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  1. Thank you for the clarification. Useful information. I haven't yet bought one of these but intend to because I think they represent very good value for money. Having said that, I recognise their shortcomings and, at the very least will replace the finial and the ladder. I'm then looking forward to a little research to see what else I need to do to get them closer to the prototype.
  2. Apart from the finials, which I agree are disappointing, what are your other concerns?
  3. Full marks to Hattons for listening and responding to their customers by adding new liveries. Trouble is the list could get very long and very expensive for us pre-grouping fans. In that regard how about the Cambrian, Taff Vale, Rhymney, Barry, Brecon and Merthyr? A logical extension - for me at least! - would then be to go 7mm scale, 'coz thanks to Minerva there are, with a little enjoyable modelling to modify them, RTR locos ready and waiting to pull them.
  4. Apologies for the delay in responding but work has been getting in the way of the important things in life. Thank you all for your responses. Good advice all, though I'm not sure I'll need to put the "Pendolino" advice into action. What is clear to me is that there is a demand for more awareness of this subject and given you can read magazine articles or buy books on practically every aspect of this hobby, I'm surprised no one has thought to cover this topic in greater depth. Anyway, thanks again all. I'm off to play with my train set.
  5. Not sure if this is the best forum for this topic but here goes. You can find any number of discussions threads on RMWeb about installing / fixing / modifying sound chips of every type and manufacturer into practically every diesel or steam locomotive ever sold. But having gone to the trouble of fitting sound to a loco, what I would really like to know is how to drive the sounds so that my pride and joy not only looks like the real thing but sounds as though it is working like the real thing. It's all very well turning up the speed control and listening to your favourite loco chuff/thrash it's way into the fiddle yard accompanied by a seemingly never ending symphony of random sounds but surely there should be more to it than that? We agonize over the most obscure detail but when it comes to sound our inner child takes over and we play. Well that's what I do. But what I'd love to do would be to replicate in movement and sound how a real locomotive reacts to the driver, the load and the rail conditions. I need the loco driving equivalent of a musical score and a conductor to guide me and tell me when I get the notes in the wrong order. Anyone fancy the job?
  6. A comprehensive range of Cambrian Railways Transfers in 4mm and 7mm scales For Locomotives & Freight rolling stock (circa 1899 to 1915) and Passenger Stock (circa 1899 to 1909) The Welsh Railways Research Circle and CamKits are pleased to announce a comprehensive range of Cambrian Railways transfers in 4mm and 7mm scales. Researched and designed by Circle member Richard Evans, proprietor of CamKits and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable modeller of the Cambrian Railways, these high quality full colour transfers are manufactured on our behalf by market leaders Fox Transfers. Competitively priced and available as bespoke livery sets, the WRRC-CamKits range of high quality, easy to use waterslide transfers enables modellers to faithfully replicate the entirety of the Cambrian locomotive, coach and wagon rolling stock registers. Cambrian Railway wagons could be found across the UK so these transfers will appeal to modellers everywhere and not just those who model the railways of Wales. Available from the CamKits and/or WRRC stands at selected model railway exhibitions or by post from: WRRC Transfers 9 Ewenny Cross Ewenny Vale of Glamorgan CF355AB Prices range from £4.00 to £15.00 and a flat rate £1.50 is charged for post and packing. An online shop will be available soon – please go to the Welsh Railways Research Circle for further information and the latest news. http://www.wrrc.org.uk/index.php / Enquiries to the postal address above or by e-mail to: [email protected] or to [email protected] where you can also obtain details of the CamKits range of etched kits Gauge O Guild members will find full details of the 7mm range in the Guild’s product directory.
  7. Quarryscapes, they are on general sale, you don't need to be a WRRC Member to buy them though if you are at all interested in the railways of Wales which I can see you are, I recommend it. If you want to contact me via [email protected], we can start a conversation.
  8. On behalf of the tortoise, I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the Welsh Railways Research Circle and Richard Evans of Camkits have produced a comprehensive range of Cambrian Railways transfers in 4mm and 7mm scales. Manufactured by Fox Transfers and available as bespoke livery sets, the WRRC-CamKits range will cover the entirety of the Cambrian locomotive, coach and wagon rolling stock registers. Available now by mail order, further details can be found on the WRRC website http://www.wrrc.org.uk/index.php / or by e-mail from [email protected] An online shop will be available soon. Details of Richard's etched Cambrian Railway coach kits can be had by e-mailing Richard on [email protected] If you're heading for this weekend's Cardiff Model Railway Exhibition then they will be on sale there. And just for the sake of clarity, if you're wondering how I know, I'll be the bloke on the other end of [email protected] !!
  9. Both, thanks for responding to this post. Apologies for the delay in replying, work interfering with the important things in life... I've never used Romford's o/s cranks so can't say if they are the same/similar to these - there is an image in the Markits catalogue if you want to check them out. However it is clear that with the axle extensions I'm using there isn't room for a 10ba nut. So I think I'll have to use washers and varnish to lock them whilst I sort out the quartering and then superglue/solder for a more permanent fix once - if it ever! - runs smoothly. I'll let you know how I get on. Meantime, thanks again for your interest.
  10. Does anyone out there have experience of using Markits "DeLuxe" N/S outside cranks (ref no MCRNKOsDL)? I'm building an outside framed Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 tender loco in 4mm / 16.5mm gauge using Markits wheels, extended axles, their very nice axle extensions and even nicer "deluxe" outside cranks. But pretty as they are, I'm not at all clear about how best to set the quartering. For anyone not familiar with these products the axle extension is essentially a standard wheel nut but 5.5mm deep so that the axle is a uniform width both sides of the wheel, the cranks are tapped and screw onto what then remains of the threaded axle emerging from the extension pieces. The problem is that if you tighten these up against the ends of the axle extensions, whilst you get a very solid piece of model engineering, the crank throw is all over the place with no hope of quartering accurately. When you wind one or more out a few threads so that the crank throws are quartered the cranks themselves seem to wobble on the thread as if they've been tapped a size too big. I guess I could use washers - if I could find ones small enough - to take up the slack or even super glue or solder them in place but these feel second best. Don't think the cranks are faulty as I tried several with no improvement. Have I missed something? Has anyone else had similar problems? What did you do? All advice or suggestions, gratefully received. PS, If you're wondering it's a K's kit and needs a lot of work to make it presentable, but I'm quite pleased with it so far!
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