shunting locos it migh...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby McVities
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Hornby McVities

The original catalogue number was R137, it was renumbered R727 on the basis that it would have a painted finish. Hornby c1980 realising its market share was being affected due to the use of pre-coloured plastic. Whether any actually appeared in a painted finish is doubtful.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket
Replies: 22
Views: 914

Re: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket

Hello Bigmet I did not know how it was constructed as I don't have one and have never worked on the Rocket. I do plan to get one and have been looking for one in new condition, when one pops up if I have the readies available I will grab it. Sorry I was not much help with your problems. ...John The...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Lost Tooling
Replies: 11
Views: 702

Re: Hornby Lost Tooling

The resin retaining walls they did ended with some going for gold dust prices on ebay - the tallest level ones in particular. Struck me that they would have been ideal as proper plastic tooled item in a new Airfix railway range, the rears could be grooved to allow for easy cutting down in height, bu...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: How were Old Oak Common's allocation of Standard 2-6-4 tanks used?
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: How were Old Oak Common's allocation of Standard 2-6-4 tanks used?

Largely they were stored and then transferred away.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: DCC Conversion

Frog juicers do have a use with regard to live frog crossings - the Gaugemaster DCC80 for example.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket
Replies: 22
Views: 914

Re: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket

Looks like this X500 motor is missing the brushes X567 and the contact sprung rod S6503 http://www.lendonsmodelshop.co.uk/pdf/Tri-ang%20Service%20Sheets/No.041%20Motor%20X500.pdf The red wire goes to the brush that is insulated from the sprung rod by the sleeve S6828; the wire would have fitted to a...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket
Replies: 22
Views: 914

Re: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket

Code 100 -recent Peco Points have less clearance at the frogs and checkrails to those they made in the 1970s/1980s taking into account the finer wheels now typically used.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket
Replies: 22
Views: 914

Re: Triang/Hornby Stephensons Rocket

I remotored one with a modern motor, added pick ups to the tender wheels and dcc decoder then found it would not negotiate modern Peco points due to the depth and thickness of the flanges :(
by Mike Parkes
Tue May 28, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: H class (SECR etc)
Replies: 21
Views: 1810

Re: H class (SECR etc)

263 finally arrived today; almost Bachmannesque delivery time; its box is fitted inside a outer card sleeve that is that tight it seems impossible to extract the model without damaging the packaging. I ran a knife down the glued joint of the sleeve to release the model.

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