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by Bigmet
Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Vanwide. Sams Trains Review. And A Few Of My Thoughts...
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Vanwide. Sams Trains Review. And A Few Of My Thoughts...

Excellent. I feel the top tip is drilling the locating hole at an upward angle for the 'droop'.
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 29, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 3D printed trucks etc
Replies: 17
Views: 334

Re: 3D printed trucks etc

Now, that printed coach body hasn't had any discussion. A blow over of spray paint would help assessment; as it stands it looks pretty good.
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 29, 2022 12:59 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw
Replies: 44
Views: 7117

Re: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw

Looks a lot better! The faded BR blue and suggestion of rust and dirt is just the thing too.
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:28 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Black 5
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Black 5

... I believe that there is a super super detailed new Hornby version coming out ... There is, but you'll see I cropped off the quote before 'soonish'! It will be quite a while yet I think. But that's the one I am waiting for, (never been wholly convinced by Hornby's Black 5 models to date, and if ...
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 29, 2022 10:55 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Vanwide. Sams Trains Review. And A Few Of My Thoughts...
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Vanwide. Sams Trains Review. And A Few Of My Thoughts...

Clear water between this item and a kit price, which many modellers will act on. ... a way to adjust the tension lock coupling length positioning would have been nice ... That's 'built in' thanks to the NEM coupler pocket, and its mount. And an increasing range of suitable couplers are available. I ...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Black 5
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Black 5

I am thinking of buying a black 5 ... It doesn't have to be black in colour only in name as a 5mt Is it specifically the Stanier Black 5 you want, or any 5MT mixed traffic 4-6-0 (which were typically black)? If the latter then there's a RTR selection from the other groups and BR: Hall, Grange, Mano...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: UppyDownyRoundyRoundyRailway
Replies: 114
Views: 19966

Re: The Fix...... Or - I knew this was coming!

Good 'show and tell' of demonstrating how to understand derailments; that would be worth 'pinning up'. Looking at what was happening my estimation was: Both locos are relatively short. Both Locos have all wheel drive via central motor to driven bogies because of the two driven bogies there is less u...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:08 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Accurascale have a Manor underway
Replies: 8
Views: 1521

Re: Accurascale have a Manor underway

Promotional video from Accurascale, with a good explanation of the 'why' of user optional parts around the front end of the loco: which may be fitted for more accurate appearance on a showcase queen, but if to be operated with these fitted requires larger radii (unspecified, but much larger than UK ...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 28, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Is the Symoba system of fitting NEM pockets used much in the UK?
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Is the Symoba system of fitting NEM pockets used much in the UK?

...There's also a very detailed instruction article on how to fit them ... That's a very useful piece of work, good find. I liked the Symoba height gauge first time I saw it, so obvious: sets both height above rail top and the face of pocket relative to vehicle end. On returning home promptly built...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Code 75 v 100
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: Code 75 v 100

...You can't cover sleepers for a 'Yard' look on code 75 or the flanges of your wheels will bounce along the ballast... You can, but it is rather laborious because a flangeway down to the chair top has to be created for each rail. Probably only worthwhile where a fully paved surface with the rails ...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: How to get a product on model railway stores.
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: How to get a product on model railway stores.

As above suggestions: start small by online selling to explore what sort of market there is for your product, and what capacity you have to meet what demand there is. Then it is learn as you go. Health warning! More than a few hobby product producers have discovered that what they enjoyed making in ...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old - Little Weldon
Replies: 431
Views: 68970

Re: New / Old - Little Weldon

CCW coach kits, that's a 'blast from the past'. (I suspect your GWR coaches are from the same source, or a competitor offering much the same construction.) I would think of them as a 'scratch-aid' rather than a constuction kit in the modern use of the term. Assembly of the wooden parts is simple eno...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 20, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which carriage?
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Which carriage?

https://www.hattons.co.uk/896880/mainline_37110main_po95_lms_57_brake_3rd_in_maroon_5327_pre_owned_good_box/stockdetail There is probably a flush glazing kit available to upgrade it. Or either of Hornby's Gresley 51'in LNER teak, or Stanier 57' in LMS maroon, the non gangwayed all compartmented brak...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 19, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A 1944 themed layout
Replies: 218
Views: 30346

Re: A 1944 themed layout

I was going to ask what you used; 'rawl plugs." Have to go find me some... These are fibre screw anchors, branded as 'rawlplug' in the UK, long ago superseded by plastic mouldings also sold as 'rawlplug'. I would suggest a search for 'fibre screw anchors' will be best in North America. ... So ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 19, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 3D printed trucks etc
Replies: 17
Views: 334

Re: 3D printed trucks etc

The wagons look to have the overall proportions of 15' over headstocks, 9 ' wheelbase; typical of wagons of the late 19th century, which would generally be out of revenue service by the 1930s. (Long ago I built a fleet of GNR 10 ton minerals from this period, 15' over headstocks, 9' 6" wheelbas...

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