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by Firefly16
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: kadee couplers
Replies: 5
Views: 613

kadee couplers

I'm thinking about a renovation project involving an item of British made trans-Atlantic rolling stock. As I would be offering it to a North American interest modeller when finished, it would be fitted with kadee couplers. Is there a universal/common size for HO standard gauge products? This is stil...
by Firefly16
Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dust
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Dust

Browzing Dad-1's thread on Sand in 'Scenery' sent me off on another tack which might be of interest. I am exploring the possibilities of the limescale that accumulates in kettles from time to time. This can be ground to any desired size - to suggest shale, the detritus from quarrying or, suitably co...
by Firefly16
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A Bolivian Barry....
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: A Bolivian Barry....

I must make a note: Never use irony on this site.
by Firefly16
Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A Bolivian Barry....
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: A Bolivian Barry....

A sad sight. But, still, I liked the 'perforated with holes' . Who knew that the action of rust could be so precise?
by Firefly16
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Brexit / Bremain (Totally Non Political)
Replies: 18
Views: 1672

Re: Brexit / Bremain (Totally Non Political)

Thank you for that last line, George! Incidentally, your 'Model Railroader' is a great magazine!
by Firefly16
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New A3 Hornby construction kit
Replies: 16
Views: 2209

Re: New A3 Hornby construction kit

Too right about the packaging Bufferstop. That on the Hornby 52XX is a case in point Open at both ends, it's not even as if it's secure. Who dreams this stuff up? Look, Hornby and other culprits, get real - it's miniature locomotives you're selling, not perfume!
by Firefly16
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New A3 Hornby construction kit
Replies: 16
Views: 2209

Re: New A3 Hornby construction kit

Reading the above and similar recent posts about the condition of other makers' stuff when delivered has more or less decided me against buying any new locos; I would sooner spend money on restoring and upgrading something that was well made in its day. Perhaps it's time Hornby considered returning ...
by Firefly16
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: J50 possible problem
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: J50 possible problem

A sad sight. I don't know anything about this particular model but could it be that the weight was a bit too big and/or too tight a fit, so putting a strain on the running plate? I found this to be the cause of the (plastic) running plate's distortion on the Lima prairie I recently restored - a diff...
by Firefly16
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Liverpudlian problems again
Replies: 41
Views: 2806

Re: Liverpudlian problems again

The problems of cyber-communication, which I don't pretend to understand, are one thing. But the bottom line is that model trade retailers are dealing in artefacts with a small physical presence in a real world in which all of them have to be accounted for without the problems associated with keepin...
by Firefly16
Sat May 28, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rehabilitation of Lima prairie
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Rehabilitation of Lima prairie

The Hornby pick-ups sound interesting GWR-fan. I found oiling the motion helpful too!
by Firefly16
Sat May 28, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rehabilitation of Lima prairie
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Rehabilitation of Lima prairie

Just finished the hard part of restoring to health a literally broken backed Lima prairie bought for a knock down price and described as a poor runner (it wasn't - I had to rein it in on the test oval). All that remains now is to treat it to a new brass number plate, a little detailing and weatherin...
by Firefly16
Wed May 25, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OO gauge B set coaches
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Re: OO gauge B set coaches

Hi spiket4,
There are still plenty of B set coaches about - I have recently acquired a pair of 70s vintage in maroon at a very reasonable price. Hattons, Rails of Sheffield websites and, of course, ebay are good places to look.
by Firefly16
Mon May 16, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby S15
Replies: 18
Views: 2304

Re: Hornby S15

I have to say flying Scotsman I'm still tempted by the S15. I think Bigmet hits upon an interesting point in referring to particular batches of the Heljan 47 and 31. The S15 has only just been released, so I'm going to put it on hold and see if any production issues arise before committing myself. M...
by Firefly16
Sun May 15, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby S15
Replies: 18
Views: 2304

Re: Hornby S15

Just read the above last few posts with interest. My latest thoughts on the subject are - forget about buying the S15. Instead, get nice vintage loco from a better time in need of a little TLC and do some renovation and detailing work. But right now, it's way past my bedtime so Goodnight everyone.
by Firefly16
Sat May 14, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby S15
Replies: 18
Views: 2304

Re: Hornby S15

I don't understand why so vulnerable a material as Mazak appears to be is continuing to be used at all. The problem with 'rot' seems to be long standing as some collectors of vintage toys have found out to their cost. I am sure the CME responsible for their prototypes would have given my N and the S...

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