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by muggins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1119

Re: 3F or 4F?

I have now taken the step required to correct the lack of the J36. And I've just bought myself a new 3F as an alternative to the two C Class locos that I've had to return to MRD. The first one derailed coming off the turntable and thereafter flat-out refused to work for no obvious reason apart from...
by muggins
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RT Models
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: RT Models

Customers will generally put up with a surprising amount of delay if they order from a "cottage industry" - provided the proprietor keeps them in the picture as to what's going on. If he doesn't have the courtesy to do that simple thing, he has only himself to blame when, not if, he starts...
by muggins
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1119

Re: 3F or 4F?

... Just in case that's of interest... I've actually got two of those :) Ref DCC and slow running, when I returned to the fold after my 30-year hiatus, I knew nowt about DCC other than it cost, so I asked around (elsewhere) online before decided to stick with what I know. I'm still miffed that NOBO...
by muggins
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1119

Re: 3F or 4F?

Much obliged, Bigmet. Thank you once again.
by muggins
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Slow service
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: Slow service

Byegad wrote:... As both firms are in the Isle of Man, that's great service ...


Yes, I'm a fan of Track Shack too, and I also find that if I order anything from the IoM, it invariably gets here next day by first class post - and has done for the last two years! How that works so well I have no idea.
by muggins
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1119

3F or 4F?

I'm beginning to feel the need of yet another 0-6-0 tender locomotive, and Bigmet's comments about the Bachmann 3F (below) have set me wondering about a Fowler. TBH I can't even remember what the difference is between the real 3F and 4F (apart from in my trainspotting days we saw mainly 4Fs), and I ...
by muggins
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2188

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Mike Parkes wrote: ... 31-461A has a list price of £124.95


Gosh. So it has. And I see that whereas the one I bought last week cost me £59.95, the very same thing would cost me £40.01 more now.

Funny old world, innit ...
by muggins
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2188

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Other than the nice green boiler banding and an awful lot of money, can anyone tell me what the difference is between 31-464A, the new C Class announced with an RRP of £199.95, and 31-461A, the plain black Southern one I bought brand new from MRD last week for £59.99?
by muggins
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Slow service
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: Slow service

In my experience, anything to do with Humbrol nowadays will lead to disappointment. However, http://www.scalemodelshop.co.uk/ do Humbrol if you must use the stuff, and you can't beat them for efficiency and speed of service. While I'm at it, I second the above post about Model Railways Direct. What ...
by muggins
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3253

Re: We need to talk about costs

Bigmet wrote:
b308 wrote:... 50 odd years ago, railway modellers felt they were getting somewhere if they had three locos to operate on their modest layout ...


I thought I'd arrived when I finally had three wagons to put between my one loco (the Tri-ang Jinty) and my brake van!
by muggins
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3253

Re: We need to talk about costs

The answer to your question is yes ... Eh? The question was "Where do you reckon the cuts could be made to bring the retail price down to whatever you reckon it should be?" It is the same with basic injection molded kits, made with tooling that in some cases dates make to the 70's. Those ...
by muggins
Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3253

Re: We need to talk about costs

OK, I know this has been brought up a million times ... Oh hasn't it just. I remember reading much the same grumbles in Railway Modeller 60 years ago. But anyhow ... Let's take a controller, locomotive, whatever costing you or me £100. Take off the VAT and in round numbers we get £83. I have no ide...
by muggins
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!

Blimey, whenever did they do that? :o

That's a bit better! Anyhow, thanks once again - and point noted about the old Thompsons. As it happens I've just this morning managed to locate a new TSO with a different number, so that's one more problem solved.
by muggins
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!

Cheers Bigmet. Thompsons were certainly uncommon in Lincolnshire in the late 50s/early 60s, except for summer excursions. Otherwise, IIRC the mainline stuff was invariably Gresleys and Mk1s. As we've said before, it's a real PITA trying to find out what's what with previous Bachmann releases unless ...
by muggins
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 566

One more blood 'n' custard carriage needed!

Having recently acquired a nice brand new 39-077B Mk1 BSK for it, my lovely K3-hauled main line train now needs just one more carriage to complete it. But alas I'm getting nowhere finding out exactly what's available, so I turn again to the experts ... As it stands, the train consists of a Thompson ...

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