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  1. Thanks for highlighting that article - foolishly I had actually skipped past it thinking it was simply another re-numbering tutorial. In the past I've seen reference to the "oily rag" finish particularly on steam loco models and seen photos, but wondered how it was achieved. Now I know!
  2. Thanks Jonny. Just strips of tin foil stuck on with PVA. For the antimacassars on the 1st class seats I used white paint, but I have since changed my method - I now cut small squares out of white self-adhesive label. Neater and even quicker!
  3. I just painted the seats as well. Plus small strips of tin foil for the mirrors, and a splash of paint inside the glazing for the curtains! Really does make a difference.
  4. It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Peter Buck of Spalding, Lincolnshire, following a short illness. Peter was always an avid railway enthusiast. One of his earliest childhood memories was lying in bed hearing (and feeling!) the heavy steam hauled coal trains passing in the night, his family home being right by the GN/GE joint line at Welland Bridge in Spalding. During school holidays he cycled to Tallington level crossing on the ECML for trainspotting, and took delight in watching the A4s (always his favourite loco class) thundering past. After leaving school Peter joined Brush Traction at Loughborough where he was involved in the construction of Type 2 (Class 31) locomotives for British Railways. All his working life was spent in the machine tool industry at various locations culminating in employment with Delphi Industries, Gloucestershire. On retirement, Peter moved back “home” to Spalding with Esther who sadly predeceased him in 2014. Retirement meant he was at last able to spend much more time enjoying his great passion for railway modelling. Like many other boys of his generation he started with Hornby tinplate, then modelled in 4mm for many years until discovering the wealth of detail achievable in 7mm O gauge. He was a member of both the Gauge O Guild and Spalding Model Railway Club where he was involved with the refurbishment of the Club's O gauge layout. He also enjoyed visits to as many model railway exhibitions as possible! Peter will be much missed by his many friends in the model railway community. Sincere condolences to his son Richard and family, and to his sister Christine and niece Katie. Peter Buck, 19th October 1938 - 22nd July 2021. May he rest in peace.
  5. Maybe try a decoder reset CV8 to 8? You will then need to re address the loco as it will revert it to 3. (Sorry that's teaching you to suck eggs!).
  6. I really enjoyed your video. Very useful. Thanks for posting.
  7. I also enjoy digging out old models from the "forgotten about" drawer which sometimes make nice projects to experiment on. Here's an example of where I was practicing my dry brush weathering techniques on an old Lima DMU chassis/engine block - just a chunk of moulded plastic which although was well detailed for it's day really didn't look great alongside more modern models. A combination of a few different Citadel GW acrylics along with touches of Tamiya powders to pick out the different components has produced an almost 3D effect! The DMU is now proudly back on the layout after 25 years in the drawer! And, after a good service and extra pick ups fitted it runs sweetly too! Almost no money spent - the satisfaction of the end result, invaluable! Best wishes to all. Vivian
  8. Excellent! Thanks for posting. I have a Lima 121 in my drawer and think I may do likewise.
  9. I use pre-wired micro plugs/sockets from Squires Tools. They are really small and almost unnoticeable especially when painted matt dark grey. Most importantly the wire used is extremely flexible for use between the vehicles. Here's an example of where I have used one to connect an additional speaker to the unpowered car of a Bachmann Class 150. It is barely noticeable even though I haven't painted it it yet. The plug/socket itself tucks nicely inside the corridor connection. Through experience I have found it better to site the wire higher up on the model as illustrated here. At first I tried locating it down nearer the couplings but this caused a few derailments especially when propelling.
  10. This series of bookazines is proving an invaluable reference source for modellers of the BR era. Descriptions and attention to detail is fantastic, as are the photographs. Printed on quality paper to keep on the bookshelf for years to come. I have now ordered this latest one, and am really looking forward to it - keep up the good work!
  11. Good advice which I have taken on board. Many thanks Richard.
  12. Thanks for posting this useful tutorial Richard. I have 3 or 4 of these speakers unused from decoders where I upgraded with your speakers for locos. So I'm thinking of using them for 1st generation DMU's where they'd be small enough to fit under the chassis. Before I start gluing, is there any advantage of using the other two spacers to make the enclosure bigger? Would that change the sound? Thanks. Vivian.
  13. I purchased this product a couple of years ago having watched the manufacturers' video. It is excellent at removing all paint if you need to get back to bare plastic. However, be aware that it has different reaction times to some paints. I purchased the product basically for removing just numbers / lettering, leaving the base colour. They say on their tutorial that this is achievable by neutralising the product with IPA as soon as the number disappears (see at 3:49 on the video) . I applied it to my Heljan Class 58 but in a few seconds the black plastic of the body moulding appeared! I didn't get time to apply the IPA! I haven't used the product since. I found it much more aggressive and quick acting than advertised.
  14. IMO never use superglue. Doesn't allow positioning adjustment and the runny stuff can ooze out if you put even the tiniest bit too much on. Then it is a devil to get off the paintwork without damage. I use good old Evo Stik impact - apply a tiny bit on a cocktail stick onto the centre of the nameplate - keeping it away from the edges and the ends. Position it on the model straight away (don't follow the manufacturers advice to wait - the tiny amount dries too quickly!). Should you happen to get a tiny bit of seepage, the almost dried glue will just roll off with no damage to the paintwork.
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  16. Exactly Russ. Most of the projects available up till recently had annoyingly short gentle changes through the gears which are not realistic at all, obviously because they were recorded on preserved railways - maximum 25 mph!). But with Paul's and Bif's latest you can now get much longer revs between gear changes. On Paul's you even get the choice of shunting mode (F6), lightly loaded mode (F5) as alternatives to the default "normal" heavy acceleration mode. No connection with these two suppliers, just a happy customer pleased to have decent first generation sounds at last!
  17. IMO the best (only?) two sound projects that allow for long manual gear changes are: Paul Chetter's from Digitrains (the ProtoDrive version). Legomanbiffo's Class 117/121. Even though both these projects feature lots of different sounds, many would never be heard from even a short distance outside of the train. I just use horns, flange squeal, stationery engine rev up, passenger doors slamming and platform dispatch whistle.
  18. Absolutely agree - Personally I'd be more than happy to pay say £50 or £60 (roughly half instead, of a third of the price of a "full fat" product). So long as it has the facility to do a bit more e.g. advance consisting, remappable functions, and better control of individual sound effects. There must be a huge market for mid price decoders. Also Hornby, if you are reading this - why not invite applications for a small number of volunteer DCC sound enthusiasts to convene somewhere central UK and listen to proposed new sound projects prior to manufacture - hold separate days for steam and D&E. A sort of advisory panel. It would surely be worth your while getting enthusiast's opinion and end up with a superb product. Would only cost travelling expenses (and possibly a lunch!). I'm sure you'd get volunteers. Just a thought.....
  19. I agree with your comments Pete. I found the most annoying thing about my TTS diesel sounds (and I have over 20!) are the relative volumes of different sounds within the project. You make a good example of the spirax valves. So too flange squeal and other sounds. Reduce any of these to minimum and they are all still too loud. Also annoying is the really loud brake release hiss when moving off, far louder than the engine volume! I find that overall sound volume is always far too loud, especially if one's layout is in a small room! Even after reducing CV182, though I have largely overcome this by wiring them with two 8ohm speakers in series. It's a real shame because for the price they are very good. Decent motor control can be achieved by fine tuning CVs. Had better care been taken with individual sound volumes, these good value decoders could have been really great value decoders – and Hornby would sell even more IMO.
  20. I'm waiting for a 31 too. I have three TTS 31s already, but would like one more. Very good sound if combined with an upgraded speaker, IMO one of the best Class 31 sounds available.
  21. Great photo! I remember it well, and bought stuff from there (when I'd managed to save enough pocket money and milk round money!). Would you have any other photos of 60's and 70's Romford street scenes or railways? If Gazza, you wouldn't mind you posting on here? Cheers Vivian
  22. Superb. As someone who spent 5 years 1968 - 1973 commuting daily to and from Romford station I can honestly say you have modelled it absolutely spot on. The 307, RT and parcels van complete the scene to perfection. Vivian
  23. For the official BR tutorial on driving first generation DMUs check out this BTF video on YouTube. It gives a good description of engine start ups and the manual gear changes etc.
  24. OP says that it's a Bachmann model so I'd guess ESU so Charlie will help. If it's a Zimo decoder in it (but I doubt it) then Digitrains have excellent sounds for Zimo. (No connection with either organisation, just a very happy customer of both).
  25. Definitely not. Both the Legomanbiffo 117/121 project and Digitrains Leyland DMU project are much better programmed in that you can just do a quick blip of the throttle for slow movements around the depot; on both projects you can manually change the gears for the main line. On the Digitrains one it also has a "lightly loaded" mode (F5) which gives shorter acceleration sounds going through the gear changes. Not sure if you can get your factory fitted sound decoder reblown though. If it's a ESU Loksound then Charlie would be able to advise you.
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