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  1. For the derailing issue, try slackening off the bogie retaining screws about a quarter turn. This will allow slightly more play in he bogie for up and dow, fore and aft movements.
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    I gave up on Photobucket, Peter. Currently using Flickr, but there are other alternatives.
  3. Coincidentally, I just had a phone call from a friend asking if he could use a computer PSU to power various aspects of his layout. Your link was very timely, and I have forwarded the link to my mate. Thanks.
  4. Andy's videos show admirably how the coaches sort of glide through the transition from straight to curve and curve to straight with very little end throw going out of line with the next or previous coaches. i was watching a European model video (not one of my videos) on YouTube earlier, and it showed very well (by accident) the effects of not having transition curves. Pay particular attention to the double deck set being propelled into a loop at 4:44. [/url
  5. Farm scene progress: things are happening more slowly as I get into the detail work. The gaps under the pig sty walls have been covered with a little thicker glue and scatter material. P_20200113_181938_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr I have added some rough turf along the embankment and at the end of the Long Field. A couple of Noch turnips have been planted in the farmer's vegetable garden, and ferns along the fence line on the embankment, as well as a couple of "escaped" turnips. Some ferns have also gone into the rough at the end of the Long Field. I have a couple more packs of the laser-cut ferns, so will add a few more to the scene later. There are nine ferns per pack. P_20200113_181953_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200113_181948_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr Long Field cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  6. Addendum: I have fitted the detail pipes but left off the screw couplings. The ends of each of the supplied pipes are differently shaped and fit only on the correct recesses in the buffer beam. I left one end fully detailed (so I should fit the screw coupling as well!) with no tension lock coupling fitted, and snipped off the pipes closest to the centre on the other end to allow the coupling to swing from side to side - the pipes were snipped roughly level with the bse of the buffer beam, so there are partial pipes there but they can't interfere with the coupling. P_20200111_192555_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  7. If they have the old X04/X03 motor, then they are an easy conversion to DCC (with hard-wiring). These motors do take more power than newer motors, though, so a decoder with a reasonably good output is advisable. I have converted an old Triang Hymek diesel with the original design (pre-ringfield) motor bogies - I fitted two motor bogies and wired a TCS T1 decoder to both in parallel, and it all worked extremely well. Going back to the X04/X03 motor, I would suggest a decoder from the likes of Lenz, ESU or Zimo, as these all also have overload protection built-in (TCS are also good but that's because they have a "goof-proof" warranty, so if you blow their decoder up, they will replace it, regardless of who is at fault). The chassis on your locos will be live, as part of the return current. Some heat-shrink tubing on the brush spring wire will isolate the brushes completely (one will already have an insulating sleeve anyway, but replace it with the heat-shrink too, to make sure it won't move accidentally). Solder the grey and orange decoder wires to the brushes. Solder the red wire to the pickup wire that went to a brass tag that was attached to the originally insulated brush side. Attach the black decoder wire to the chassis - this may be done where the screw holding the spring wire goes through the motor magnet, or it could be done where the motor mounting screw attaches to the chassis. Test on the programming track before allowing full power to reach the decoder.
  8. Hi Peter. My Dapol D6121 came with exactly the same paperwork as yours. I guessed that the body was only clipped on - it came off quite easily after spreading the bases of the sides slightly. Like you, I think it would have been helpful if Dapol had included a sheet showing which detail parts are supposed to go where. I installed a Dapol Imperium 21-pin decoder in mine, and it worked all of the functions without my having to modify any settings. As a matter of convention to fit in with all of my other locos and units, I do alter CVs 3 and 4 to values of 25 and 18, respectively, because I like a lot of inertia and momentum.
  9. With industrial locomotives (and trains) it is much easier to use fictitious operators and liveries. Many of my industrials have only slightly modified liveries from their originals, but the recent Hornby Ruston DS48 I bought got a complete repaint, apart from the wasp striped ends (which is why I chose this particular model in the first place). The original was in Army green, but I wanted it to match the blue on my (ex-) NCB Peckett. I ended up using NSE dark blue, with a black wash and a coat of satin varnish. It's close, but not identical to the NCB blue. P_20200106_161134_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200106_161209_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  10. I have been continuing work on the farm scene, which will sit in the back corner of my layout. The curved concrete retaining wall at the front will adjoin the railway. There are some more details and patches to go: I had to pull the fence out again (which seems a retrograde step, but in the longer term it will all come together) to fill the gaps behind the wall, which will then be painted when dry, and more vegetation added, including some rougher shrubs, weeds, ferns and vines. I haven't decided what fence style (or hedge) to use for the separation of the field at far right from the railway. P_20200107_145513_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200107_145529_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200107_145538_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200107_145542_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200107_145551_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200107_151225_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  11. Not yet. I have run out of nameplates at present, but have more on order from Narrow Planet, keeping with my theme of girls' names beginning with 'A'. I need a short name for this locomotive, so possibly it could end up as Alba, or it could do a name swap with Janus diesel electric No. 17, Amy.
  12. Just about finishing the Ruston saga, I have painted it Network South East dark blue, added a wash of black, then given it a coat of satin varnish. The cab roof was painted light grey then given a black wash (which fortunately dried with a matt finish), and added a driver (one of Hatton's 3D printed figures intended for the Hornby Peckett and Hatton's own Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST steam locos). As can be seen, the blue ends up very close to the shade used on Hornby's 0-6-0ST Peckett, which is what I was aiming for. The final touch was to add the Number 19 etched plates from Narrow Planet. She could still do with a spot more weathering, but there's no hurry for this. P_20200106_161134_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200106_161209_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr p.s. As can be seen, I got the driver to shift that Leyland Atlantean that was spoiling the background in the previous shots!
  13. A quick dab of thinned Network South East darker (later) blue, then a thin wash of black over the blue patches has given this result. Once weathered lightly, I think it will all blend in nicely. The black wash is still wet in the photos. P_20200104_143037_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200104_143056_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
  14. On the industrial front, I have numbered and named the B2 Peckett 0-6-0ST, after removing the NCB lettering using T-cut. Unfortunately, the T-cut also removed some of the blue paint, but I will be weathering this locomotive in due course, and its new name plates hide some of the black areas, so the effect will not be too obvious. She is now No. 18, Amarantha. The new No. 19 has also just arrived, a Hornby Ruston DS48 diesel, which will not be named for the present. I want to repaint the Army green to a blue livery but retain the wasp strips on the ends, hence my choice of this model (it saves me having to paint the wasp stripes in the first place!). Installing a Bachmann (Zimo) 36-568 6-pin decoder was a breeze (after noting any areas of concern referred to in the model rail forums) and works perfectly. P_20200103_143232_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200103_143308_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr P_20200103_143240_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr Note that the Leyland Atlantean bus in the background does not belong in the goods yard. I have been rearranging some of my storage for both trains and road vehicles, and this was placed there temporarily.
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