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by Boxcar Willie
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How To Model Sugar Beet
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: How To Model Sugar Beet

Mustard seeds. What do I win?
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Magazine: which one ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1932

Re: Magazine: which one ?

I used to get Railway Modeller sporadically; then when I got more serious about modelling I got Model Rail regularly as I liked its "how to do stuff" style. I bought it every month for a few years along with occasional issues of Hornby and Railway Modeller. As I'm a bit of a hoarder the st...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: I must stop spending!
Replies: 148
Views: 158408

Re: I must stop spending!

Dear oh dear...I just dropped about €90 on an Airfix hovercraft kit - the SRN4 model. These are as rare as hens' teeth nowadays but I'll have fun trying to build it - as it's 1/144 scale it's not a million miles removed from N gauge.
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?
Replies: 37
Views: 4131

Re: What is the value in buying rolling stock kits?

I love building the Dapol oil wagons - they're as near as dammit to Irish ones and a great evening's entertainment can be had for a few Euros. I plan to build up a train of about a dozen or so - a train like this ran prototypically to the West of Ireland in the 50s as the roads were so bad lorry tra...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old Airfix kits
Replies: 0
Views: 589

Old Airfix kits

Greetings to one and all - I've not been here for some time due to the fact that I've been doing rather a lot of railway modelling and generally faffing about in my local club. All huge fun but I seem to have become something of a magnet for old Airfix kits. It started with the purchase of a Battle ...
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OO Scale coal loads?
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Re: OO Scale coal loads?

Don't forget that the modern "smokeless" coal simply turns to a powder when you try to smash it up - here in Ireland I took a trip to a village out in the sticks where I was able to get some of the untreated stuff as it's banned in urban areas. The "smoky' stuff also burns better in y...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 80s Hornby motor gears question
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: 80s Hornby motor gears question

I have the number of the motor - R317 - 070 but not for the model as it's been obscured under several coats of paint. The large gear with the reducing gear has the number 2 on it; the smaller gears have no number at all. I'll have a poke around my Class 47s - I think i have one that doesn't run too ...
by Boxcar Willie
Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 80s Hornby motor gears question
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

Re: 80s Hornby motor gears question

I just had a quick measure of the offending components - the large gear is 40/10 ratio and its outer diameter is 20mm; the diameter of the small inner gear with the ten teeth on it is 5.8mm. The smaller gear has 30 teeth and a diameter of 15.6mm. The teeth that are doing the louder gnashing are my o...
by Boxcar Willie
Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Figures for OO scale Model railways
Replies: 18
Views: 2393

Re: Figures for OO scale Model railways

I'm quite happy to use the cheap and cheerful Chinese ones - they're great for populating coaches but the garish colours need toning down - as well as the fact that being Chinese all the figures seem to have black hair. My own personal crib is the lack of loco crews - you can only do so much with th...
by Boxcar Willie
Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 80s Hornby motor gears question
Replies: 5
Views: 1169

80s Hornby motor gears question

Greetings to one and all and a happy St. Patrick's Day begorrah, bejabbers, bejayzus etc. I have recently discovered an old Hornby Class 37 that I'd forgotten about. It's got a horrible paint job so I'm going to replace the body with a new one and do the usual detailing job - roof fan, flush glazing...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: I must stop spending!
Replies: 148
Views: 158408

Re: I must stop spending!

Went to Marks in Dublin last week and bought a set of jeweller's screwdrivers and some Plasticard for about a tenner. Then I saw some coaches in the second hand cabinet and had to have them - five perfect Bachmann Mk 1 in midland maroon for €100. No boxes but otherwise mint.
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Have you ever worn out a loco?
Replies: 14
Views: 1742

Re: Have you ever worn out a loco?

I have great fun in restoring old locos to operating condition. Not all are a success - apart from an old 8F that had a neo magnet fitted and could do a scale 600mph. Just lately I got my hands on a Southern N15x built form a kit by a fellow club member years ago and while it's a great model the old...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering wire to track.
Replies: 15
Views: 2813

Re: Soldering wire to track.

I had a check with a magnet and the track in question is nickel silver. There is a mixture of steel and n/s track on my little layout but following the advice on here I don't anticipate any more trouble. Iv'e a power feed and a couple of link wires to do so I'll get at that this evening.
by Boxcar Willie
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering wire to track.
Replies: 15
Views: 2813

Re: Soldering wire to track.

Boxcar - I just used my Admin privilege to check your location, you email address and IP address suggest you are not in the UK. Even here where 60/40 lead solder is only banned for water pipes many businesses will tell you it's illegal. You may have the same problem, go on line to look for 60/40 al...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Soldering wire to track.
Replies: 15
Views: 2813

Soldering wire to track.

Greetings to one and all and I hope that the New Year's resolutions are still holding fast and that you've all abstained from dressing up as Wonder Woman on Fridays or whatever your resolution was. Anyway here's a question. I've been working on a small layout - it's actually my first attempt to buil...

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