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BlackRat last won the day on July 10 2012

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    Trains, real or toy, diesel, electric or steam!

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  1. No idea who told me this, whoever it was it was yonks ago....... but if there was a problem with sticky wheels then a poke around in the 'axle box' with a 4b pencil would keep things running smoothly. These days I also swear by a 'Truck tuner' something now I wouldn't be without. If it doesn't have brass bearings, then it gets a good twiddling round with the tuner. Its amazing the crud that comes out! Tony....,l re the Deltic, there's always plenty of 'old' kits on EBay. The new kits are made from soft ( to save the dies I guess) recycled plastic
  2. Talking of head/tail lamps....... as I needed quite a few, I decided the best option was to make my own. Managed to source both red and clear diamanté 'jewels' from eBay ...... no problems at all. Various bits and bobs of Evergreen section, fuse wire, Plastruct etc were gathered together and off we went. After a good couple of hours, I went on line and ordered more Springside.
  3. https://www.humbrol.com/uk-en/media/Humbrol_Conversion_Chart.pdf Have a look at the Army Paints range, I got some spray cans in Antics, which are excellent and give a superb finish, one of the greens is very passable to Malashite.
  4. Al, some time ago, Humbrol rationalised what was then a vast range of specialist colours. They also produced an updated list of their colours, which included all the things that they matched....... something like Green 101, SR Malachite etc ....ok that's a guess but it's worth having a Google and I'm sure you'll get the list of colours and what they match up to.
  5. Guns and ammo, tho in my experience, they can be bad for people's health and wellbeing.
  6. Thanks........I thought as much, first thing I normally do with a new buy is to clean the wheels then run it in on the rollers...... After much head scratching, and taking to body off its the same conclusion, so will have to work out a plan B for wheel cleaning and running in.
  7. Am I right in thinking, that for the second powered end to work it HAS to be connected up as part of the three car unit. Tho 1 of the power cars works independantly?????
  8. I just got the feeling the mag was full of...,,,fillers. Understandable I guess, but 5 uses of wood?
  9. Top five uses for wood......? Hhhmmmmmmmm.
  10. Looking good...... I use a drill bit in a pin chuck to drill out the axle boxes...., usually the biggest that will fit in! Gives a little 'slop' so you can position it and tweak it round a bit so it looks, and sits right. I got the pin chuck thingy from Squires.....they have 4 different sized chucks...... so I bought 4 to save time swapping bits round!
  11. I don't go to my local newsagents to 'browse magazines', I go there to buy them. Thats why they are still a thriving local business.
  12. Great that the shops now open. Steve and Paul have been busy and basically refurbished and reorganised the shop during lockdown. A great range of all sorts and at great prices too. If you've not been then I'd highly recommend it! Great to see you back!
  13. Only just caught this up, very sad news indeed! A real stalwartbof the SWAG show and one of the few to compliment my taste in shirts! Youll be missed mate.
  14. Roof rack and bungees? For the passenger that is...... the extra board going on the front seat ......
  15. I've used a black 'rip stop' type material cut into very thing strips bit like the warehouse door above......like a very floppy tooth comb. The top strip is affixed above the yard entrance/ exit with double sided tape and the material adjusted so it's just BELOW rail height. It works fine in 4mm so I can't see 7 being a problem. Ive addd an extra layer now, and another under the overbridge.
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