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  1. It's £7.99 a month however you get access to a lot of different magazines. My favourites are Model Rail, Hornby, BRM, RAIL & Steam Railway along with some railway bookazines. Lots of non rail content too. No affiliation just a happy customer for the last couple of years.
  2. Have you looked at a Readly subscription? I have one and Model Rail is on there along with Hornby magazine and BRM. It has apps for iOS/Android and can be viewed from a browser too. Also has back issues available for most magazines.
  3. Have checked my 4 pairs of Freightliners after seeing this thread and thankfully they appear to be ok.
  4. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333929327260 with defects.....
  5. Cold and a bit snowy here today so painted the footbridge. It will need a second coat in places and some weathering but I am pleased with how it's looking so far.
  6. Hello, As it's been such a wet and dreary day I decided it was time to build my LCUT Creative platform footbridge. This was my first attempt at a laser cut card kit and I found it relatively straightforward to put together however the steps are a touch fiddly and require some patience. I had to reduce the span by removing one of the panels to make it fit my platforms and I think it looks ok, just need to paint it now.
  7. It is hand scribed and took ages! About a quarter of the way through I was starting to question my sanity. Pleased with the result so far though.
  8. Thanks Powerhaul. Adding sound is addictive... expensive but addictive. Durrington Central looks great btw
  9. Apologies for the lack of activity on this thread, work has been continuing on the layout I just haven't updated RMWeb so here goes. Station Filler was applied to the platforms to create a level surface for the platform edging from Scalemodelscenery which is a great product although you have to be very careful with the tactile paving as the bobbles are very delicate even after painting. More filler was then applied to level the platforms with the edging and this was then sanded and painted. Still a lot to tidy up but overall I am happy with how it looks. Need to figure out what I am going to do with the area in front of the station, the ground level needs to be brought up so its level with the platform for a start though. New Tunnel/Fiddle yard entry For the fiddle yard entry at the station end of the layout I have created a hill and tunnel and plan to site a church on the hill. The hill was constructed from wood and foamboard cover with plaster cloth and then sculptamould, this was a new product for me and I really like it and have ordered some more. The Tunnel mouth was made using Das clay on a wood former. A strength test was also conducted on the viaduct by my cat Lexie
  10. Hi Rhydgaled I've measured the wheel diameter excluding flanges on both the old and new wheels and they appear to be identical. The only difference I can see is the depth of the flanges.
  11. I contacted Hornby regarding the wheels on my XC rake of SD coaches and have received a full set of replacement wheels today. Mistakes happen but glad that Hornby have shown great customer service for me on this occasion.
  12. When I checked DC running was already disabled so unfortunately the issue remains.
  13. Hello, I have a Vitrains 37 fitted with a TTS decoder that is at random intervals moving off at a very slow speed of its own accord. I usually only notice when it causes a short by entering the points at the end of my fiddle yard. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I use a Z21 and the decoder has a unique address and no other locos exhibit this behavior, not sure what to try! Phil
  14. Not much progress on the layout recently but have found some time to dabble with DCC sound. I've added Legomanbiffo sound to my class 68, 70 & Voyager with the decoders from DCkits and the speakers from Roads and rails with excellent service from both. Initially installed a double iPhone speaker in the 70 but didn't feel it conveyed the power of the real thing so with some trepidation I took the Dremel to the tank and installed an EM1 which I am much happier with. For the Class 68 I installed 2 of the square megabass speakers below which sound good. The Voyager has a double iPhone speaker in each of the centre coaches however I'm not sure about the sound and may upgrade these to the square megabass speakers. I've put together the video below to show them in action. Must get back to working on the station area now!
  15. Thanks Charlie, I've checked and the speakers are 4 Ohms so will change the wiring to in series. Phil
  16. Hi Richard, I've used two of these speakers in my Dapol 68 with a Legomanbiffo Loksound V5 from DCkits and it sounds sound great, however having read this thread i'm now concerned about the Ohms not being right for the decoder. I've wired the speakers in parallel and everything works fine I just don't want to overload the decoder! Any advice gratefully received from a newbie to sound. Phil
  17. Hello everyone I haven't updated this thread in a while so here goes. I've made some more progress on the station area with the embankment and retaining wall now in place and a base layer of grass applied. I have also added a small baseboard extension so that the layout now flows around the corner better and think this has been a great improvement which probably doesn't come across in the pictures. Next jobs are to paint the retaining wall and platform faces and then install the platform edging. I finally got around to fitting the Express models light kits to my Cross Country 170 & Voyager, think I've had these for over 5 years. The Voyager was very fiddly and I had to count to ten a few times! whereas the 170 was relatively straightforward. Programming the lights to work as normal i.e daytime/rears on F0 directional control was initially a major pain/impossible as I was trying to use my Z21. I gave up on that and dug out my SPROG which made things SO much easier. So much so that I have now set it up permanently. Voyager before After Class 170 before and after
  18. Hello all. Managed to make some more progress on the station area this weekend. The Peco platform edging is now in place and faced with Wills stone which matches the look I am aiming for much better than the Slaters sheets in my opinion. I’ve also ordered platform edging from Scale model scenery to go behind the Peco edging https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/lx213-oo-platform-coping-with-tactile-paving-for-peco-lk-62-670mm---oo4mm176-7365-p.asp I spent today building the embankment structure and now need to cover this and cover with plaster bandage. Happy modelling!
  19. Thanks for the positive comments Scott. The viaduct was my first attempt at scratch building and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out. Still quite a bit to do on it and the valley. Phil
  20. Hello All, I made a bit more progress with the station area over the weekend and trimmed all of the Peco edging down and secured it in place. I also ordered some Slaters stone sheets to use as the edging though to be honest I am not convinced either style is suitable. The effect I am looking for is like the below so If anyone knows of a suitable embossed sheet then please let me know. I could use DAS and scribe the stone work like I did for the viaduct but its a lot of work and I doubt i could make it thin enough to use with the Peco edging strips. Any advice would be appreciated! Phil
  21. Evening all, Not had much time to work on the layout lately but managed to grab a few hours today and made a start on the station area. I've decided on an S&C theme and have purchased a Skaledale station building, Waiting room and Signal box. I am going to attempt the platform build method Gordon S used on Eastwood town. I want the station to be able to handle an 8 coach HST which means the station will have to flow into a curve. I've cut MDF into strips and have temporarily secured these in place to see how it looks. The Peco platform edging has been cleaned up to allow it to be attached straight onto the MDF and the plan is to use Slaters stone plasticard for the faces. For the station footbridge I have got an Lcut Creative LMS footbridge which I now need to build. Looks a bit fiddly .
  22. Thanks for the positive comments. I am pleased with how the viaduct is progressing as it’s taken a long time and a lot of work to get it to where it is now. I used Arten Gill as inspiration so following an S&C theme may be the way to go for the rest of the layout.
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