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by UrbanHermit
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 3865

Re: Underhill

Thanks. I have to say with all due modesty (ahem) that now I've put it down in my village it does actually look better than the Metcalfe buildings around it. The flipside is that, while I can usually build a Metcalfe kit in a couple of days, this took several weeks. I did get a bit concerned that, n...
by UrbanHermit
Mon May 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 3865

Re: Underhill

Well, I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at scratch-building that pub. It's been my lock-down project. I worked with what I had to hand, which was a load of 2mm card left over from when I was building a Scalescenes retaining wall some years ago. It's a bit challenging to work with – takes a ...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Feedback on my layout please?
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Feedback on my layout please?

That is the largest layout built entirely of set-track that I have ever seen. I haven't even tried to count them, but the cost of hundreds of pieces of set-track will soon mount up quite alarmingly. Even if you don't wish to get into cutting and bending it, it must be worth considering flexi-track f...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 3865

Re: Underhill

Ah, but if you don't get any glue on the contacts in the first place, you don't need to clean it off...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 3865

Re: Underhill

It's been so long since I visited this thread that I didn't even realise it had acquired a third page, so apologies to the three people who made nice comments I didn't respond to. I've finally joined that Swansea model railway club. I'm still feeling my way a bit, but it's had one benefit already. I...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 578

Re: Southern passenger train question

Lord Nelsons also had eight-wheel tenders.

Are you sure you can't overcome this eight-wheel tender thing? As Bigmet says, an N15 is the obvious choice for what you have in mind. Plus, I have one, and it's a real looker and probably the sweetest runner I own.
by UrbanHermit
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Location based freight stock
Replies: 6
Views: 512

Re: Location based freight stock

On a contrary note, and just out of interest, it's worth remembering that private owner wagons got about quite a bit. I was intrigued to find in that excellent book that Bigmet and I keep raving about, The Big Four in Colour , a photo taken at Aylesbury station with, standing in a siding in the back...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Vandal Update
Replies: 17
Views: 1324

Re: Vandal Update

I'm not going to forget it in a hurry. Neath is the nearest town to where I live.
by UrbanHermit
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Back to backs
Replies: 13
Views: 812

Re: Back to backs

Or, back in the days when I was a bus driver, the bus mechanic who, when I told him the starter motor on my bus was jammed, gave it a hefty whack with a very large fire extinguisher. It worked, mind you...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 32-525ds deltic ticking sound when turned off
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: Bachmann 32-525ds deltic ticking sound when turned off

On my sound locos (which are mostly American N gauge and not Bachmann) I have to "turn off the engine" by pressing F8 twice. Sometimes it takes a few attempts. Otherwise they make various noises all the time. Well, they do, don't they? The only time a steam locomotive is silent is when it...
by UrbanHermit
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Needing track plans for a branch line terminus.
Replies: 13
Views: 1219

Re: Needing track plans for a branch line terminus.

There are lots of track plans in Modelling Branch Lines by David Wright. These are prototype plans, so would probably need compressing, and not all of them are termini, but you might find some inspiration here.
by UrbanHermit
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Making life easy
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Making life easy

Soldering under the board? Er, no thanks. I used suitcase connectors. If they can survive under a car bonnet I don't see much to trouble them under a model railway baseboard.
by UrbanHermit
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: In Praise of 'N'!
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: In Praise of 'N'!

In a word, or rather two words, too small. Too fiddly for me. The examples you show, although perfectly wonderful, are not the work of yer average modeller. They are at the top end of the game and show a level of modelling skill that more mortals like me couldn't hope to replicate in OO, let alone N...
by UrbanHermit
Mon May 20, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wanton Vandalism of layouts
Replies: 88
Views: 5980

Re: Wanton Vandalism of layouts

Apparently Rod Stewart has donated £10,000. 'It took me 23 years to build my layout, so I know how they feel,' he said.

And there I've been all these years, dismissing him as an overblown egotist with his brain between his legs. Just goes to show.
by UrbanHermit
Sun May 19, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Small double O layout
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: Small double O layout

I had a Hornby diamond crossing on my layout, and i got so sick of locomotives stalling on it that I ripped it up and replaced it with a Peco one. Problem solved. I had to do a bit of fiddling, because the Peco diamond isn't an exact replacement. Hornby diamonds come in RH and LH varieties, whereas ...

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