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by Mike Parkes
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 826

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

The 1P apparently has traction tyres :evil: It is priced actually slightly less than Hornbys M7 which for some reason has always been a high price.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 826

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Other than the nice green boiler banding and an awful lot of money, can anyone tell me what the difference is between 31-464A, the new C Class announced with an RRP of £199.95, and 31-461A, the plain black Southern one I bought brand new from MRD last week for £59.99? The price of 31-464A looks a b...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?

PL-14s are very fine and easily bent, best fitted holding them in a set of small pliers and do not be surprised if a lot do bend; their ease of fitting depends largely on what material the baseboard is.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?

Just looked at time and I would say I used normal track pins on them, Peco do sell very fine track pins SL-14 but the ones I use look more like Peco ST280s / Hornby R207s / Gaugemaster GM66s - from memory there are slight differences between those so one type may work but not another
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Set track ?
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Set track ?

Roco 2nd radius is tighter 358mm, whatever was first radius seems to be no longer available Tillig 1st radius is 366mm Both are code 83 rather than code 100 but of different section. The Tillig rail being IME as high as Code 100 whereas there is a definite step from Roco code 83 to code 100. For a t...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: J26, 15 ton crane, wagons from Oxford Rail
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: J26, 15 ton crane, wagons from Oxford Rail

The crane is not due until 2021 and its seems retailers are way out on the price as Oxford are saying it will be around the price of railgun ie £60 not £20.
by Mike Parkes
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 826

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

They do have a pretty large range of previously announced models to get through which will I suspect easily extend into 2021 and possibly beyond, more so if some of the more negative aspects of Brexit come true. The 117 and 121 probably in April/May 2020, the 414 in July, the MR 0-4-4T and 94xx in S...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Stephenson Rocket
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: New Stephenson Rocket

The old Triang Rocket had no issues fitting under bridges etc. Whilst the chimney may look large Rocket otherwise is a relatively small low engine so making the chimney seen taller than it is
by Mike Parkes
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: newbie to dcc
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: newbie to dcc

First and foremost, assuming the pinouts, is the chip the correct way round? Thanks End2end Wouldn't make any difference - a 8 pin decoder fitted the wrong way round simply swops the individual track feeds and motor wires around so the loco would simply go the wrong way. On a loco with lights fitte...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Range announcements
Replies: 24
Views: 777

Re: New Range announcements

Does anyone know what the difference will be between the various "Hush Hush" models? I see there's 3 original shape, and 2 of the A4 style streamlining. I assume R3841 will carry the name 'British enterprise', though I didn't think it ever carried that name. But what will be the differenc...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 55
Views: 3974

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Hattons also made their own models available to other model shops so bringing directly into being a manufacturer supplying the trade with a range of models in direct competition to Bachmanns trade market.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Modify and combining standard points and slips
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: Modify and combining standard points and slips

Relatively simple once you realise a point / crossing etc has two elements - the parts that move and those that are fixed. I made a S shaped point up from a LH and a RH curved point to suit a specific location on my layout, that just needed ensuring the cut was at the point where all four rails wher...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 55
Views: 3974

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

rb277170 wrote:Frankly Bachmann are only bringing out a limited amount of models . Hattons have presumably judged it’s no great loss and they would make more money on distribution of their own range

Er.. 44 items just released http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/c/606/OO-Gauge hardly is a limited amount of models
by Mike Parkes
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: Limited edition Black 5 - a bit of a puzzle

Its a matter of opinion "how poor" it is - at the end of the day it looks like a Black 5, is far better than the 1970s version that is in the Railroad range and no one else makes one so if the NRM want to sell one under their limited edition range then it had to be the Hornby 2002 version.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato/Farish
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Kato/Farish

I used Kato on a layout - the one issue I had was with 0-6-0s sticking on the No.4 points - the issue was the distance between the running rail and the check rails was too tight and was resolved by filing back the check rail a bit.

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