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  1. Remember, not all auto boxes work like that anyway these days. Take Jaguar's rotary knob for example, it emerges from the dashboard when you switch on the ignition, you just turn it through P-R-N-D to whichever you wish to do.
  2. JDW

    Class 142

    The Hornby 142 is a bit 'chunkier' than other stock. I haven't measured but I think a big part of the problem is that it rides too high on wheels which are a bit on the big side. Certainly nect to something like the Realtrack 144 it's much higher, even accounting for the difference in the squarer roof profile.
  3. It shouldn't be hard to shorten the huge 'tongue' on the 153 bogies to reduce the gap to something much better. I'd just cut a slice out, then use another piece of plastic glued on top to strengthen the join.
  4. I do so hope one day I'll look in on this thread and find something about GT3
  5. Interesting, didn't know that. Seems a backward step but no doubt there was the usual half the [modelling] population moaning it didn't have enough power and now the other half will moan it has traction tyres! I've never found it to be lacking for a two car unit without tyres, I doubt it would handle a long train but that's not what it was designed for. Definitely for a small railcar no tyres and maximum pick ups needed!
  6. If it were me I'd be looking at fitting full depth buffer beams and pipework - for my 66s and 59s I used the Lima/Hornby parts, sliced off the part of the buffer beam that attached it to the bogie and attached it to the chassis, and removed the couling mout from the bogie too. Lights are probably available as a kit, though it should be simple enough to produce something home made using LEDs and resistors.
  7. Just thinking out loud as I read this, are there many more modern locomotives left to illustrate? Some of the more recent ones seemed to be clutching at straws somewhat, whereas earlier ones (despite a few errors) were generally very good and informative.
  8. Are you sure it was the right one? I have three 153s and two 156s (all Hornby) in front of me right now and none of them has tyres. Maybe there are different versions?
  9. Its the same model with an updated motor
  10. Yes, I agree with the above. I wouldn't hesitate to use something like a class 153/156 motor bogie in a small railcar, they are smooth and achieve good slow running.
  11. I wouldn't bother with sound - but then I wouldn't bother with sound on any loco! I think if you're going down the road of investing money in fitting something with sound though, you're better off going with something that has the smooth slow running to match, especially on a depot layout. Most of my Lima stuff that still has original motors runs fine, will start and stop smoothly, etc, but it will never be as good at crawling around a depot layout as a loco with a modern mechanism, which is what you really need for a TMD. If you were on a very tight budget and just wanted locos th
  12. No progress on anything of late, due to travelling for work and lack of time. But I did do something... Since I only have a dozen or so projects ongoing or planned, I did the sensible thing and bought some parts towards another. ...because what else would you build after a pair of class 323s than a 365 when you model a station served by DMUs in Yorkshire? I have these two shells and one shell+chassis, all three of which have seating and glazing. And today a cheap but damaged unit arrived in the post. Boxed, bodies and chassis fine but bogies all damaged (I do wonder h
  13. The figure leaning out of the window is a great touch
  14. At this distance in time, I have no idea, I happened to have them in stock, they were as near as made no difference the same diameter as the ones fitted, plain discs, so probably the 12.5mm ones
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