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by Boxcar Willie
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A Special Train
Replies: 4
Views: 1155

Re: A Special Train

The Mrs. decided that as I like trains that she would go the whole hog and buy me one for Christmas. I had hinted that a 64xx in either GWR or early BR livery would be rather splendid (and also reasonably priced). Instead she went to a local garden centre and came back with a huge box which she wrap...
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: I must stop spending!
Replies: 148
Views: 161235

Re: I must stop spending!

Just last night I fell into a trance and bought a lovely old Lima Warship which had been repainted from BR blue back to maroon and detailed and weathered up a bit. It set me back a tenner - an horrendous splurge thankfully paid for by the sale of an old Class 33 which wasn't really my thing. It wasn...
by Boxcar Willie
Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: I must stop spending!
Replies: 148
Views: 161235

Re: I must stop spending!

Hello all, it's been a while since I was on here but I'm still plugging away - bit of trouble with the eyesight but it's all sorted now. We've just had our local show here at Wexford and a mighty two days it's been. I couldn't resist a pair of GWR clerestory coaches and a siphon - all for €30 on a s...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue May 05, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Impressed with my new X04 !
Replies: 15
Views: 2269

Re: Impressed with my new X04 !

I had huge fun with an old Triang / Hornby 8f I got on E-Bay a few years ago. It barely crawled along but a replacement neo magnet had it galloping around the track faster then a politician sliding down a greasy pole. I don't know how good these new magnets are for the old motors though - a combinat...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?
Replies: 69
Views: 7137

Re: Do you see interest in model trains growing or dying?

Judging by the growing membership of my local club I'd have to say that the hobby is going from strength to strength - one worrying thing is the fact that at 53 I'm one of the younger members. We don't accept members under 18 unless they're accompanied by a parent or guardian - otherwise each and ev...
by Boxcar Willie
Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Neodymium magnets
Replies: 12
Views: 1492

Re: Neodymium magnets

I got one from somewhere to replace the weak old on one in a loco I had. The loco was an old Triang/Hornby 8f from the late 50s/early 60s and at this stage it should probably be out to grass but I installed the new magnet, put the loco on the club's test track and watched fascinated as a model that ...
by Boxcar Willie
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby shark.
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Hornby shark.

Lovely! Cheers!
by Boxcar Willie
Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby shark.
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Hornby shark.

A quick question - are the ploughs on the Hornby Shark 20 ton brake van removable? I know I can always cut them off if they're moulded on but if they're just clipped on I won't have to get the saw out. The wagon can make for a very passable imitation of a C.I.E. one.
by Boxcar Willie
Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Perception (or lack thereof ) of scale
Replies: 31
Views: 3781

Re: Perception (or lack thereof ) of scale

Mrs. Boxcar and I visited an old abbey today and we were both struck by the size of the doorways. Apart from the usual grand main doors all of the rest were so small that even I, at a semi-diminutive 5 foot 8 inches of under-tallness, was obliged to duck when entering lest I creased myself on the li...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The sun is out!
Replies: 5
Views: 826

Re: The sun is out!

I will purchase the Hornby magazine on the morrow; the sun is still out and is expected to remain so for a week at least. It is quite edifying to see my fellow Irishmen crawling out of their hiding places and scraping the mould off themselves as they gaze, steaming, at the great light from the sky. ...
by Boxcar Willie
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The sun is out!
Replies: 5
Views: 826

The sun is out!

A very rare sight indeed in my part of Ireland - the "Sunny South-East". That's a relative term really as we are under a marginally less depth of water than the rest of the country but it's got me thinking about garden railways. My house is an old council house and dates from the days when...
by Boxcar Willie
Wed May 28, 2014 1:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The hardships of modelling...
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: The hardships of modelling...

I had more fun trying to run the thing on the club's test track. The three-axle bogies didn't like the 2nd radius curves on the inner track; neither did they like the 3rd radius curves on the outer track (there are two concentrically arranged tracks with a further 9mm track squeezed into the middle)...
by Boxcar Willie
Tue May 27, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The hardships of modelling...
Replies: 6
Views: 848

The hardships of modelling...

A while back I was crowing here about my success in turning an SR N-Class into an Irish CIE Mogul; removal of the smoke deflectors, a change of decals and a bit of weathering and the job was done. It turned out rather better than I expected hence the crowing. It was so good that another member of ou...
by Boxcar Willie
Wed May 14, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Strenghtening plasticard.
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: Strenghtening plasticard.

I've come up with the notion os simply using a double thickness of the corrugated plasticard. A layer of polystyrene glue between the sheets should provide the extra strength when it sets hard.
by Boxcar Willie
Wed May 14, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Strenghtening plasticard.
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: Strenghtening plasticard.

That would work but the result might be too thick. I could, of course, use thin sheet metal for the centre lamination - that'd add a bit of weight as well. I will experiment further.

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