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by Brossard
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Modelzone TPO
Replies: 5
Views: 1250

Re: Bachmann Modelzone TPO

As far as I know, there are no RTR models available to add to the TPO to make up a proper main line train. A pity really and underlines the questionable strategy of releasing models that you can't do much with. I actually bought the Bachmann one and ended up making what is essentially a parcels trai...
by Brossard
Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:06 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Bonding Plastikard to Cardboard?
Replies: 14
Views: 3066

Re: Bonding Plastikard to Cardboard?

I like to use Krylon Spray Adhesive when gluing paper to plastic card or vice versa. It is very strong. There is a similar product called Easy Tack (not sure if this is the same as Spray Mount) which is pretty useless since the bond is very weak (repositionable). Price in N. America is ~ $9 vs $18 f...
by Brossard
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: True scales and track gauge
Replies: 18
Views: 3968

Re: True scales and track gauge

The standards can be confusing. Flangeways seem to be one of the the most significant dimensions. I would say that FS 00 has the same standards as EM. I believe that FS gauge actually reduces to 16.2 mm (for points anyway). I think this absorbs the 0.5 mm side to side slop (relative to wheel flanges...
by Brossard
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: True scales and track gauge
Replies: 18
Views: 3968

Re: True scales and track gauge

I think you are confusing EM with P4 Pete. To take just one example, but an important one - crossing flangeway. Intermediate 00 - 1.2 mm +/- 0.05 (DOGA) Fine 00 - 1.0 mm +/- 0.05 (DOGA) P4 - 0.65 mm +/- 0.03 (S4 Society) EM - 1.0 mm (EMGS) I do agree that 00 track done well can look brilliant, but I...
by Brossard
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:36 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: True scales and track gauge
Replies: 18
Views: 3968

Re: True scales and track gauge

There was rather a long thread on the merits of EM vs P4 on RMweb. It was finally shut down becuase people were starting to shout at one another. In short, EM is a reasonable compromise for getting the track gauge looking close to correct. EM track standards are essentially finescale 00 to a gauge o...
by Brossard
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: bact to back
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: bact to back

Back To Back becomes extremely important if you are using finescale track. The nominal B2B for Bachmann is 14.3mm but I prefer 14.5mm (where the DCC Concepts guage is set to). Diesels are fairly easy to correct. Hornby B2B tend to be all over the place. Thier newer stuff, with new tooling, tends to ...
by Brossard
Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: bact to back
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: bact to back

The DCC Concepts B2B gauge is recommended.

John
by Brossard
Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: MR 10T Brake Van Decals
Replies: 1
Views: 337

Re: MR 10T Brake Van Decals

Will these do?

http://www.fox-transfers.co.uk/products ... 3494101100

Coopercraft now have the Slaters range. Slaters still have transfers listed on their site. 70146 is MR/LMS wagon lettering but it doesn't say whether 4 or 7mm so best to check.

John
by Brossard
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast
Replies: 11
Views: 1626

Re: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast

Sorry if my disagreeing with you came over a bit brusque. I didn't mean to say you were wrong in doing the ballasting in the way described. I was thinking that new088 said that he is only 13 and that we ought to be encouraging him to start with first principles.

John
by Brossard
Thu May 31, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast
Replies: 11
Views: 1626

Re: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast

Ex-Pat I can't agree with ballasting at the same time as track laying. I know Norman Solomon does it but he's a pro with decades of experience (It's a great DVD by the way and I recommend it highly). I wouldn't do it and I also have more than 20 years of experience. My advice above holds. Lay and te...
by Brossard
Wed May 30, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast
Replies: 11
Views: 1626

Re: HELP my track keeps on coming up when I ballast

Back to first principles. I can't imagine what you are using that is so thin it won't take pins. I would recommend a track support of no less than 1/4" ply. An option is to use an underlay of cork or foam (3 - 5mm thick). Lay the track and pin it temporarily (pre drill for the pins). Wire it up...
by Brossard
Wed May 30, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Customer Service, or lack there of!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1288

Re: Bachmann Customer Service, or lack there of!!

Bachmann will sell spares if they have them. Yes, they are expensive but so are spares for everything. My experience has been pretty positive although not recent. Probably the more common items in demand are spare wheel sets for split chassis locos.

John
by Brossard
Wed May 23, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Soldering Stations
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: Soldering Stations

Go for something of reasonable quality - not Radio Shack or whatever they call themselves now. Mine's a Weller, non adjustable, about 45W I think. I've always used Carrs 145 solder and Carrs Green Label flux. This is for brass kits, the flux is acidic. I have a 25W iron and low melt (70 deg) solder ...
by Brossard
Thu May 17, 2012 2:51 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: GWR 70' resteraunt car
Replies: 9
Views: 863

Re: GWR 70' resteraunt car

You might check Comet Models site: http://www.cometmodels.co.uk/ Look at Products and GWR Coach kits. You'll see a list of coaches and if you click on the PDFs you will see a photo of the finished model and even the instruction sheet showing the layout of the various parts. They also do a large rang...
by Brossard
Sat May 12, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: DCC Consepts Rolling Road, not worth it
Replies: 4
Views: 1224

Re: DCC Consepts Rolling Road, not worth it

The Bachrus RR is well designed and simple to use. That would be my recommendation. I've never examined the DCC Concepts device so cannot comment.

John

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