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by Mike Parkes
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points
Replies: 8
Views: 294

Re: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points

Often the problem is down to the point warping at the plastic frog such that the frog is raised slightly and a loco with a pretty rigid chassis will lift the other wheel, to that which is on the plastic frog, off the rail - result loco stalls. It also obviously helps to ensure all pick-ups are corre...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 25
Views: 679

Re: Dcc loco issues

I had a short on Standard 4 Mogul - traced it to a contact strip on the baseplate having too big a soldered joint to a wire and it was breaching the gap to the adjacent contact strip. Remove the decoder and trace the circuitry with a multimeter on resistance.
by Mike Parkes
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco 3-way Point
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Peco 3-way Point

The 3 way point is 610mm radius and a 12 degree angle so you need a curve of those dimensions to straighten out - as above flexible track is the simplest solution - if you really need to use setrack I would suggest a 4th radius curve cut to the degree angle and a short straight (Hornby R610 or Peco ...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 335
Views: 130253

Re: BARGAINS!

One mystery though that escapes my sense of reality is how a Golden Valley/Oxford Rail Janus in BP livery is basically half the price of other releases. Does this reflect the true production cost of these models. I cannot see production numbers in this livery being any greater than other liveries, ...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket

Not sure about that - given the replicas that have been built most notably the 1979 one which has been a regular feature at open days and preserved lines suspect many would have have a ready excuse for one, and many others simply because of its unique historical value.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket

What I noticed when I went to fit some etched nameplates to mine is just how much was wrong with the Triang body as I tried to align the nameplate with its position on photos and the detail of the boiler barrel - the ex Airfix kit is a better model all round. Would think its surely time that someone...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: OO Triang Hornby Stephenson's Rocket

Hornby rereleased it the 1980s - I did embark on reactivating mine - the motor was shot so I replaced it with an appropriately sized modern motor and fitted it with a DCC decoder with additional pickups on the tender. Then I discovered a major problem - the wheels would not go through 21st century P...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

Why not just hard wire a decoder in place - saves a lot of time and fundamentally in locos with little space a big space saving if you do not have a socket occupying much needed space. Indeed on a number of DCC ready locos I have I have removed the socket so enabling a bigger choice of decoder than ...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

Diagram on this web page may clarify the matter
https://dccwiki.com/6_Pin_DCC_Plug
by Mike Parkes
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Gee Dee Models, Nottingham
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Gee Dee Models, Nottingham

Note re mail order they use mostly use APC Overnight - worth being in mind in case you end up having to collect the item from a depot some miles away.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1334

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

I must confess that I'm struggling to see the need for models with even higher levels of detail, fragility and cost. A well detailed model does not necessarily have increased fragility - the problem currently is the obsession Hornby in particular have for the use of plastic for many parts which any...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 1334

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

We had the old Hornby class 47, then the Lima, then the Bachmann and then the Heljan model. Apparently all were flawed so is it time for a new manufacturer to produce a new class 47? Hornby - ride height too high and nasty raised lines down the body size for easy application of two tone green Lima ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem
Replies: 19
Views: 902

Re: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem

Found some more direct fits that exist / have existed to those mentioned above 15mm x 12mm (but a whopping 10mm thick) Gaugemaster DCC29 http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=DCC29 Laisdcc 860020 (no size stated) - blue/green wrapped https://www.digitrains.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=86...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: What sort of couplers are these?
Replies: 17
Views: 887

Re: What sort of couplers are these?

The issue with Heljan locos is not the motor burning out but a DCC decoder burning out - they typically draw a high current which many cheap, or perceived as being cheap, decoders cannot handle. Decoders such as Lenz Standards work fine.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: What sort of couplers are these?
Replies: 17
Views: 887

Re: What sort of couplers are these?

I quiet like Heljans approach of factory fitting the bufferbeam details as it saves a task for the purchaser and it far easier to trim away want is needed to fit whatever coupling you want. It was quite common to find detailed model diesels with full bufferbeam details and a length of brass road fit...

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