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  1. I've certainly found with worm gears that seem to be very tight, that the creation of some sort of "lead-in" in the first part of the bore helps a great deal with fitting.
  2. It may help to cheer up 4479 and one or two others (although it may not cheer them up all that much) if I admit to having distorted the ends of worm gears when trying to press them onto, or move them along, armature shafts - and compared to brass ones I've found that it's even easier to mess up the nylon gears that I've been using recently. Something that I find strange is that the "sweet spot" for meshing worm and pinion (metal or nylon) isn't always where I would instinctively expect it to be, i.e. with everything square and with the worm gear "centralised" / symmetrical in all
  3. Well the stuff on top of the boiler looks more appropriate, so in that respect cynicism seems to have been un-necessary. The tender axle boxes and springs still look like very shallow mouldings though, as far as I can see. I leave the question of frame profile to others.
  4. Agreed. I wasn't complaining, merely musing.
  5. A sufficiently cynical person might wonder whether a manufacturer who has pushed ahead with production of un-corrected versions of previous models, even when the faults have been pointed out at pre-production stage, and who apparently does not now offer an important new model for review (even by the tame and friendly magazines that are funded by advertising revenue), may not actually be interested in establishing credentials for producing accurate models. Perhaps anything that looks tidy / pretty enough to sell is considered adequate?
  6. The attempt to contain or mop-up the solvent before it damages anything else can be quite frantic, but it does help to teach you to stand the bottle in a very stable additional container.
  7. I imagine that some people can even make a hideous mess of gluing six simple main parts together.
  8. I tend to agree with that first point. As for the second, I think the car industry did used to work in something like that way, hence the enormous number of motorists' shops at one time selling supposedly life-extending care products and "better" alternatives to the basic parts that many manufacturers grudgingly fitted to their unreliable, leaky, rot-away-in-no-time offerings. Of course, many car makers of that era went out of business.
  9. Models of real variations are one thing, but features that are simply un-like any of the real ones are another.
  10. Implying that it has been put into full scale production in disregard of, or without correction of, clearly known errors in the pre-production "samples" (real or virtual)?
  11. Excessively flared, unduly short chimney? Insufficient radius to the curves around the base of the dome? Straight-sided safety valve trumpet???
  12. Whilst diesels are not generally my thing, I applaud that for the fact that it's a conversion that required thought, skill and effort, with a neat result, that has turned something RTR that was modest (possibly even cheap and cheerful) into something different, individual and better.
  13. 1. It is the synthetic sound system that is an un-necessary gimmick, not the permanently live dead-end sidings. 2. If you are a sociable sort, rather than the very opposite, it is more than conceivable that you might want others with shared modelling interests (in respect of periods, locations and companies, rather than a pure shared interest in digital gadgetry) to visit and bring guest stock onto the layout. You're shutting some of them out if you've created a layout that will only accept chipped locos. 3. Fine control is perfectly possible without DCC, which is not therefore a pre
  14. It certainly does not follow that any DC wired layout can easily be converted to DCC just by switching on all of the sections, although the advocates and purveyors of expensive and un-necessary DCC gadgetry would like everybody to believe that. Layouts with very narrow gaps between rails of opposite polarity around crossings, perhaps sometimes getting momentarily bridged by wide profile metal wheels, may protest with no more than a barely noticeable stutter when running on DC. Convert to DCC and the whole thing shuts down to protect itself when a momentary short occurs, and if the gimmick of s
  15. Discontinued D & S kit values? Think of a greedy number and double it? http://wmcollectables.co.uk/index.php?pg=fd
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