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by Michaelaface
Mon May 18, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?
Replies: 31
Views: 3144

Re: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?

The choice is yours, but if the Jinty sounds tinny, check the speaker fitting and that it's well sealed in it's sugar cube; definitely no air gaps. worked out my issue, was the speaker placement within the loco, I've now moved the speaker from the smokebox to the cab and the sound is now much bette...
by Michaelaface
Sun May 17, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?
Replies: 31
Views: 3144

Re: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?

The choice is yours, but if the Jinty sounds tinny, check the speaker fitting and that it's well sealed in it's sugar cube; definitely no air gaps. ahh never thought this might be an issue, I'll have a look and I agree that for control and functionality the zimo seems to out perform everything else
by Michaelaface
Sat May 16, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?
Replies: 31
Views: 3144

Re: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?

Do sound decoders "chuffing" sync to the actual movement of the train / conrods? Thanks End2end TTS - not at all, quite far off tbh and you can't modify them to be in sync either Youchoos - pretty close Locoman - yes, one of the first things I noticed was this one was almost exactly in sy...
by Michaelaface
Fri May 15, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?
Replies: 31
Views: 3144

Re: who provides the best DCC steam sounds?

small update on my quest for DCC steam sounds, in the 2 years since posting this I've twice managed to talk my self into buying an expensive sound decoder, a zimo jinty from youchoos and a D&H black 5 from locoman so here is my brief opinion on all the sound decoders I've tried hornby TTS - good...
by Michaelaface
Tue May 12, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Michaela’s workbench
Replies: 97
Views: 12494

Re: Michaela’s workbench

been a while since I've posted on this forum, so here are some bits that I've been up to in the past week, been working to improve my airbrushing and painting skills, all comments and thoughts welcome https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49887000292_962ef17a0a_o.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/6553...
by Michaelaface
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Andrew's Layout
Replies: 572
Views: 111247

Re: Andrew's Layout

such a good layout
by Michaelaface
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3711

Re: We need to talk about costs

so I've dug out a copy of Railway Modeller from may 1996, which is around the time I got my first train set, the hornby flying scotsman one, and it's listed on Hattons at £79.50, and I remember my parents telling me it was a very expensive set another issue, this time from October 2000, Hattons adve...
by Michaelaface
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3711

Re: We need to talk about costs

I can see that the hobby is completely inaccessible for kids of lower income families whereas it probably wasn't a couple of decades back. 20 years ago you probably could pick up some playworn but useable stuff from the local free ads paper if you were lower income. If stuff was broken, quite a lot...
by Michaelaface
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 3711

Re: We need to talk about costs

a model railway is an expensive hobby, and as far as I remember it's always been an expensive hobby, I remember saving up my pocket money for nearly a year just to be able to afford one loco, and that was in the 90s, I also find a lot of the time its a "you get what you pay for" hobby, and...
by Michaelaface
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 1116

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

I am able to get some Peco code 75 loose rail and feel I will only admit defeat after at least 3 trys Geoff T. If its flat bottom rail you're getting, I personally don't like using that for track, I find its larger profile more awkward to work with when filing down the crossing Vees etc, bullhead s...
by Michaelaface
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 43
Views: 3553

Re: Michaela's Layout

It is a balancing act. I used to fill every available space with track and then discovered that I had no room whatsoever for signals! oh theres still plenty of room for them and other scenery, the track plan is inspired by the stations within central Manchester, raised above road level, with loads ...
by Michaelaface
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 43
Views: 3553

Re: Michaela's Layout

thank you everyone! not done much more work on it lately, been trying to put together some footage of it all to upload to youtube Coming along well. I love the raised section with the line up above the streets, that's going to look awesome. Just a tad jealous of your fiddleyard :D thank you, yeah I'...
by Michaelaface
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Michaela's Layout
Replies: 43
Views: 3553

Re: Michaela's Layout

TRACKPLAN you asked for it, so here it is, its a little skewed its its a composite of 4 images to get around anyrail's 50 pieces of track rule the total size of everything is roughly 3.5 meters x 3.5 meters https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49412223996_470eb07a3c_b.jpg POINTS So in a previous pos...
by Michaelaface
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 1116

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

I have found RMweb invaulable for advice/tips etc, when trying to learn how to build my own track, plenty of people on there eager to share their knowledge, even if some on there can sometimes get a little too passionate about the accuracy of things, I also find going on there and looking at what is...
by Michaelaface
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM
Replies: 14
Views: 1116

Re: Cheapside Creek - A slow build in EM

looking forward to seeing this develop! building (working) pointwork seems hard, but then you do it once and all of a sudden its not so bad, I'm sure you'll have no trouble going off your other work How are you going about doing the locos and stock? the "wheel pulling" technique? or buildi...

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