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  1. Interesting video and techinique. One thing I'm curious about though, he talks about the gon-doh-la, is that the American pronunciation? I'd have said it the same as the boats in Venice.
  2. I totally agree, but who is this James fella? James Makin's thread is over there ---> (It's easy to spot, it's the one with the good workmanship and excellent painting and weathering skills...)
  3. Yet more disaster in my attempts to re-brand the 60. Having had good results in the oast despite what others have found, I used a Railmatch aerosol to respray the lower grey. After a week of damp wet cool weather, the can was warm, the shell was warm, the weather outside was good, a light breeze. So I was a bit surprised, to say the least, when this happened: I have no idea how or why, I did nothing I haven't done before, with various brands of paint. I ran over it while the paint was still soft with a very fine sponge sanding block to smooth it off, and after some trial, the can seemed to start spraying better, so with lots of light passes and some more smoothing off, I did eventually manage to achieve what looks like a smooth enough finish, but I guess the proof will be when it comes to applying the gloss varnish and transfers...
  4. Having wired together a few other units (mainly 142s) I'd definitely suggest going for the separate pick ups option on something like a 117, which has plenty of wheels to pick up from. I tried installing mini plugs and sockets on another unit, and it was a huge faff, even more so when it comes to coupling/uncoupling. I'm sure there is at least one manufacturer out there who sells aftermarket pick-up kits for just that situation, I have DCC Concepts in mind but may be wrong.
  5. Ahhhh, so that's how you get the body off to fit a decoder and speaker!
  6. I filled in the blanks for you
  7. Interesting, I'm wondering if there's any particular reason for it? I'm not seeing the bus/Lodekka connection to Hornby's anniversary? Or am I overthinking, is it just a nice model for the sake of it (and thankfully not yet another Routemaster!)?
  8. I know it's not very relevant to your own situation, but in case it is helpful to others travelling between Glasgow and Belfast, the service operated by Hannon Coach is a better and less well-known option than that Citylink one, the price is similar but the coach goes right through, so no having to get off and carry your luggage through the terminals as a foot passenger. Still not as quick as flying of course but a good option for those without a car.
  9. I agree with the above, most Lima locos are fine for their age, and many still stand up reasonably well alongside more modern models, things like the 156 as has been said benefit from updating the chassis (see my thread!) and others such as the 31 still look good and benefit from a little detaling. I think they only really show their age alongside a modern model of the same type, so tend to try and avoid mix-and-matching them, but they can still hold their own well enough to satisfy most people's needs.
  10. Ahhh, yes, one of the benefits of lockdown has been that I've spent it holed up at my parents place in England rather than alone at my place in Scotland, so have been able to get on with a lot more as the layout is in their loft. I'd considered re-motoring the 142s but decided it's not worth it at the minute. The two older ones work quite well. They are both through-wired so 4-wheel pick up o both sides, and have had the inner wheel sets replaced by nre Hornby ones which has improved the running no end. The two newer (Northern Spirit) ones run as a pair. One is as-bought, one powered and one unpowered car, with pickups connected through the coupling and traction tyres, the other is an upowered set with new Hornby wheels. The powered set can just manage to haul it, but struggles on a slight gradient. Of the older twin-motored ones, the RR one usually runs with a DC Kits 3-car (resin) 144, and again can haul it but struggles slightly on a very slight uphil gradient. Although they're not the best models ever, 'playing' with them, improving and detailing them did improve my confidence when it came to doing work on more complicated/expensive models. Especially as lots of the mods (barring re-motoring!) are pretty simple.
  11. No worries. Yeah Ebay seems odd, they appear in batches every now and again from certain sellers. They do seem rather popular, not sure if people buy for the poughs or the BSIs though. Will you be using a Dapol/Hornby 155 with 153 underframes for your 155 or a pair of 153s?
  12. They often pop up on Ebay (just search under Class 153 in model railways), the last few sets I obrained were from Lendons in Cardiff, whose website I found from a link on the Bargain Hunters thread a few weeks back (I bought the last of their stock as an add-on to an order for something else, they might have had more arrive now though). Fitting them to things like 142s and 158s has left me with a stockpile of snowploughs to last a lifetime though! It would be great if they were available separately, but probably wouldn't be cost effective to sell in pairs by themselves. If you're using them on Lima/Hornby 156s, I've found that by drilling a hole in the middle of the square box that is supposed to represent a coupler, you can just push the mounting peg (like an NEM coupling) on the Hornby BSI in and secure with plastic weld. It sits in pretty much the right place, maybe just a tad too far back compared to the gangway, but gives a nice secure fit. On Hornby 142s, I remove the peg on the back of the BSI and file the back flat, and file the moulded coupling on the chassis flat to give a surface to mount to, checking the length and filing a bit more off if needed before glueing in place. Same on a DC Kits 144. On Bachmann 158s, the mounting peg is only just long enough to reach the chassis with the face of the BSI far enough forwards. I've used a large blob of UHU contact adhesive to secure them to the chassis but not sure how well that will work or if a better more secure method might be needed.
  13. Progress on, well, anything has been very slow of late. Nothing happening layout-wise as I'm still waiting on an order of Peco points from Rails before much else can happen. I'm pretty sure the website said they were in stock when I ordered, but communication since has revealed some are not - maybe other people ordered at the same time, who knows, its frustrating but not the end of the world. Some actual work had to be done this week and last, which was a nice 'holiday' from hobbies, but a few parcels arrived. One set of aerosol paints from Howes (who mixed up one of the cans, but full credit to them for sorting it out very quickly) and some tins from Phoenix. WYPTE red and cream will allow progress on the 141 again, and some Provincial light blue allowed me to repaint the stripe on 142023 to a more accurate colour, as well as completing the stripe around the door recesses and inner end. Before: After: One end has a Kadee, as it normally runs as a 5-car unit with my unpowered DC Kits WYPTE 144. The other has the Hornby class 153 BSI moulding, as do most of my DMUs. I recently bought a few more, which will replace the dummy couplings on some of the 158s: It's only a small change but better than the buckeye type they had. The only problem is that they are only available as a set with the 153 snowploughs, of which I now have about a dozen spare pairs! Still not bad value at a few Pounds per pack though. Hopefully the 323 parts will be here in the next few days too. Edit to add... I noticed the windows on the 158 after I took the pic, and re-fitted them properly!
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