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Can't beat an impulsive purchase.......... of which I have many.

 

I'm out if the closet, no shame or guilt, no furtive smuggling of brown paper parcels........

 

Out, out, OUT I say!!!

 

( I've just bought a class 33 in green!).

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23 minutes ago, BlackRat said:

Can't beat an impulsive purchase.......... of which I have many.

 

I'm out if the closet, no shame or guilt, no furtive smuggling of brown paper parcels........

 

Out, out, OUT I say!!!

 

( I've just bought a class 33 in green!).

I have one of those, bought at a SWAG RMweb Day charity auction. One careful previous owner - Captain Kernow! Never raced, rallied or rolled!

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2 hours ago, BlackRat said:

Can't beat an impulsive purchase.......... of which I have many.

 

I'm out if the closet, no shame or guilt, no furtive smuggling of brown paper parcels........

 

Out, out, OUT I say!!!

 

( I've just bought a class 33 in green!).

 

If we're busy outing ourselves, I have a Tri-ang 2 car DMU somewhere...

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13 minutes ago, Mick Bonwick said:

 

It'll be with the rest, no doubt. ;)

 

You know what? I have never actually made any sort of inventory of what locos I have. Which is something of a double edged sword.

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I did an Inventory last week, for when we move house.

I discovered 2 extra D16/3 Clauds, a Thompson L1 and Drummond rebuilt 700, Black Motor.

It concerns me that I have no recollection of buying them?  :scratchhead:

 

Paul

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7 hours ago, Flying Fox 34F said:

I did an Inventory last week, for when we move house.

I discovered 2 extra D16/3 Clauds, a Thompson L1 and Drummond rebuilt 700, Black Motor.

It concerns me that I have no recollection of buying them?  :scratchhead:

 

Paul

 

Console yourself.

 

Your ignorance will have made you much more convincing, if

questioned by the "authorities".

 

TONY

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2 hours ago, MrWolf said:

The "Authorities" have actually bought me several locos. Others have magically appeared like stray dogs.

As a modeller of the Western, many of my locos of course look alike - so Veronica can't tell when I've got another...

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5 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

As a modeller of the Western, many of my locos of course look alike - so Veronica can't tell when I've got another...

 

I must say that's a most unusual name for an Authority. Is it an acronym? Violent E!ectronic Random Orders Normal Instructions Carried Automatically ?

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On 15/05/2021 at 09:54, NHY 581 said:

I came very close to acquiring a Hymek just over 24hrs ago 

This is interesting information and potentially of significance to those who appreciate the appearance of a hydraulic inching through long undergrowth.

 

 

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On 16/05/2021 at 09:58, Captain Kernow said:

This is interesting information and potentially of significance to those who appreciate the appearance of a hydraulic inching through long undergrowth.

 

 

Blimey that takes me back......one of my old instructors saying......

 

You cant but admire  the sight of a sniper inching through the long undergrowth.....as long as its not the enemy doing the admiring!

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DCC does not improve poor running over DC - how could it? What it may do is smooth out acceleration and deceleration, but it cannot compensate for a chassis that is mechanically challenged. 

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You beat me to it and it makes me wonder how someone who has only just got interested in model railways would react to such events.

It's knocked Rob's duck off and he's not exactly new to the hobby.

 

It reminds me of being in my early teens and buying some of the (then) new generation of super detailed locos from Airfix and Mainline. The running qualities of which were rather disappointing and I drifted off into other interests.

 

Have we come full circle or just not moved on in almost forty years? 

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I think the current, or at least recent, fad for tiny bijou tank locos by several manufacturers is asking for increased precision in the mechs. As Rob has identified, if they work they are adorable, but I have multiple little tanks that don't really do the biz. Pickups are often the problem, too. Put loco on rolling road, and wiggle it around until it finds the juice. Leave it running gently for a few minutes, put it on the track - nothing. Oh well, back in the drawer it goes!

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11 minutes ago, MrWolf said:

buying some of the (then) new generation of super detailed locos from Airfix and Mainline. The running qualities of which were rather disappointing and I drifted off into other interests.

I had exactly the same experience. I'd always been into static aircraft and car modelling so went back to concentrating on those. I'm now disposing of a lot of the models accumulated over the last umpteen decades and having followed Rob's (& others) threads really fancy trying to actually finish a small layout for the first time. I do have a Bachmann Pannier that runs nicely but fancied investing some of the funds into some of the really nice looking new locos that have been produced in recent years. But I have to say that if someone as experienced in the art as Rob has trouble making the things run I'll have no chance. So it's really making me wonder why bother as I really couldn't be bothered with the hassle of returning things that are just supposed to work....

 

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Consider this:

 

If we're given more, do we then expect more?

 

It's a vicious circle, isn't it? The greater the level of detail we see the more we have to be critical of. The more precise the portrayal of motion the greater our expectation of perfection.

 

I'm not saying that I disagree with Rob, on the contrary, but I wonder how much more we are going to have to pay if we want complete perfection. I have several small things in the 'sort it out later' box and tend to play with the ones that work nicely. I do tend, these days, to wait until others have had the chance to evaluate and report back before I commit to more expense. The risk of something selling out before I get mine is something that I have come to accept.

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I have the same issue on Tunstead Moor as I look to add  a second loco.. Its designed like Robs as a small shelf diaroma type layout.. I dont really have an issue with trying to keep to one theme as its unlikely I will ever have more than one loco on the layout at a time so rule 1 applies leaving me what I thought should be lots of scope..

 

2 pecketts later and one terrier  I am still scratching my head and holding the credit with the local shop.. 

 

It doesnt help Im helping to build an n gauge layout for a friend whose tiny new class 66 (Dapol) and 37s(Bachmann Farish) run around at all speeds like smooth silk with flywheels galore..

 

The irony is my initial purchase to get going was  the much lamented but highly reduced in price Kernow DJ models 1361 which runs as smooth as silk even at a crawl despite its noisy all wheel  geared drive train.

 

Perhaps it simply comes down to anything with such short wheelbases just has to be 100% perfection QC  running on 100% perfectly laid track - but we cant do anything about the first but cross our fingers.

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25 minutes ago, Mick Bonwick said:

The more precise the portrayal of motion the greater our expectation of perfection.

 

I don't expect perfection, just that something that is sold as a working model does just that - work, and works properly, if not perfectly. Is that really too much to expect? We've just had a new washing machine delivered. Plug it in and it worked. Some of these locos are getting close to the same price as said domestic appliance - why are they not plug and play out of the box too?

 

Keith

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