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by Brossard
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Building a brass & white metal kit.
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Building a brass & white metal kit.

Ah yes, day trips to Blackpool in a DMU. First stop Woolies for the buckets, spades and flags. A donkey ride on the sands. Blissful days.

John
by Brossard
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Building a brass & white metal kit.
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Building a brass & white metal kit.

I hope you keep us updated on progress. It will be a learning experience for all. I am not at all familiar with the loco you have nor MTK.

Is this it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIE_201_Class

John
by Brossard
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Which controller?
Replies: 29
Views: 1431

Re: Which controller?

This is good value: http://www.dccsupplies.com/shop/product ... cts_id=487 I have one and find it is comfortable and easy to use.

I would steer away from Hornby or Bachmann systems - stick to those made by companies who specialize in DCC.

John
by Brossard
Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Building a brass & white metal kit.
Replies: 22
Views: 2291

Re: Building a brass & white metal kit.

Can you show us a picture? Which kit is it? My inclination is to use low melt (70 dec C) solder for the whitemetal and 145C or 188C solder for the brass. DCC Concepts do a range of solder and flux as do C&L Finescale. Household solder is not going to be suitable (IMO). You will need a good solde...
by Brossard
Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: REVIEW. Hornby Railroad 'Jinty' 'R2882'
Replies: 3
Views: 3228

Re: Hornby Railroad 'Jinty' 'R2882'

It does look quite attractive but, as you say suffers from it's Margate heritage. I particularly don't like the lack of external brake rodding. A far better model is the Bachmann version - but I expect you know that. I actually have a very old body (in crimson lake) that I plan to pretty up with the...
by Brossard
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cobalts are confusing me!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1763

Re: Cobalts are confusing me!!!

You might want to contact Richard Johnson at DCC Concepts. I seem to remember early batches of these had some issues. http://www.dccconcepts.com/index.htm Richard is very approachable. He also visits Model Rail Forum regularly. You will find lots of discussion on these there. Search "Cobalt Poi...
by Brossard
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Glue
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: Glue

I find it better to glue the window frame print to 0.020" plastic sheet. It is easier (for me) to cut this accurately and any mistakes can be corrected by plastic cement. My preference to glue frames to window is contact cement.

Future (Kleer) floor polish is also good for windows.

John
by Brossard
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: De Ja Vu Competition. "Country Local"
Replies: 26
Views: 2047

Re: De Ja Vu Competition. "Country Local"

That would make a lovely cameo. Picture saved.

John
by Brossard
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Tweaking CV's
Replies: 17
Views: 1246

Re: Tweaking CV's

Yep, Bigmet, if you want to annoy me, leave momentum at 0. Locos leaping into action or stopping suddenly are very irritating. So many people don't get it.

John
by Brossard
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: My SR Workbench!
Replies: 28
Views: 2187

Re: My SR Workbench!

Hobby shops usually sell bags of real coal or coal like stuff. I bought a 1lb bag of coal from some live steamers years ago - I'm still using it.

John
by Brossard
Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Tweaking CV's
Replies: 17
Views: 1246

Re: Tweaking CV's

In my experience there isn't a lot of CV tweaking needed. I like to ensure that the loco just moves on speed step 1 by adjusting Vmin, as Pete has said. If this takes a lot of adjustment, Vmid and maybe Vmax may need adjusting as well. The other thing I might do is to adjust Back EMF to get the loco...
by Brossard
Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:02 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: BR 2-10-0 Britannia Class 9F Evening Star
Replies: 35
Views: 4073

Re: BR 2-10-0 Britannia Class 9F Evening Star

I found this video review of the Hornby model. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjXrhfd- ... re=related It does look good I must admit and probably half the price of the NRM Bachmann model (if you can find one) so you takes your choice.

John
by Brossard
Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: BR 2-10-0 Britannia Class 9F Evening Star
Replies: 35
Views: 4073

Re: BR 2-10-0 Britannia Class 9F Evening Star

Not with this one Ian, but the Bachmann 9F is a better model IMO. http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Ro ... ass-9f.htm

John
by Brossard
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy Advance woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Prodigy Advance woes!

OK, pretty rare for wires to break between interfaces. The problem is usually in the interfaces. I worked on aircraft engine controls and connectors were always the bane of our lives. It's no good faffing around with a system that doesn't work to your satisfaction. The replacement system will hopefu...
by Brossard
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy Advance woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Prodigy Advance woes!

Perhaps some pictures of the power connection and an indication of where you believe the fault lies? Is this the manual? http://www.gaugemaster.com/instructions/prodigy/dcc02.pdf From your description, everything works but there is intermittency at the power connection to the base unit. The problem ...

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