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by alan_r
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26396

Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Hi all. Having completed my first mini layout, one thing I learned was how much time is taken up with the carpentry for the base, and how low a proportion of time was spent on the fun part of making the actual model. It also struck me how much track could be 'lost' to fiddle yards, so I came up with...
by alan_r
Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Dapol Semaphores
Replies: 9
Views: 2249

Re: Dapol Semaphores

oops ... I hope that didn't come across as overly negative on Dapol (it did turn into a bit of a rant :oops: )! As you say, it is surprising such a seemingly basic error was made - they usually spot such things and post on their site that sometimes new models are delayed due to detected mistakes. Ho...
by alan_r
Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Dapol Semaphores
Replies: 9
Views: 2249

Re: Dapol Semaphores

A minor oversight??!! At £22 each they are clearly a purchase aimed at serious modellers, and thus the red instead of yellow will render them unsellable I'd have thought! The purchasing manager needs to have some balls and tell the Chinese manufacturers to sort it out or cancel the order. The photo ...
by alan_r
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: New Farish 2012 models announced!
Replies: 23
Views: 2368

Re: New Farish 2012 models announced!

ooo ... time to get excited about the new class 60: http://www.bachmann.co.uk/image_box.php?image=images1/farish/371-356.jpg&cat_no=371-356&info=0&width=650&height=263 triple grey, small metals logo and NO NAMEPLATE - should be easy to convert to a Coal Sector! :D Damn you Farish tho...
by alan_r
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Ebay madness
Replies: 198
Views: 39362

Re: Ebay madness

blimey! I bought mine in November 2008, new for £85

Class 60 006 British Steel 'Scunthorpe Ironmaster' livery...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140677882467? ... 500wt_1361 :shock:
by alan_r
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Poole farish Class 158 shell/China made chassis?
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Poole farish Class 158 shell/China made chassis?

I ought to mention that taking all of the roof away leaves absolutely no sideward strength, hence the need to be especially careful when you cut the second side. Maybe try clamping the side between two pieces of wood (covered in tissue paper to protect the paint) to keep it rigid as you cut, althoug...
by alan_r
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Poole farish Class 158 shell/China made chassis?
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Poole farish Class 158 shell/China made chassis?

I've done this on several of my 158s. You do actually need to take a lot out, and trim very close to the sides too. Basically you must leave no more than 11mm on each end, so a hole about 125mm long, and completely full-width (flush to the windows)! I cut along the length with a very sharp scalpel, ...
by alan_r
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Modern HGV trailers
Replies: 5
Views: 1037

Re: Modern HGV trailers

No, nothing so sophisticated as vinyls. I found some images on the internet, edited them in PaintShopPro then Powerpoint and printed them on normal copier paper using a colour laser printer we have at work (in my lunch break of course!). Then I simply stuck some double sided tape on the back, cut th...
by alan_r
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Modern HGV trailers
Replies: 5
Views: 1037

Re: Modern HGV trailers

Looks good Matt - a lot of work, but certainly very detailed. :) If you want to sell them for £17.50, then you will have to come up with something a little special. Tomytec make some excellent models which sell for significantly less on ebay, at around £10 including the tractor unit: http://www.ebay...
by alan_r
Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:11 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Poole Built Grafar chassis and China Bachmann Farish bodies
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: Poole Built Grafar chassis and China Bachmann Farish bodies

Hi John. Why would it be a stupid question? You don't own both and have every reason to suspect there could be a design change between the different models - this is the whole reason for a forum such as this - to ask if there is someone out there who has done what you hope to do, rather than you tak...
by alan_r
Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: royal mail rail depto
Replies: 7
Views: 1723

Re: royal mail rail depto

If you want to make some road vehicles, Tomytec make some excellent N-gauge lorries that you can use as a base. As mentioned by Hiffano above, simply repaint, and stick some computer printed sides to them (use images from the internet and edit in something like PaintShopPro and/or Powerpoint). I als...
by alan_r
Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Ebay madness
Replies: 198
Views: 39362

Re: Ebay madness

by alan_r
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Dapol HST additional coaches review
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Dapol HST additional coaches review

Well my two new standard class HST coaches for the Dapol HST have arrived (NC213A and B) in First Great Western livery :D The quality is as good as those in the book-set. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I feel the fact that they are sold as 'different' items is a bit of a disappointment. The...

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