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  1. Having followed various discussions on here over the last few years, most people go for plywood, in which case "baltic birch" is the standard to go for. However, depending on what you want to achieve, Nearholmer post is food for thought.
  2. Was trying to completely ban plastic wheels and rubber traction tyres... May just have to accept the Lima traction tyres after all. Great video! My son says he has watched it before! Thanks to all
  3. Bit of an odd question perhaps, but can each bogie of the Hornby Class 50 manage to turn enough to be able to run on parallel tracks? Amongst the younger generation this kind of thing is known as "train drifting", and sometimes happens in real life by accident if someone changes the points at the wrong moment (I have seen a great picture of a carriage on a preserved railway in this predicament but can't find it now), but often in train hisimulators, and occasionally on layouts... (my son is only young and it's fun) (Explanation: We're looking to remotor a Lima class 50 to get rid of the traction tyres, and I'm wondering if it's worth looking out for a Hornby class 50 with a less than perfect body... (or Hornby Rovex class 37 power bogies? Peter's Spares only have Hornby Railroad class 37 spare bogies with traction tyres))
  4. That looks absolutely excellent! Is that using a laser cutter? I was thinking back to school days and it would have been some kind of router back then I guess.
  5. Il Grifone, do you think paper would be strong enough? I was thinking it would have to be thin plasticard? Andy R, that's an interesting idea: might be a another method to getting track set in concrete or cobbles? Would need a track gauge though. Just remembered I actually have a box of phospher bronze flex-track I bought maybe 30 years ago! So maybe I can experiment. Thanks
  6. It's been difficult to get anything apart from 24" and then 30" (but only in a box of twelve to make a circle!) (see ) I have ordered a few Roco very large radius curves to maybe use as transition curves. I did consider going down the route of sticking flex-track to something, but didn't know if it would work with a thin enough thing! My son meanwhile keeps asking for American diesels and The Daylight (4479 is it?) with slight diversions to British Rail blue and German steam locomotives!
  7. It seems that EZ ballast CAN be removed but it is a right faff (you even have to sand them down afterwards)... So I have bought Shinohara 24" curves, will try using with short straights (26" seemingly unavailable at all but one Canadian supplier where it is very expensive and only 11 in stock when you need 12 for a circle).
  8. In answer to an enquiry I have received an email from Scalelink that says: "Mr. Shinohara has now sold his business to another Japanese toy manufacturer who will begin production in the 2nd quarter of 2020. We will be the UK stockists once items become available again." This seems like good news! Scalelink also say that "...with the exception of 4 or 5 Shinohara products, we have reasonably good stocks available. For 00/H0, we have Code 100, Code 83, Code 83 DCC-friendly, Code 70 + SN3, H0/H0n3, H0n3, H0n2.5 (009), H0m and N (Code70 & Code 60) are also in stock. (and going off topic...) Also, we purchased a very large quantity of Mashima motors before he stopped production. If anyone is looking for them, we still have most types available" I placed an order via the Scalelink website Sunday night and it was delivered today, so I am a satisfied customer. I hope this information is helpful.
  9. As this is on top of the dinning room table, I guess I would have to try gluing flex-track to thin plasticard to put on the table top? Would that even work?
  10. Actually a mix of 24 and 26 inch radius curves would do it... so far I can't find any make of 26 inch curve without built-in ballast...
  11. Goodness I remember now reading about Mr Shinohara retiring. IIRC he made the track himself in his own workshop (The (in Sheffield speech) Little Mester way of producing things has survived longer in Japan)
  12. I hope this is the best part of the forum to post. My son would like to add another circle of track to our occasional dinning room layout. Due to the literal "table top" nature, using flex-track is not really possible. So I am looking for code 100 set track to form an outer circuit to go with our existing Peco R4 curves (571mm) and medium streamline points. I am quite happy to cut down the length of track pieces to get them to fit. The radius probably needs to be between 622mm & 638mm (if less I could add small straights) I seem to have eliminated European set track, so now I am considering American track. About which I know almost nothing... Starting with A for Atlas. Is their 24 inch radius actually 610mm to the track centre? Any other suggestions please? I am in the UK, so track needs to be reasonably easy to obtain (that bay place perhaps?) Thanks (edited to change title)
  13. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/dont-tell-me-model-railways-arent-art-my-little-engine-is-a-thing-of-spirit-and-beauty/ I think this is worth a read, and don't think it really fits into the 'other magazines' part of the media section of the forum. Flocky
  14. Ah, yes, a good point. I didn't notice who the seller was, but yes heard his name mentioned before... more than once...
  15. Thanks Hayfield, I didn't trust myself to identify that as just a Hornby chassis, contrary to the title.
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