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by Brossard
Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:40 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: A Rake of LSWR Coaches
Replies: 12
Views: 2110

Re: A Rake of LSWR Coaches

:o No chance! I've served my sentence. 8)

John
by Brossard
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: A Rake of LSWR Coaches
Replies: 12
Views: 2110

A Rake of LSWR Coaches

Today, after about a year of on and off building, I completed these Roxey kits. The story began when a friend brought a box full of these kits to the clubhouse looking for someone to build them for him. Like a mug, I stuck my hand up, not appreciating the saga that would ensue. I have bashed around ...
by Brossard
Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: ERRATIC DECODER PERFORMANCE.
Replies: 14
Views: 2056

Re: ERRATIC DECODER PERFORMANCE.

Conventional wisdom seems to indicate that the capacitors be removed - leaving them in can effect the back EMF performance, or so the experts say. I always remove them. I don't think the Bachmann decoder is all that bad - I don't use them because they don't feature access to all CVs. My preferred de...
by Brossard
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Best for Platiscard?
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

Re: Best for Platiscard?

I can't add much to what Jim and Geoff have already said. Slaters or Finecast embossed plastic glued to 0.040" plastic sheet works well. I would rate Wills sheets as somewhat better than OK and as long as you don't have to cut out windows, they are very good. I didn't know about the Slaters ali...
by Brossard
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: how high?
Replies: 19
Views: 3461

Re: how high?

Right B308, I agree. I was suggesting that the legs be made to suit both situations, that's all.

John
by Brossard
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: how high?
Replies: 19
Views: 3461

Re: how high?

I don't disagree with making an exhibition layout viewable by those in wheelchairs or the very young. However, I would say that for working on the layout at home or in the clubhouse, it should be at a height that minimises the amount of bending that the builder has to do. Somewhere around 4 feet (~1...
by Brossard
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 7F, poor running under DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 7372

Re: Bachmann 7F, poor running under DCC

Agree about the Bachmann/ESU decoders - not good if you want to adjust things. For this reason I avoid them. My choice for non sound 21 pin decoders is the Lenz Silver. I wouldn't touch any Hornby "DCC" products with the the proverbial...

John
by Brossard
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Which couplings go where?
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Which couplings go where?

Thanks Ian.

John
by Brossard
Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Which couplings go where?
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Which couplings go where?

Well, WG, in general, as follows: 1) 3 link - found on unfitted* wagons and steam locos. Very prone to breaking in service. A brake van at the end of the train is a must so that the guard can apply his brake to stop a runaway. 2) Screw link - used on fitted* wagons, coaches and locos. 3) Buckeye - r...
by Brossard
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: First time layout , Hazelwood Yard
Replies: 50
Views: 7794

Re: First time layout ,first time modeller !

Well, you could work on a backscene and extend it around the LHS. Yes, conventional wisdom usually puts a bridge, tunnel or sometimes a cutting to disguise the exit stage left. Think of the layout as a stage.

John
by Brossard
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: First time layout , Hazelwood Yard
Replies: 50
Views: 7794

Re: First time layout ,first time modeller !

Well, if you are a first timer, I'm impressed. This kind of layout is ideal for the beginner. You get to learn the trade and get trains running quickly. I do have a question, will you make a fiddle yard at the left of the layout?

John
by Brossard
Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: South Eastern Finecast kits?
Replies: 10
Views: 3370

Re: South Eastern Finecast kits?

I thought it might be instructive to provide an idea of what you get in a SEF body kit. Here's my 4F: http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/brossard/P1010001-001_zps0052b7db.jpg It was bought second hand without the tender I think. To my eye and after only a brief examination, the castings look p...
by Brossard
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: seeing if they work?
Replies: 12
Views: 2010

Re: seeing if they work?

You might also burn out the motor - DC motors really hate AC. How do I know you ask...? One way is to put the loco on a test track and set the DCC system to "Program Track". After you've done that, place the loco on the track and check to see if you can read back CVs - loco address would b...
by Brossard
Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: South Eastern Finecast kits?
Replies: 10
Views: 3370

Re: South Eastern Finecast kits?

The G6, from what I learned from Wiki is similar to a Jinty. It should be a good starter kit. These things are never "easy" though, totally unlike a plastic kit if that's what you are used to. I had a look at the Finecast site, I can only see the G6 as a bodyline kit, F108, this will be in...

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