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  1. Sorry I have been away, I thought I replied
  2. Martin This is a great idea, as these kits have really moved the hobby on for those wanting better looking track (for those not wishing to build their own track) especially in 00 gauge, and increased the opportunity for some to work to EM gauge standards by providing easy to build kits. For some reason many are more than happy to customise an item but not scratch build. Allowing easy access to customised plans is yet another big step, especially if it breaks the myth that making templates (plans) is difficult
  3. I may have been thinking of another LRM loco as several have been on offer lately More than happy to swap with 00 gauge Romford's. More likely EM though Markits do P4 axles even though Markit wheels are too coarse for P4, but it does allow you to build a P4 chassis using Romford/Markit wheels which are much more friendly to be on and off several times If interested please PM me with your details
  4. I had a look at this one ,as you said it went for a decent price. As my GER layout is quite small I have enough larger locos (there was a GNR goods yard close). Glad I never joined the bidding party What make and gauge axles are they, as I could do a swap.
  5. Etches, one I bought a poster a few days earlier stated they were quoted 3/4 weeks delivery, strangely mine arrived max 2 days later if not by return
  6. Jack I have bought nothing for 6 months, but back then I phoned up, placed an order and paid for it. It arrived within 2 days if not the next day. I was quite surprised given the odd comment posted. It might be worth a phone call as it sounds like something has slipped through the net
  7. Just a thought (not a complaint) going back 70 + years, people were smaller both in height and especially girth, its a great Idea of scanning people, but is the fault that nowadays we all are a larger scale ? Back then heavy manual work was the order of the day and the diet of most workers was not as it is these days (no big Macs, with large fries and giant cups of cola, let alone KFC's )
  8. We live 5 miles away from Maldon and its always nice to walk along the quay side to Promenade Park. Its a but more industrial nearer the road bridge where the rivers enter the estuary, also there are some lovely buildings on the road up to the High Street.
  9. Stunning bit of modelling, very much like an east end warehouse in times past, before being converted into flats
  10. George What you both have achieved is getting the atmosphere right Liverpool Lime Street is as you say on another level with a very talented team, using the latest techniques and spent many years building it As you say you are a lone modeller, but a very talented one having that rare ability of making the most from the materials available to you.
  11. George Absolutely stunning !! I have seen Lime Street station canopy two or 3 times, first as an unpainted brass etch then as a fully painted and glazed structure. A master piece in modelling. Your roof runs it a very close second, as like the rest of the building really captures the look and atmosphere of the real thing, and its functional !! The use of a clear plastic sheet to stabilise everything is genius.
  12. There are many items on eBay even in model railways that may not be good value or even overpriced. Like any other commodity you should be aware of how much items usually cost. Where I can, I support my local model shop, which is a great place to buy run of the mill items. However they can only support the most common parts of the hobby. Simply know what you want and its value. With items on eBay just think, Am I buying a new item from a retailer or am I buying a second hand item from a member of the public ?. 99% of what I buy on eBay is via the auction method. This morning there are 1.15m items listed under Model railways, only 54k are via the auction method, more often than not this is where the good value items can be found, but like any auction its buyer beware !!!!
  13. I think you could make this statement for most online sites and shops. I could say Lidl is rubbish as I buy few of their food items, but for inexpensive DIY items my first choice. I am not interested in most of Amazon products, but they are great for next day (free) delivery of inexpensive gardening items. Who else would hand deliver the next day an item costing £3 ? As for eBay here are 2 recent purchases Example :- A Perseverance as new un-started GWR twin rail car, the bonus was it cost me £56 + postage as they usually sell for over £100 on the rare occasions they turn up. Or an as new Craftsman GC A5 loco kit with a set of Romford wheels, for about the same cost a new set of Markit wheels would set me back today. Un started kits go for at least £80 I like many others find eBay a great way to buy older model railway kits and parts that are almost impossible to buy anywhere else, usually at great prices. However I virtually never buy anything else from them
  14. I also find if you take time in setting out exactly where the bends on the common crossing sit stock will run through the common crossing freely, its easier said than done especially when common crossings are made as subassemblies. This is not unique to and single gauge or scale. Its simply getting the alignment correct Thanks for this thread as its very interesting and many of the issues raised can be used with other scales and gauges. Clearly wheel profiles and settings are equally important for good running of stock
  15. I am reading this thread with interest, but I am getting a bit confused, please confirm if I am understanding the topic correctly The wheel BtB is the standard 16.5 Standard Gibson EM wheelsets are OK Romford wheels flanges are too wide What about P4 wheelsets ? are the flanges too small and does the BtB need opening up a tad ? Thanks
  16. What a great thread, not only interesting and informative, but no standards wars, just a group of folk who are interested in others views Thanks to all
  17. Yes and still do so until I use my stock up, then its on to C&L. It looks great using bullhead rail has chairs the correct size sleepers and spacing. Visually there is no contest against H0 scale track Peco to me looks awful, under scale in all aspects and has no chairs let alone flatbottom rail. Totally wrong for the era I am modelling its a bit like having Triang locos against a modern detailed loco The rail I used which is C&L HiNi fitted easily, it must have been the rail you were using that caused the issues !!! Certainly with the flatbottom track Peco code 83 does not fit, it needs to be code 82 Its very easy to use straight (much easier than standard) flexitrack. Curving I faced no issues with spacing on curved track, I simply cut out the spacers on the inside, spacing was maintained and infact far better than alternating the cuts either side, which if you look very closely can form minute doglegs Clearly it will not help Philou but the thought of respacing H0 scale sleepers on 175 yards of track feels me with dread, what a waste of time as you still end up with H0 scale track (as advertised by the company). However it may help others from falling into the same trap. As for Peco concrete code 75 track, its both H0 scale and modern era, even if you model this era I would suggest you look at the Exactoscale fastrack flatbottom bases with code 82 rail (not Peco code 83) as its to 4mm scale Would you mix HO scale British stock with 00 scale stock, I think the answer is no !! why treat track differently ?
  18. Exactoscale has also been supplying flatbottom code 82 track in 4mm scale, probably the only true 4mm scale flatbottom track as far as sleeper widths and spacings are concerned.
  19. For years proper bullhead track has been on sale with (4mm) scale width sleepers and sleeper spacing let alone chaired track SMP has been around as long as I can remember, but many dislike the thin thickness of the track bed Exactoscale have been supplying thick based 00 gauge flexitrack with their fast track bases C&L uses to sell thin track bases, but the new track base is the same thickness as Peco and Exactoscale, its in 60' track panels with 12" sleepers at each end and narrower sleeper spacings at the ends, not only are there chairs but the chairs have keys in them, and like SMP and Exactoscale C&L use bullhead rail, not modified flatbottom Why reinvent the wheel, scale bullhead has been with us for years and it just gets better. Now with British Finescale there are (very) easy to assemble prototypical looking turnouts. Two types available one fully compatible with ready to run stock, a second version for those wishing to go that step further with finer flangeways.
  20. TBG You have hit the nail on the head, wheel and track standards must be compatible The third thing that comes into play is the legacy of older models where wheels are not as fine scale as modern wheels. Most RTR track systems are designed for use with the latter. But many are stating they want better looking track, with plain track its simple as the gauge remains the same its just having 4mm scale sleepers and spacings Its turnouts and crossings that cause the issue, if we are simply talking geometry (A5/B7 etc) then its a simple job of using one designed RTR gauge compatible standards, others though want finer gaps between check and wing rails, personally reducing the check rail gap at the expense of the wing rail gap just looks wrong.
  21. I have in the past used rattle can primer, if coloured plastic is more of an issue perhaps the etched primer may be of use ?
  22. Gents Distance selling rules actually give you far more rights that buying in person, this can be further enhanced by using a credit card. This has nothing to do with the topic, but using mail order you can return any item you have decided is unfit for use.
  23. As a customer I expect any item I buy to work as advertised, if it fails in use I contact/go and see the retailer and expect them to honour the guarantee. For all electricals I keep the box it came in including all the packing and it goes into the loft with the sales receipt also inside. If an item goes wrong I take it back to the retailer packed up as new with the receipt. Most times the item is just replaced. If I bought a new loco and it failed to work properly it would be returned to the retailer. That includes if a loco's wheels back to back measurements are outside that which is specified for the gauge. Given the price charged for locos these days I would expect it to work correctly in every way straight out of the box. There is a confusion as to what is 00 gauge specifications? I would use 00BF and or BRMSB others might have a different idea but the principai is the same
  24. Martin https://doubleogauge.com/journal/ Seems one of their aims is to talk to the trade on behalf of 00 gauge modellers ?
  25. Pacific231G Thanks for a very informative reply. I don't think anyone was complaining about the BRMSB standards issued in 1950, they were of their time Fast forward 70 years and look at the quality of ready to run models now available against those of 1950. Given modern wheelsets bear no comparison to those of 70 years ago I assume the question asked "Do we need a current day BRMSB" is one that simply states the obvious, do we need a set of standards which takes into consideration modern day design and manufacturing advancements in our hobby ?
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