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by Bigmet
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:14 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Baby Deltic / class 23
Replies: 71
Views: 21924

Re: Baby Deltic / class 23

Had a look on the Heljan site but could not find anything about the proposed new model. ... Apparently someone spotted it in the Warley show guide, and now an ad may be found in the December Railway Modeller. That seems to confirm that it is a reality, not just someone's wind up! Nothing on-line AF...
by Bigmet
Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Baby Deltic / class 23
Replies: 71
Views: 21924

Baby Deltic / class 23

Heljan have announced that this loco will join their line up. Only ten built, notoriously unreliable, were used out of Kings Cross for suburban runs, one of the proposed replacement types for the loco I have nicknamed myself after (the N2, 'big metropolitan' tank commonly called 'big mets' - they we...
by Bigmet
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby to rosie
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: hornby to rosie

...remove the two small wheels,and decals at front and back, then repaint, may need some help. would that work? It's up to you: it is a lot longer for a start, and I think once you have it in your hands the thought of knocking it about will make you come over all unnecessary, it is a rather nice mo...
by Bigmet
Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby to rosie
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: hornby to rosie

Ah, you will have to click on 'steam' in the link, and scroll down to see the kit.
by Bigmet
Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: hornby to rosie
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: hornby to rosie

I am pretty sure this is what Rosie is based on, the USATC 0-6-0, a few of which were retained in the UK for dock shunting on SR. http://www.british-ho.com/ There is no RTR model, and take a look at the price for what is undoubtedly a good quality kit. The best toy body you find on the nearest RTR c...
by Bigmet
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Caledonian 4-2-2
Replies: 76
Views: 12555

Re: Caledonian 4-2-2

Geoff, In many ways that's rather good, you can just get on with whatever you enjoy about the railway without too many hang ups about right livery for the period and all that stuff. Although be warned, it does tend to creep up on you: one of these days you may find yourself saying something on the l...
by Bigmet
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Caledonian 4-2-2
Replies: 76
Views: 12555

Re: Caledonian 4-2-2

Good decoder choice. To really get traction out of this you want to stuff lead everywhere, and have weight from the tender pressing on the rear of the loco. Fiddly work. Here's what I plan to do to when I motorise my newly acquired Kitmaster Stirling single kit - cheat. DCC makes it very easy: the l...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Motorising a blackpool balloon
Replies: 4
Views: 1628

Re: Motorising a blackpool balloon

Take a look at this thread on another site, it has links to the sites of specialists in trammery. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=91&t=46575 I rather suspect the chap you mention is Alan Kirkman http://www.tramwayinfo.com/Tramframe.htm?http://www.tramwayinfo.com/Models/Makersuk/Akir...
by Bigmet
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 4-CEP EMU
Replies: 107
Views: 23679

Re: Bachmann 4-CEP EMU

They have had samples of the finished items over here on display, flown in. That means they have manufacturing process proven and ready to go. Since the date they are giving for UK arrival is four to five weeks away, most of which is taken up by the sea shipment and the palaver around that operation...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Class 14 Pre-production photos
Replies: 37
Views: 8838

Re: Class 14 Pre-production photos

It will be an interesting test of the often claimed great potential interest in 'industrials'.... It certainly will. When we ran Pat Hammond's 'Wishlist' Poll earlier this year (http://www.mremag.com, results here: http://www.mrol.com.au/Articles/Polls/PollResults00.aspx) the voting for industrials...
by Bigmet
Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:12 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: What era/region/company does it for you?
Replies: 55
Views: 7852

Re: What era/region/company does it for you?

.. the Princess Coronation class is my favourite loco and I love the Britannia and rebuilt Merchant Navy classes too. So many beautiful trains.... It could be that the layout for you is a stretch of track in the countryside with little to give away any regional affinity, so that you can run trains ...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: What era/region/company does it for you?
Replies: 55
Views: 7852

Re: What era/region/company does it for you?

... when there were still major historical idiocyncracies in what ran where... Very well put. That's why I go for the last decade of BR steam. I can operate at least forty seven classes of steam loco (two dating back to the 1880s) twenty-one production diesel classes, and three prototypes, all comp...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: R2880 Railroad 9F
Replies: 120
Views: 24252

Re: R2880 Railroad 9F

Truth is that Hornby really have no choice. Pretty much all mass manufacturing of consumer goods is done in this way: it keeps costs down. Just google on 'lean manufacturing' there are endless articles. It has its' origins in the activity of the JUSE and was adopted early by companies like Toyota an...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: R2880 Railroad 9F
Replies: 120
Views: 24252

Re: R2880 Railroad 9F

That's the trouble with the batch production system: production runs are 'kitted' on fixed numbers of units, usually 512 is the minimum batch size: that's 2 raised to the ninth power. As the required components become smaller they are made as twos, fours, eights, sixteens and so on: in exactly the r...
by Bigmet
Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Kestrel
Replies: 91
Views: 20494

Re: Heljan Kestrel

David, We are now in the happy position that the OO manufacturers have picked up the centre motor drive developed for the HO market, and the running quality compared to ringfield power bogies is as different as night from day. Heljan, Hornby and Bachmann can all turn out stuff that runs well, even i...

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