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by stuartp
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons pre-orders delay?
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Hattons pre-orders delay?

Their website says "Batch 1 due Q2 2021", i.e. April-June so it looks like they're delayed. Hardly surprising.
by stuartp
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 670

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

The saving grace of the less than sophisticated PL-13 is that it is easily fixed by pinging the bit of PCB out with the end of a screw driver and bending the contacts a bit. They're no more unreliable than pick ups in that respect. As for the PL-10Es, some of mine are 30 years old and now being inst...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 670

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

I'm in the same position. The PL-10s on their own will work with the motor and points slightly misaligned, but once you add the PL-13 it forces the pin to stay perpendicular (ish) so what just worked before doesn't anymore. Try adding the switch to the motor first, testing, then fitting both to the ...
by stuartp
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Locos derail.
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Locos derail.

If 272 is the CR 0-4-0 then it has a shorter wheelbase than the others and is inherently more stable and harder to derail. The absurd top speed is a feature of the design although it has apparently been tamed a bit on more recent versions. Is your track fixed to a board or set out loose each time ? ...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 2021 Range
Replies: 22
Views: 608

Re: 2021 Range

So the "Unlikely to be ever produced again" Clan is back... Was that ever a thing though, or just speculation from people who didn't understand why it wasn't re-released quickly ? I thought the issue was that it depended on hand assembly skills which were not available (reliably) once Hor...
by stuartp
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Mucky Grey
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Mucky Grey

Shed ballast was usually ash and clinker. Quite dark where locos were dropping oil and coal dust, lighter elewhere. I'd start with something similar to Humbrol tank grey with a bit of dark earth mixed in and apply washes of slightly darker and slightly lighter until you get something which looks abo...
by stuartp
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: decals
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: decals

Tampo printed numbers etc are used on most modern Hornby and Bachmann models, they are essentially paint or thick ink rather than transfers. My slightly nerve-wracking method is to very gently rub a curved scalpel blade over the printed detail using absolutely no pressure at all, just let the weight...
by stuartp
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: (Will it be a) Happy New Year?
Replies: 15
Views: 289

Re: (Will it be a) Happy New Year?

A lot of 2021 shows are cancelled already, either because their venues are not available (SECC will still be a Nightingale Hospital so no AMRSS Glasgow show in Feb) or because their organisers aren't prepared to take the financial risk (York, others). It will be 2022 before shows get back to anythin...
by stuartp
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Parkside shock-absorbing wagon
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Parkside shock-absorbing wagon

0.45mm brass usually looks about right.
by stuartp
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Girder Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: Girder Bridge

Is there also a rule of thumb for how long a bridge can be before having to add safety recesses? Apologies, I forget the correct terminology. And tunnels too? Thanks End2end For a modern bridge/tunnel, yes probably, it will be in a RIS or Group Standard somewhere. For older bridges, no, just put a ...
by stuartp
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: PECO CODE 100
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: PECO CODE 100

Try the smaller shops, you may be better ringing. Frizinghall is about 10 miles from me, I've been watching LH bullhead points go in and out of stock almost weekly on their website. I detoured there yesterday on the back of going to collect the Christmas order from the butcher with a long list (firs...
by stuartp
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 33 Lima Problem
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: Class 33 Lima Problem

Agreed. It's possible to reassemble it with the ballast weight sitting on the wire. It needs some slack at the motor end.

If it's not that and it worked before, then something is in the wrong place although I'm struggling to think what.
by stuartp
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: R1233 Coca Cola Set
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: R1233 Coca Cola Set

The van tooling dates to 1974, the container flat before even that (1960s ex-Triang ?). The loco is a 1980s chassis with a slightly more modern body and gearing. It's bomb proof and ideal for what it was intended for if the attrition rate of anything going around our tree in recent years is anything...
by stuartp
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Filler
Replies: 11
Views: 280

Re: Filler

Most model shops will either sell Revell Plasto, Squadron White Putty or whatever the Humbrol stuff is called. These are all in tubes, just squeeze like toothpaste and apply with a small screwdriver blade, edge of a curved scalpel/knife, bit of scrap plastic etc. If it starts to go stiff in the tube...
by stuartp
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Padded double sided sticky tape
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: Padded double sided sticky tape

I used it on a couple of short stretches thinking it would save time. It is very difficult if not impossible to adjust anything, where you put it down is where it stays. On code 100 flexi its bad enough, on code 75 bullhead you'll pull the rail out of the chairs trying to lift it to relay. I've gone...

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