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  1. Postage for magazines etc is increased - e.g. VGBahn for a 'special' edition on BR120 - cost Eur15, postage Eur9.95. According to relatives in Germany postage to the UK is in the same class as the US, and very expensive. It might well be cheaper in future to travel to Germany and 'stock-up'.
  2. Thanks Nigel, a considered reply and very helpful, thank you for your time
  3. Hi I wish to move from my NCE starter handheld controller to JMRI + Smart Phone/Tablet The reason is that with increasing numbers of accessories and sound functions a handheld controller is becoming a memory game, and whilst I might be able to standardise the sound across locomotives with extensive reprogramming, accessories need to be laid out on a crib sheet. I would rather have a simpler 'smart' controller which adapts itself to each locomotive. I am assuming JMRI permits this, so for example 'whistle' might be different functions on different locos/chips but the in
  4. Thanks, on the plus side its a good impression of steamed up windows!
  5. Hi, started to weather the Hornby Thompson Coach (see picture) using a wash of humbrol matt black and humbrol thinners. I noted clouding of the windows which on attempting to clean fully became irreversibly opaque. The thinners appear to react with the plastic as well. Seemingly this is not an issue in Hornby Yearbook No. 7 2015, page 59 with same coach but MIG enamel weathering wash. Is this issue so well known that it is not mentioned? Humbrol are Hornby – right? What is the prospect for repairing this?
  6. Update: I have hard wired the DCC chip to the motor but no improvement on rolling road or track. I also removed the motor from the chassis and tried running it. It ran well! Even at low speed. Also there was a good deal of torque evidenced by pressing thumb onto worm gear. Reassembling - same poor running; the conclusion is the chassis although manual rotation does not appear stiff at any position. Any further ideas or is it off the the shop. I spent quite a bit of time renumbering and weathering it Thanks for suggestions thus far.
  7. No I did not buy it new. I'll look for the any sparking. It runs okay when direct current is applied though. In next few days will wire up the decoder directly. I certainly don't have a roundy roundy set thus the need for smooth running. Xhees
  8. Thanks, might give some more room too! I might remove the cap to see if that also works,,, will report back
  9. Hi, I have a Bachmann 08 shunter that never ran well. I have just completed renumbering and weathering and reassembled to find that it ran very hesitantly – max setting on NCE cab. This is what I have done and hopefully narrowed the issue down. BUT after my tender attentions it refuses to run at all. 1) Disassembled and cleaned pickups and wheel insides, reassembled w light oiling on connector rods. 2) Ran on rolling road with DC – OK at max setting (HM transformer) - 16V, still not brilliant. Ran for 20 minutes. 3) Ran with chip (Ho
  10. Thanks for the replies, more power seems a good idea, Maybe 2 power supplies, a separateeated one for the Layout LED strip?
  11. Rather than have several wall mounted plugs for my NCE starter control, 12V DC AUX layout power supply and overhead LED layout lighting, I was thinking of using a single power supply. A 25W Single Output Switching Power Supply from RS Online - RS-25-15 provides 15V and 25W and should suffice for NCE (13.8V, 24W) and DC 12V (with a suitable resistor). My layout is small (1 loco running at a time) and without much lighting on the layout, BUT with a strip of LED lighting 3m is 25W sufficient? Any advice most welcome. 25W Single Output Switching Power Supply.
  12. Great; thanks for all these suggestions!!
  13. Can anyone suggest a robust plug to carry the DCC bus between and to boards. In more detail. I have the simple NCE 'starter' DCC control. I have 4 boards: 2 scenic, 1 cassette and 1 storage sidings. I need to connect from the floor where the NCE unit will be positioned to the each board separately (when the layout is in not fully assembled) and between boards (when exhibiting). I have used computer type connectors (MAPLIN) and found them ineffective for frequent assembly/disassembly. I am not sure how robust DIN PLUGS are? Should I use a 4+ pin variety to take a low vol
  14. Thanks, I have had a look and can see that the premium range might be better. I have managed to seal it with Halfords Matt Lacquer. What to do spend more money. I am not keen on self-adhesive/non-aqueous glues so I might go ahead with the current standard grade and coat it. Not really impressed with this product, it should be water-fast whatever the grade! D
  15. I did a small experiment with Halfords Matt Lacquer and it did provide protection against a 'wet finger swipe' after only one coat. I'm surprised no one has found this an issue this as a backscene blemish is easily noticed.
  16. Hi I have noticed that the ID Backscene I have is easily blemish with water and/or slight abrasion when damp. Any ideas on protecting this against? Dullcote? Matt lacquer? Many thanks
  17. I wish to add to my layout an oil depot using PECO's Oil Depot 530 Kit. This would allow for the transfer of oil from tankers to road vehicles for delivery to domestic users in the rural area I am modelling (Suffolk, 1950-70). However I am unsure as to Do you need a pumping house as in the PECO 529 Oil Depot kit? How is the Oil Depot 530 Kit positioned with respect to the rail tracks. Are there any prototypical pictures of such installations? Many thanks in advance.
  18. And Bachmann has replied! Thank you for your recent e-mail, unfortunately, we are unable to supply the coupling rods as a separate part they come pre-fitted to the wheelset. We can supply a wheelset for £21.00 in UK PPH.
  19. I have also noticed the back wheel pair (0-6-0) can be 'adjusted' or independently turned, so the quartering might be off. Does anyone know where to obtain a small spanner or tool for the coupling rod bolts?
  20. Thanks! Yes, I agree, I haven't taken apart coupling rods being a diesel/electric person. Hopefully, Bachmann will reply to the email I just sent them requesting spare parts.
  21. Hi I have attached a picture of the connecting rods from Class J11 BR Black Late Crest 31-320DC. The model is not mine and I am repairing it. Are the coupling rods supposed to look like this or has someone forced them out of shape or indeed broken them? Thanks in advance
  22. Thanks for the ideas! I have ordered two MBRmodel Bartosz i Maciej Radke Sp.j. firs, being quite a bit less expensive than those Model Scene. Regards!
  23. Sorry, looking for commercial options due to time constraints.
  24. Hi, I'm looking for advice on the best Scots Pine available commercially. A picture of the prototype is shown below; the location is Laxfield, Suffolk. And I might be wrong on the species as well. Many thanks
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