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by stuartp
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Wills Viaduct Stability
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Wills Viaduct Stability

Agreed, the plastic sheet will take the weight provided the joints will. If it worries you reinforce them with thick strip along the joints inside.
by stuartp
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Blue Switch \ Points Machine.
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: Blue Switch \ Points Machine.

Are these the ones which are not actually motors, just a fancy switch ?
by stuartp
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Track Distance From Platforms
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: Track Distance From Platforms

Felt tipped pens sellotaped to one end and the centre of your longest coach (Dapol 12 wheeled diner in my case) make a useful marking gauge at the baseboard marking out stage. You get clearance of half a pen width all round. Crossovers within platforms will cause you problems with end throw but they...
by stuartp
Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Spam cans on branch lines
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Spam cans on branch lines

Is the spamcan available because the train it was working terminated at the junction and there's nothing else for it to do until it works the return back to whereever it came from? Potentially yes, there was nothing like the widespread intensive use of assets you see nowadays, indeed you can't use ...
by stuartp
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Spam cans on branch lines
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Spam cans on branch lines

The Southern ran its principle summer seaside traffic in portions so the train would shed coaches in ones and twos at junctions along the way to be tripped down to the terminus. I don't think they would all have a spam can but those going all the way might if thats what had worked the train down. Ot...
by stuartp
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: "R.U." on a brake van
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: "R.U." on a brake van

"Restricted Use", usually followed on the GWR/WR at least by a list of where it was allowed to go.

Brakevans were often controlled almost as closely as locos, usually to stop them wandering off and accumulating in dark corners of the wrong yard.
by stuartp
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Control panels. Show us yours.
Replies: 32
Views: 2492

Re: Control panels. Show us yours.

Here's mine. Hand points lettered A-E on the left, signalbox frame numbered 1-6 on the right. The box (which I forgot to paint onto the box diagram ! ) is to the right of points 3a. The frame in the box is facing the operator so the numbering is correct for the box but back to front for the operator
by stuartp
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TPO- Getting It Working
Replies: 17
Views: 1133

Re: TPO- Getting It Working

It's the later one based around the standard 57' underframe. As usual, not particularly accurate but looks the part. Apart from the underframe and toy pick up gear, the body is not far off a number of LMS diagrams, the closest being a 60 foot lav version but truncated onto a 57 foot chassis. It's o...
by stuartp
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Nothing model railway available as a gift
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Nothing model railway available as a gift

Rebel. Renage on the agreement, tell them you don't want anything for Christmas and buy them all a sponsored goat or guide dog or something similarly useful and altruistic. I have eventually persuaded my mother in law that "nothing I can't eat or wear" means exactly that, and definitely no...
by stuartp
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: How to disguise reed switches?
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: How to disguise reed switches?

AWS ramp just before the nearest signal in each direction ? Failing that, a boarded foot crossing - staff crossings should always be boarded, some public ones are/were too.
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by stuartp
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 1188

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Same here. I started kit building in EM in the mid 80s because RTR quality was dire, and if you have to build it anyway you might as well build it to the right gauge (almost). I managed about 4 locos all fairly unsatisfactorily. Then around 2000 I turned my back for 5 minutes to build aircraft kits ...
by stuartp
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 1188

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Firefly16 wrote:At £162. for this model, China is, as Bigmet says, pricing itself out of the model market. Well, if production is to go elsewhere, let's forget about next stop country X and bring Hornby products back to Margate.


If you bring it back to Margate they'll be £400 each if you're lucky.
by stuartp
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 1188

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Was it ever not a rich man's hobby? A Hornby Dublo loco was a sizeable chunk of your take home back in the day, which is why we made do with one loco a year if that. Cheaper locos are available, maybe even cheaper 2MTs when Hattons start knocking out the slow sellers once the rush is over and all th...
by stuartp
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000
Replies: 17
Views: 1188

Re: Hornby R3839 Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78000

Peterm wrote::shock: 162 quid.


Which is comparable with what the DJH kit cost 20-odd years ago, by the time you had added a motor, gears, wheels and transfers, but without having to build it.
by stuartp
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)
Replies: 21
Views: 1375

Re: What to use for modelling/scratch-building (Materials?)

Another vote for styrene sheet here (Plastikard, Evergreen, other brands are available), especially for modifying RTR locos and stock as that is (usually) what these are made from. You can buy fancy sanding tools etc but the ones I use most are those flexible sanding sticks Boots and Superdrug sell ...

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