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  1. Indeed very much one of the examples of the point I made and the reasons for not fearing the possibility of being caught well tied up in the various motives for murders. At a lower level, I remember a time when police cars were parked on the side of roads at traffic trouble spots and it reduced the transgressions for some time. Sadly, people caught on to the fact that the occupants of the cars were tailors dummies and the rates of transgression rose again - no fear of being caught, was restored. Remember local Bobbies, who knew everyone, so running away was simply pointless, they
  2. Spot on. It's a pity that the trains aren't frequent enough for a significant application of the Darwin principles. I'm not actually being very controversial there. There is a simple correlation between the number of time people get away with something criminal / stupid / uninformed and whether they are willing to take a risk. More people get caught, the less likely they are to give it a go. It isn't the fear of the punishment that prevents people committing crime, it is the likelihood of getting caught.
  3. I got a flight in one of those, as a birthday present, not many years back and actually decided to go for it, despite having read the accident rates, together with the reasons for them. Flying errors, in most planes, can normally be corrected, if not completely drastic and you have enough height, stalls, spins, engine power, too steep climb, lack of airspeed etc. Those things need rather more care, as several such careless mistakes can turn it into a rather noisy brick, with no means to recover back to controlled flight. It was really fun to fly, but not something I will be trying to repeat
  4. .....Ummmm... think Darwin..... think Tesco..... every little counts.
  5. Brilliant as ever Mr W, however...... I am sufficiently educated as to be able to count to 8 {one spare, see... that's to be sure there aren't more than 7... credit to my teachers, it must be said.} I also have had a few years experience of Westerham Watch and wonder, just what might become of those 6 other lamps, having noted only one is to be seen below the canopy. Seldom have I seen wasted production effort from the washing machine box recycling factory process. Maybe one more under the far end of the canopy? That still leaves 5 to be allocated to ?????? Tu
  6. They said that confession is good for the soul..... ..... I thought that too.
  7. Just love the use of the CD drawer and slots in the MDF. That's such a mind step from motors and levers, to sliding pins along grooves, total respect!! How you made the connection beggars belief.
  8. Yes, it's widely available and I often used it on the model planes, as it can, when needed, be used to make a fillet to spread the joint load a bit further - you need all the strengthening aids you can get, given the way they come to Earth occasionally. I had a Multiplex 5' 6" foam glider where the snakes for the Elevator and the Rudder were glued into suitably sized grooves down either side, light and they added huge rigidity, with the Zap-a-Gap. Zap have quite a range and were good value, too. For the job I was describing the glue has to soak right into the Balsa grain as qu
  9. Runny Cyano is also very good for toughening Balsa wood. If you need a lightweight structure which needs a little more strength somewhere, just run the Cyano onto the Balsa edge. I used it for strengthening Ailerons on r/c aircraft, so they are strong but still light. Before putting them on the model and before any covering is added, take them outside {That bit is rather important.} Hold the Balsa by one corner, so that the side you want to strengthen is away from you and almost vertical, top slightly further away from you than the bottom. The idea is to apply the glue nozzle, generously,
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  11. Very good looking, Shaun, well worked examples. I don't usually like the wood / teak coaches, but those look really nice.
  12. Hi, as far as the AnyRail information goes, the shorter 12.3cm Uni-frog points are not yet available, but that may be not up to date. However, the direct replacement for your problem points should be available. Good luck with the soaking of the ballast, to free the points from it. J
  13. jcredfer

    Peco Turntable Motor

    That looks like a good plan, given the weight of the locos which will be rotating, a few light Ply beams could take that sort of weight and deployed round your choice of TT motor. Julian
  14. Interesting to see that Peco are moving along with replacing their Electro-frog versions, with replacement Uni-frog versions. I'm not sure how bang up-to-date the AnyRail track replications are, so it might be worth looking at the Peco site, or your local supplier, to see if the SL-E391/2 has been updated with a new Uni-frog replacement and may be available. Julian From the far side of the garden fence.........
  15. Nice video of the Barnstaple Mail. [Must be a whole months worth of mail there..... Hat, coat, gone..... ] Peco, SL-391F - 12.3cm Code 55 Right. SL-392F - 12.3cm Code 55 Left. According to AnyRail Track Libraries. Julian
  16. In truth, I have only seen / used a pair of fine nosed pliers to grip it and pull it out. It is rather crude and is better for looking at which direction to pull each end. In truth it isn't subtle and benefits from some support for the tie bar. Julian
  17. The spring isn't required with a motor drive. If you can remove the spring, with a pair of pliers, the motor / points should be ok again. I can't remember which motors you are using, but it would be easier to remove the spring / bits with the motor disconnected, if possible. Julian
  18. jcredfer

    Peco Turntable Motor

    I very much have the same recommendation as bgman has for the Locomotech motor. Mine is almost completely silent and the rotation is as smooth as could be done. The TT Locomotech motor is on a DCC loco decoder and is very controllable due to the Locomotech gearbox and I have seen very similar results on DC layouts. One small, but significant observation, if I may, is concerned with the observed lack of smooth Bridge rotation, seen by N.E. Thing. The Peco instructions are clear that the TT Bridge is designed to run on it's wheels, not supported by the central pivot. Looking at s
  19. Those new doors are such an amazing difference, brilliant!! Julian
  20. The phone information is new to me, too. I might have a look in that direction, thank you. J
  21. What a great set-up and fantastic views to match. I know everything has it's lesser moments, but where you live must compensate for a good number of those lesser irritations. {Although it may be observed that the Workshop and the Train Warehouse probably got designated to the wrong buildings. After all, if you're working the machines and hauling timber, the heater might not be altogether essential, but the woodburner could be keeping the Rolling Stock and modelling fingers warm and dry. Just a thought..... } Best stop typing dissention in the ranks and return to the current
  22. Real treat it was, too Shaun, good size and fatter than the post war ones. All I have to do now is find a sensible way to dispose of the best part of half a gallon of the run-off fat, although I will keep a pot for Sunday roasts. Is that building with the blueish lights, taken at night, your train room / workshop? It's huge.
  23. I recently checked Crediton Signal Box with Google street scene, it now has a colour that I don't recall from my youth around there. Just saying'. Julian
  24. Happy Christmas to you and yours and a much improved New Year Julian
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