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  1. No I haven’t yet, but will do. Thanks very much for that
  2. Thanks for your help, moved the kit on in the end. I’m waiting for the Bachmann quarry hunslets to arrive and checking everyones’ reviews on here and on the NGRM. Probably going to end up getting those or the Skarloey/Rheneas line but who knows. Many Thanks again.
  3. Yep all noted. I am a beginner, and was always planning on finding someone else to do the fixes for the loco. However the flexi track issue is probably going to be one spanner in the works too far, and it’s all my own fault for not checking before hand the lack of set track points going beyond 9” radii. Still pondering but I may return it to be honest. Thanks for everyone’s help, don’t want to take over this thread with my own issues any longer, cheers.
  4. Yeah, I wholeheartedly agree with the last bit!
  5. Ok, may buy a length of it and have a practice. Thanks for the advice on the pins also.
  6. Thank you very much for your advice.
  7. Thank you for your advice. If anyone’s going to mess it up then it’ll be me though trust me! Ive got a lot to ponder. May attempt to do it myself when the time comes to build the layout, or find someone else to. Also considering returning the loco. I was always planning on finding someone to modify the pony trucks and the connecting rods. That stuff is a million miles out of my capabilities, I just wanted to get the loco sorted out to start with and then learn how to maintain and take good care of them myself over the years. But now the issue of flexi track being involved is making me rethink everything especially as it’s still under guarantee. Of course the best thing ever would be a 3rd batch to cure all the issues, but it doesn’t sound too realistic. Moreover, even if Heljan did manage to do it, it’s a big stretch to imagine it passing through 9” turnouts successfully. It’s my own fault, I should have investigated the PECO set track configurations more closely before buying the loco. After all, even accounting for the issues with the loco, it was never intended for 9” turnouts even in the first place.
  8. Thanks Paul. It was seeing yours and Nile NG’s fixes on here that convinced me to go ahead with the purchase of this loco, knowing there are people out there who’d be able to get the model sorted out and running reliably. Just a bit of a blow realising I’d have to have a bash at flexi track for the run round loops as I really don’t trust myself with it, and wanted to do all the track work myself using set track.
  9. Yeah, thought as much to be honest Hobby. I have one still under warrantee but don’t have a layout yet. I’m fine with using the Peco 18” streamline turnouts in principle. My main issue thinking ahead is using them to form run round loops. This will be my first ever layout, I’m a total novice, and wanted to keep things as simple as possible. Therefore I had wanted to use set track throughout, and use 9” set track turnouts to form the run round loops. I’m now aware I’d have to learn how to cut flexi track to form the run round loops when using the stream line points which isn’t ideal as I know I’ll mess it up! So I’m in a bit of a quandary at the moment.
  10. Paul RhB, do you think there’s any realistic prospect of Heljan releasing a 3rd batch of these locos to address these issues you mention?
  11. Hi everyone, I’ve recently bought the Langley Models Darjeeling Himalayan loco body kit. However I can’t seem to find the Arnold 0-6-0 n gauge chassis needed to complete it. Wondering if anyone knows where I could get it from, or if there are any other chassis out there that would fit and do the job also? I read somewhere online that the Arnold chassis is somewhat poor in operation anyway, so I was wondering if people had an opinion on whether my best bet would be to: - persevere in finding the Arnold chassis - use another chassis (don’t know if this would be possible) - go with a scratch built chassis - try and wait for a backwoods kit for the loco to come up somewhere (something I’ve been doing for a while but with no luck). With regards to the final option I don’t suppose anyone knows of any update to whether any of the backwoods kits are to be re-released, the DH B Class loco in particular? Thanks for your time.
  12. Thanks 009, nice idea about the early era Talyllyn, something to bear in mind. RJS1977, I will contact 7mmnga online and take it from there. I don’t suppose Model Rail said when the limited edition model will be released, whatever it is?
  13. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and advice. Finally made a decision, the lure of the Bachmann narrow gauge was too strong so I’m planning to buy the Skarloey & Rheneas models. The fact they’re RtR, good runners so I’m told, and the fact that I’ve seen how good people out there can do paint jobs on them has sealed it for me. I’m planning to buy them soon and then once the little one starts pre-school, build a small simple layout just to give them regular runs with the view to building something larger and more scenic longer term. I’m also going to buy the conversion accessory packs for each, with the view to having them repainted and lined at some point also. This means I’ll be selling my assembled 7mm scale TR locos. If anyone on here could tell me how I’d go about getting them valued (because I honestly have no idea how to start), that would be great. The big risk for me here is that Bachmann don’t go on to release Sir Handel, Peter Sam & Duncan, but that’s a risk I’m going to have to take. And if they don’t, and then in a few years time somebody decides to make RtR VoR locos, then I’ve got another decision to make. Thanks for all your help and patience, as you can tell I’m not really a modeller at all yet- but hope to be at some point in the future.
  14. Thanks so much for the replies to my rambling original post! Still haven’t made my mind up, and 009 micro yes I’m very tempted to wait and see on the VoR situation. May be a risk worth taking. Thanks for the advice Jim, and if I do go down the Bachmann narrow gauge route with these models then I think that’s what I’ll do, test them once a year or so. Anglian, no I hadn’t really considered the garden seriously before. I see your point as I’d have more space and they’d be less prone to getting damaged as they would in he house. However my problem is more time at the moment (apart from writing long rambling posts on this forum it seems!) Something to consider though possibly. Many thanks to all. I’m in a proper quandary over this but will take a bit more time to think. Will definitely visit these forums for information as I go along.
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