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  1. This may be locked as "wish list" by our wonderful moderator but . . . EFE-Rail are producing the 1938 tube stock in LT Underground colours. But other models (e.g. J94, Class 17 etc) are being produced in a variety of liveries. As they have done this before with static models, can EFE-Rail also produce the tube stock in IoW liveries (e.g. NSE and dinosaur)? Also will the motr unit also fit the 1958 tube stock that EFE produced some while back?
  2. The old Hornby Dublo working mail coach apparatus was a lot cruder looking than even the Tri-Ang one - but did have the advantage of push button electric operation.. There was a 4th rail by the pick up and drop off. Power to that 4th rail caused the van to both drop off the bag it was carrying and pick up a new bag.
  3. I agree that over AC the capacitor will not smooth. This is why I suggested placing it across the LED leads - the LED will require a DC feed. Hence the "standard - non LED" diode in the circuit along with the LED. The Standard diode being to protect the LEED from reverse voltage and thus effectively converting the AC to DC by blocking one half of the AC wave form.
  4. A dust sheet - e.g. an old cotton bed sheet might be a good start to keep dust levels down. Spread it over backscene panel / front protecting screen. Track will slowly tarnish - and here the options are a track rubber or rag and track cleaning fluid - or if there are too many delicate items in the way, a powered track cleaner / fluid wiping track cleaning wagon.
  5. Just a thought. the power to the rails is DCC and therefore is AC. There is a thing called "mains hum" which some people can hear - it's the effect of the buzz from the AC mains supply at 50 Cycles per second (cps). Actually most people can hear the hum id they go near high power main items - such as transformers at power stations etc. DCC will also be capable of producing a buzz or hum albeit at a much higher frequency than the mains hum. A capacitor across the LED leads will smooth the DCC voltage fluctuations and thus should reduce and may eliminate your buzz.
  6. A few comments - the local WH Smith includes a Post Office. So magazines may be bought - self service only and no browsing. The local Sainsburys has some Model Railway publications. Curiously Sainsburys had the current Model Rail - I have a postal subscription but my post copy hasn't arrived yet. Normally postal copies arrive a couple of days before the magazine appears in the shops. Is there an issue with the interface between publishers and Royal Mail? I guess that enveloping up subscription copies can't be "done from home".
  7. Many years ago I did some low melt metal casting using RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanising) Rubber moulds that I created from a plasticard master. The RTV Rubber wasn't that expensive. The RTV rubber came from Alex Tiranti (if my memory serves) and the low melt metal was Prince August casting metal for model soldiers. But then it was quite some time ago . . .
  8. For types 2,3, and 4 try Bachmann spares parts No. 36-025 (short) and 36-026 (long). Both are screw on with same / similar screw and 2 pin mount. I've happily used these on some of my older Tri-Ang / Hornby / Mainline stock.
  9. Corgi did an RNLI set recently. This included a Land Rover, Trailer and inshore inflatable lifeboat. The Inflatable is quoted as 1:83 - a tad small but you could get away with it? [I intend to on tow.] Unfortunately the Shannon is 1:136 and the Severn 1:173. Another plus side was that for every set sold, at least £1.40 went to the RNLI.
  10. Just a thought - Peco do a track laying gauge. It is double sided - one side for Settrack spacing and one for Peco flexitrack and associated points. So if using 1st or 2nd radius Settrack curves or equivalent (or if using Settrack points) use the Settrack spacing. This should ensure sufficient clearances on curves. At larger radii, the Peco flexitrack spacing should be sufficient. You can then use a Tracksetter for one curve radius and lay the other curve with the Peco track laying gauge. That way you avoid the implied 3 inch spacing from only using Tracksetters.
  11. Note that Settrack points are 2nd radius. So all commercial stock currently can manage that radius with some short wheelbase and most older locos capable of managing 1st radius. As noted, a single track circle of 2nd radius is a tad over 3ft diameter. If you are planning a double track then you will also need to go for 3rd radius giving 3ft 6inch diameter. If you can manage 4ft baseboard width then use 3rd and 4th radii. [Note, I tend to use 2ft Tracksetter and Peco flexitrack as a minimum with Peco 2ft radius points. But have been known to use Settrack when absolutely essenti
  12. As noted, there is a lot of disinformation about concerning Coronavirus / Covid19. As I understand it, it is basically a form of flu. But there is no general immunity nor vaccine at present. Thus, the expectation is that more people will get Covid19 than the general seasonal flu - hence the references to "epidemic". One key thing that isn't clear is how long after catching the virus you first become infectious and start spreading the illness to others. I would guess that this could be at least a day or so. Another "issue" would seem to be that the impact is variabl
  13. When I've soldered Whitemetal, I've used an Antex iron - 18W I think, with liquid flux and 70degree solder. In and out quickly is the key.
  14. It was suggested that these would be flown in Monday 16th. Has the plane landed yet?
  15. Johnathan, as far as I understand it - and I may be wrong - the standard point lever uses wiping contacts. As the lever is moved, it makes brief contact with one wiper then the second. The net effect of this is that the lever first attempts to set the point motor to the way it is currently set before setting it to the alternative route. This being the case do NOT use PL-26 with a CDU as the first wipe (for the current direction setting) will discharge the capacitor and the capacitor won't have charged up when the lever wipes against the connection for the correct direction settin
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