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by Zunnan
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Which Steam Locos for 1st Radius Curves?
Replies: 12
Views: 2692

Re: Which Steam Locos for 1st Radius Curves?

The Hornby Railroad Patriot certainly runs on R1 curvature (and tighter) and is DCC ready in its current iteration. The B12 is a bit more moderately sized (4P) but is another decent 4-6-0 model, although not DCC ready AFAIK so a little more involved. The Railroad Black 5, while not specifically an e...
by Zunnan
Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Curved points equals derailed steamies
Replies: 26
Views: 3072

Re: Curved points equals derailed steamies

When I laid Peco curved setrack points as a crossover leading into another crossover, I found that just about everything (diesel or steam) with very few exceptions (old trainset stuff is fine, but modern high fidelity models are a no go) wouldn't make the switch to switch end of one set of the point...
by Zunnan
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Respraying a mk1
Replies: 8
Views: 1229

Re: Respraying a mk1

A few hour soak in Mr Muscle oven cleaner and a scrub over with an old toothbrush while rinsing it off will do the trick to remove the decal based paint (lining and numbers) that would normally show through the respray. With the lining off you should be able to crack on with the repaint, although th...
by Zunnan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What to do with my 4 wheel coaches?
Replies: 14
Views: 1530

Re: What to do with my 4 wheel coaches?

A few survived that late in departmental service as crew and tool accommodation with breakdown trains and permanent way work. Some survived in private use quite late too as paddy trains for colliery systems, the Cannock paddy train was certainly running into the mid '50s with antiquated 6 wheelers o...
by Zunnan
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Loco sound - do we need it??????
Replies: 47
Views: 4480

Re: Loco sound - do we need it??????

Utterly detestable springs to mind. I've heard matchboxes being rattled that sound more authentic than some so called 'steam sound' decoders. As for diesel, can't stand it. Half a day operating at an exhibition with a DCC sound MPD layout next door is enough to drive you to murder. I wouldn't mind s...
by Zunnan
Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: SR Branchline stock.
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Re: SR Branchline stock.

Loco wise you're looking at the Hornby M7, Bachmann Ivatt 2-6-2 and the forthcoming Kernow O2, which really will cover all the bases. Coaches are a bit thinner on the ground, single coach trains would most likely use a brake composite, so a Maunsell or Bulleid will fit the bill. With it being a smal...
by Zunnan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A disconnectable switch panel box.
Replies: 8
Views: 1020

Re: A disconnectable switch panel box.

I'd also recommend using soldered 25 way D sub connectors. It isn't particularly difficult to solder up a basic loom in a clamp, and will take wire up to 16/0.2 if care is taken, which is more than sufficient for most modelling uses. A spiral cable tidy can then be used to keep the wires together in...
by Zunnan
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Ship's in, Portholes available
Replies: 8
Views: 1854

Re: Ship's in, Portholes available

They are nice, the composite has the correct different bodyside and roof profile, so looks out of place in a rake which is nice. The one thing I don't like about them is the bogies, I've had three axles drop out so far because of the open ended bogie design and excessive slack in the bearings, thoug...
by Zunnan
Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish N Scale locos drive mech ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1490

Re: Farish N Scale locos drive mech ?

The current models which are loco drive are the 5MT, Austerity 2-8-0 and the 2MT. All will handle a prototypical load on level track, but they do suffer with inclines and tight curvature. I have the 5MT and 2MT which are used on the club layout regularly, with its minimum radius of 24". The 5MT...
by Zunnan
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How precise should one go ?
Replies: 30
Views: 3093

Re: How precise should one go ?

The simple answer is that it is entirely up to you how far you go with accuracy. If you know the compromises and can accept them then that's as far as it goes. If however you are unhappy with making these compromises, then you will probably end up doing something about it. That old adage 'it's your ...
by Zunnan
Wed May 14, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shortage of TSOs?
Replies: 17
Views: 1652

Re: Shortage of TSOs?

It is also the same case with the same vehicles in N Gauge, and also occurred with the old Airfix Mk2d coaches (now in the Hornby range). The problem appears to be the quantities produced vs demand. Most people while not able to run a prototypical length rake will still want more TSO vehicles than F...
by Zunnan
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby RMB in 'carmine and cream'
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Re: Hornby RMB in 'carmine and cream'

Just to add the info for the prototypes, the Mark 1 RU were built from 1956, some of the earlier examples were delivered in Crimson/Cream but this was soon superseded by lined Maroon livery as well as the regional liveries of the W and S and this is how the majority were to be delivered. You could g...
by Zunnan
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Traction
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: Traction

A single UM loco will shift the CMX, and probably every item of rolling stock you own along with it! :wink: The Minitrix 9F will also just about do the job solo, diesel wise you're limited to double heading new models or running a class 27 or 42, their class 47 might also manage the job but they're ...
by Zunnan
Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Traction
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: Traction

There is little out there that has better haulage than a Union Mills model, they are capable of pulling a stubborn mule through hawthorne; they're steam only though. If you're after a diesel, look out for a decent second hand Minitrix loco, the class 27 and 42 warship have plenty of grunt.
by Zunnan
Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 'Railroad' series Mk 1 coaches
Replies: 14
Views: 2861

Re: 'Railroad' series Mk 1 coaches

My only giggle with these is the incredibly weak material used for the dovetails on the NEM pockets, 1 heavy shunt from a slightly sticky loco lurching was enough to deform the plastic sufficiently that coupling was impossible. I found it best to literally plastic weld the NEM pockets in place to th...

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