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by klaatu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Hattons
Replies: 488
Views: 64032

Re: Hattons

Thanks for clearing that up! So to summarise, while second-hand sales from private buyers don't have VAT (the situation I was aware of), if a business is registered from VAT (which I assume would assume would include just about any hobby shop) the second-hand goods attract VAT the same as new ones?...
by klaatu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: newb stuck at first hurdle
Replies: 2
Views: 777

Re: newb stuck at first hurdle

Wills make box-profile steel sheets in OO - Google "SSMP225".

Steve
by klaatu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: Hattons
Replies: 488
Views: 64032

Re: Hattons

Of course there's no VAT on second-hand locos, which means that for us over here second-hand is less competitive as freight still costs the same. There is VAT on second-hand goods just the same as there would be VAT on the same goods if new. Of course, if you buy them from a business that isn't reg...
by klaatu
Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: How to mesure gradients?
Replies: 16
Views: 2109

Re: How to mesure gradients?

Measure the distance along the track, and divide by the height difference over that distance. The result, call it 'X', gives you your '1 in X' gradient. For example, if you gain 2 inches of height over a 50 inch length of track, 50 divided by 2 = 25, so your gradient is 1 in 25.

Steve
by klaatu
Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Shunting locos - any future?
Replies: 17
Views: 2516

Re: Shunting locos - any future?

I regularly see the 08 at Inverness when I'm passing through (08788, I think). I don't know quite what it is about 08s, but I love 'em; probably my favourite diesel. I also "experience" the shunting at Edinburgh in the early hours of the morning, when they join/separate the three sleepers....
by klaatu
Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 1st radius track (N gauge) opinions.
Replies: 10
Views: 4900

Re: 1st radius track (N gauge) opinions.

0121modeller wrote:Thanks chaps, i never relized that the tracksetta radius known as 9" was even tighter than peco's 1st radius setrack curves
Peco 1st radius Setrack is 9"

Steve
by klaatu
Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Layout review
Replies: 11
Views: 2021

Re: Layout review

Can I ask what the height difference is between the two levels, and the required gradient(s)?

Steve
by klaatu
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

I've built my first MERG decoder, hooked it up to my ECoS, a Cobalt motor and a Peco code 55 turnout, temporarily mounted on a piece of MDF, and I'm very pleased with it all. The Cobalt operates beautifully.

Steve
by klaatu
Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

what do you reckon to them?? They arrived this morning. I'm not sure what I can say at this point, I have nothing to compare them with and it will be a little while before I get to use them. They look OK. I haven't got any track laid yet, but I think I might do a mock up with a set of points on a s...
by klaatu
Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

A dozen Cobalts are now on their way north from Bromsgrove...

Steve
by klaatu
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: N Gauge: "Fourbridge" (incorparating modellers licence)
Replies: 15
Views: 3995

Re: N Gauge: "Fourbridge" (incorparating modellers licence)

I've updated my profile. I get my timber from the local branch of a chain beginning with a 'J', who are over on Orkney's main island. Basically I phone up with my order and they send it over with our island's haulier on the ferry, so I get what I'm given, basically. Some of it isn't too bad. The she...
by klaatu
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: N Gauge: "Fourbridge" (incorparating modellers licence)
Replies: 15
Views: 3995

Re: N Gauge: "Fourbridge" (incorparating modellers licence)

I've been building baseboards (I should get around to posting some pictures) and had the same problem regarding the timber - I don't think one piece was completely straight or square. It's ridiculous considering the price. But I'm rather limited with the choice of supplier, here. I should consider m...
by klaatu
Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

From what I've read here and elsewhere, I'm now pretty much convinced to go for 'slow' motors, and most likely the Cobalts.

Steve
by klaatu
Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

these and the tortoise may look expensive at first glance, but once you factor in the switch to go on the motor to change the frog polarity ( assuming live frog ) I did wonder about switches. I have to admit that I still haven't got my head around what sort of wiring and switching I am going to nee...
by klaatu
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: A new slow acting point motor
Replies: 43
Views: 9569

Re: A new slow acting point motor

These do look quite nice; and I do like the extensive documentation and "accessories" available for them - very good for a neophyte like myself. The main problem as far as I am concerned is the cost: my proposed (N-scale DCC) layout has 34 sets of points, and I was planning on using Peco m...

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