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by zarniwhoop
Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2 BIL
Replies: 85
Views: 12154

Re: Hornby 2 BIL

Doesn't look as though Hornby are doing a BR blue version which is a shame as they would have been seen alongside the 5-Bel and 4-VEP units in blue right up until 1972. I suspect that blue ones will appear one day, but it might be a long wait! Look at both the BEL and the (unmodified) VEP - the fir...
by zarniwhoop
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:15 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Yet another baseboard construction question!
Replies: 9
Views: 4799

Re: Yet another baseboard construction question!

[quote="centenary" I was going to use a solid wood frame and cross members with the baseboard in ply but obviously from other threads, see that this may come out quite heavy (would 1m x 1.5m boards be that heavy!?). /quote] My test track is about 1.55Mx1.05M, using 6mm ply on 44x18 planed ...
by zarniwhoop
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Painting track.
Replies: 4
Views: 1998

Re: Painting track.

Enamel, with a brush (e.g. No.2), after it is laid. Paint the sides, and wipe the top just in case any paint goes there. Pick your choice of colour! For some things (e.g. 1950s colour photos) the Precision "Rusty Rails" looks good to me, for others a very dark brown, verging on very-very d...
by zarniwhoop
Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Clicking nose from rails. Is it wise?
Replies: 13
Views: 1671

Re: Clicking nose from rails. Is it wise?

For 00, filing rail joints in flexitrack (with a triangular file) does the job, at least on my lightweight test-track (6mm ply, acting as a drum skin, with conventional ballasting). Apparently some people use cork in the hope it will damp the sound! At least, it works for heavy locos and trains (e.g...
by zarniwhoop
Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Need some advice on Tracks.
Replies: 26
Views: 2797

Re: Need some advice on Tracks.

If you are using code 75, Peco do an adaptor to allow you to join code 100 to it - so, you could use Hornby code 100 in the fiddleyard (I suppose) if you already have some of that..

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by zarniwhoop
Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Cobbles or stone sets paving texture
Replies: 8
Views: 2213

Re: Cobbles or stone sets paving texture

Perhaps Slaters ? https://slatersplastikard.com/plastikard/embossed.php I think their sheets are somewhere near A4 size. There is a link to a PDF on that page. For cobbles, 0423 (flint / random pebble walling). There is as little relief as on their more-common brick sheets To me, their setts (0417) ...
by zarniwhoop
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Portable small baseboard.
Replies: 5
Views: 2039

Re: Portable small baseboard.

Looks like an interesting idea. Two comments: first, 4'8" is not a standard length, so you'll probably pay for a full sheet of ply, and it might be difficult to manouevre onto a wardrobe. Second, go for the lightest ply you can find - most places have 4mm or thereabouts. That should be adequate...
by zarniwhoop
Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Best type of paint to use on cork?
Replies: 5
Views: 3117

Re: Best type of paint to use on cork?

No idea, and more to the point, no idea why you would want to paint it ? I suppose you've covered the whole board with cork ? I only put cork where I want the roadbed, and then cover it with the ballast. For the rest of the layout, anything from scenic mats, or something to make a road, or nothing w...
by zarniwhoop
Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions

It's not what we say that counts , it's how we - collectively - spend our money. If the Belle goes a bomb compared to the VEP, that's all the signal Hornby need: go for top quality, with the resulting price. If it is the VEP that is the much more profitable one, then go for lower price productions....
by zarniwhoop
Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: painting problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: painting problem

Just be grateful you're not using Phoenix enamels - great paints, but they need a *lot* of stirring. Fortunately, Phoenix also sell the Badger mixer (battery-powered, somewhat like a milk frother, but with more of a disc at the end). For railmatch I've managed in the past with a Tamiya metal paddle,...
by zarniwhoop
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions

I had an apparent problem with the directional lights when I first tried mine - turned out the two driving trailers are NOT identical. When fitted in the correct places, the headcode LEDs were both correctly coloured. I say "were" because I can no longer get the lights in the "far&quo...
by zarniwhoop
Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:52 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions

zarniwhoop wrote: (about 4mg each, in 20 thou styrene "wrapping")


Typo, of course, mg for gm - about 4 grams of lead sheet (4 layers, in the 14mmx9mm central part of the bogie.
by zarniwhoop
Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions

Was running it on a 607 oval and the front carriage de-railers on entry to a corner, I;m thinking there isn't enough weight in the front to keep the wheels on the track? The main problem is the socket for the NEM coupler at the end of the unit, it prevents the bogie rotating adequately for tight cu...
by zarniwhoop
Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions
Replies: 96
Views: 15044

Re: The Hornby VEP.. first Impressions

The comments are all true, but if you are modelling in 00 and need one (or more!) VEPs, the only alternative is to use an MJT kit - with the number of doors (multiplied by three hinges, one doorknob, one commode handle), that is going to be a most unpleasant task. Personally, I'm playing with the co...
by zarniwhoop
Sat May 28, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Modular Layouts in OO
Replies: 2
Views: 1187

Re: Modular Layouts in OO

I don't think this is a common approach for people using OO. I've seen some N modular layouts, and one 009 [ an area group, who set their own standards ], but none in OO, perhaps because the trains are typically bigger than any one module.

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