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by Bigmet
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!

One more item to check. Are the unpowered wheels of the loco and tender all free rolling? These are a thief of what traction is available from the tender drive if not. It could be a combination of any or all ... Improvement. My primary suggestion would be not to bother beyond trying replacement trac...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody

...his reviews are fastidious, and sometimes breathtakingly harsh when he gets a piece of junk. He pulls no punches. If a piece is particularly good, he is impartially positive about its merits. Having been burned quite a few times when buying overseas models of British OO, I now will not buy any p...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Nylon fishplates
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Nylon fishplates

Are both circuits on a single controller, or do the inner and outer circuits have separate controllers with their own mains transformers? If it is two independent controllers then between the isolating rail joiners and the large insulated crossings of a diamond it's pretty easy to end up with some o...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang R357
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Triang R357

Agree with what has been posted by 'SRMan', but frankly from here the news only gets worse. The usual reason for plastic components breaking up on Triang-Hornby product is use of an inappropriate lubricant at some time in the past, our ever popular 'friend' WD40 will do this for example. There are n...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody

...While having been shafted by all the manufacturers at one time or another, I also have had some excellent experiences. The ratio of good experiences versus shafting is roughly 3:1, but I tell you the "1's" left a very sour taste. Most recently I purchased, and am slowly breaking in a B...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Class 47 Blue Pulman traction tyre replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Hornby Class 47 Blue Pulman traction tyre replacement

I believe all the current and recent Hornby 47s are based on the old Lima tooling, in which case pull out the buffers, then the mechanism should slide out of the body. Clues to the construction, see the Hornby service sheets. It's helpful to know the catalogue number 'Rxxxx' to spot the most applica...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody

Are you good for a long wait? I have already designed a display case for 'The Doncaster Achievement', should it ever look likely that I am to be banged up in a care home due to incapacity in old age. Stirling Single, Ivatt large Atlantic, Gresley A1, A4, V2, P1, P2, Peppercorn A1, A2. Sadly, I doubt...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 79
Views: 8665

Re: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"

'Chamossaire' and 'Dante' would be the other top A2/3 candidates. Really haven't made my mind up yet. I tend to play a little fast and loose anyway. The Brits which ran the KX-Hull services in about 61 never included 70008 'Black Prince' AFAIK. Never mind that, I am so having one of the best names o...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody

...I had not been aware, for example, that the Hornby line was deteriorating whilst in the UK, that is troubling... A good example is that from the early 1970s Hornby began abandoning the basic but sound XO4 motor design, in favour of a tender drive unit which would also power CoCo diesel models. I...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody
Replies: 13
Views: 536

Re: Sam's Model Train Review: A Parody

...the name brand is then at the mercy of the distant and unaccountable manufactory... Ahhhh, but there was no such risk at all to Hornby when they transferred manufacture to China, as firstly their UK product was generally of dire quality, both appearance and mechanism; and the Chinese manufacturi...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 79
Views: 8665

Re: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"

Neat work to change the identity. Was the bogie turned round to hide the NEM coupler pocket, or is that just an accident? When I get around to a purchase of one of these, I plan to solve the livery problem by giving it a filth treatment, as this class was typically very grubby in the late crest peri...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Old design from 2011 inventing it's own future
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Old design from 2011 inventing it's own future

Neat compact concept. Some suggestions. Just a pair of height adjustable feet are required on the top of what will be the outside edge of the 'fold down' box, rather than another set of wheels. These will help prevent the layout being moved too much when in operational mode. Also, the open face of e...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Steam on Lincolnshire branchline in 1958

If your purchases are delayed beyond the original delivery estimate, time to start making queries of the vendor...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: locomotive "full service"
Replies: 12
Views: 277

Re: locomotive "full service"

... 2. removed and cleaned all 8 pickup wheels (using wd40 contact cleaner) ... 6. would like to remagnetise the motor if possible Two comments about what has been done so far. The WD40 formulations are unsuitable for model railway product, they will embrittle many of the commonly used plastics. Be...

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