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by Brossard
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby live steam
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: hornby live steam

I believe Hornby discontinued their live steam range (if that is what you are referring to). A friend of mine invested in quite a bit of kit and I've seen it in action. I only ever saw it whizzing around the track at > 100 scale mph. It is very difficult to control and stop the train where you want ...
by Brossard
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Fictitious light railway- is this concept plausible?
Replies: 4
Views: 1158

Re: Fictitious light railway- is this concept plausible?

You might want to have a look at this book Pete:

http://britishrailwaybooks.co.uk/books/ ... 67940.html

Iain Rice is very knowledgeable and has an entertaining style. It's out of print but Gary at BRB is very helpful.

John
by Brossard
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: OO Gauge LMS Signal Box "Oakham"
Replies: 15
Views: 3481

Re: OO Gauge LMS Signal Box "Oakham"

You made a good job of that, I like the interior. There are brass windows available now: http://www.modelexmodelrailways.co.uk/ Go to 4mm frets.

John
by Brossard
Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Branchlines
Replies: 7
Views: 4016

Re: Branchlines

It's a shame that their website hasn't been updated. I think many of us have come to rely on websites when shopping and to have to send an email (let alone write a letter - gasp!, as some traders still require) to get an updated catalogue is a bit 90s. Still, I guesss they must have their reasons - ...
by Brossard
Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for this m
Replies: 16
Views: 1785

Re: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for th

The Hornby 6 wheel underframe is not great. John This is true, but the thing is I've half a dozen Hornby 4 wheelers, and several 6 wheeler chassis. Those few items cost me just a few £s plus I've lots of Gibson axles transfers, and other bits and ****. So I should be able to make up 3 passable midl...
by Brossard
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for this m
Replies: 16
Views: 1785

Re: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for th

You'd get a far better result by going with the Slater's/Coopercraft kit: http://shop.cooper-craft.co.uk/index.php?cPath=60_67&osCsid=43jhtrbk3v6p9qe0mv0psc0666 As I've said before, it all depends on the goal of the exercise. The challenge of a chop job that makes a decent model or a complete ki...
by Brossard
Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for this m
Replies: 16
Views: 1785

Re: Hornby 4 wheel coach. What is the prototype/basis for th

The Ratio 4 wheelers are a great starting point for a varied rake of coaches. Shirescenes do a range of etched overlays: http://www.dartcastings.co.uk/shire.php#EtchedSidestoConvertRatioCoaches and Mainly Trains do this: http://www.mainlytrains.co.uk/acatalog/exp_mt360.htm. ISTR that someone did an ...
by Brossard
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.

I'm afraid I can't tolerate the older "models" that Hornby foisted on us. I spent many hours trying to make silk purses out of these pigs ears. Thankfully, competition has forced Hornby to improve things dramatically.

John
by Brossard
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.

Happy to hear that, it is as I expected. I can't remember what wheels I used. I know that Hornby and Bachmann wheels are quite good. Markits wheels are also very good. Gibson wheels are quite fine but I think they have plastic centers making them prone to distortion if not handled carefully. As I sa...
by Brossard
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Rewheeling airfix B suburban stock.

Check the axle length of your old wheels sets - should be 26mm. New metal Hornby wheelsets should also have axle length of 26mm. They should just drop in. Diameter for coach wheels is 14mm across the tyre. I have rewheeled Airfix coaches without difficulty.

John
by Brossard
Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Modelzone TPO
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: Bachmann Modelzone TPO

I note that a Stowage van is on the wish list in Model Rail's poll.

John
by Brossard
Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Stuttering train
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: Stuttering train

You haven't told us what the loco is and who makes it. Are you DC or DCC? Definitely make sure the track is clean. Also the wheels*. Examine the pickups to make sure they are in place. I've had pickups get tangled in the wheel spokes. John *Simplest is to use ammonia based window cleaner, lighter fl...
by Brossard
Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: conversion kit info
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: conversion kit info

Here's a good source for etchings: http://www.shawplan.com/ I can't guarantee they will have what you want. For transfers, Modelmaster or Fox. In your shoes, I think I'd get myself one of the superb models from Bachmann, but it depends on your goal. If it's the challenge of converting the Lima machi...
by Brossard
Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:23 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Handbrake wheels on bogies
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Handbrake wheels on bogies

Having a means to apply the brake from either side is a safety feature. In the bad ol' days, wagons had brakes on just one side and I suppose the men involved in shunting would have had to somehow cross the tracks while the rake was moving to apply brakes. In the early years of the 20th century, the...
by Brossard
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Show us your weathering skills...
Replies: 107
Views: 19613

Re: Show us your weathering skills...

It's probably worth noting that the sides of coaches in passenger service were kept fairly clean: http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/brossard/P1010001-004-1.jpg Underframes, ends and roofs tended to be quite dirty. Sides were not showroom clean though. I like to spray my coaches all over with ...

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