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by SRman
Fri May 13, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?
Replies: 26
Views: 732

Re: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?

Not least for the easier job when forming flexitrack curves. But we have to mention the caveat: not suitable for much of the European manufactured OO still readily available s/h, because the flanges will run on the rail chairs. Easily enough fixed with new wheels, but these are becoming costly now....
by SRman
Thu May 12, 2022 12:52 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?
Replies: 26
Views: 732

Re: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?

Adding to what Bigmet said, even the insulfrog points would be better and more reliable if wired up properly, rather than relying on the small contact area where the blades meet the outer rails. Electrofrog points will give more reliable continuous contact all the way through, especially if you inte...
by SRman
Sat Apr 30, 2022 2:12 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting 00-gauge Hornby Class 92 to run with DCC
Replies: 10
Views: 1545

Re: Converting 00-gauge Hornby Class 92 to run with DCC

On the rare DCC conversions I have done with the old ringfield motors, I have been lucky with most already having both brushes insulated from the main frame. However, one did require the screw to be replaced by a plastic one. I have a couple of old K's kits lying around, and they have some plastic b...
by SRman
Tue Apr 12, 2022 3:25 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI
Replies: 25
Views: 2148

Re: Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI

She's a professional librarian, the grand daughter of a railwayman, and her first post was at a library run by a considerable scholar of railways. Whatever I obtain in the way of a non-fiction book is classified before it goes on the shelf... OK, you're in trouble!! :lol: :lol: My wife encourages m...
by SRman
Mon Apr 11, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI
Replies: 25
Views: 2148

Re: Bulleid Leader proposed by KR Models for EOI

... however there is also a very good book with a lot of information well worth grabbing a copy if you see one... My wife is likely to do me an injury if I acquire another railway related book, and especially one that is not suited to my declared interest, which she well knows is GNR/LNER/BR(ER) st...
by SRman
Fri Apr 08, 2022 1:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?
Replies: 26
Views: 732

Re: Heljan Locos - Are they any good?

Their steam locos seem to get rather mixed reviews, although they are very nice looking beasts. I don't have any of them here, though. The diesels are mostly very good mechanically, and fairly basic electrically so not too much to go wrong. There were problems with the motors and bearing fitting on ...
by SRman
Sun Apr 03, 2022 1:13 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST in OO
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST in OO

I welcome the addition of this model from Dapol, and the initial price seems quite reasonable as well. I have already been dabbling with more variations on the industrial theme, with some rather nice 3D printed bodies from Hardy's Hobbies, designed to fit existing RTR chassis from Hornby and Electro...
by SRman
Mon Mar 21, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Queen Mary Brake Van
Replies: 28
Views: 1013

Re: Queen Mary Brake Van

That's looking magnificent so far, Richard.

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by SRman
Wed Mar 16, 2022 12:26 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Curves too tight.
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Curves too tight.

We get lots of grinding noises on Melbourne's trams. There are a good many tight turns at street intersections, including a few with odd gradient changes too. https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.8210973,144.9551832,3a,75y,324.65h,75.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stmN12QJiNmTlEIjcpjkNBQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 h...
by SRman
Tue Mar 01, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Accurascale Class 30/31 announcement
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: Accurascale Class 30/31 announcement

I have the Howes' Mirrlees sound in one of my Hornby models. Bryan (of Howes) took up the challenge after my comment about such sound not being available (or even likely to be). He worked from some archive footage which was too poor to actually use, ending up slowing down and altering sounds recorde...
by SRman
Thu Feb 24, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Running Man
Replies: 10
Views: 406

Re: Running Man

He's a mime, fighting a gale-force wind.
by SRman
Mon Feb 14, 2022 4:04 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 60 problems
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Class 60 problems

The only class 60 problem I have encountered was cracked windscreens, occurring in transit even though the model was properly packed and in its original box. To add context, I have three Hornby class 60s in service, and one working as a class 92, with an older Hornby class 92 body mounted on a sligh...
by SRman
Fri Feb 04, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 43
Views: 1699

Re: Heljan Class 33

I refer the honourable person to my previous comment regarding "damned if they do, damned if they don't" There will always be someone with a preference for separate bits being added at the point of manufacture, someone who wants bits moulded on as opposed to separate parts and someone who...
by SRman
Sat Jan 08, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 43
Views: 1699

Re: Heljan Class 33

This appears to be a somewhat random affliction on Heljan's product, and I have never seen one of their loco models with a coupler pocket mounted higher than the NEM spec. , which would be 'the why' of a downward cranked coupling. I have seen Heljan models from notionally the same production run so...
by SRman
Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:48 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 43
Views: 1699

Re: Heljan Class 33

Regarding the Heljan couplings and buffer beam details: I cut most of the detail pipes off flush with the base of the buffer beam, leaving any towards the outer edges uncut. I don't use the Heljan tension lock couplings. Although they are nice and fine, they are cranked downwards, which can cause pr...

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