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  1. Looking forward to attending this weekend with my new 'O' gauge layout 'Falcon Road' Please come and say hello, stand 31 Cheers Ian H
  2. Hi all, It's been quite a long time since I posted anything about my layout which has been caused through the building of another 'O' gauge layout at my club (Scarborough & District Railway Modellers) I just wanted to let you know that I will be at the BRM show at Doncaster over w/e of 8/9th February with 'Falcon Road' so if any of you are visiting please come and say hello! my stand number is 31. PS the above loco has now been weathered! Thanks Ian
  3. Having read the threads on here about the A3 and all the faults it seems to be suffering with I'm not very impressed with the quality of the model. Having purchased other 'O' gauge Heljan products I have to say the A3 is not alone, I have some of their Class'B' tankers all of which have suffered with bits dropping off!. Nearly all the buffers have come off and they will not fit back on and tomorrow I'm having to travel up to Northumberland to pick up my Heljan Deltic and Class 20 from a friend who's kindly replaced broken gears in both locos for me the. The Deltiic had only done a very small mileage (running in) This exercise has cost me close on £100!!! I have to say well done to Hattons for getting involved with such a huge undertaking and I'm sure behind closed doors they'll be pulling their hair out (if they have any left) over all these problems. Heljan really do need to sort out their Quality control. Thanks silverlink
  4. Interestingly a friend of mine in the trade has been offered the Hattons/Heljan A3's at trade prices by Hattons. I suspect there may be quite a few shops that have been offered the same and it won't be long before we see them offered for sale.
  5. Thanks Hilux, I was only looking at the photos on the post of NSP, on that photo you can't make out that there's any beading there. Thanks for your photo of the back of the tender which is as it should be, flat as apposed to curved like a streamlined version. The beading looks to me slightly smaller than that shown on the real thing. silverlink
  6. Looking at the photo it looks as though the tender is a Streamline corridor type whereas it should be a normal corridor type (as per ex A3) Thanks silverlink
  7. Hi all, With reference sound in these new locos, if they are anything like other ready to run 'O' gauge steam locos as Simon has said they should run with a Zimo M645 decoder. I have fitted some of my locos with the Digitrains Paul Chetter sound versions. I have also got some with Loksound XL fitted (Golden Age A2's) which run ok however, I did fit a Loksound XL version 4 in my Loveless A4 which was simply appalling!!! I spent ages trying to get it to run smoothly but to no avail and yes I did try all the recommended modifications. In the end I removed it and replaced it with a Digitrains Zimo M699 'O' gauge version which is approximately the same size as the Loksound XL. The result, a beautifully smooth running loco, straight out of the box! Based on this when I got my 55H Britannia I also fitted that with a Zimo M699 from Digitrains and like the A4 a great sound and smooth running engine. I have no connection with either Zimo or Digitrains but would highly recommend fitting either the M645 or better still the 'O' gauge M699 version which whilst costing more would probably be the better option for one of these new locos. Should anyone want any further help please send me a private message and I'll do my best to help. All my locos will be at Peterborough in December on Durham Street (North Eastern Loco shed) where you are welcome to come and have a chat. Thanks Ian
  8. silverlink

    55H 9f

    Hi Adam, I have a couple of 55H models and have to say they are superb, John Riley who owns 55H is very approachable and will give you good advice on the models. He does a range of 9F's depending on which region of BR you are modelling and can arrange if you so wish to have sound fitted. This is undertaken by Modelyard in Leeds which is where I had mine done, they fit the ESU Loksound L decoder in the loco. I also have one of the latest 7P Britannia's that John is selling which like the 9F is stunning, I fitted sound in this one myself which was pretty straightforward. Attached is photo of my 9F (36A Doncaster) Cheers Ian
  9. Hi Norton, You're quite right, I've done a quick check of the Hatton's website and it seems on there they have correct tenders with correct locos. I suspect somewhere along the way someone's put together a wrong advert which has ended up in the Guild 'Gazette. Thanks for input Ian
  10. Hi all and in particular Hatton's Dave, I've just come across Hatton's advert in my O gauge Guild 'Gazette' and noticed the list of A4's that will be available. Could I point out a couple of errors I've found. HA-A4-001 2509 'SILVER LINK' IN LNER SILVER HA-A4-007 60012 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA IN BR GREEN EARLY CREST Both locos should be fitted with STREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDERS and NOT UNSTREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDERS. Whilst in silver 2509 did have a change of its tender (5590) it was for one off its sister engine 2510 QUICKSILVER with the same type (5589) . 60012 ran its whole life with the same tender (5646) HA-A4-008 60009 UNIION OF SOUTH AFRICA This loco ran from 14/5/1948 to 16/7/1963 with a STREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDER (5591) ex SILVER KING and from 6/11/63 to 1/6/66 it ran with a UNSTREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDER which would be correct however, if like me you model late 50'searly 60's it would be incorrect. It seems the only loco available with STREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDER is the preserved 'BITTERN' It would be hoped that Hatton's will release a range of STREAMLINED CORRIDOR TENDERS in the various colours they ran in thus allowing the correct mix of loco/tender for the name/number we require. Sorry about my two-penneth Dave Best wishes Ian
  11. Very much looking forward to our visit with 'Falcon Road' please come and say hello!
  12. Hi, I have just fitted two new Zimmo MX699 decoders in two different locos and whilst the first one ('O' gauge Britannia) works really well the second one (Loveless 'O' gauge A4) runs really badly jerking up the track at all speeds. Before fitting the chip I ran the loco in Analogue mode on my rolling road where it performed faultlessly. Am I right that it may need matching up to the motor or could it be back emf that needs altering. Hope someone on RMweb has an answer. Thanks Ian
  13. Very comprehensive Dave, This will certainly help those amongst us who like to fit our own decoders, well done. Thanks Ian
  14. One thing I would like to ask Dave is please can we have instructions included with these (and the A4) models. All to often models I've purchased have no details on how to get inside them when wanting to fit decoders etc. I have a couple of Golden Age A2's a Finescale Brass 9F, V2 & J50 and a Loveless A4 non of which have any instructions with them. Very stressful when the old screwdriver gets to work. Ian
  15. I understand that provision has been made for decoders to be fitted (I think in the tender) I have quite a few 'O' gauge locos that I have fitted with Zimo 'OO' sound decoders which I purchased from Digitrains with Paul Chetter sounds and they all run well unlike the Loksound XL 'O' gauge one I have fitted in an A4!!! Ian
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