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  1. Disappointing news regarding the Collett Goods maybe an opportunity for another manufactuRe to step in.
  2. Hi, For the last year off so Tims website has been under construction 'new website coming soon'? Tried emailing , how do you get to order boards?
  3. Roads & Rails are offering a reasonably priced version
  4. Hi This may have been posted already but I came across this on eBay for the IXO Regent Bus, specific waterslide transfers for different advertisements and destinations, Im unable to post the link but the heading is as follows Waterslide decals for AEC Regent III RT, RT1798, 1:43 Ixo / autobus du monde Although the destinations seem to be central/east London I have asked the chap if will be doing west London as well as ones for the London country versions, unfortunately no plans yet but may consider for the future if enough interest shown. Out of interest what period is the latest Regent release ? Regards Mark
  5. Hi I've looked at DC kits version, how do you control the 9 function lights?
  6. Can anyone tell me if they take payment upfront or at the time of despatch. On checkout you have to tick 'I have read the T&C's' box yet there are none to read?
  7. Gosh, what a nightmare! I thought things would be easier moving up to O gauge but not as I thought. So despite the poor directions (poor picture quality) on the Heljan instructions I managed to get the body off. No room for a decent speaker unless I remove all the bits and re-wire like the Youchoos and Zimo version (not within my skillset), so I plugged the decoder in, I thought there was a speaker fitted when I could see two wires soldered to the board but from the instructions not so. Turning it over one screw came out of the speaker housing easily the other one just spins around ho hum! How do I get it out? Are there speakers wires inside ready to solder onto a speaker. Nothing in the instructions to say so. Anyway I decided to put the body bak on which is when the problems started, whistle pipe fell off, cab handrail came off, internal part to the cab fell off, cab door fell off unbelievable ! Stress levels are through the roof. So I have put it to one side now and will finish off tomorrow and will sleep on it or not, thinking on how to remove the screw and speaker housing without damaging anything else.
  8. Hi Ade Thanks. Yes planning on keeping it simple so have an ESU Lok sound V5 plug in version. no speaker wires on it though? I guess I have to solder some on myself? Mark
  9. Hi Thank you for the replies and advice. I opted to buy an O gauge controller on the basis it will come in handy for testing other Heljan purchases no doubt. Tried it out today and It all works OK ! Now the scary bit is fitting the decoder!
  10. 70E

    Heljan 61xx

    Hi Jeff You are correct I was going by what it says on the wheeltappers web site and others similarly seem to use generic sounds as well so assumed they were correct. Mark
  11. I have spoken to the retailer this morning who think that because I am using your average Hornby train set DC controller which is probably sufficient for Dapol O gauge, it is not sufficient for the Heljan locos and therefore is failing due to the controller current loss, so they have suggested I purchase a an O gauge controller and try that first.
  12. Hi Ray Thanks for the reply, just trying to run it in on DC as recommended for such things before going on to fit the decoder. I'll speak to the retailer tomorrow regards
  13. Hi I've yet to build a layout to run anything on but over the past 18 months or so I have been purchasing loco's as and when I can and have putting them away for when I have been in a position to fit them with sound, weather and detail etc. So I purchased a 61xx round about this time last year when they were on a good offer price from a retailer. I tested it briefly backwards and forwards on a piece of tracking it all seemed to work ok so it was packed away. Today having bought a suitable rolling road last week and purchased a sound decoder I thought I would make a start on it. So I put it on the rolling road running from a Hornby controller , it was running ok then suddenly stopped! There was nothing obvious as to why it would stop nothing catching, rubbing or other noise to lead one to suspect what the cause was. Taking it off the rolling road and carefully jiggling the wheels and putting it back it works then after about 30 to 60 seconds again just stops? Any ideas what this might be? Do I return it to the retailer or Heljan if it is nothing obvious that is causing the issue ? I'm unable to upload a video so I hope my description maybe sufficient for a diagnosis. Mark
  14. Hi I am moving up from OO to O gauge so my current set up of the average size airbrush extract unit and turntable will be too small for some of the larger heavier O gauge locos and coaches etc. It will probably suffice for wagons and small locos though. So I was wondering what people may do differently in spraying in particular large heavy locos, long coaches etc, do you have any tips for supports, jigs, turntable etc
  15. Almost finished the IXO Bedford OYD in BR livery just need to add indicators and some weathering. If the window glazing could have been removed easily it would have been better and easier to strip the cab paintwork off but they seem to be revitted in so I had to do some masking to get the two colours. I used rail match enamels this time which were much easier to use. Not so sure about the self -adhesive logo on the cab, I may look to replace it with a waterslide equivalent so that it sits better. I just need to source some number plates for all of the models. I have enjoyed doing them although they have tested my patience and painting skills (not the best but improving) I am pleased with the end result if you dont look to closely!
  16. Hi 37114 No layout yet, just in my head at the moment, hopefully will be able to make a start next year but it definitely have a parcels theme!? I have made some progress with the Pickfords lorry. I did struggle with the main bodywork and cherry paints, not sure what it was. I stripped all back as well as I could and then primed it white (that was probably the mistake) as I had to spray quite a few coats to get the opacity, in hindsight I should have used grey perhaps. As a consequence the paintwork isn't brilliant by any means but the transfers help disguise it a bit. Just some finishing off around the radiator grille and some touching uo here and there. regards Mark
  17. Can anyone advise on suitable upgrade speaker for a Loksound V5 - Ohm and type/size of speaker etc that will fit in the Dapol O gauge 57xx? Thanks
  18. Thank you for the replies and links. if not through cleaning would this loco have been painted black or be one of the last green ones with its original great western lettering and just in a filthy condition?
  19. I have found one poor photo of this loco at Southall where it remained in great western livery up until its demise, I am thinking of modelling it but would like to see other (better) photos if they are available. Can anyone post any or point me to publications where they may be found? Many thanks
  20. Thank you 37114 for the compliments, your work too has inspired me to have a go. I had thought of purchasing the Altaya Bedford but wasn't sure what to do with it but your tipper conversion is look pzrticlulary good and I'm looking forward to seeing the completed model. Owdbob has also inspired me and in fact seeing his conversion of the atlas/dinky coal truck it looked achievable so I thought that I would give it a go. see picture below, I have also managed to purchase another IXO ford North west gas truck for a reasonable price off of eBay and in doing so also saw an Ebro spar lorry, looking at the photos I though I could do a bit of mix and match to create a Pickfords lremoval lorry. So the Ford cab being R/H drive has been transplanted onto the Ebro chassis as it already had red wheels. Its currently work in progress as I have had trouble spraying it, although I primed it, as well as rubbing down, the spar signage is still slightly raised and showing through the blue paint, also the phoenix/cherry paint was difficult to apply, more I think due to my air brush pulsating rather than a smooth spray. So I am going to strip it all off and start again. I have managed to source some suitable waterslide transfers off of eBay so hopefully it will all work out ok. I have also purchased an IXO Bedford OYD which I am going to change to British Railways similar to the Oxford Diecast version all the best Mark
  21. 70E

    Heljan 61xx

    I am looking to purchase and fit an ESU Loksound L sound decoder purely for plug and play rather than re-wiriing (not my skillset) and just wondering if anyone out there has done the same and what type/size speaker would you suggest. Also, although none were preserved what sound file would you recommend Coastal DCC, SWD etc?
  22. Pictures of the IXO Ford ET6 This was relatively straight forward as I purchased the 'gas' version which is already R/H drive, so just had to modify the bodywork and add some transfers. I was able to T Cut the existing lettering off quite easily.
  23. Having seen Giles of R/C conversion of 1/43 and 1/76 Diecast models fame and the IXO BMC FG he used to convert to R/C, I thought I would have a go. I managed to find one on Ebay and had a go at converting it to a BRS version. I have by no means the skillset of Giles to convert it to R/C so it is just a static model. As Giles has said in his RMweb threads and Youtube videos converting from L/H to R/H is relatively straight forward. I took his advice and primed the cab as he experienced problems with the original paint blistering when he over sprayed with Halffords car paint. I used Halfords white primer which worked OK. I masked the glazing with maskol which meant losing the black rubber seals to the windows but used a permanent marker to re-instate after painting. Giles kindly produced the replacement timber body and irons which really look the part. I used Phoenix paints for the green and wheels. The timber planking I used Lifecolor wood effects and Revell anthracite for the tyres. Transfers were ones I found on Ebay. I still have to fit some windscreen wipers, indicators and wing mirrors as well as adding some light weathering but all in all I am quite pleased with the overall effect. I couldn't find any colour pictures as examples of a BRS FG so used a Base toys picture for the colour scheme. Being originally LH drive there are some compromises on the model such as the fuel tank is on the wrong side and the number rear number plate needs sorting. Next I am having a go at the IXO Ford ET6. Mark
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