Thinking aloud.

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Brian2
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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Brian2 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:05 am

B308. Thanks the Helijan it was high on my list. Had a look at Minitrains ,great locos, bit iffy re the coaches although they might tart up. But I really like the coaches on the Fourdees sight, actually their locos also look good.

But I could always mix and match, I ain't no purist, as long as it looks good.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby b308 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:10 pm

The L&B coaches are Peco and they are fine. All I'd suggest re Heljan is doing a search for the threads on NGRM and RMWeb, lots of tales of woe. They swapped manufacturer for the latest batch but would appear to be having the same issues! Such a shame. I'd forgotten about Fourdees, their locos are great, though quite pricey but worth the money, I haven't heard of any issues so they should be fine. They often use the Farish 08 chassis which is a good 'un though.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Brian2 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:23 pm

Thanks for that Fourdees are just down the road from here, don't know if they have a physical presence.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby b308 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:53 pm

I don't think they have a bricks and mortar shop though you do see them from time to time at specialist narrow gauge exhibitions of which there are quite a few these days...

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Brian2 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:58 pm

Material for the baseboard turned up from B&Q. Started going through it, the planed timber was completely unusable, warped all over the place. Phoned them, they apologised and said it would be replaced with selected timber tomorrow.Not hoping for but at least they did refund the £30 delivery charge as a gesture.

Actually I reckon the delivery charge is a rip off, on their site they say free.....well it ain't.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Flashbang » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:15 pm

Brian2 wrote:Material for the baseboard turned up from B&Q. Started going through it, the planed timber was completely unusable, warped all over the place. Phoned them, they apologised and said it would be replaced with selected timber tomorrow.Not hoping for but at least they did refund the £30 delivery charge as a gesture.

Actually I reckon the delivery charge is a rip off, on their site they say free.....well it ain't.

Large delivery from B&Q is only free if the order value is £250 or more.
Bulk delivery from B&Q is only free if the order value is £350 or more!
From the B&Q web site...
Delivery charges

Service Charge
Next Day Delivery Standard delivery:
£5, free for orders over £50

Sunday delivery:
£5, in addition to Standard delivery charges
Named Day Delivery Standard delivery:
£5, free for orders over £50

Large delivery:
For orders containing larger items
£10, free for orders over £250
Bulk Delivery Bulk delivery:
£30, free for orders over £350


I agree, many building suppliers delivery charges are a rip off though! :x
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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Brian2 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:30 pm

Service Charge
Next Day Delivery Standard delivery:
£5, free for orders over £50

Only for goods ordered on line, doesn't apply in store.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby b308 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:34 pm

Brian2 wrote:Material for the baseboard turned up from B&Q. Started going through it, the planed timber was completely unusable, warped all over the place.


I don't bother with any of the big diy chains for wood, it's always warped. I use the local independent diy store or a timber merchant, both of whom seem to know what they are doing...

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:08 am

Don't buy bund;es of wood from them that look good and straight. They are expert at packing them so the pieces hold each other straight. Soon as you cut the ties they revert to their warped condition.
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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Tom@Crewe » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:55 am

Try your local wood merchant......Example

B&Q Hardwood Plywood Sheet (Th)9mm (W)610mm (L)1220mm - £14.07 https://www.diy.com/departments/hardwood-plywood-sheet-th-9mm-w-610mm-l-1220mm/1696258_BQ.prd

Local Merchant Hardwood Plywood Sheet (Th)9mm (W)610mm (L)1220mm - £9.60 http://www.fortimber.demon.co.uk/matrl1.htm

Staff are very knowledgeable, tell them what its for and they help. (they look at your cut list or plan and give you a price and time in minutes)
Delivery tends to be one day for your area But they arrive promptly as promised cost is good but depends on amount and distance (they only have one truck) Still better than B&Q
Cutting again depends on amount they state £9 per quarter hour (they are fast and accurate so can get a lot done in 15 mins) Still better than.......Get the picture.

Oh! and the quality of wood is better as in shape, size, damage and finish, even though it probably from same source.
Never enough time...........

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Brian2 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:58 am

I shall remember this advice next time. But B&Q have already been and collected the bent stuff and brought replacements. So that and the refund of the £30 delivery charge has brought the problem to a satisfactory conclusion.

I often think the way to judge a company is how they react when things go wrong. In this case thumbs up to a company, incidentally a company I have always held in very low esteem.

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Hymirl » Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:52 pm

Brian2 wrote:But still I cannot get that 0 gauge Terrier sitting so alone in my local model shop.


A single straight line of O guage where the terrier pushes an autocoach into a station from a hidden section and then returns to hiding?
Could be easily automated to run on a timer while you run 0-16.5 in the foreground?

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Re: Thinking aloud.

Postby Mountain » Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:27 pm

There's silly of me. Of course. You can mix 0-16.5 with 0 gauge as they are the same scale. (Notnthe same gauge width though). You can in effect have a station where the two railways meet.


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