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by stuartp
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Minimum Radius
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: Minimum Radius

On radius 1 curves you will find two basic problems with modern steam locos - either the leading wheels on a six-coupled loco (0-6-0, 2-6-0, 4-6-0 etc) will ride up over the outside rail and derail, or leading bogies will catch on the backs of cylinders etc. You will not be able to fit some detailin...
by stuartp
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Archway quoins
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Archway quoins

Edit - duplicate post.
by stuartp
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Archway quoins
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Archway quoins

1st idea (for a styrene wall) - cut the shape of the arch out of styrene sheet, cut the mortar courses between individual stones with either an Olfa cutter (or similar) or a triangular needle file, round off edges and distress stonework to taste. If you need a bit of relief on the faces of the stone...
by stuartp
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Difference between Mallards..
Replies: 12
Views: 280

Re: Difference between Mallards..

Hornby's A4 was retooled on a loco-drive chassis around 2004. The Railroad version (and 'Spencer' from the TTTE range) are a hybrid of either the old body or a simplified verson of the new one, the old ex-Ringfield tender, and the loco drive chassis from the retool with slightly more robust valvegea...
by stuartp
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Super 4 insulated rail joiners
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Super 4 insulated rail joiners

I think Super 4 track was Code 140 or similar, try Peco SL-117FB for O gauge track.
by stuartp
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons pre-orders delay?
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Hattons pre-orders delay?

Their website says "Batch 1 due Q2 2021", i.e. April-June so it looks like they're delayed. Hardly surprising.
by stuartp
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 904

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

The saving grace of the less than sophisticated PL-13 is that it is easily fixed by pinging the bit of PCB out with the end of a screw driver and bending the contacts a bit. They're no more unreliable than pick ups in that respect. As for the PL-10Es, some of mine are 30 years old and now being inst...
by stuartp
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 904

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

I'm in the same position. The PL-10s on their own will work with the motor and points slightly misaligned, but once you add the PL-13 it forces the pin to stay perpendicular (ish) so what just worked before doesn't anymore. Try adding the switch to the motor first, testing, then fitting both to the ...
by stuartp
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Locos derail.
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Locos derail.

If 272 is the CR 0-4-0 then it has a shorter wheelbase than the others and is inherently more stable and harder to derail. The absurd top speed is a feature of the design although it has apparently been tamed a bit on more recent versions. Is your track fixed to a board or set out loose each time ? ...
by stuartp
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 2021 Range
Replies: 25
Views: 855

Re: 2021 Range

So the "Unlikely to be ever produced again" Clan is back... Was that ever a thing though, or just speculation from people who didn't understand why it wasn't re-released quickly ? I thought the issue was that it depended on hand assembly skills which were not available (reliably) once Hor...
by stuartp
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Mucky Grey
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Mucky Grey

Shed ballast was usually ash and clinker. Quite dark where locos were dropping oil and coal dust, lighter elewhere. I'd start with something similar to Humbrol tank grey with a bit of dark earth mixed in and apply washes of slightly darker and slightly lighter until you get something which looks abo...
by stuartp
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: decals
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: decals

Tampo printed numbers etc are used on most modern Hornby and Bachmann models, they are essentially paint or thick ink rather than transfers. My slightly nerve-wracking method is to very gently rub a curved scalpel blade over the printed detail using absolutely no pressure at all, just let the weight...
by stuartp
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: (Will it be a) Happy New Year?
Replies: 15
Views: 402

Re: (Will it be a) Happy New Year?

A lot of 2021 shows are cancelled already, either because their venues are not available (SECC will still be a Nightingale Hospital so no AMRSS Glasgow show in Feb) or because their organisers aren't prepared to take the financial risk (York, others). It will be 2022 before shows get back to anythin...
by stuartp
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Parkside shock-absorbing wagon
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: Parkside shock-absorbing wagon

0.45mm brass usually looks about right.
by stuartp
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Girder Bridge
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: Girder Bridge

Is there also a rule of thumb for how long a bridge can be before having to add safety recesses? Apologies, I forget the correct terminology. And tunnels too? Thanks End2end For a modern bridge/tunnel, yes probably, it will be in a RIS or Group Standard somewhere. For older bridges, no, just put a ...

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