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by Zunnan
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Kit building advice
Replies: 3
Views: 952

Re: Kit building advice

It is often said that the best kits to begin with are the most simple, an 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 being ideal. The Craftsman 1P is a good enough place to start, it has a simple chassis without the added complexities of outside cylinders and its a reasonable enough cost too coming in at around £100 for the ki...
by Zunnan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: NSE catering vehicles
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: NSE catering vehicles

I think it was just the three RMB that were painted in NSE livery, 1842, 1850 and 1865. As far as I'm aware they've never been produced RTR, and given the rarity of the prototypes and very slow sales of NSE coaching stock they're unlikely to appear RTR. Its not the easiest livery to repaint either, ...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Now N ....minor changes (Winter Project) P16...
Replies: 235
Views: 19090

Re: Now N Begins...

Thanks! The 'Nook was deliberately designed in, but as you say uncoupling in N seems problematic. My wagon stock is all old Farish/ Peco , so presumably any alterations (beyond my dexterity any way) would require total removal of existing Rapidos (?). You could use the Peco stock for auto uncouplin...
by Zunnan
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Now N ....minor changes (Winter Project) P16...
Replies: 235
Views: 19090

Re: Now N Begins...

Good to see the return curves worked out smoothly! Have you given any thought to shunting yet? Thats a nice tempting Inglenook puzzle built in to the layout, it would almost be criminal not to take advantage of it. The rapido couplers that are fitted to older models aren't too user friendly when it ...
by Zunnan
Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Painting Plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Painting Plastic

Automotive spray primers are probably the best suited to model applications, the Hycote (as linked to) or Halfords are probably the most widely available, the latter being my preference. Re. fumes, using spray primers is not recommended indoors at all, it is best done outside using a clamp of some d...
by Zunnan
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby to move.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2155

Re: Hornby to move.....

You see that at major shows too. Hornby's very basic train set display doesn't do their loco and coach models justice. The limitation is the use of their own track Very true, I've always been rather disappointed at Hornbys lack of effort in their display layouts. Yes, they are there to promote thei...
by Zunnan
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco
Replies: 17
Views: 2141

Re: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco

Mmmm, interesting seeing as the Pines was the only train to include catering facilities ?? You sure, a mark 1 restaurant car was listed for 1957 Fairly sure, and it was 1956 for the Mk1 RU. A lot of the inter regional traffic heading for Bath passed through Bournville, and in the search for train f...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Now N ....minor changes (Winter Project) P16...
Replies: 235
Views: 19090

Re: Now N Begins...

You should be fine with as little as 4 inches to form the return curve and gain setrack spacing, if you allow for 6 it'll go in with a bit of flex easily. You can actually close up the spacing a little over setrack curves, so there is plenty of leeway to find what works best for your layout.
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Now N ....minor changes (Winter Project) P16...
Replies: 235
Views: 19090

Re: Now N Begins...

I'd think that it'll be doable in your space. The only thing you need to remember when using streamline points and setrack is that the spacing is different, so you need to allow a little extra length in the pointwork to maintain the spacing. Of course, if the loop is single track then you don't have...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Now N ....minor changes (Winter Project) P16...
Replies: 235
Views: 19090

Re: Now N Begins...

Code 55 is not I think suitable for my 25 y.o. rolling stock This myth of older stock not running on code 55 doesn't half still get around! Its true for 00 gauge that older models won't run on finescale track. However, code 55 was introduced when the older stock was still being made with the pizza ...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco
Replies: 17
Views: 2141

Re: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco

Perhaps something like THIS is what you could aim for as its a lovely modelable sized train with everything available RTR in some guise or suitable alternative. The formation for it is all ex-LMS comprising BSK/CK/SK/SK/CK/BSK. Its a relief 'Pines' approaching Templecombe, sometimes there were so ma...
by Zunnan
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco
Replies: 17
Views: 2141

Re: Coaches for late BR crest ex-SDJR 7F loco

Bigmet and b2s are pretty much spot on. You need to look at the history of the line to see where it lay, it was built jointly by the original S&D which went into receivership and was taken over by the Midland Railway and the London South Western (which became the LMS and Southern railways) with ...
by Zunnan
Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco ST-300 N Gauge Starter Track Set
Replies: 10
Views: 2767

Re: Peco ST-300 N Gauge Starter Track Set

Its not a bad starting point, if a little limiting to begin with, particularly with storage and operability. Personally speaking, I'd think about what sort of layout you want to build before you buy a track pack, whether its Peco, Kato or any other and go from there. The good thing about using setra...
by Zunnan
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Norfolk & Western J Class 4-8-4
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: Norfolk & Western J Class 4-8-4

Bachmann do a model of the J class in both H0 and N scales that comes in at roughly half the price of the MTH model. They've been churning them out for years, so you can probably find them second hand for even less. Appropriate coaches however, well, lets just say that you'll learn to appreciate how...
by Zunnan
Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Locoshed Access Signalling
Replies: 11
Views: 1269

Re: Locoshed Access Signalling

With a facing entry to the yard, a small bracket signal would be more likely. You also will want semaphores protecting the crossover from both directions, as well as one for the reverse movement over the crossover and one for exiting out on to the main line. Each set of points on the running lines (...

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