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by Brossard
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: My SR Workbench!
Replies: 28
Views: 2188

Re: My SR Workbench!

An airbrush is a great tool. Why not push your luck and go for a compressor as well? Canned air and spare tyres are a bit naff. Still, there's always Christmas. I like your crew in the loco, I so often see crewless locos - yecchh! I don't know a lot about SR wagons, but shouldn't they all have Tare ...
by Brossard
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Prodigy Advance woes!
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: Prodigy Advance woes!

Check the power connection at the back of the unit, plug it back in and the power comes on - then goes after a couple of seconds... Obviously a problem with either the connection on the unit, the lead or the PSU itself but to say I'm pi**ed off is a major understatement! Power coming on and then go...
by Brossard
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: dcc ready kinlet hall
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: dcc ready kinlet hall

You're probably seeing the circuit board that "jumps" the sockets to allow running in DC. This board should be removed and the decoder plugged in. It should be that simple. The model instructions should provide some guidance. Make sure you get pin 1 in the right place. If you get it backwa...
by Brossard
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Weathering Powders
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Weathering Powders

I can't say I've heard of using powder as a weathering material for track ballast. You must be going through a heck of a lot. Consider that weathering powder is simply ground paint pigment. I buy quite large jars of the stuff at the art store (Fragonard is the brand name) for just a few bucks. I sho...
by Brossard
Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachman DCC research
Replies: 18
Views: 2720

Re: Bachman DCC research

Regarding kangaroo starts and jumping, this could be a sign that the Back EMF set at the factory is what I call "too tight". Not all decoders have BEMF or, if they do, permit adjustment, but if yours does than read up on the BEMF settings in the manual and have a play. Reducing the BEMF se...
by Brossard
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Pullman cars
Replies: 16
Views: 1810

Re: Pullman cars

Funnily enough there's a discussion on another forum about Pullman roof colour. Consensus seems to be that, when new, roofs (which were canvas) were painted with white lead as dope for waterproofing. However, white lead turns grey quite quickly when exposed to the elements. Of course, the roofs woul...
by Brossard
Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: DCC motorised points - which is best for you
Replies: 7
Views: 3494

Re: DCC motorised points - which is best for you

As you are just starting Gordon (or is that Ian?), may I suggest that you consider the following: 1) A DCC system from one of the manufacturers that specialise in DCC, such as Lenz, Digitrax, NCE and others? You will be assured that the system will be fully NMRA compliant - I'm not so sure about Hor...
by Brossard
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:16 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: new 14xx DCC Ready or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 1907

Re: new 14xx DCC Ready or not?

Just to clarify, I would assume the model is DC and would need a decoder hardwired in to convert to DCC.

John
by Brossard
Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: new 14xx DCC Ready or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 1907

Re: new 14xx DCC Ready or not?

Hatton's details are usually a good indicator and will tell you if the model is "DCC Ready", otherwise remain silent.

http://www.ehattons.com/51227/Hornby_Mo ... etail.aspx

I would assume hard wired as Tim has indicated.

John
by Brossard
Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 1st step into EM trackbuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: 1st step into EM trackbuilding

Patience, Preparation and Perserverance. Don't rush. Don't try to bodge through with the wrong kit and keep at it.

John
by Brossard
Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 1st step into EM trackbuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: 1st step into EM trackbuilding

Tools - files are a definite must have. Get a couple of good size ones with a dead edge for filing blades - it's in Rice's book - in fact you'll find a comprehensive list there. A set of diamond impregnated files are also good. Never used a vice when making points. I bought the fancy kit from EMGS f...
by Brossard
Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 1st step into EM trackbuilding
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: 1st step into EM trackbuilding

You don't say where you got the stuff, Sam. C&L are a great source for the things you need. Another source is Exactoscale. Making the points is likely to be something of a challenge if you haven't done them before. I recommend a couple of books: http://britishrailwaybooks.co.uk/books/ISBN/187410...
by Brossard
Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Child Operators
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Child Operators

When we take our layout to shows, we find it very enjoyable to let the kids have a go with trains. The children love it (of course) and so do the parents.

John
by Brossard
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.

LOL, the manufacturers can't win. They get criticized when they scrimp on detail and again when there's too much. I like my models to be as correct as possible - we already have to put up with so many compromises (like narrow gauge track) and I really appreciate the detail. I do agree that it can be...
by Brossard
Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:00 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby live steam
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: hornby live steam

The edit button is not visible. I just wanted to add that it is great for the kids to watch. The locos get very hot and should be handled by adults.

John

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