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  1. Well he’s not going to have a problem filling the hole with those skips!! Great stuff Bob, I wondered at first if you were going to leave the skips unpainted for natural weathering it’s so wet
  2. Could have one partly as hard standing with a tamper or even a coach being unloaded from one of those Oxford extendable lorries Plain sidings give loads of options, you could have drop on gravel bins with the concrete shuttering like mount pleasant at Northam and a grab loader and swap it for various other scenes. P-way gear and rorailers waiting for overnight possession, containers just stacked on edge of an industrial estate like Eastleigh, Dmu stabling point with portakabin crew room etc etc. Maybe swappable drop on bits allows all options as the sidings can be grotty and rough for all.
  3. The dcc system was left up to the local group. So many now using wifi that at recent US meets we haven’t always had a full expressnet bus either. On our 009 version we just used a Z21 and boosters so all WiFi. In the Freemo setup we tend to rely on a couple of the groups who already had the bus and slave panels clamping them to the modules. Both FREEMO & Britmod only require the two track bus connections as a minimum and with multiple meets each year with FREEMO it’s worked well.
  4. As usual it’s looking great, nicely composed What’s going on the flat area at the front, virtual quarry or . . .
  5. They aren’t that bad, I’ve seen loads as I used to service them for a friend who picked them up as part of collections and they run until the body is covered in dings yet still run well. You get the odd failure like yours but I’ve only seen one burn out when new before, just a nick in the wire during manufacturing possibly caused a short.
  6. But what would appeal to Steampunk aficionados generally? Something to display and collect that can also run on a layout. As you point out the larger figures are display models so why not make one of the three locos a retro steampunk trainset? The Industrial 0.4.0 already looks like the old Hornby clockwork so why not a glossy version with simulated paint chips . . . Two ranges in one for testing the market.
  7. At least building or modifying a wagon into a runner is fairly easy compared to the crane. Add the cradle which they evidently will supply and a few toolboxes.
  8. Having a friend have these issues with 12v I’ve run five on 9v since new with no problems.
  9. Plastic gears are cheaper and also quieter without having to adjust the mesh precisely so perfect for quick assembly. I’d rather have metal gears on axles and plastic elsewhere as the axle bound ones are the hardest to replace 100hrs is a lot in kids play time but I’ve seen ones operate in shop windows for much longer without issue. I’ve also seen a steel worm destroy a brass gear in less than 6 hours under heavy load
  10. Good luck, I thought that and now got er (8) layouts!!!! Some are very small though . . .
  11. You’ve still got a pretty big layout left If you have multiple railway interests you can’t do everything so something usually has to go to make way for other ideas. I demolished my RhB and two G scale layouts to make way for and to finance the next ones
  12. You’ve still got a pretty big layout left If you have multiple railway interests you can’t do everything so something usually has to go to make way for other ideas. I demolished my RhB and two G scale layouts to make way for and to finance the next ones
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    New Hornby Rocket

    No as Hornby had allocated some to all their retailers but if they didn’t want them they were happy to cancel because many had more orders than allocation and were on a waiting list. That’s from my local shop.
  14. 9mm ply for the plates. The ends were designed to use dowels in the 8mm holes with a 6mm bolt in the centre. Once it got bigger than just me I decided expecting accuracy to that level was unrealistic so I changed to using the system we use on HO Freemo modules with a clamp. The 8mm holes now offer another fastening option as they allow some adjustment if you use 6mm bolts in them. So it’s either, clamps are quicker for group setups while the bolts are great at home where it will be up for weeks without tying up the clamps.
  15. Oh I like that crane! The Bachmann one was a little too big for my layout but a pair of those would be great. What wagons were used as runners with them?
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