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  1. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    No appology being offered Andy My name is John Coates currently appearing in the Great Western Echo and published several times in the MRJ. So I do not know what I am talking about Capt?
  2. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    You want to check out who you are talking to first.
  3. Did you see the turntable in the NG&SGSL this issue?
  4. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    No it is a working accessory and it involved modeling, almost bordering on the Model Engineering. However returning to the editorial I generally agree with most of it as a DCC user but they were Jerry's own opinions and a lot of layouts that appear in the MRJ use DC. DCC works for me and my layout, I don't think it will be superseded for a long while as it was developed for the American market and has been taken up in a big way over there. It suits their type of layout and the way they operate them. The point is that when the MRJ first published it was stated that the magazine was directed towards those modelers who want to build to a better and higher standard. As to your second point, if the 'cap fits etc'. Judging from your final remarks on your Kelly Bray Topic you seem to be a bit touchy these days and maybe a rest from the RMWeb might be good. Concentrate on your 16mm and no my comments were not meant as a joke. As a point of interest I have seen the MERG CBUS in use and was not impressed with it, a bit over the top.
  5. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    I think you are on the wrong topic here, the 'Railway Modeler' site is elsewhere. I am afraid the MRJ is not for you 'Gadget Freaks' but for real modelers.
  6. And get caught out at the 11th hour, I am 2 MMI loco's short (C-16 and C-21) because PSC decided to pull the plug on that project. But a bit of lateral thinking I now have a C-16 to the same standard as the MMI C-19 using a Broadway Limited C-16 and PSC castings plus a bit of work carving. This project sounds it is a group project, if so is there no talent in the group to come up with ideas to progress the project forward. If the Alan Gibson kit you have is still in flat form scan it on your scanner and make paper patterns which can be stuck on sheets of brass and a few evenings work with a jewellers saw can result in in the sheet metal parts for 2 or 3 locos. If one of you know a friendly caster get the castings copied, word of warning do not sell on the surplus casting. Also look at combining the Slater's coach kits with the etched sides. There always ways round things as I found out when I went 7mm scale in 1975. Was there a kit for 'Lyn', I cannot think of one. Look at my first comment regarding things in the pipeline, manufacturers change their minds as their finances change so you could be waiting a long time. Also as most of these kits are produced by one man bands many things can go proprietors. John
  7. Oh pint night. What's it to be, having got through two failed projects? This L&B project has taken 2 years out of your life and what with the earlier paused American Narrow Gauge project, a life time littered with part built layouts. You have done some brilliant bench work for this layout and so it may be a bit large. My advice is to try some reworking of the plan to reduce the size. As to lack of stock well there is always scratch building, a common activity when modeling narrow gauge. Don't give up yet. John
  8. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    Isn't 'Reading' some place in Berkshire?
  9. Don't forget you will have to add some extra roads for Loco servicing containing Coaling facilities, Sanding tower and Water tank. Also a ash pit with facilities to store cars on to take it away plus if your you are coaling from Gondolas they need tracks. That's two extra tracks. You have extra things like Lub store and Mess facilities. Also a road to store the Cabooses on. All the extra roads can be taken off the Turntable. Don't forget the inspection pits in the engine house. John
  10. Hi Chaz Don't beat yourself up over this. Peco do a narrow gauge wye point which is of a tighter radius than 21 inch and the Bachmann stuff runs through it OK. As long as the rails on the crossing 'V' line up everything it will be fine. If you are worried produce a skeleton point using PCB strip and lay some track up to it. A bit of test running will prove it then all you have to do is put some wood ties in the gaps. Also you seem to be worried about pushing trains through a trailing crossover, that's no problem it is pulling trains into a crossover that is the problem which this should not be. Curved points have curved crossing 'V's and providing care is taken they cause no problems. John
  11. Jeff I know what you mean about RTR, the interest does not last long. Although I have not built my Locos, all being RTR I have breathed on some being a BLI C-16 and a Bachmann Colorado and Southern mogul to bring them up to the same standard as the MMI offerings that I operate. However I tend to build my own stock using the San Juan kits and Labelle coach kits. I started with Bachmann but to my eye it just did not look right and I have gradually replaced it to the point the mogul is the only item left. Have you considered converting to electric traction? I saw a layout in the Model Railroader many years ago where the motive power was all early electric traction using boxcabs. If I remember right it served a mine complex at the top of a grade. Easy to build and you can still use your Bachmann stock to start with and gradually upgrade. You did say you fell into the 8 x 4 trap which is common in the States as is the 6 x 4 size over here. I would recommend the TOMA form of construction around the room, much more portable than the 8 x 4 which is like shifting a mattress. John
  12. I am sorry to hear that Jeff, Leesburg is a well modeled layout, was not so sure about why you went wandering off into the wilds of Wales and start modeling the GVT on the second half of the layout. You were at the stage to start having fun modifying the Bachmann Locos and stock. If certain things are not right with the Depot they can be modified. By all means do the GVT but as a separate layout and turn the back half of Leesburg into storage loops for the time being and then develop it. John
  13. Don't get too close Chris, this American Narrow Gauge can be very contagious. I know as I was pretty sane once happily modeling Swindon products and I got bitten. Chaz, great idea on the fake track spikes will pass that idea onto my mate in Canada as he only spikes every fourth tie. John
  14. Loconuts

    MRJ 256

    If he spent as much time writing articles for the MRJ as does on this site we would have a couple per issue
  15. Hi Chaz You might be interested that the 'Mara Harbour' site is still up and running, the photos are still there. If you remember he did a heavy weathered Bachmann Tank Car with faded lettering, worth reading back over. Covers painting the car trucks as well. John
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