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by Mike Parkes
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What’s the best starter pack to get
Replies: 15
Views: 166

Re: What’s the best starter pack to get

The comment about two levels might work with the kebangs plans above if the continuous run link is removed, refererncing the last one, the ST240 and ST241 points connected by a ST221 (respectively R613, R612 and R605 in Hornbyese) towards the bottom right which would then give a fair length to gain ...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering Iron
Replies: 10
Views: 200

Re: Soldering Iron

Would recommend Antex rather than Weller IME
by Mike Parkes
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Coronation class DCC plug.
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Hornby Coronation class DCC plug.

Maintenance sheets, and service sheets, are available on Hornbys web site https://support.hornby.com/hc/en-gb/sections/360004631339-Locomotive-Maintenance-Sheets https://support.hornby.com/hc/en-gb/sections/360004144540-Hornby while most if not all sheets can be found at http://www.lendonsmodelshop....
by Mike Parkes
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Class 08 Spare Parts
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: Class 08 Spare Parts

Certainly try Bachmann first https://www.bachmann.co.uk/page/service-request, while you may find the part at Peters the price is invariably a lot higher; same goes for Hornby spares and a visit to Lendons http://www.lendonsmodelshop.co.uk/ or AC https://acmodelseastleigh.co.uk/ will probably result ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rapido/Model rail 16XX 0-6-0PT sound decoders
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Rapido/Model rail 16XX 0-6-0PT sound decoders

MIght be worth waiting; Chris Leigh of Model Rai has commented on RMweb that future versions will have the overly prominent tooling joint on the rear of the bunker improved on,
by Mike Parkes
Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Large Prairie - opinion sought
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Large Prairie - opinion sought

Mine has only so far run around a running in oval which is a temporary Kato Untrack oval set up as needed on a hard floor but having decoder fitted it I thought there was room for some added weight of the "liquid lead" ball bearing variety if necessary.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Large Prairie - opinion sought
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Large Prairie - opinion sought

I would not place that much weight (pun not intended) on Sam Trains reviews as he has plainly has no clue what the prototype of a model he is reviewing hauled and is overly obsessed with how much of the body is metal; maybe some should give a shed full of 1950s Hornby Dublo models. The jury is in re...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N Gauge Loco's
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: N Gauge Loco's

DCC will not improve a loco that runs poorly on DC - it will give better control of one that runs well on DC as start and top speeds can be trimmed. Older non DCC ready Farish locos are more involved in the work needed to DCC and you are looking at around the twice the cost as a special adaption par...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 2021 Range
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: 2021 Range

Youtube review of the new 4 wheel coaches proving what many suspected that they are largely not generic at all. The brake end in particular is a design that was used only by less than a handful of lines and to call it generic would be like having a generic steam loco shaped like a A4. https://www.yo...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Minimum Radius
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Minimum Radius

A Bachmann Std 3 tank will not go round 1st radius curves - it is pretty close to its limit on 2nd radii. Bachmann have never designed a loco for use on 1st radius - its possible that some bogie vehicles (diesels and multiple units) might manage it and I would expect the WIckham Trolley to be okay b...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Minimum Radius
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Minimum Radius

The only locos in the current Hornby catalogue stated as being okay on first radius curves are all 4 wheel locos, the Railroad 0-6-0T, the Peckett B2 0-6-0ST, Terrier 0-6-0T and BR 08.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Prairie 0-6-2 jerky at low speed.
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: Prairie 0-6-2 jerky at low speed.

The driving wheels might be catching on something which in the opposing direction is skimmed
by Mike Parkes
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Prairie 0-6-2 jerky at low speed.
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: Prairie 0-6-2 jerky at low speed.

And if it is a 0-6-2 its not a Prairie, which is a 2-6-2. Bachmann never sold a split chassis 56xx; they retooled the former Mainline split chassis model with a "Blue Riband" chassis before releasing it.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: GWR City Class Killarney - horrible "surging" - Chip recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: GWR City Class Killarney - horrible "surging" - Chip recommendations?

I find Lenz decoders work well in Bachmann steam locos and a cheap dodge adopt the 21pin blanking plug to wire a 8pin Lenz Standard to - £18 from Model Railways Direct.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann J72
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: Bachmann J72

Would suggest you would be better waiting for Hattons 6 wheelers; the Hornby brake coach bears no resemblance to any coach the LNER had, it is based on a LBSCR vehicle of which few that were left went to the Isle of Wight in SR days; similar arrangement of the brake end existed on Taff Vale and Cale...

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