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by Bigmet
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 840

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

I persist with the feeling that after all their difficulties with an earlier than planned factory closure, and the start up of an all new facility, that Bachmann are now beginning to achieve recovery. It remains to be seen what the impact of Covid-19 will be in all this. A public health crisis is ne...
by Bigmet
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad Black 5
Replies: 41
Views: 8102

Re: Hornby Railroad Black 5

... so I'm close to taking a saw to the motor mount... Unclip the main casting from the exterior frames moulding and 'reduce it' with a hacksaw would be my choice as a 'quick and dirty' weight reduction. Or even bin the casting entirely and build a frame from scrap metal to fit inside the dummy ext...
by Bigmet
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F questions
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: 3F questions

Your random black lump of plastic is a frame to secure a speaker in the tender for those wanting sound effects. As for the screw secured slide to adjust loco to tender spacing, you are correct in apprehending how it should work. But now you mention it I recall some trouble with mine, bought when thi...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby-Dublo 8F, real ringfield drive
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Hornby-Dublo 8F, real ringfield drive

It will be interesting to see what it can pull with lighter bodies and pinpoint bearings. Bear in mind that locos generally improve somewhat as the tyres polish up, and I think this example had very little running before I got it. Currently it's got sufficient traction for an estimate of at least 1...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby-Dublo 8F, real ringfield drive
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Hornby-Dublo 8F, real ringfield drive

At last, I found a decent price for an externally good 8F from the long ago discontinued Hornby-Dublo range. As a boy this was the one H-D loco that I wanted. Way too expensive to think of, Triang it had to be. At the time it was the only eight coupled goods available RTR, and comfortably the best o...
by Bigmet
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby J36
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Hornby J36

Here's a little delight, been on sale a year now and relatively little comment about it, but what there is typically favourable. Not much to say really, when it's this good all around. I haven't a drawing so must take the dimensions on trust, but it looks right. The mechanism runs beautifully, my ol...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Body problem
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Body problem

It could also be a quirk with the decoder though... However, the decoder works normally with the body removed, which suggests this isn't some kind of decoder/DCC system problem. ...I discovered that Bachmann decoders cannot be read by my Digitrax Zephyr unless you put a 1K resistor across the track...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Body problem
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Body problem

...It ran fine - until I fitted the loco body to the chassis - then nothing. I have repeated the testing and reassembly process without success. Has anyone met this problem?... Oh yes. First thing to do with a DCC equipped loco on which this has happened is to put the loco on programme track and go...
by Bigmet
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1421

Re: We need to talk about costs

Try Gumtree, stuff like that comes up quite often. I take it these lower income families you talk of are the ones we see with the latest mobile phone, one for each of the family?! It's still affordable for everyone, you can pick up Hornby's little 0-4-0T for a tenner for a start... And if you are w...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby flogging another dead horse
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Hornby flogging another dead horse

End2end wrote:... working in the film industry, this franchise is well and truly dead ...

That's as maybe, but don't forget the books. The kids brought up on HP will be introducing them to their children now...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby flogging another dead horse
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Hornby flogging another dead horse

And you cannot move around the KX shop and the nearby 'barrow going into the wall' ; for kids, mainly those of foreign tourists, and I bet Hornby get some of their holiday spending money. A couple of hard up acting students of my acquaintance last summer dressed up in theatrical wizard costumes and ...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 398

Re: 3F or 4F?

Bachmann and Hornby have used hex headed bolts for crankpins as standard on all the 'current standard' product that I have seen. (Given the supply disruptions reported from those involved in the business of getting our models manufactured in China, you will notice the caveat 'that I have seen'. I wo...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 398

Re: 3F or 4F?

And no sooner ordered than arrived (18 hours from placing the order, despite going for the cheap 'whenever' shipping option.) Looks even better in the hand than the pictures, very good example of the small late nineteenth century general purpose 0-6-0, much like the C class and J15. Hornby have put ...
by Bigmet
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 398

Re: 3F or 4F?

I have now taken the step required to correct the lack of the J36. This one is no fit for my KX inner suburban modelling during BR's steam to diesel transition, however: I like 0-6-0s. This was the loco that powered the UK's steam railway. Most of them are very handsome, and all of them qualify for ...

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