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by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest Arrival!
Replies: 13
Views: 356

Latest Arrival!

It arrived yesterday, this is it straight from the box and trundling around the layout. 20190213_171038.jpg It will be interesting to see if the recommended running in can make any improvement, it's silky smooth already. There's a bagful of bits to attach, cowcatchers without a hole, doors (choice o...
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Lumsdonia
Replies: 291
Views: 22328

Re: Lumsdonia

One of the visiting French or Swiss layouts at the NEC had an interesting profile for a "crossing the gorge" scene. It was a slice taken out of a GRP bath-tub with plywood stiffeners fitted in. It solved the problem of building downwards!
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Hornby Supersound Unit R 396
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Hornby Supersound Unit R 396

A short circuit on the output side of a relatively small transformer would be unlikely to trip the main overload breaker. Whatever current the short managed to draw from the secondary winding would only increase the primary current by 1/20th as much. Short circuiting a supply wouldn't normally damag...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Hornby Supersound Unit R 396
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Hornby Supersound Unit R 396

What was short-circuited the supply or an external button connection. They might be repairable. If not recordable speech units to teddy bears are cheap and versatile.
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kaboom! Rail mounted gun from Oxford Rail
Replies: 12
Views: 445

Re: Kaboom! Rail mounted gun from Oxford Rail

I wonder if anyone will produce the squadies with concave bums to sit along the barrel.
by Bufferstop
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Q1
Replies: 18
Views: 872

Re: Hornby Q1

My experiences of repairs by Margate works is that it had to be worth the administrative effort of raising an invoice befroe they charged for anything. It's a nice sentiment for an old way of working but shows poor control of minor costs.
by Bufferstop
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Japan's Railway History
Replies: 15
Views: 379

Re: Japan's Railway History

Somewhere on YouTube there's a vid of one they even had some bits of rail so that it could be run off the track like they do with Whickam trollies.
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Japan's Railway History
Replies: 15
Views: 379

Re: Japan's Railway History

I don't know if those particular little railcars had one, but many that size had a bottle jack with a large square foot mounted at the centre of the wheel base. They could be turned by winding down the jack until the wheels were clear of the rails, then pushing them round to face the other way befor...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: arboretum valley
Replies: 129
Views: 3449

Re: arboretum valley

Yep even the good old fashioned GPO had problems matching up to their previous attempts. The later boxes were smaller, the panels were thinner and the fittings were slimmed down a bit. Why? Those things were made from cast iron, even the most trimmed down version needed a special trailer to carry an...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newcomer
Replies: 11
Views: 144

Re: Newcomer

Hello Bufferstop - Yes I'm using Kato N gauge Unitrack which indeed comes ready ballasted - at 71 I'm too old to ballast track !! I'd concur if I was working in N gauge, It's alarming how much bigger your fingers become with age. I can still ballast in 00 and last time I tried 009 wasn't too fiddly...
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Egg Tray Sandwich
Replies: 12
Views: 926

Re: Egg Tray Sandwich

Do they import single replacement car body panels into the Philippines? I built a 100 * 30 cm working diorama on the packaging for a Citroen wing pressing that my son received when they had to get one sent from France. It's about 10cm thick and absolutely rigid. Worth a look round the back of the bo...
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol semaphore signals
Replies: 29
Views: 2523

Re: Dapol semaphore signals

The whole story of these signals shows a total lack of information about their intended use and the methods of operation available, ever having reached the developer who produced the design. Proper investigation during development would almost certainly have resulted in one of three methods of opera...
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Micro layout in O-16.5
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: Micro layout in O-16.5

Don't forget whilst the ballast is drying a light dusting of static grass helps with the NG look.
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newcomer
Replies: 11
Views: 144

Re: Newcomer

Thank you all for the welcomes. Location - Your thoughts are a bit out, well 17,000 Km out - I'm in Bristol It's usually the opposite way round, none of us realise for ages until someone makes an odd remark and then it's oops never thought of that. Are you using that nice system track that comes wi...
by Bufferstop
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions
Replies: 34
Views: 891

Re: Hornby 75 ton Cowans and Sheldon Questions

@Timbersurf. GWR_fan posted a bye-bye about a month ago hasn't been on since. No reason stated, no PMs to admin just said he was cutting down and wouldn't be posting on here in future. The accuracy of the old Hornby model got an airing in the Railway Magazine a few years back, I think the upshot was...

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