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  1. Dogmatix

    The Engine Shed

    Anyone know if the latest incarnation of "Hogwarts Castle" has an NEM pocket on the tender, and if so, how it is mounted? I don't expect a full close-coupling kinematic mount on this model, but pivoted at least?
  2. Dogmatix

    Dapol Class 21/29

    I have checked with Dapol about how the NEM pocket is mounted. It will be mounted on a simple single-screw pivot on the chassis underside, in the same manner as their Class 22. This is not as good as on the Warship they make for Kernow, but much better than on their Class 73 (pocket moulded into bogie frame, completely unusable for close-couplers, and no room to fit a cam device).
  3. Any word yet on how the NEM coupling pockets are attached - i.e. on close-coupling cams (excellent), on simple pivots (oh, well) or unmovably fixed to the frame (disaster)?
  4. This was a very interesting, very well-made and quite well researched mini-series, with a bit of humour from James May. Just one thing (well, two): The impression was given that Hornby did the first RTR (ready-to-run) Terrier, and have always had a Terrier in their catalogue. This is, of course, not true. The first RTR Terriers appeared in the late 80's - not from Hornby, but from Dapol. Hornby bought the Terrier (together with a lot of other models) from Dapol in the 90's. It's about time that the Terrier was updated, and the joke is that it is again Hornby and Dapol (for Rails of Sheffield, in Sheffield) who are making them. But to suggest that the Terrier has always been a Horny mainstay is, as Bernard Woolley put it, a consignment of geriatric shoe manufacturers. Also, why did May mispronounce Dapol? The name comes from David and Pauline Boyle, and is pronounced 'day-pol'. I can understand the English being unable to pronounce the 'ch in 'Bachmann' properly, but 'dappol' is in the same league as 'pie-ko' for the German company Piko.
  5. I was clearly insufficiently clear. When I talk of close coupling, I mean the sort of close coupling that has been standard on continental HO models for over thirty years. The system involve mounting NEM pockets on a cam system such that the pocket extends lengthways when pivoted to one side. The purpose of this is that wagons and coaches can be coupled buffer-to-buffer, corridor connection to corridor connection, and yet not lock buffers on the small-radius curves typically found on most model railways. For this system to work, the coupler heads, when coupled, must form a rigid, straight connection. Only such coupling heads can properly action the close-coupling cam. Roco, Fleischmann and others supply such heads, and Hornby supply a slightly longer version of the Roco one. Non-rigid couplers, such as hook-and-bar (tension lock) or Kadee buckeye couplers, cannot. Close coupling cams are now fitted to some OO models, but most modellers seem to ignore them, and use standard tension lock coupler, and put up with (or just not notice) the big gaps between wagons and coaches. It is possible to retro-fit close coupling cams, but can be tricky when space is limited. As it is on the outer ends of Bachmann EMUs. Yes, if your track is dead straight, you can get Kadee couplers to provide buffer-to-buffer coupling. If your buffers and corridor connectors are sprung, you can have very gentle curves. But even such layouts often have sharper curves and points in hidden sections and fiddle yards.
  6. What we need now is a way of fitting close coupling couplers (no; Kadees will not do) to the outer ends of the units (as Bachmann failed to do so) so we can couple units together as well.
  7. Are the 'HO' models really 1:87, or actually 1:76 (but still called HO so as not to confuse US buyers)?
  8. I have use a Z21 (black) for a few years now. When I originally got it, I played around with the app on a 5" Samsung Player (basically a wifi-only Android device), but found that it did not suit me, so disconnected the WLAN router and connected my ESU Mobile Control base and mobiles (the original versions, not the ECoS) and a RouteControl and when my nephews came to visit, a couple of LokMice. When the WLAN MultiMouse came out, I connected the router back up and ditched the ESUs for a pair of wireless MultiMice. This all works pretty well, but programming chips - especially with three or four digit addresses - was no fun at all. So I dug out the Samsung Player, installed the latest version of the app, and use that for programming. But not for running. Apart from the haptic and tactility issues of a touch-screen compared to the physical rotary control, I find the apps - both of them - not very easy to use. I have even tried them on a 7" tablet. Where the MultiMouse wins out is the ability to control locos and set point by numerical address entry. With the apps, there appears to be no feature simply to enter a loco or point address - you have to add locos to the database first (and if you're doing it properly, set up the functions and take a picture), and as for points - I thought at first that having a graphical representation of the layout and being able to tap on the points to set them would be useful, until I tried to 'draw' my layout on the tablet (forget the smaller Player). It is extremely fiddly on both apps, and I gave up after two points and some straights. Just rotating points on the newer app is a nightmare. So my "wish list" for the apps is: 1. Quick 'n easy direct numerical address entry to control locomotives, 2. Quick 'n easy direct numerical address entry to set points (and signals etc.), 3. A way to design or draw a layout on a Windows PC and then export it to the app. 4. And while I'm about it, a way to change (or just get rid of) the background picture on the start screens.
  9. What of course would be really nice would be of Peco would re-jig the rest of the finescale points with continuous blades like the new bullhead points.
  10. A few years ago, Peco announced "extra-long" finescale electrofrog points, which were to have had the same shape and geometry as the US No. 8 points but with UK pattern sleepers. After a couple of years, these were quietly dropped. If you want really long scale Peco-compatible finescale points (and have deep pockets and an understanding financial department, and plenty of room on your layout) check out Weinerts "Mein Gleis" (= "my track") points. They use Peco rail and rail height, with continuous blades, but have German double-sleepers: The main page for Weinert's "Mein Gleis" system is at www.mein-gleis.de; for the flyer, go to https://weinert-modellbau.de/ and click on "Mein-Gleis-Flyer 2017" at the top right. Many accessories also available (like brass check-rail chairs for continuous check rail or embedded track).
  11. Well, strictly speaking, even in these days of hyper-low interest on savings, £150 over two-and-a-half years might have yielded a quid or two. You might also feel a teensy bit miffed if you really wanted a 74 and bought a 71 primarily to help the project along towards a 74, as some people here say they did. Then there is the disappointment at the model you've been looking forward to for over two years being cancelled, but that's just being emotional, it's not being 'had over'.
  12. This is a great pity, and a big disappointment. I have cancelled my orders with Kernow. The minimum bits needed for a 71=>74 conversion would be a roof panel to go where the pantograph isn't, central buffing plates (or whatever they're properly called), some pipework ("bagpipes"?), and new numbers. Possibly this leaves some grills or panels wrong on the sides, but that wouldn't overly bother me. Or are there any more glaring changes to address?
  13. Could one of you proud Birdcage owners please tell me how the NEM pocket is mounted - moulded to bogie, simple pivot, or full-Monty close coupling mechanism?
  14. Was it not an Airfix model first? I'm sure I have an Airfix Terrier box somewhere.
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