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by SRman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Class 40 Conversion - Lima/Hornby Railroad
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Class 40 Conversion - Lima/Hornby Railroad

I second what Bigmet has suggested. The newer Hornby Railroad chassis/motor will certainly give smoother running, but will need a fair bit of weight added to give decent traction, whereas the older Bachmann chassis will also give smooth running but has more chance of pulling the walls down! :D
by SRman
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ready made roads?
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Ready made roads?

allan wrote:https://www.eurorailhobbies.com/products.asp?mn=13&ca=40&sc=HO

Gottabe careful of the continental stuff - the roads are a bit narrower than British, and the cars are always on the wrong side..,



I dunno; is it possible to have narrower roads than British ones? ;) :evil:
by SRman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 71
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: Class 71

I don't think there is a clear winner, more a case of 'swings and roundabouts'. I have two of the DJM examples, one in earlier green with red and white lining, the other in the later darker green with small yellow panels and no lining. I like the overall look of the models. They are smooth running b...
by SRman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmanns N class, problem
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: Bachmanns N class, problem

Digressing slightly from the N class, some of the Dapol 6-wheel milk tanks had the same sorts of problems, with the centre axle being the main culprit. A friend of mine took to running them without the centre axles at all, but I did the same trick on mine as with the N tender; elongate the axle hole...
by SRman
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmanns N class, problem
Replies: 6
Views: 499

Re: Bachmanns N class, problem

I believe that the derailing is also down to the centre tender axle not having enough vertical movement. I removed the centre axle and using a drill bit I opened up the axle end receptacle in each tender sideframe, allowing the axle to move slightly upwards. The locomotives in that set are also pro...
by SRman
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Airfix/Mainline/Bachmann "collett coaches" bogies
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Airfix/Mainline/Bachmann "collett coaches" bogies

To the best of my knowledge, the bogies are just clipped in. Insert a flat-bladed screwdriver between the bogie and the coach underframe, as close to the pivot point as possible, then lever it from there. It is possible the bogie frames have gone a bit brittle with age.
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

I wouldn't recommend just cutting off the traction tyres. The wheels have grooves in them, which can adversely affect running. If you want to get rid of the traction tyres, buying (or otherwise acquiring) the trailing bogie wheel sets would be better. I have used brass wire for pickups, but better o...
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Western numbering
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Western numbering

Easily fixed if you buy some etched plates - you can rename/renumber to anything that suits you.
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Questions about the Faller road system etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: Questions about the Faller road system etc.

If it is of any help, the Faller Mercedes 0405 bus (sometimes found in their starter sets) has a wheelbase that matches many 30' British bus types. The tracks are a little narrow for 4mm scale, although the rear wheel can be eased outwards slightly, but the front ones have to remain where they are w...
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV

In earlier days, before the TLVs were created, you could find a few trains formed with two MLVs and 12 cars of CEP/BEP. The usual formation would be CEP/BEP/CEP, but in the absence of a model BEP, I have test run trains with 3 x CEP units plus an MLV on my layout. The Bachmann units all run perfectl...
by SRman
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

If you go the D605Eagle route, I would recommend doing the wheel swap suggested earlier to eliminate traction tyres altogether, and rig extra pickups to get all-wheel electrical pickup. That will give you a smooth and powerful loco. I went the Bigment route, and used a Hornby body on a cheap Bachman...
by SRman
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV

What RFS said is all true. Additionally, the Hastings coaches all had a flat side profile, not the gentle curve of the standard BR mark 1 coaches like the MLV. Many years ago I started a class 206 'tadpole' unit from DC Kits (also no longer available, unfortunately). It is nearly complete but I have...
by SRman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Renumbering, The First Attempt
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Renumbering, The First Attempt

It looks more realistic with the sheen. I would extend that effect to more parts of the body. Just have a look at some photos of the real locomotives to see how they weathered, and which bits got cleaned better than other bits (or which bits got dirtier!).
by SRman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 733

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

A spot of glue on the shaft to lock the gear back onto it is required. Avoid getting any glue on the bearings. All we want to do is stop the gear spinning on the shaft, not stop the whole shaft! :) I would be inclined to use one of the Loctite glues, but you may have to ask for advice as to the best...

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