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  1. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    That's a very good idea BH. I had mine from Kernow and it arrived with a disconnected wire ready installed. Kernow were their normal first class selves and requested that the faulty model be returned and replaced it with a new one. If the packers find it difficult to pack without snapping one or more leads, quite how the recipients are meant to unpack it with nil experience is quite a question. Your solution, applied at the manufacturer's stage would have saved many people disappointment from the customer view and a similar number of distributor replacements. I will certainly adopt your solution before completely removing the model from the very tight packing. Thank you BH Julian
  2. Really? Just who might such a facile tradition be based around? Julian
  3. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    Have a care, Otis, with only millimetres to spare, the back-blast down the chimbley might set fire to the driver's trousers!! Julian
  4. Which might have encouraged their interest in cars which can go well {in a straight line} and the modelling of freight trains. Julian
  5. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    I had an email earlier today, informing me that my replacement is now packed and in the post room. Julian
  6. Sadly, Covid-19, huge Gov't loans, existing timetable provision and the "priority" word seems to lean toward waste of effort on the part of the proposal. Julian
  7. As are the towns and cities... and less able to soak away to recycle, due to the concrete / tarmac and other soil coverings. Pigeons in the street, you take it with you on your shoes and off the public benches we sit upon. Pigeon shits on the field it's feeding on, you keep your shoes clean and the guano makes useful fertiliser. Same story with the town rats, rooks, foxes, beetles, mice, sparrows etc too. Oh, yes and even more so with the domestic dogs and cats. Julian
  8. Not quite, although similar in result, but they can travel at supersonic speeds at low level, making the trees blurred, in the first place and seem to disappear each time you blink. Julian
  9. The pipe may well be a remnant of one of the, round the country, fuel distribution pipes the military laid down during WWII. They were underground, for protection from attack, as it would need a direct hit, which back then was highly unlikely, even if they could find it. The problem presented it'self when it had to cross water, so some were just passed across between built piers and others run by bridges. The distance was small, so a close strike damage it, but only a small span would need repair. Julian
  10. Thank you for that snippet of information..... I always wondered about the content of the Beef Sandwiches, but their Bacon Butties... WERE magnificent!! Julian
  11. This might help... All the original sidings, but I removed the Eastern platform, for another reason. BTW, the padestrian route between the two platforms was to climb steps onto the main road bridge and cross the lines that way. {Not for the faint hearted in these days.} Signal box was opposite the Western end of the main platform. Now, later with a siding gone, but the second platform in still illustrated. Hope this helps. Julian
  12. ..... When i asked her, she just looked brassed-off, her dress had a metallic ring to it, and said she was posed for some time to come. Julian
  13. She's the daughter of the Lady of Eastleigh..... Julian
  14. Is there any clue in the writing on the side facing the camera, language, model number, logo??? Or indeed anywhere else which might have a clue? Julian
  15. I just put some calipers to mine and it reads 1 1/4" [31.75mm], from underside to top of rails. Sides unmodified. Julian
  16. I read your post, in the first place, hence only highlighting the comment in red and simply added that, despite that advantage, highlighted by yourself, it was still not, currently, a viable prospect. The reference to the Okehampton line still being in existence was to keep Okehampton separate, from the other places the previous comment fezza also made. Have a nice day. Julian
  17. As far as when I last looked, the line through Crediton and on to Okehampton still exists, hence the topic of this thread. It would seem that the Heritage company has succumbed to the point that Phil-259 outlined. It's a shame, but County Hall will be looking at what might be done, but the prospect doesn't look any too promising. Julian
  18. The Peco one is good, but care is needed in construction. Julian
  19. I seem to remember that last time the voters were allowed to have a say it caused the most outrageously spoilt child like behaviour in those in the "Lower" House for many decades and lasting well over 2 years. Have a care for what you wish for..... Julian
  20. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    Thank you for the information Nile. Sadly, I didn't do so. The substance looked like a mix of varnish and the old boiled horse hoof glue, honey in colour and was smeared over the solder joints and where, what appears to be, a plug / socket, to the rear. Julian
  21. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    Oops, double edit post , apologies J
  22. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    That's a great idea, the wires are already vulnerable, due to size [well lack of strength] and it looked as if they were cable not flex [not sure about that due to how thin the wires are]. It never ran, out of the box, I looked at the underside, as it wouldn't move and one of the middle motor wires had detached from the solder on the Tender. I will certainly be doing that collar on the drawbar - when it's replacement gets back from Kernow..... I'm very grateful to them, as they simply asked for it to be returned to them, for a replacement. When it was looked at, with magnifying specs, there was a gold coloured substance on the soldered connections to the Tender, which was the point at which, the plan to simply re-solder the connection was abandoned. It would be a possibility that the substance might have been applied to support the solder joint. Has the same substance been identified on any other person's Rocket? I may well apply some Evo-Stick for support to the joint, as well as the insulation collar..... Julian
  23. jcredfer

    New Hornby Rocket

    It was..... in it's day. Julian
  24. Probably similar to the rest of the population, when being inserted - perhaps a little more drawn out - due to inertia from the attachments at the rear end? Julian
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