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  1. It may have been sitting on the shelf for years.... This is something I would order at a large online shop, because you can expect a larger throughput. Michael
  2. I have been trying different brands and found the Vallejo type 70.523 best. I doesn't have this ugly ammonia smell. I noted that these products seems to age quickly, you may have had an old bottle. Michael
  3. can't answer the question directly but I know that steam engines were painted RAL3002 Karminrot starting from 1950, so all of EPIII was using it. RAL 3000 Feuerrot was used in In EPII until 1950. I hope you can find a comparison table between Humbrol and RAL Michael
  4. correct, this is a machine vice, more precisely a grinding vice. The jaws are smooth and have no ledge, so you can grab and hold very small parts. Michael
  5. all the proposals so far are fixed at the edge of the workbench. I don't like that because I have to move around the vice to come to the right position. In my limited space I prefer having a vice that sits loosely on the table by its own weight so that I can move it in every direction needed. After all, most parts I need to fix are quite small. Like this one: Michael
  6. I have used quite a lot of Tillig turnouts in the past. The problem is not so much where you attach the wire, it is more the fact how the wire is moved. A tortoise motor is turning the wire in a circular shape around an axle somewhere in the drive. This causes the tiebar to be bent and this causes the rails to bend as well so that they don't fit nicely to their counterpars. Consequently, derailments can happen. I have had good success with a strictly linear movement of the tiebar parallel to the tiebar. Additionally, a small loop acting as a spring can limit the force applied to the
  7. In fact, the Cologne Hohenzollernbridge has removeable panels to avoid the padlocks becoming too heavy. Obviously not for the bridge itself, but for the pedestrian part of it. Michael
  8. check http://www.hp-pfeiffer.de/digi_umbau1/dcc/roco_br44/br44_roco.html Michael
  9. Fully agree that matt is the way to go. I'd go one step further. I am using Ultra Matte Varnish which delivers an absolute matte surface without any visible reflection. Michael
  10. Absolutely true, there are a lot of tank engines preserved, not only Einheitslokomotiven from the 1920s onwards, but also a lot of older Länderbahnlokomotiven, like this beauty: Badische VIc Until 1920, Germanys states had their own railways. These were called Länderbahn, hence their locos were Länderbahnlokomotiven, From 1920 onwards, the Deutsche Reichsbahn existed, their first move was to develop standardised engines, the Einheitslokomotiven. Michael
  11. Hi I found this link long ago. You can find many descriptions how to digitize pre-DCC locos . Even if your model is not there, it gives you a good idea how to do it. Many pictures and some German language descriptions. Definitely worth reading. Michael
  12. That's the place. A village of some 4000 folks with a development centre where about 7000 engineers develop the latest in sport car design. The centre is there since the early 1970s. As long as Porsche was independent, it was Germanys richest village :-) Now, as it is part of the Volkswagen group, we still have the traffic jams, but no money... Have you ever been in a traffic jam made entirely of Porsche sport cars? The downside is that there is obviously not much interest in a railway line. coming back to the orginal thread. The Korntal-Weissach line h
  13. Absolute so. Even more astonishing as I am not living in the UK :-) The east German class 50 are probably the most numerous class in preserved railways. There were so many available in the DDR, that many were sold to the west. They can be distinguished easily by the roof-style "Mischvorwärmer" on top of the smokebox. West German class 50 have the drum shaped "Oberflächenvorwärmer" on the smoke box. Different countries, different approaches. :-) Sorry for hijacking the thread... Michael
  14. Weissach has no traffic since the whole line was renovated. The last part from Heimerdingen tzo Weissach is still there, but all trains return at Heimerdingen. However, the line is still there and is is used by the GES, a heritage railway group that has its headquarter at the Kornwestheim marshalling yard https://goo.gl/maps/s1F5cuxCzumwvbTV9 . As they have no shed there, they moved their workshop to Weissach. 50 3636 is a east German class 50, that was bought and operated by GES for quite a few years. Its boiler ticker expired some years ago and the boiler is in such a bad co
  15. You can do, but the exposed copper will actually dilute in the molten solder alloy building up a Sn-Pb-Cu with a higher melting point. No problem, if you wipe and retin the tip frequently and if you don''t care that the solder erodes the exposed copper. Michael
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