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by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Best for smoke effects (Diesel)
Replies: 19
Views: 2078

Re: Best for smoke effects (Diesel)

Now that is clag, can almost taste it. Takes me back to the flavour of New Street platform 7 at 08:45 on a winter morning in the 70's. The start of an olifactory onslaught which went on to include the massed ranks of WMPTE's oldest buses in Stephenson Street, drowning in the aroma of the Midland Hot...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Best for smoke effects (Diesel)
Replies: 19
Views: 2078

Re: Best for smoke effects (Diesel)

Nothing British will ever take the clag crown, in fact the locomotives I'm thinking of it isn't even signs of a badly running engine, just massive overfuelling due to not enough air being taken in because they're at full throttle on stiff gradients through tunnels. SP over Tehachapi SP over Donner ...
by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A bit of progress.
Replies: 334
Views: 31304

Re: A bit of progress.

Brian
Don't know which I admire most, Your skill as a modeller or as a photographer, both top notch.
John (AKA Bufferstop)

PS Is that locoshed scratch built or bashed from the Airfix/Dapol church?
by Bufferstop
Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Pheobe's Yard- Run round loop
Replies: 12
Views: 1430

Re: Pheobe's Yard- Run round loop

Daryl The interest in your layout is going to be the moves you (have to) make for each arriving/departing train. I liked your first plan better than the tweaks, but I think the time has come to try dummy running in full size. Get a roll of lining paper, a prit stick some Peco point templates, and ma...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A bit of progress.
Replies: 334
Views: 31304

Re: A bit of progress.

Brian I've been there, but had a ten year old son to look after. That forced me to do things. It's good that your wife enthused over your hobby, if there are any bits that you talked to her about but haven't yet done, well get on with them, no reason to let her down. Like it or not we are your virtu...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Bus Wire
Replies: 30
Views: 4803

Re: DCC Bus Wire

Ring Vs Radial..? Absolutely no difference at DCC frequencies. You'd have to have a layout almost 30kms long to get interference on a ring circuit at 10kHz. I think Rob has stated what should be the position. I'll take his word on the length. I gave up doing those sort of calcs many years ago. If a...
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby class 73 problem maybe
Replies: 23
Views: 2154

Re: hornby class 73 problem maybe

PS. I've seen isopropanol abbreviated to IPA. I'd hate any one to confuse it with the other fluid baring these initials, "India Pale Ale" don't think it would do you or your locos much good :)
by Bufferstop
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby class 73 problem maybe
Replies: 23
Views: 2154

Re: hornby class 73 problem maybe

I thought dry cleaning fluid was was tricoethylene That's tricloroethylene in full. Black humour in the refurb bay recomended "trike and a fag, for a good nights sleep" When oxidised it turns to phosgene the WW1 "mustard gas" I'll stick to isopropanol (iso propyl alcohol) bit mo...
by Bufferstop
Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby class 73 problem maybe
Replies: 23
Views: 2154

Re: hornby class 73 problem maybe

Yep , I saw a similar demo, also a complete working TV in a big vat of it. Dammed if I can remember the name but I think it had more than its share of Xs and Zs. Can't just buy it anymore. I think it's more to do with the weight of the vapour and the danger of inhaling it. Any rescue would have to s...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco flexi or Hornby Semi-flexi?
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: Peco flexi or Hornby Semi-flexi?

Can't see the point in semi-flexible. It's no problem to lay flexi straight. You can get rulers in 12" 18" and 36" lengths - they are very useful :lol: Rumour has it you can get them in metric lengths as well.
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby class 73 problem maybe
Replies: 23
Views: 2154

Re: hornby class 73 problem maybe

Hi Peterm, the problem with all of the dunk-it cleaning chemicals is that they rely on rapid evaporation at room temperature. This makes them dodgy for use by anyone not trained/supervised, and from my experience they don't work as well as they are claimed to, the retail versions being even more use...
by Bufferstop
Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby class 73 problem maybe
Replies: 23
Views: 2154

Re: hornby class 73 problem maybe

As for oil in the motor: if it's a can motor, there's probably not much you can do unless you know someone who has some of that stuff you can immerse it in (can't remember the name, but someone will know) IMHO On a bit of dodgy ground there - UK health and safety laws don't permit the open sale of ...
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Road Surfaces
Replies: 32
Views: 5684

Re: Road Surfaces

Take a look at some real world road surfaces (or even some photos). I wanted a well worn look to match the road over a bridge. I ended up using a part worn finishing sheet from my orbital sander. Colour was a good match, and it had the right degree of randomness.
by Bufferstop
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Photographic Scene
Replies: 19
Views: 1873

Re: Fine Scale mess around

Yup looks NG to me. Just checked in Bob Essery's signalling and track plan book. The dimensions he gives for pre-CWR sleepers are 8ft by 1ft by 6 inches deep. spacing is 2'6" between centres in the length closing up to 1'11" at the ends. Redistributing Peco sleepers isn't going to produce ...
by Bufferstop
Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Odd looking electric points???
Replies: 13
Views: 1269

Re: Odd looking electric points???

I think the electric points had a change over switch between the coils and the return terminal, allowing them to be operated by a change over switch rather than a passing contact switch. I can remember dire warnings in the instruction leaflet not to obstruct the free movement of the points. The orig...

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