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by kebang
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Egg Tray Sandwich
Replies: 12
Views: 1623

Egg Tray Sandwich

Going to build a very small (100cm x 120cm) portable layout. Trying to design the baseboard to be as light and stiff as possible. Has anyone tried to sandwich egg trays between 2 sheets 5mm ply? the egg box dimensions are 292 x 292 x 45mm, so the completed board would be around 2inches thick sala 12...
by kebang
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby's poor build quality
Replies: 42
Views: 2345

Re: Hornby's poor build quality

I have to endorse Mountains comment re the cheap 0-4-0 Hornby locos. Received one 2 days ago in the Hornby 'Santa Express'. Was expecting it to have to rocket around the oval to continue functioning, Instead the slow speed control was amazing. OK not up to the standard of my DCC chipped small tanks ...
by kebang
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points

Thanks for the replies, very useful! As I'm not able to fit 'stayalive' into either of these 2 locos I'm rethinking.... About 5 yrs ago I drew a 2nd rad layout, which fitted onto a 48inx48in board, called 'Fishermans Wharf'. I intended it to be a useful home for Thomas & Percy. I've now redrawn ...
by kebang
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points
Replies: 8
Views: 458

4 wheel locos stalling on set track points

I'm sure we all have problems with 4 wheeled locos on set track points. In the past I have managed to squeeze a small decoder plus capacitor into small tank engines which cures the problem. I'm now thinking of buying a pecket or a barclay but it looks impossible to me to squeeze any form of stay ali...
by kebang
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Santa Special
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Santa Special

Its the OO gauge Hornby 'Santa Express'. Purchased for running around the base of the Christmas Tree. The good news is it has finally arrived here in the Philippines. Collected it from the post office this afternoon.

Tomorrow I'll see if it can manage the 'roller coaster' I've designed for it!
by kebang
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Santa Special
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Santa Special

I was thinking that I need to 'suck it & see'. Unfortunately its not been delivered yet! Packed & dispatched by Hattons on 16th. November but no sign of it yet :( I'm sure its not Hattons fault, Once the package arrives in Manila It takes at least another week for it to make its way to Bohol...
by kebang
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Santa Special
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Santa Special

Trying to make a slight improvement on the Hornby 'Santa Special' track (which is a 1st rad oval) to make it more interesting as it circles the Christmas Tree. Is a loco & a couple trucks going to be able to cope with the gradients shown?
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by kebang
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann points
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann points

Hattons replied. To summarise: They are set track points that do not isolate. As Bigmet said they are going to cause problems for beginners trying to use them as crossovers or expecting their DC Loco to be isolated when in a siding.
by kebang
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: layout plan
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: layout plan

This website has lots of plans http://www.freetrackplans.com/Home.php Just be aware that some 6x4 plans use 1st. radius curves, which some rolling stock cannnot negotiate. I tried using paste tables 20 years ago. No where near strong enough & very shaky. I spent more time & money stabilising...
by kebang
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann points
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann points

To try to clarify I have sent the below message to Hattons Web Site The use of plastic in the rails looks identical to isolating points. If this is so there will be no improvement in electrical pick up. If this is so then the only benefit for DCC would be no need to provide additional electrical fee...
by kebang
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann points
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann points

Its interesting that these points are described as 'non-isolating & perfect for DCC', if you look at the picture the use of plastic in the rails looks identical to an isolating point, meaning that the electrical pick-up properties from a DCC point of view will not be improved. Has anyone had any...
by kebang
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: New Hybrid Train
Replies: 11
Views: 516

New Hybrid Train

https://insights.globalspec.com/article ... in-germany?
This looks like a useful development
by kebang
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Ravenglass Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Re: Ravenglass Railway

Thanks for that info b308. I've now joined the NGRM forum. As you said there is lots of valuable info there. All the modellers seem far more experienced & more able than I so I'm just quietly reading their forum at the moment. At the very least I will be able to draw up a shopping list for when ...
by kebang
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Ravenglass Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Re: Ravenglass Railway

Thanks for the reply b308. I had never heard of 09 before your reply. Am starting to search the web now for more info. (I'm not sure If my skills are up to the challenges this will present) I've come to a temporary halt on my other plans for constructing a 16.5 O gauge until I visit UK in May when I...
by kebang
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Ravenglass Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Ravenglass Railway

The Ravenglass Railway was originally constructed as a 3ft gauge in the 1870's and was initially used to transport iron ore from the mines to the mainline at the coast. in 1915-17 it was converted to 15 inch gauge when it then carried granite and passenger traffic. Granite quarrying ceased in 1953, ...

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