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19 hours ago, thetalkinlens said:

Can anyone offer advice on fitting the supplied 3 link coupling? I can't for the life of me see a brake in the chain link to fit it through the hole on the hook.

I cheated and secured it with a dab of superglue on top of the hook and over the hole. Can’t tell without the +2.00 ‘readers’ on :blind:

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Very, very carefully snip through the middle of the soft plastic top of the hole in the hook once using Xurons or wire cutters. You will then be able to 'snap' the wire coupling loop into the hole and the 'cut' should close over it for safe retention in the correct orientation.

         Hope this helps,

 

                                Regards,

                                                    John

                                              

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Thanks for replies @Brit70053 and @MikeParkin65. I thought the hook was metal on first glance, but have realised its plastic. The rear hook released itself from the tender very easily while I was attempting to fit the links. I'd like to run the loco with three link couplings rather than the tension locks, so will have to investigate fitting some metal hooks.

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Looking for advice for a not so good runner. Every rotation, there is a slight slowdown, followed by a small speed increase.

This happens at the spot where the connecting rod on the left wheels is on the down (six o' clock) position, and the right hand one at the back or three o' clock. 

If i drive backwards, it is with the left hand wheels in the back or 9 o'clock and right wheels with the rod in the top position.

When  I disconnect them, there seems to be no problem at all.

 

Any ideas?

 

 

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On 18/02/2022 at 16:29, Johan DC said:

Looking for advice for a not so good runner. Every rotation, there is a slight slowdown, followed by a small speed increase.

This happens at the spot where the connecting rod on the left wheels is on the down (six o' clock) position, and the right hand one at the back or three o' clock. 

If i drive backwards, it is with the left hand wheels in the back or 9 o'clock and right wheels with the rod in the top position.

When  I disconnect them, there seems to be no problem at all.

 

Any ideas?

 

 

I'm a little confused (not hard to do - not your fault!) by your description of the problem but the most common faults to date have been the rods making contact with the steps  mid way along the footplate and the rear sandpipes fouling the rail or sleepers. The pickups can also make either poor contact with the wheels or conversely be misaligned with the backs of the wheels and impede motion by getting trapped in the spokes. Have you tried running it with the body removed? 

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22 hours ago, MikeParkin65 said:

I'm a little confused (not hard to do - not your fault!) by your description of the problem but the most common faults to date have been the rods making contact with the steps  mid way along the footplate and the rear sandpipes fouling the rail or sleepers. The pickups can also make either poor contact with the wheels or conversely be misaligned with the backs of the wheels and impede motion by getting trapped in the spokes. Have you tried running it with the body removed? 

Sorry for the confusion, might be my limitation of knowing the correct English terms. I tried it with the body removed, because I also thought it was the steps. It had the problems with the contacts as wel, but if I run it without them, it still happend. If I disconnect the driving rods, the geardriven axle has no problem, but when I only add the front axle to it (leaving the middle one out) it happens again. I haven't tried it yet with only the driven and Middle axle yet.  I'll try to make a video later this weekend. Thanks already for the help!

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From your description Johan it sounds as though there might be a problem with the 'quartering' - the  angle which the wheels are set in relation to each other on the opposite sides of the loco. If this isn't consistent across all axles then there will be a tight spot on each revolution of the wheels with the side rods on, but with the rods off the problem will disappear.

 

I haven't had to deal with this problem on an Oxford Rail loco but have come across it on older Hornby and Bachmann locos. The remedy is to identify which pair of wheels has the inconsistency and adjust them by twisting gently. If you're not confident of doing this it might be better to return the model and ask for a replacement.

 

It could also be possible that one of the pins that hold the rods in place has not gone in at 90 degrees to the face of the wheel which would give the same problem.

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On 26/02/2022 at 10:12, Neil said:

From your description Johan it sounds as though there might be a problem with the 'quartering' - the  angle which the wheels are set in relation to each other on the opposite sides of the loco. If this isn't consistent across all axles then there will be a tight spot on each revolution of the wheels with the side rods on, but with the rods off the problem will disappear.

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 The remedy is to identify which pair of wheels has the inconsistency and adjust them by twisting gently. If you're not confident of doing this it might be better to return the model and ask for a replacement.

Hello Neil,. 

It was indeed the quartering. Lesson learned, and more importantly, problem fixed.

 

I used to send faulty stock back (well, only once had a problem with an A4 and got great service from Rails) but since Brexit this really is not an option anymore. I even try to buy in French, Dutch or German shops to avoid the extra cost and shipping time. 

Thanks a lot, much apreciated! 

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Hello Johan I'm glad to hear that the problem is now fixed. I can sympathise with the Bexit issues, I've found it noticeably more complex sending stuff to the EU and I know that there are extra charges for the recipient but until now I hadn't considered how it would affect returning goods that weren't satisfactory. 

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I was having a closer look at the LNER lined 1214 in my local model shop today and it occurred to me that the lining out was pretty close, if not the same as N.E.R. 1904 - 1917 period livery for freight loco's as carried by 2392 in preservation. The model also has "Class P3" on the bufferbeam. Reasonably acceptable backdating could only involve N.E.R. letting on the tender and a numberplate on the cabsides unless I'm thinking a bit too simply?

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I've been working on my Oxford J27. What a delightful model it is.

 

I'll write a blog entry later but here's a teaser snap.. 

 

Caley tastic!

 

Finished as 65802 of Percy Main depot. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark

 

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