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  1. As I see it the problem is not getting replacement numbering it’s removing the wrong number or numbers without marking the paint finish on £199 loco. There’s no way you can touch up the paint finish without it showing and the replacement number is not going to fully cover it. That’s why I cancelled my order.
  2. Well I hope they sort the pony truck pivot out as it was in the wrong place, far to short and caused all sorts of running problems. None of the manufactures seem to have heard of Baldrys rule. Alec
  3. I’m afraid this is a common problem with lots of models now and it does not seem to matter who makes them. The pickups are very thin and easily bent and don’t seem to be very springy. If you move the wheels over to one side I expect you will see they are not touching the backs of the wheels. You can sometimes adjust them with a thin knife blade or screw driver. The best way is to remove the keeper plate if you can. On the Dapol Terrier I don’t think that’s very easy without damaging the brake rigging. It is a shame so many models are spoiled but such a simple fault and this applies to Dapol, Hornby, Bachmann and probably everyone else. Obviously this fault is more noticeable on on the smaller locos compared to steam engines with tender pickups and the bogie diesels.
  4. Try a Cricut Maker. More pressure and a positionable blade for heavier cuts.
  5. They both will probably be ok. I would go for the 659 as it’s slightly narrower and there is not a lot of clearance above the wheels. The decoder fixing is very loose and it might be a good idea to also fix it with some black tack. You should definitely insulate the speaker terminals as it’s very inclined to fall out and attach itself to the motor.
  6. I have an email from Rails stating Zimo. As I didn’t want to order a sound version unless they were Zimo. I am still waiting for my sound equipped K&ESR Terrier. I am not impressed with Dapol or Rails with this. I could of purchased a sound decoder and fitted it myself. Alec
  7. I think the cab roof join is a terrible piece of design. I would love to know why the roof could not be in one piece and the back of the cab a separate piece. I assume it’s glued to the cab sides so why does it have to continue into the roof? I have 2 sound fitted on order and hope there are no problems with them.
  8. The Cricut Maker has a gear driven deep cut blade so it aligns itself in the correct direction before it makes the next cut. There are no spurious cuts. This also means it can cut curves without lifting off the material. As Ray says the problem with plastic is it’s hard and does not easily move out of the way to let the blade cut all the way through the thicker sheets. But it does give you a very accurate score line to just snap the parts out. Keep practicing Alec
  9. How did you remove the keeper plate? I undid the screws but could not get it off.
  10. You have to remove the coach roof first then the roof over the cab. The coach roof is held in by the windows. You need to press them in to release the roof. The cab roof is the same with the windows at the front plus a clip at the rear. From memory the chassis drops out with the screw underneath and the cab section is held to the coach with the pivot pin which pushes out.
  11. Yes I have one. I have used for cutting there 2 mm chipboard also 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0 mm plastic card. The latter two at the moment not all the way through, score and snap. Also used the chipboard setting on Wills walling sheets. Not quite enough to snap but good cutting guides. It all needs more experimentation.
  12. I use Humbrol No. 100. It seems a very good match to me. I have used it on the 16mm scale kits you are building.
  13. Very impressive. Could you tell us what the gear ratio is that you have used and the weight of the flywheels please.
  14. You can fit sound I just copied the installation on the YouChoose website. It's tight but completed it with no problems.
  15. Does anyone know if the H2 is left or right hand drive please. Also is there an easy way to tell on most locos ie: is the driver always on the same side as the reverser?
  16. While I had the body off fitting the decoder I fixed the crew in place with black mastic to the side of the cab. I did try to remove the doors but they were to well glued.
  17. I have now fitted a Zimo MX648 decoder and YouChoos Minnow 4 speaker to my P Class. I removed the pcb and unscrewed the weight by the side of the motor. Using a Dremel type tool I ground away the metal to make the slot longer where the weight had been so the decoder could be fitted there. This side gives a bit more height for the decoder. The speaker was then fitted with the plastic top up against the motor. I did wonder if the magnets in the motor would effect the speaker but they do not. The decoder and speaker were wrapped in Kapton tape to insulate everything. They were held in place with small amounts of black mastic. PS I had rotated all the photos the correct way before uploading so why are some now on there side?
  18. Yes I had the DCC Concepts Zen handy so fitted that. The capacitors are flat in a row. I have suggested to them that if they arranged them in a 2 X 3 block they would be a lot easier to fit in the bunkers of tank locos.
  19. I used a single edged razor blade. Start in the centre, hold this open then the ends. The catch is behind the end door and is harder to release. When one side is open do the other side.
  20. Does anyone know how to remove the saddle tank so it can be lined?
  21. Not impressed. This magazine is getting very repetitive with the same old things rehashed. All the boat lacked was the sticky back plastic and it could have been on Blue Peter. Richard Foster's renumbering was a mess. It looked like the varnish was applied with a wallpaper brush. Also the slate wagons look to high to go under the winding house.
  22. The Rail match SR brown is a good match. Please can you let me know if you find a match in the Vallejo as I would like to use them. I have used their Air range of airbrush paint and find them excellent.
  23. One thing to note on this superb model it has a 3 pole motor not 5.
  24. I fitted a circular Sagami motor only because this was the only spare motor I had and did not want to wait to order one. My motor of choice would have been a Mashima 1020.
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