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by Mike Parkes
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Suprise Move by Hornby
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Suprise Move by Hornby

Skaledale buildings are made from moulds with limited life. What Hornby ought to do IMO s a cross over with Airfix and tool up plastic kits of the more popular items - the retaining walls for example.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: PL11 Point Motors needed
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: PL11 Point Motors needed

Dad-1 wrote:Thanks Mike,

Doesn't say they have them - I shall ring tomorrow.

Geoff T.

Clearly states on the web pages they have 29 of the 6 packs and 12 individuals
by Mike Parkes
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: PL11 Point Motors needed
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: PL11 Point Motors needed

First place I looked, Derails have them @£8.20 each, £49 for 6 - free postage on orders over £20
https://www.derails.co.uk/index.php?rou ... name=PL-11
by Mike Parkes
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crazy Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: Crazy Prices

Generally it pays to hunt around - after a specific wagon and a specific decoder the only place with both in stock was Rails who for the two with postage wanted £55.50. Instead I got the decoder from Coastal DCC and the wagon along with two different packs of scenic accessories from De-rails for the...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby
Replies: 25
Views: 1840

Re: RAILS of Sheffield and Hornby

Why on earth Hornby (and Bachmann) don't match the boxshifters prices and cut out the middle man altogether I don't know. For example, the new A2/2 and A2/3 Pacifics are available to preorder on the Hornby website at £189.99, delivery is £4.98 There is no postage on orders over £50 including pre-or...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Stephenson's rocket loco from R3810 pack.
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Stephenson's rocket loco from R3810 pack.

The pcb they are soldered on fits into the adjacent pcb with a miniature flip catch connector so if you release it it will be easier to solder back on as you can do it away from the plastic body. Really a major weakness - they should have arranged for a cable clamp across the wires to stop any pull ...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: EFE Rail
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: EFE Rail

The J94 has been modified for Kernow - the EFE rail brand is a marketing tool for models to have a wider distribution through Bachamnns dealers.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC decoder Pins
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: DCC decoder Pins

Suppression capacitors are not always fitted to the blanking plug - if uncertain try the loco with the decoder in, if it has a jerky motion that usually indicates their is a capacitor in the loco somewhere that if affecting the decode. The worse ones are Hornbys Sentinel diesels where the capacitor ...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC decoder Pins
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: DCC decoder Pins

Really all you need to know is what type of socket is fitted and therefore what type of decoder you need. In some circumstances it simpler to remove the socket and hard wire a decoder - the 4 pin sockets fitted by Hornby are unique to them and they seem to realised the error of their ways and are no...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Graham Farish OO gauge pannier tanks
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: Graham Farish OO gauge pannier tanks

The 94xx was a 1961 introduction and made until 1979 although the BR black ones were only made from 1975; it was the last Farish OO loco with the others dating from 1949-1953 with very short production runs apart from a 81xx 2-6-2T which was reintroduced in 1961 with a new chassis and lasted until 1...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crazy Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: Crazy Prices

To answer the OPs question presumably some people do but I doubt many pay the full price as most retailers give discounts straight away so purchasers will be getting around a fifth off. If items do not sell then expect bigger discounts eventually of half price or less.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1094

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

Seen far too many reach for a can of WD40 which is notorious for affecting some plastics.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco Small Y Electrofrog / Normal Y Point
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Peco Small Y Electrofrog / Normal Y Point

Just be careful on the small Y - there is little in the way of fixed rail and when I cut mine I ended up having to superglue one cut rail section properly in place.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1094

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

I used Kader made locos under the Mainline Replica and Bachmann brands for years without any of the split chassis problems; then two I had let others borrow/maintain suffered broken axles so I have always wondered how many of the problematic locos are down to the possible use of the wrong lubricant ...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2020 range EFE J94
Replies: 30
Views: 1094

Re: 2020 range EFE J94

Provided a split chassis is correctly designed and the right materials used then it is a perfectly acceptable form of pick up. The classic example that gets overlooked is the Triang Rocket.

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