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by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Foam Baseboard and Point Motors
Replies: 14
Views: 4204

Re: Foam Baseboard and Point Motors

I thought up a way of allowing points to be lifted out without disturbing the surrounding trackwork. It involved cutting the fixings on the rail ends around the point so that the joiners could be pushed fully onto the rails, making a card underlay for the point and ballasting it. What I learned from...
by Bufferstop
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Railway crossing lights
Replies: 8
Views: 1465

Re: Railway crossing lights

After spending many hours going bat eyed looking at solder joints Banish "bat eyes" for good. Get yourself a magnifying lamp on an anglepoise type stand. (Maplins currently £19.99) I share one with my wife's needlework. The difference it makes having the work well lit and magnified will m...
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Making Your Own Ballast Load
Replies: 19
Views: 3210

Re: Making Your Own Ballast Load

Stick a drawing pin into the top of the block before gluing on the load. Then you can use a magnet to lift the load out without having to prod or poke at it.
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Amarjot's no name layout
Replies: 23
Views: 3673

Re: Amarjot's no name layout

Hi Amarjot I wasn't around when you first started this thread. I can understand that if you have to take unpleasantness in your schoollife you might be a bit wary of some of the responses on here. Many railway modellers also like the culture of the old railwaymen. There's a lot of leg pulling and wh...
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Prototype Deltic
Replies: 26
Views: 3759

Re: Prototype Deltic

It would be great to see it at work, but it was a prototype. As I understand it the production engines won't fit in the prototype body and the originals can't be restored.
by Bufferstop
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Glueing windows in Scalescenes kits
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

Re: Glueing windows in Scalescenes kits

Providing the inside of the building won't be visible, I prefer to print the windows onto OHP transparency, cut them out with a generous overlap, then use double sided tape around the window opening and press the glazing into place. Zero risk of getting glue on the window.
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Flexi/semi-flexi track
Replies: 15
Views: 4337

Re: Flexi/semi-flexi track

Hornby manufacture the R8090 semi flexible track, 915mm in length. The web spacing between the sleepers/ties is cut on one side of the track only. True flexible track eg; PECO Streamline has the web spacing between the sleepers/ties cut on both side at a set distance.K9-70 When Hornby first introdu...
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 35
Views: 4596

Re: Soldering

Hulldude I'd go along with the snap-lock connectors, great if you can't turn the board over and would have to solder upside down. You said what did I mean by a bigger iron before you had said yours was 30W. Think of the iron in three parts, the element, the body and the tip. The shape of the tip det...
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Flexi/semi-flexi track
Replies: 15
Views: 4337

Re: Flexi/semi-flexi track

Can we have a pointer to "semi flexible track". Before Peco introduced the original "Streamline" flexible track required the user to cut the sleeper webs before it could be flexed.
by Bufferstop
Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 35
Views: 4596

Re: Soldering

Although the bus-wire is similar in cross section to the rail, it is made of copper which is a much better conductor (of both electricity and heat). You probably need a larger iron to get the heat into the bus-wire faster than it can conduct it away.
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Loco Cutting Out.
Replies: 11
Views: 1855

Re: Loco Cutting Out.

If your locos are "getting on a bit" or have spent some time unused it is possible that the permanent magnets in the motors have lost some of their strength. This leads to a lack of pulling power and excess current being drawn. They probably need a good mechanical overhaul (cleaning bearin...
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Buzzing Point Motors and Slowing Trains
Replies: 11
Views: 1694

Re: Buzzing Point Motors and Slowing Trains

Hi Flakmunky somehow your post fell off my radar. The fact that there is no buzzing now coming from your controller makes me suspect even more that there is something wrong with that CDU. If it made the transformer in your controller buzz it was drawing way to much current! If it was wired in correc...
by Bufferstop
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco N gauge st-7 crossing problem! wont fit!
Replies: 7
Views: 1835

Re: Peco N gauge st-7 crossing problem! wont fit!

I know it's only a sketch, viewed on a screen but even the join between the ST-7 and the following ST-12 doesn't appear to work.
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: If Hornby did n gauge
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: If Hornby did n gauge

They did a few years back. They supplied the UK market with mini-Trix. Seemed to loose interest in it almost straight away and abandoned it. Similar to the way they abandoned Zero1. Reckon live steam will go the same way.
by Bufferstop
Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Replacing wheels.
Replies: 8
Views: 1934

Re: Replacing wheels.

Any chance of a photo (or lay them on a scanner), it will depend on the date produced, as the Triang originated designs were different to those produced after the Hornby mereger.

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