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  1. Value is such a curious concept. What is a model railway or a collection of stock worth? In some ways insurance is the most simple form of valuation - so long as it relates to replacement value .... ie what would the estimated costs be? But even here it starts to get complicated where irreplacable items are concerned .... items with a history/no longer available/the maker is no longer alive etc etc. Then of course we have the value as dictated by the market ... we all know that this is no real judge of intrinsic value - in fact values can fluctuate massively from week
  2. It's also clear that as you go up the scales with weights and stresses increasing so too does the level of robustness/engineering required and with it the cost .... My VW gearbox is £1699 - Horses for courses as well!
  3. Having Watched Tom's video on assembling the gear box .... 20mins with speeded up working and elements done off screen .... I can see this being daunting for a beginner. Having it done for you as part of a commercial opperation ... £30 plus? For a non beginner... a good option.
  4. What is the cost of the DJH box in kit form without motor? I note Chris at High Level is now offerring his own range of smaller motors .... for £9.50 a pop ... does anyone have experience of them? .... beats £27 - £30!!! Using these you can escape at £25 ish for box and motor
  5. What a strange Gearbox discussion we are all having? From what I can gather the DJH offering is very good and simple to install .... tick. A little on the large side so perhaps only suitabe for larger locomotives? Some say pricey. Perhaps more robust than the High Level? High Level Gearboxes are very good and have a significant range of combinations and can be configured to suit pretty much all applications. They take a touch more skill to put together (though perhaps not if you buy the DJH box in kit form for the lower price - though can't find this option on their web
  6. That depends on what you think telly is for ... education or entertainment. Initially it very much served as education and betterment with an emphasis placed upon such things. I would suggest that since the 1980s there has been an increasing emphasis on entertainment and ratings and a systematic dumbing down and cutting of non profitmaking elements ... coupled with this has been the consistant rise of commercial competitors to the BBC. A perfect storm if you like. I am not one who subscribes to the necessity for conformity and linguistic correctness outside the classroom ( the 19th
  7. For me it has to be High Level. The DJH offerring is simply too large and inflexible ... Rolls Royces are after all big and heavy luxury cars! With High level I can usually find an arrangement which will fit and a gear ratio that suits ... even when I have to accommodate a battery as well in a loco as small as a Johnson 1F. Horses for courses maybe?
  8. Pulling capacity is an interesting area (as is battery life) in the realm of radio control. As everyone is aware, battery life between charges is a consideration. The way Protocab are going seems to be to link charge life to coal/water capacities on the controller display (as far as steam loco's are concerned). The idea is that - like on the prototype - driving style can be monitered in relation to relative fuel/water (battery) consumption ... will be interesting to see how this develops over time (it is all still in the pipeline!) On haulage capacity, as we know differ
  9. If by that you mean that it is open to misunderstanding or misinterpretation I could not disagree. However if both the nuance and meaning are clear and concise, then I tend to be more relaxed.
  10. During the recent test series against Pakistan they have been playing archive recordings of lunchtime discussions from the past ... the two I listened to were Peter O-Toole and John Cleese ... both in conversation with Brian Johnstone. Very entertaining .... but also very much period pieces which to my ear tipped ever so slightly into Parody. No doubt if the discussions were contemporary they would have come across stilted & odd! I like accents and regional variation ... I enjoy idiomatic english and the myriad of local ways that grammer is 'twisted and butchered' from a purist
  11. I may be way off base ... but I suspect that what many who find today's spoken world somewhat painful might actually want, is a contemporary updated version of a past, which chimes with there own preferences (prejudices?) .... and in reality they might find a return to the days of yore not exactly what they have selectively remembered. I find it facinating how often I return to something I enjoyed in the past to find it markedly differrent from the memory and often jarring - not always, but often.
  12. A counter position .... I do find when viewing News etc from years gone by (the year that was), the presentation now sounds affected and stilted to the point of parody.
  13. if he had ... would have been more like this... bye bye quaint pretty buildings-hello heroic modernism
  14. Way back when, I promised to post a video clip of my Johnson 1F running using the Protocab system. Work and life I'm afraid got in the way of me finishing the installation untill this weekend gone .... anyway, better late than never. Here is some rather amateur footage of it up and running prior to dismantling ready for the paint shop.
  15. Matlock Bath - (little Switzerland)...... Early Le Corbusier - (The Swiss Jura)......
  16. My thinking for looking at the waterslide idea was that you can carry out the lettering on a flat surface ... rather than lettering directly on the the wagon side .... which should in theory give a crisper and more regular outcome. Like with loco lining I would normally spray up the transfer with body colour first. When I finally get round to it I will let you know if it is succesfull or not.
  17. I have vaguely wondered if it would be possible to print lettering like this as a fine black outline onto a sheet of waterslide and then block in the colours very carefully by hand. Then apply like any other transfer with microsol. Wondered if you might have tried this as a technique? It would then be possible to set up the lettering quite accurately in CAD working at large scale and then reduce to 4mm scale. Might that work?
  18. Thanks Stephen ... your ability to find the relevant passage never ceases to amaze! I suspect that for a routine ballast train pootling between Rowsley and Buxton/Chapel-en-le-Frith it is perhaps unlikely that shiny new stock would have been prioritized. More likely some older stock perhaps even with some woodenbrake blocks? If it was older stock, would it have ED lettering ... or perhaps more likely the standard MR? Same perhaps for the brake van?
  19. So ... let me understand this further. Is there a start date for the painting of ED wagons in red? You suggest the 20th century being the start of the tradition? You intiate that for 1902 on the Monsaldale line I should be thinking in terms of grey for both the 3plank wagons and the ballast brake? What date are these do you think and what colour?
  20. Somewhere recently there was some discussion about ED wagons on the midland and paint colours ... red oxide or grey - could you point me to the relevant page please, I can't find it!
  21. In case this has not been mentioned ... Knuckles of Sparkshot fame is now producing wagon bodies that might be worth a look at ... sorry if this is old news to all but me https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sparkshotcustomcreationsscc?section=4mm+Rolling+Stock&s=0
  22. Already done that to no avail ... hasn't been in steam for a fair while so no one with a working knowledge. I did ask about the 4f on the West Sommerset mid 2018 and got this response.....
  23. I think the conclusion I have come to is that range is a massive variable dependent on topography and train weight .... irrespective of either coal or water capacity. Taking the 1f half cab as an example (because I am musing about the range of its duties) I wonder how its typical shunting duties in a set of sidings such as at Rowsley might have impacted on usage - no climbing or coasting, constant stopping and starting, widley varying loads and minimal speeds. I hazard a guess that crews would have had a good handle on when/if refueling and watering would be required based upon ti
  24. I have just been pointed in the direction of this discussion and don't know if it has been wound up now .... but if anyone is interested we had a similar debate with relation to a Johnson 1/2 cab on my Monsaldale thread. There may be something of interest here, and also people might have some coments/critique on the thoughts expressed. .... anyway just thought I would post it .... see here https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=63195#p63195
  25. I currently have very little which is specifically relevant to my Monsaldale aspirations as I am concentrating on experimentation around a test track. However I do have a Johnson 1f tank which is almost ready for the paint shop. This was shedded at Rowsley in 1902 and I intend it to pull a short ballast and maintenace train running through the station. The prototype is ..... This is the state of the loco ... which took a Craftsman kit as its starting point but has been much altered. The chassis is scratch built and it is powered by the protocab system. You can also see
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