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Ian J.

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  1. I can't tell for certain, but it looks to me like there are too many beats for the wheel rotation. Is the Locoman decoder set up for 4mm? If so you will need to adjust the timings of the beats as in 7mm they need to be fewer for the distance travelled.
  2. I think he means that most fuels like petrol, diesel, etc., have a natural colour of some kind, whereas the bags were of clear liquid. In other news, I've been doing so much cutting of wood lately for my layout, my thumbs are a mitre saw. Edit: added a weak joke to keep to topic
  3. Note that Stepney is an exception, most other Terriers do not have the 'pop' sound, so the sound file used for the model in the video above would probably be suitable for a different member of the class. I don't know how many Terriers in their lifetimes had an arrangement that gave that up-down pop sound.
  4. Nice, however the sound for Stepney (32655) should have a characteristic up-down pop sound due to that locomotive's cylinders (?):
  5. C&L used to do long strips for them that could be cut to a sleeper length, in both thin and 'normal' thickness. I'm sure other suppliers exist.
  6. Agreed, and I would like to see producers of models take better care of not only assembly but also R&D so that errors don't get through to tooling, meaning that we as buyers don't have to do anything to correct our purchases. However, I have a limit to my ire, and if it's possible to 'fix' a model then I'm happy to do so once a mechanism is proven otherwise OK, and there are no intrisically unfixable problems in the design.
  7. RIP. I knew Adrian from my short time when a teenager at the Poole & District MRS in the late 80s, where he had one of his casting machines. A fount of knowledge, undeniably, but with a very difficult personality when it came to understanding that accuracy couldn't always have top place. I remember discussions at the P&D regarding modelling third rail in OO, and his answers always came back that it had to be wrong no matter what you did as the pick up shoe on the model, if positioned correctly, couldn't be in the right place for where the rail needed to be on the track if third rail was positioned at the right distance from the running rail. Any attempt at compromise was dismissed without solution other than to model in S4/P4. Anyhoo, he is a loss to the hobby, and hopefully his products can continue in other hands.
  8. Can we have a vote for disabling the public message to another member feature? I'd like to see it gone so that messages intended as private don't end up 'inappropriately' public.

    1. AY Mod

      AY Mod

      I'll look at whether it can be done easily but I fear it'll need some code removal which will probably lead to hurricanes in Bolivia.

    2. Ian J.

      Ian J.

      Ah, Bolivia. Where the butterflies roam and send high winds around the globe ;)


      Thanks for looking into it :good:


      While you're at it, would it be possible to put a note on the Status Update message creation screen mentioning that Status Updates aren't suitable for questions, etc? We seem to have had a number of people posting about their layouts and/or with questions in Status Updates, and @truffy (for one) has been fielding them with advice to post questions in threads instead due to Status Updates just not being around long enough.


    3. john new
  9. The old boards (three 4' x 2') from an aborted previous build, and the six old 'test track' boards (four 4' x 1' and two 1' x 1') have now had all their components stripped, track removed and all but one sanded to clean off the top surface. The one not sanded was a scenic board that was going to be a station, and I'd glued down a layer of cork and surfaced it for a yard area. Unfortunately this wasn't easy to remove, so there are some gouges in the surface that will need filling. The board is still damp from water used to loosen the glue holding the cork in place so it will need to dry out first, then I can sand it to remove as many bumps as I can before filling the gouges. The appearance of the top surface of all these boards is not of concern as I'm intending to put a layer of cork down to lay the track on, not for sound proofing but to keep the fiddleyard track at the same height as the scenic boards when they have cork used for the ballast shoulder. Once that's done, the next job for the old boards is to strengthen their corners with 2"x1" softwood blocks that will also be the backing for each of the boards' alignment dowels, and fit said dowels. After that, it will finally be time to rearrange the room where all this is to go so that I can test the fit (there's a notional 1" of spare space in the room for the layout on its length!), before fitting the clasps that will hold the board joins together.
  10. Quite possibly the case. Bearing in mind the copper was peeling away as I was heating it with a soldering iron to remove the rail, it may be that the very act of my removing the rail damaged the copper's adhesion to the base material.
  11. A note of caution if using copperclad. In the last couple of days I have been recovering both boards and track from some boards built many years ago for my current build of a fiddleyard setup. When it came to removing the track from the copperclad sleepers I had used for the joins between boards, I found that the copper was all too easily coming away from the insulating material (fibreglass?). So copperclad may not be as robust as thought. My preference for my current build is going to be to use small brass screws for each rail. On the fiddleyard appearance isn't an issue, but for scenic sections I'll cut/file away the head of the screw to make it thin enough so that a sleeper can be cosmetically positioned around the screw stumps. If the overall construction of the boards (plywood for both tops and frames, with alignment dowels) holds true, then hopefully there will never be a need to adjust them.
  12. I believe, though could be wrong, that the passing loop at Breamore was extended for military traffic purposes during World War II. If so, then yes military traffic did use the line. However, not necessarily in the time period the thread seems to be focussed on.
  13. Are we there yet?

    1. Hroth


      Yes, but we decided to go further.......

    2. vaughan45


      Barnard Castle?

    3. Mallard60022


      Yup and just like the last two times I am not stopping for pi##.

  14. I've just noticed this thread. At some point in the future I have a High Level 14XX chassis to go under a Hornby 14XX so I'll be keeping up with this thread to see how things go.
  15. The file formats are readable if the disc is readable and you have a computer with the necessary software (either real or a guest in a virtual machine). There are quite a few computer enthusiasts who keep older computers working, and not just the BBCs and ZX80s. There will be Amstrads around too, and they should be able to read the files. I have a PC from circa 1998 with Windows 98SE on it though I haven't started it up in years and it's packed away at the moment.
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