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by stuartp
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Selective Compression- how-to?
Replies: 33
Views: 1654

Re: Selective Compression- how-to?

The key to selective compression is identifying the bits you can't compress, and basically fudging everything else fit. You can compress at different rates across the model, and you can miss out non-signature features without a lot of people noticing (you've already knocked out some sidings and loop...
by stuartp
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 1310

Re: Suitcase connectors

I believe their reputation as 'a bad thing' came about from their indiscriminate use in cars, especially by teenagers who might or might not have bothered to check whether the circuit would take the additional amperage of whatever bolt-on-goody they had just bought from Halfords. Properly used they ...
by stuartp
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hst vs 225 set compatibility
Replies: 27
Views: 1591

Re: Hst vs 225 set compatibility

The 91 is traction tyred is it not ? It should manage in theory if it's heavy enough. Try adding some weight inside before you try anything more drastic.
by stuartp
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Caledonian locomotives
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Caledonian locomotives

Ah sorry, appears I'm looking through the wrong telescope, never mind the wrong end ! I forgot Caley Coaches do locos, I thought you were looking for something to pull coach kits ! Serves me right for skim reading. As mentioned there's only the Single and Pug, or butchering Hornby M7s and T9s. Ben A...
by stuartp
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Caledonian locomotives
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Caledonian locomotives

Looking through the other end of the telescope so to speak, some of the CR coaches lasted well into BR days and strayed a long way from home. I believe one of the preserved ones finished up in Southern Region stock before being rescued. Point being that if you paint them LMS maroon or BR crimson / c...
by stuartp
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Size of track
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: Size of track

Depends whether you mean RTR or kit built too. Most (all ?) mainstream RTR locos will cope with 2nd radius (438mm / 17" or thereabouts) because Bachmann, Hornby, Dapol and Heljan need them to run on set track. Some of the older ones (Hornby Railroad for example) will manage first radius at the ...
by stuartp
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby class 110 DMU
Replies: 10
Views: 970

Re: Hornby class 110 DMU

I'd love to see it updated, the bogie sideframes were the most accurate DMU side frames available until the current crop of modern Bachmann 1st Gen DMUs, even if the innards were a bit ropey sometimes. Apart from fettling the motor they benefit from sanding the tumblehome down to a curve rather than...
by stuartp
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What can I build on a 6ft board
Replies: 34
Views: 2135

Re: What can I build on a 6ft board

You don't need to get the whole loop on the scenic bit, have two lines running offstage and use the fiddle yard as the other end of the run-round. That gets you a bit more space. My first layout was 6' plus removable fiddle yard - could you extend if the fiddle yard was only up for running sessions ...
by stuartp
Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Curse Of Fine Detail
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Re: The Curse Of Fine Detail

Separate detailing packs might be a way forward but they add to the cost which many are already baulking at. I guarantee that if the detailing pack sells for a fiver the loco won't be a fiver less than it was going to be as you now have two production, packing, distribution and retail streams to man...
by stuartp
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Curse Of Fine Detail
Replies: 21
Views: 1380

Re: The Curse Of Fine Detail

I love it, saves me having to add it. More please. My stuff works for its living too, it doesn't sit in cabinets.
by stuartp
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Support loco
Replies: 5
Views: 570

Re: Support loco

The unpowered bogie on Lima Bo-Bos has a big flat sprung contact bearing on the axles, if the 47 is the same that won't be helping. I've replaced Lima wheels with plain 14mm coach wheels in the past, you may get away with a straight swap, you might have to file the pin points off to clear the bogie ...
by stuartp
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Behind the times?
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Behind the times?

Hornby eLink allows 8 smartphones or tablets to be connected according to the manufacturer's blurb.

Some of us quite like lagging behind in the technology though :-)
by stuartp
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Frizinghall Models & Railways
Replies: 20
Views: 2260

Re: Frizinghall Models & Railways

I was 17 the first time I went to the old shop. "You want to borrow the car to go where ?"
by stuartp
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Frizinghall Models & Railways
Replies: 20
Views: 2260

Re: Frizinghall Models & Railways

The bulk of their business is apparently mail order, and one of the reasons cited for the move was excessive rent at their current location. They're moving to Sapper Jordan Rossi Park, which a new development so there may also have been relocation incentives. The current location hardly attracts pas...

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