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  1. Will the Flatbed joiners SL-710FB fit Bullhead track?
  2. I like the idea of a breeze block wall as a foundation and I did wonder about fixing the track to it, so its good to hear that you are happy with pins. I generally prefer screws for fixing most things but breeze blocks don't tend to accept rawl plugs very well. I used to design vehicle electrical systems and volt drop could be an issue on larger vehicles which is the main reason why lorries have 24v systems. I often wonder about this with larger layouts especially with DC, I'd imagine less so with DCC. What size cable have you used for the track wire? Also do you have figures in terms of the total length of the layout, I used to rely on a Ford spec as a guide to cable sizing. Its great to see the BR blue era being modelled in O gauge, they look so realistic.
  3. That looks the business, are those Turbot's carrying the beer bottle's? Nice loco too! In terms of control, I already use DCC systems which can be controlled remotely from an Android phone.
  4. Good morning all, Noting that some O gauge products are now within my budget, I finally took the plunge and purchased my first O gauge loco, this one:- https://www.Dapol.co.uk/7D-008-011-O-Gauge-Class-08-Blue-08173-no-ladder I'm really pleased with it and I think it will be ideal for the light shunting duties I have planned. I'd like to run it on a garden layout and have some ideas in my head but I'm not sure how feasible they are. I haven't drawn up any sketches yet but in essence I'd like to move cans of beer and fish food from my bottom patio up to the top patio to deliver the beer and then on to my garden pond to deliver and hopefully off load the pond pellets. I'm wondering what sort of rolling stock would be appropriate, I guess some sort of flat beds for cans of beers? For the fish pellets, I'm thinking about a hopper, I've seen older one's with manual tipping capability. Is it possible to motorise these mechanism's and add DCC control? The other issue is that I haven't been able to get any Peco track, should I go Bullhead or Flatbed? Also I've read that the bullhead can be joined with SL-10 joiners as used on OO gauge - is that correct? Thanks in advance.
  5. A question to the forum. I assume that a few on here have placed orders for the forthcoming release of the Hornby version of the 56. Are you going to cancel in lieu of one of these or go for both of them?
  6. ...And they will sell too! A very popular loco, even the older Mainline one's have a decent level of detail for their age and run well. I have three of the older one's coverted to DCC and fitted with LED lighting and they still look the part. I'm amazed really that no other manufacturers have entered this market until now given how popular they are. Iconic in my eyes.
  7. I notice that the models will have electrically operated roof fans? 'Separately motor operated roof fans via a function output on DCC, or when moving' Is this a unique feature for an OO scale model? I can't think of another and it is something I've always wondered why it isn't more common given the technology available nowadays. Its great to see a 21 pin DCC socket too, the whole project looks extremely impressive if I'm honest.
  8. It would be nice to have an idea of dates from a plnning point of view.
  9. It would be very interesting if this gets to market on or before the Hornby version who are currently expecting 'Winter 21/22'.
  10. Why not fit a Doctor Who figure as the driver? The theme would be that he was bringing a 66 back in time to visit the residents of SMS and protect them from a potential cyber man attack.
  11. Are you going to invest in a 66 when it becomes available Andy? Looks a really good price. I haven't been a massive fan of it in the past but I must admit that it is growing on me, especially in that large logo livery.
  12. Yeah I love Snowdonia, I'm normally a regular visitor so I'm really missing it at the moment. I've always wanted to go to the Mac Loop, but never got around to it. Its a shame you can't see the Tornado blasting through there pulling serious 'G's anymore. I worked on the Tornado or 'Tonka' as we used to know it for twelve years, a fantastic aircraft. I think that the last time I saw them flying might have been the final fly pasts see in the video below. Just to keep on topic, there is also a steam loco in the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4xwOQ7hMr0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLAHWCTygrE
  13. The takaway of that Dapol 08 is very smooth and it crawls along very nicely. I notice that it is displaying all six lights, the so called 'shunting' mode. What other lighting modes does it offer? There is something a little steam-esk about an 08 shunter with its whistle and coupling rods.
  14. Nice model, although I'm not too sure about the paintwork. Difficult to tell from the picture, but it looks like there are four driving wheels there? I was expecting six. Is the other bogie motorised too? Thanks
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