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  1. Kenton

    EBay madness

    I guess we can't all be experts. Always nice to help others out. It can be sometimes clearing out the loft/spare room/garage of junk you know little about.
  2. Probably too easy to hack. I would have thought the easiest system is one of direct 2-way communication between drivers. Self-preservation is one of the best safety locks. The drivers must know it is single track and where they are on the route. Two drivers about to head down a single tract in opposite directions would contact each other to find out who is going down the line first. Starting with the position that if not specifically told it is safe by the oncoming driver that there is one coming their way. Too simple, yes. Foolproof? No. But basic and better than what seems to be reported to have been in place here. I do not understand the "too costly" to implement argument. The trains look comparatively modern and were by all reports quite fast. Just poor decision making on allocation of resources. I hope that any investigation does go further than blaming one individual and look more into the reasons as to why it was able to happen.
  3. It is your time machine, fly it any way you like. If it is possible or even plausible, then leave it up to others to prove you wrong.
  4. Some suppliers would be too embarrassed to call the short composition of words "instructions" and in some cases it certainly would not sell them any kits. Some kit instructions are better built without them as they appear to have nothing to do with the design of the kit and emanate from fiction more than the trial build. Come to think of it some kits are even worse than the instructions. Fortunately there are some really good kits and well tested instructions with great exploded diagrams and photos from the test build. Anyway, just how many of us actually follow instructions to the letter? Don't we all think that we know a better way to build their kits?
  5. Wishing you all the success possible. I do have a sense of deja-vu. I also recommend that you read through all the BritMod topics (there are more than one) to at least get an idea of what you will be up against and maybe get some pointers. Kent is too far away for me to participate but I hope I can telepath some of my enthusiasm for the project.
  6. I think that qualifies you as a railway modeller. We all have them. Just need to find one with all the component parts present in the box at the start and that can be finished without resorting to alterations or redesign. Now where is that Airfix kit?
  7. I do think we are making out the process as being something of a horror when in fact it isn't. Like so many things in kit construction there are things that can go wrong but they can generally be overcome and only a case of learning how to do it with confidence and experience. Some extraordinary solutions being proposed. Perhaps those of us who do these things on an every day basis are wondering what all the fuss is about or have forgotten what it was like to do it the first time. Or, perhaps on the rarer occasion it happens to us we just roll on to the solution and think nothing more of it. Holes are a good idea where large areas are being laminated, and the concept is certainly not new, but this is not a solution to the problem and where not designed in to the kit can involve a great deal of unnecessary time and effort. Not all laminations are put on a flat surface, more often being applied to a 3D progressing build (as in the example of the OP). Resistance soldering is both a useful and dangerous tool. It has the potential at the wrong setting to vapourise the metal or more typically punch a hole through it. It nearly always heats the metal to well beyond the annealing temperature but in a very localised position. Yet in the right hands it can be used to solder white metal to brass (never white metal to white metal). Of course there is always the option (it pains me to say it , as it is a cop out) of gluing the laminates on. Most laminates are non-structural. But then if you take that route and give in the fear of doing it will not go away.
  8. What!? Did I miss something more intellectual? Marginally better than last night for content, marginally worse for having Class 37s. Don't tell me I'm adicted to it enough to bother with Part 3. Masochist!
  9. I think that happens to all of us from time to time. Thankfully it seems to be possible to treat the problem by starting another kit.
  10. brass layer laminations are nothing peculiar to AG kits (or even brass kits) many/most kit designers use detail laminations at some point or other. rivet detail is common. Small ones are not the problem. The issue arises in particular where the laminated area is large or where the parts can have uneven heat transfer. It is not only laminations, any long thin strips of metal eg valences can buckle easily due to uneven heating.
  11. Or even motorising a wagon or a coach, has been done and works just as well even if it does look rather surreal seeing a van going LE around a layout. I'm not so sure that the Kitmaster designs are so good a starting point and with all the effort entailed it might be better, even easier, to design a new kit to today's finer standards. At least that way you can proudly call it your own and have no fear from lawyers-r-us.
  12. There is a problem with using gas torches on laminated brass. The heat is considerably greater than the typical soldering iron and when used on very thin brass the brass is annealed very easily. I would not take the route of trying to effectively unbend the brass in that way. The crocodile clips even if well sprung might not work well as you are expecting the spring in the clip to be powerful enough to close the gap and un-distort the brass. The forces in the clips will be pressing on the rear of that brass as well as on the buckled bit so there is not a clear outcome. Stepping back: were both parts tinned fully before bringing together? I'm also not convinced about the application of solder paste solely round the edges, I would not do that (though I do use a RSU for this type of work) and when using solder paste, I always put the dots of paste towards the centre of the laminate, the solder then flows out to the edges. Placing it round the edges leaves an air pocket in the middle to expand. Laminating brass is straight forward but has a few potential traps. Once fallen into one of them the way back can be difficult. This is why best practice is to apply heat from the middle of the part and work outwards squeezing the solder/air/flux sandwich to the edges, the heat expanding the brass from the centre outwards. 1. remove the buckled laminate completely (may take you back further), clean off all solder on both parts, flatten the bucked laminate (may involve annealing and hardening the brass), start over. 2. Is the buckled brass actually visible, if it can only be seen by viewing from under the loco then just use filler and forget it. Having said that take heart, I think the only main reason it didn't work was not enough clamps. It does get easier, honest
  13. wasn't that done more professionally and in great detail by Portillo or some other presenter years ago? All I can say is that Snow's pension can't be good when he lowers himself to this level for a quick buck, demeaning. It is not that it was awful it is just that there wasn't any wet paint available. But I'll watch the next episode, I enjoy torture, just in the hope it improves. Though with a focus on Class 37s I doubt for it. Highlight was Class 66, Lowlights attempt to make science up and the hand-overs. As some one who spotted for a very short while in the late 50's (I past through most hobbies during that time even car number plates and matchbox labels) spotting steam was so much more fun than could ever be had from spotting variants on the boxes of today.
  14. Interesting idea though I'm not sure about the domestic's view on use of an oven exposed to fumes from fluxes. I don't get much of a problem with laminating parts and for small items really prefer higher temperature solders. Nothing worse than laminating a grill on the side of a body then have it slide as the body is soldered up. Not quite sure about the slow cooling idea though. I was always told don't open the oven door while cooking as you will let all the heat out. I believe that brass loses temperature very quickly.
  15. I think I have just lost my sight, and the 2mm signal box interior just confirms it. The photos are so enlarged the detail looks bigger than reality. The 4mm were struggle enough while being very impressive but 2mm ... incredible detail.
  16. I don't see it as either political or operational. To me it looks like the fault of the unions and staff not to implement practices and the management biting off more than they were able to provide. For both reasons the poor customer pays the penalty. There is congestion at peak periods that is simply unmanageable. That was present log before any dispute. The dispute just has added to it and made the suffering public even worse. I don't think either side has the high ground here and perhaps a more realistic timetable is what is required. Along with a more realistic approach by the travelling public. Rail travel is relatively cheap and subsidised the result is overcapacity you can only provide a service within the physical limit of the system. I am certainly no advocate of any form of nationalisation but I also don't think the existing franchise system works well either. The unions also just get in the way being totally obstructive and looking only to the past, being old fashioned industry wide than specific to the company concerned.
  17. Kenton

    EBay madness

    So what? I am not aware of tension lock couplings on British stock either. Yet somehow this remains perfectly acceptable for modellers to use in selling British outline models. It is someone's idea of a model - they are all simply toys, who are we to judge. Don't like it then don't buy it. I won't and you probably won't and my decision will not be based on the couplings because I cannot be a hypocrite by purchasing a loco from Hornby et al.
  18. That is very true. Just like the banks and PPI. and look where that left us, everyone claiming and the banks paying out regardless of the stupidity of those who did no read the small print.
  19. I was there a few weeks ago. The scenery doesn't change much it was still quite spectacular. Still quite a lot of snow around and the waterfalls in full flood as it was an unusually warm week. Main objective was further north but most of the peaks were too dangerous due to avalanches. So had some time to spare for Flaam and Bergen. Although railway link is tentative bordering on holiday snaps. The railway truly is quite spectacular especially at the higher part where it loops back on itself inside and on the side of the mountain. If you get to Begen the cable car to the top is worth a trip though on this day the weather had turned and it was windy, wet and a little cooler. (Note model railway link) Bucket lists are just like kit stashes completing them before you die is about as unlikely. Too many. Not many of mine are railway related though.
  20. and who needs the extra expense and complexity. Radio Control :no: This is a basic indoor small and really simple layout in DC not even in DCC. Let's not force the OP to fly by jumping out the window before he can learn to walk. All wiring issues are resolvable it is the way that it is approached that gets people in a tizz.
  21. Kenton

    EBay madness

    So? photographer forgot to tun off the date setting. I cannot see anything mad either about the item. Clearly states that they are tarnished. 14 sheets (even with some parts missing) could possibly weight 6Kg - we don't know the size of the sheets or their thickness ... or the accuracy of the scales The starting price could be lower but there is nothing really daft about it. I am curious too as I cannot make out the "carriages". A term often used by "dealers" / non-railway modellers to describe everything fro a locomotive to just about anything model railway related. This one just might end up in the "Good buy from ebay" topic
  22. Kenton

    MRJ 248

    A little unfairly I believe. I guess this will be removed as well. I did not see it as an argument just a discussion. I am of course disappointed on the censorship on this topic. Have things got so bad here that MRJ cannot be commented on unless we are fawning to it? I am well aware that there are members of RMWeb who contribute to MRJ. I am not aiming to upset anyone and would hope they they can be accepting of fair comment on their articles. Though in this case the comments were more aimed at the editorial decisions being made at MRJ than the specific content. The regular MRJ topics usually descend into a "why have I not got my copy" banter (mea culpa) rather than any comment on actual content. My original post was very much a critique on content as presented in the OP. In particular the number of pages devoted to "old" layouts in MRJ and in general the trend away from "how to do it". I believe that this is a very fair comment to make. As we know there is no MRJ forum or even internet presence, another regular criticism of MRJ on these topics. There is in fact very little recourse or opportunity to provide feedback to MRJ. A letter expressing such concerns will never going to be published, if indeed it is even read. I accept that Andy's decision to moderate this topic in the way he chooses, probably deleting this post as well. It just seems more like censorship of open and justified opinion and comment than evidenced on other far more contentious topics. I have every issue from No 0 and like many railway modellers eagerly await its release to the public. It probably has never contained everything I want in one issue, and there have been a few issues that contain nothing of my interest. I guess that is in common with most readers. But as I indicated in my first (now censored) post the number of pages dedicated over 3 issues to one "old" layout is excessive. Perhaps it is a problem with MRJ not receiving enough article from the modelling world (I actually don't know) or a reflection on the editors that they are looking to the past rather than the future (again, I don't know). What I do know is what makes MRJ great. Concentrating on the "how to", staying away from the usual fest of the other magazines (latest RTR reviews; little but layouts; general news features), the non accusational style that simply presents all gauges and scales without trying to make converts.
  23. Rule 1 still applies IRJ on both frog rails. (not required with insulfrogs) DC ? I don't quite see the relevance here as that top area looks like it is a MPD or just the place where you might like to park up a spare loco or two. Just because you can't run two locos on DC (on a small layout) doesn't mean you might not want 2 or more in occupation.
  24. Not as straightforward as claimed. Not only a watertight case but you have to pay for the pleasure. You will eventually get your costs back (they are now very limited as what is an eligible cost) ONLY if you WIN the case. You are up to vagaries of the system and to the person acting as judge. A single individual who can have some rather odd ideas of fairness. The system can take a ridiculous period of time to process and despite the "claims" that you do not need a solicitor it is very difficult to argue your case on points of law and even the court rules without one. (even then such cases are seen as fodder for novice solicitors. I have had experience from both sides. One case took over 18 months to be finalised (the litigant used every excuse under the sun including 3 holidays, sickness, death in family and even inability to attend hearing due to car in garage) She failed in just about every rule in the book (it is available online) even failed to pay the court fees. The case was struck off twice for failing to pay and failing to send requested documents. Each time she appealed the striking off (turning up at hearings and then sobbing to the (female) judge that she was stress/in poor health/being bullied. In each hearing her excuse was upheld with another demand for payment or presentation of documents. Eventually the case went in front of a more senior and experienced (male) judge and my defence of the original case was upheld. (The contract was inadequate, the services quoted in the contract were not performed. She didn't get her extra payment and had the pleasure of having to pay all her costs. A second case went in my favour over £7K of accountancy and tax work unpaid plus all the cost and hassle of taking him to court all for no good outcome. I won, he declared bankruptcy. Without a certainty of winning (and realism) the small claims court is a bit of a waste of space and not worth the stress and effort required to pursue one. What little advice I had from Citizen's Advice was inadequate with the exception of employ a solicitor but remember you will only get that cost back if you win and the defendant is able to pay it. Some judgements can be in the form of drip-drip payments because the defendant may claim they are only able to pay back at some silly amount (eg £1) per week. And don't forget if you are taking on a big institution or company they have deeper pockets than you and can employ better legal represention.
  25. I know I have this fascination for track plans but now have a serious sore neck and still can't quite make it out (at least I'm now following the topic)
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