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  1. I prefer this one. because it's not connected to the mains. Michael
  2. You may also want to visit the German language forums like https://stummiforum.de/ https://www.h0-modellbahnforum.de/ https://www.eisenbahnmodellbauforum.de/ https://www.drehscheibe-online.de/ which are mainly focussed on H0 or https://forum.spurnull-magazin.de/ https://www.argespur0.de/forum/ for 0 scale. The spurnull-magazin forum has a dedicated English language group, but all other forums have English speaking members that try to help. Michael
  3. Morning, that is because continental railways use Westinghouse pressure operated brakes. All coaches are linked and have their own brakes. It appears as if the Westinghouse system allows higher brake forces, so no extra brake coach is required. It surprised me a lot to learn that every British train actually needed brake coaches. :-) Michael
  4. All correct as well, except the "D" which is a luggage department. In many cases, these letters were combined, so that a BD would have a second class and a luggage compartment. Michael
  5. John, that is all 100% correct. Only one more issue. There were older coaches that were shorter than standard 26m size, most of them pre-war coaches. Examples would be the Eilzugwagen or the Umbauwagen . The Umbauwagen were actually rebuilt prussian coaches. Both types are significantly shorter than more recent coaches, so they were always to scale. Michael
  6. Thanks Phil, very nice movie, but not much injector to see. I am happy to see that they repainted the machine in black. The blue livery was quite strange. I have found a very poor picture of 53808 without tender, where the injector can be seen. This is what the kit injectors look like: Michael
  7. Good evening, can I resurrect this thread please? The kit makes good progress as you can see here, but I am a bit stuck now with the "Davies & Metcalfe No 10 hot water injector". The white metal part that is included in the kit looks quite different from any picture I have seen so far. I couldn't find anything comparable at Laure Griffin. The injector itself is well hidden behind the step backplates, but the tubing is quite prominent. Is there any kind soul that can provide a picture or a drawing of the injector? Michael
  8. hi there, lot of question: You are right GS = Gleichstrom = DC; WS = Wechselstrom = AC; MM is Märklin genuine digital system that was incompatible with DCC. Historically, all DC systems evolved to DCC. I am not familiar with the Märklin digital systems, but wikipedia may help. The coach scales come from the past where most model railways had very tight curves of 400mm or below. As German coaches were 26,4m long (86 foot), it was impossible to build scale length coaches. Gradually, as model railways became more prototypical, the curves became wider and manufacturers started to provide more scale length coaches. Coach colors is a huge thing in German modelling. You may want to take a look at wikipedia to get an idea when different colors came into use. Sorry, German language, google may help. You may also want to see Bundesbahnzeit . They have a lot of pictures of recorded train formations. Modellbahnwiki is a great source to get an idea about what was produced at what time. I have been using that extensively to get an idea if an ebay article was worth the money. If your are in doubt, just send me a message, I might be able to help. Michael
  9. we decided long time ago to use 600mm deep work benches at my company. All 800mm deep benches are a lot more cluttered in comparison. I think the 600 mm will help to keep your work space tidier. Michael
  10. I prefer a different approach. This blade is not splitting the material, it digs kind of a small trench in several cuts. The edge of the cut is perpendicular to the surface. With a knife, you will always have a sloping edge. Michael
  11. there are so many ways to fix the lead, why take the risk. my 2c Michael
  12. Amanda, in 7mm scale, there are lots of kit suppliers like finney7, djparkins, , connoiseur, ragsonemodels and probably a lot more. However, these are etched brass. Is this a problem? I don'T think so. As you say, building is the the REAL indulgence. Having all these wonderful kits was the major reason for me to switch from H0 to 7mm scale. Michael
  13. The chairs that sit on the sleepers to fix the rail are German "Rippenplatten". They have been standardized in Germany in 1926. See wikipedia for details. Other countries like France had different designs to attach the rail on the sleeper. It might have been possible that the German Reichsbahn modified rails in occupied Europe with German style parts, but I assume that local material would have been preferred. So the Miniart kit models the German style of European gauge. Michael
  14. I agree that is may be a good idea to soak the airbrush in thinner, but I don't think the nozzle is blocked. At my Iwatas, the needle sits within the nozzle and peeks out at the front side. So if you can see the needle and move it inwards with the trigger, the nozzle can't be blocked. If you pull the trigger, can you hear the air blow somewhere or is it just completely blocked? The HP-SB has Teflon seals, so if you can't identify the problem, you may submerge the whole device in thinner. However, I would remove the air valve assembly first. Michael
  15. Morning! That would be a scene quite late in WW2. This are "Reichsbahn" style chairs. Quite unlikely that they have been widely used anywhere in occupied Europe. Michael
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