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  1. I know I have a Woodland Scenics rock mould somewhere. Buggered if I can find it....... 

    1. truffy


      It'll turn up once you've bought its replacement.

  2. Cutting back the drill (where you grind the cutting face flat to the flute) will prevent snatching. Back in the day we always had a set of brass only drill bits for this very reason. https://handycrowd.com/drilling-brass-the-easy-and-safe-way/
  3. Oh agreed, but even with the interlock on the chuck guard on my Clarke I would never leave the key in the chuck. There was a broken window incident at school, no -one injured thankfully ..... This is a far safer option that I stumbled on the other day, look at the second 3d printed item that this chap made for his Clarke (same machine as mine) https://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/2008/11/new-toy.html
  4. I had cause to fire up my little Clarke CL250M at the weekend, nothing toy train related, needed a plastic spacer with a 15mm hole in it to fix an outside PIR light. Managed to get by with the tools that I had, but bought these in any case https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/9-Pcs-8x8MM-Carbide-Tipped-Lathe-Metal-Cutter-Bit-Cutting-Tool-Set-Yellow/264439596038?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Probably made of finest Chineseium but will be fine for plastic and brass. Luckily for me I was taught lathe work in school and was also tutored i
  5. Can't believe I didn't update this. After it all started to work I got bored last Christmas while sitting for my Mum (long story) so came up with this All three circuits in one. Here's it in action on the layout. Love the pushbuttons with built in LEDs
  6. or cardboard assisted design. Started roughing out the right hand side landscape. Wanted to incorporate a tunnel to hide the off scene exit to the fiddle yard, so will have a sort of half cutting with stone/rock walls behind. Next steps, more cardboard and then some paper strips to flesh it out before hanging basket liner etc. I also have some Woodland Scenics rock moulds, so might slap some paster of paris in them to see if I like the effect.
  7. erm, they were only ever in rakes of 9 wagons. Three rakes I think. With all the flack KR Models get these days I can only imagine the uproar if they offered a 10 pack LOL
  8. Hi Steve, long time no see When I worked for a software house we always installed a test system on large client's systems so that we could thoroughly test mods, updates etc before bringing the customer's live system crashing down around our ankles. Would it not be possible to do this which RMweb? Appreciate that you could not replicate site traffic etc, so numbers of clicks etc on an ad would not be meaningful. It could be tested on all popular platforms for functionality (or not) at least? Anyway, hope to meet up sometime in the future, stay safe
  9. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. I thought that the plans for the 22 were overly ambitious for the price. To be honest, if I were Steve I'd be more worried about protecting my fragile health in this current situation. Toy trains, viable or not can wait.
  10. The lima chassis tends to suggest A1 as that is what they recommended. here's mine, which is DCC fitted too ....
  11. John is very good with this, buy the kit in any of the available options, email John and he should send you the kit in the texture you require :)
  12. Digitrains one is by Paul Chetter of this parish, i'm getting one for my 0-6-0 Peckett one day
  13. Last one (well two actually, I have a spare for future use) I got from John at Bromsgrove Models. He's retired now but is still on here ..
  14. A lot is said against WD-40 but it is very useful. I buy it in 5L drums now that come with a new trigger bottle each time. Long gone are the days where you never get all the stuff out of an aerosol before the gas ran out brilliant cleaner, easer of rusted components etc. Although it does have some lubricating properties I'd not use it as such though. Never on a model loco LOL
  15. The original Evening Star tender chassis was a particular victim of this. To make matters worse the top surface where the motor and weights sit is very thin. Sadly replacements are not available and can lead to an otherwise good engine being consigned to the breakers yard for parts I have one very bad example at the moment. All Triang insulating bushes on axle ends suffer, ok until you need to remove wheels for reprofiling etc. New bushes will always be needed.
  16. All the figures on Fourgig East were carefully placed, mainly by SWMBO, to tell a story. She tells me it's all those childhood years playing with a farm set that did it
  17. It's a fair point and one which I had not thought much about until now, but personally, I got back into modelling after the birth of our fist son. I'd like to think that it was the prospect of building a railway with him but in reality it was something to distract me from the trails and tribulations of fatherhood! I was very much into trains etc as a kid though
  18. This just popped up on a saved search https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363060481544?ul_noapp=true not for me, but nice prezzy for someone with a passion for APT- Mr Tilt perhaps?
  19. Not sure the wife would agree with the Gentleman, but sorry in any case, I ahve used my spare chassis to repair someone else's loco in the meantime. As has been said you can get 3d printed axles from Shapeways.
  20. On the original question, I use microswitches on the MERG servo mounts, I don't find any problems with them TBH. MERG are producing a single servo driver PCB though that can include a relay, very much a personal choice really. Oh and I have used a frog juicer where I have no moving blade on a fixed crossing, but then I am DCC and always will be
  21. Many attempts have been made to eliminate servo twitch on start up at MERG, the current idea that myself and Geoff Church amongst others are championing is the use of an LM217/317 regulator configured to provide a delayed 5v supply to the servos independent of the control circuitry. In this way the PIC is up to speed and ready to control the servo way before it has enough voltage to start working. Seems to have solved the problem for us. I have produced my own PCB too Much smaller than the standard MERG offering, with a few niceties that I don't use (ICSP
  22. hmmmm, will have to check my Golden Arrow/R2785 Crosti conversion. Which part is affected?
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