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by Bigglesof266
Thu May 14, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Ply Or Chipboard
Replies: 39
Views: 2791

Re: Ply Or Chipboard

Curiosity begs Bigmet, and I ask without any intent of criticism. Is your home layout continuous run? If so, what is the track length of the circuit (approx) and length of your longest straight? Where is your layout located? I look at UK loft space for home layouts with envy. In AU, the way they're ...
by Bigglesof266
Sun May 10, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Ply Or Chipboard
Replies: 39
Views: 2791

Re: Ply Or Chipboard

My experience. 1. Support on frame always. Used Meranti #1, Meranti & Pine #2 & Pine #3 (no Meranti left) 2. Lightly undercoat bare wood working surface after assembly. #1 Used 12mm Chipboard. Worked OK. Too heavy. Would use chipboard sheet again ONLY if necessary, but 9mm in sheet sections ...
by Bigglesof266
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Yes Tor
Replies: 14
Views: 1235

Re: Yes Tor

Heretic! :lol:
by Bigglesof266
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1637

Re: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?

I think it's pretty natural to hoard to an extent if one has grown up impoverished or in the age of austerity. That never leaves you. That said, I'm an admitted hoader when it comes to model rail, and glad I did when opportunity presented in the aftermath of the last financial crisis. But, by the sa...
by Bigglesof266
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Testing decoders

I can relate to thrift Bigmet. The dedicated purpose, ease of use, portability, convenience and versatility factor of the ESU tester was and is huge factor in my favouring it. I've had mine nearly a decade now. Can't remember the year I bought it (sourced at the right price from the US when their $ ...
by Bigglesof266
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Testing decoders

At least you knew the fault wasn't with the decoder. :P Think of all the time saved elimination testing. :lol: But seriously, I take on board your point. It can't hurt to run the loco on isolated test track or rolling road again after fitment prior to committing it to the layout. I wouldn't say I do...
by Bigglesof266
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Testing decoders

Use one of these http://www.esu.eu/en/products/decoder-tester/

I wouldn't be without mine. Test & configure before fitting. No need for a test track, etc. Dissassemble your loco once, to fit.
by Bigglesof266
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Airbrush
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Re: Airbrush

If I have 'plenty of space' to store an AS-186? An object less than the size of two small shoeboxes stacked? That's beyond funny considering the volume of space a layout occupies, and what by necessity, must lie beneath its frame.
by Bigglesof266
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Airbrush
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Re: Airbrush

"those ubiquitous AS 186 models" Are fabulous. C'mon they're tiny, compact, lightweight and quiet with sufficient air tank size to not be constant run annoying for the bulk of modelling spray jobs. I store mine under my train table. Taking it by its grab handle, positioning it for spraying...
by Bigglesof266
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Airbrush
Replies: 11
Views: 1522

Re: Airbrush

Attempt at convenience, but it looks awkward. OK for very occasional use on jobs where manipulative finesse isn't required I suppose. Small tank like that and with a tiny piston, compressor would be running most of the time and hard. Is the compressor noisy? Seems gimmicky to me. I'll stick with hos...
by Bigglesof266
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 55
Views: 11498

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Ex-Pat wrote:On the rolling stock side they have priced me out of the market.

Ditto.
by Bigglesof266
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist
Replies: 55
Views: 11498

Re: Bachmann no longer list Hattons as a stockist

Stockists who also manufacture, are a bit of a nuisance, but cutting off a sizeable distributor smacks of "cutting off ones nose to spite the face". Simon Kohler's on air showdown with them and Rails didn't stop him accepting whacking great orders from them. Bachmann are behaving like 195...
by Bigglesof266
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 1718

Re: First time model loco buyer, any tips/advice please.

The other is the 2002 model, far superior to the 1973 model, although not without some detail/accuracy issues which do make it more probably more dated than other c.17 year old models - R3385TTS 451116, R3453 45274 & R3805 45379 all in BR lined black, and R3616 LMS lined black in current catalo...
by Bigglesof266
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?
Replies: 13
Views: 2247

Re: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?

It looks like the unrebuilt Merchant Navy might be worth adding and leave the Schools class till later. JMV, but I think you're making a mistake about the Schools assuming you want one. As I think Bigmet iterated, on balance of triage probability Hornby won't be revisiting it anytime soon. It is co...
by Bigglesof266
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?
Replies: 13
Views: 2247

Re: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?

Define "any good". I have a current King Arthur, so using it as basis of comparison. Current Hornby High Detail Schools Class mould is about 9 (?) years old. I have three or four. Mine run well. Can't recall off the top of my head whether one or two, but they do have traction tyres. The mo...

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