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Forum: Product Review 17-04-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Mike Parkes
The advantage of the Peco Pins is the minimal...

The advantage of the Peco Pins is the minimal hole they make in the sleeper. If you are going to glue ballast the track then it only needs to be pinned in place until the glued ballast dries and then...
Forum: OO Scale 16-04-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 145
Posted By Mike Parkes
A Kadee No 5 can be too short for UK stock due to...

A Kadee No 5 can be too short for UK stock due to the buffers. A long shank Kadee is better as the draft box can then be hidden better rather than having to stick out beyond the buffer beam to...
Forum: N Gauge 14-04-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 204
Posted By Mike Parkes
How well you get on with them depends on your...

How well you get on with them depends on your baseboard as they are easily bent. If you intend to glue ballast the track then their is no need to push them fully in as once you have done the...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 14-04-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By Mike Parkes
Cobalts work off dc not ac and have a stall...

Cobalts work off dc not ac and have a stall mechanism so you apply the dc + - to change in one direction and then -+ to change in the opposite direction . The dc supply is connected to terminals 1...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 11-04-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By Mike Parkes
Think Thinker is describing a fitting a solenoid...

Think Thinker is describing a fitting a solenoid underneath. Cobalts are very easy to fit underneath as the operating rod comes (or can be set to a ) central position. Drill the hole under the point...
Forum: OO Scale 11-04-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 117
Posted By Mike Parkes
Its a BR Mk1 - a type that current new models are...

Its a BR Mk1 - a type that current new models are made by Bachmann and Hornby. Needs a Brake coach not a Brake van unless you are running it as an empty coach being moved somewhere probably for...
Forum: OO Scale 09-04-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 229
Posted By Mike Parkes
The 158 does not have traction tyres - it does...

The 158 does not have traction tyres - it does has a central motor driving the bogies - could be part of the drive mechanism has become dislodged?
Forum: General Modelling 08-04-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By Mike Parkes
Its not so much a case of putting a motor in as...

Its not so much a case of putting a motor in as making a completely new chassis. Various have been marketed over the years but the cost is pretty prohibitive these days, by the time you have bought...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 02-04-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 548
Posted By Mike Parkes
Going by the age of the curves you have I suspect...

Going by the age of the curves you have I suspect they may be steel rail not nickle silver which is likely to give you all sorts of problems in the atmosphere of a shed as corrosion sets in. Also...
Forum: OO Scale 01-04-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
You can see one of mine in action in this youtube...

You can see one of mine in action in this youtube video starting at 31:10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkiqiXpAeL0 - the hesitation mid way though was down to a fault with the point rather than...
Forum: OO Scale 01-04-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
With regard to the damaged bufferbeam it looks as...

With regard to the damaged bufferbeam it looks as if the buffer section has pushed it in slightly - I would try to straighten it without applying too much force and then give it a wash of liquid poly...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 01-04-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 548
Posted By Mike Parkes
The wider spacing on Hornby track is allow for...

The wider spacing on Hornby track is allow for the curves and the overhangs of rolling stock going round them and if using Peco a wider spacing than 50mm will probably be needed on curves.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 31-03-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By Mike Parkes
Fix the black wire to one side of the supply and...

Fix the black wire to one side of the supply and just touch the other side of the supply to one, or other, of the other wires to test. Oddly for solenoids the power can be applied permanently as the...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 31-03-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By Mike Parkes
Black should be the common - the others throw...

Black should be the common - the others throw the point section one way or another. Oddly 14v, ac or dc.
Forum: OO Scale 31-03-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
On the issue of postage Royal Mail will only...

On the issue of postage Royal Mail will only provide 50 cover for second class or first class signed for. Given the seller expects the model to sell for more than that the postage via Royal Mail...
Forum: OO Scale 31-03-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
The Hornby 3MT is a 1960s model that is likely...

The Hornby 3MT is a 1960s model that is likely not to work well on current Peco (for example) points as the flanges on the wheels are to deep - at best it may bounce over the frog , at worse it will...
Forum: General Chat 29-03-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 356
Posted By Mike Parkes
The general problem with Dapol products is their...

The general problem with Dapol products is their short production runs often never repeated meaning spares are very limited. And when they are repeated they are not necessarily exactly the same; I...
Forum: General Chat 28-03-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 356
Posted By Mike Parkes
Quite remarkable given Dapol have shoved...

Quite remarkable given Dapol have shoved servicing off to a third party.
Forum: DCC 28-03-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 227
Posted By Mike Parkes
IME running solenoid point motors direct off 16v...

IME running solenoid point motors direct off 16v ac leads to a lot of buzzing noises whereas you get a single thud from a CDU operated solenoid which is a lot more assuring that the point has...
Forum: OO Scale 27-03-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
Probably to best to decide where the layout is in...

Probably to best to decide where the layout is in the country as that will affect the loco choice, make a list of locos that fit in well and keep on eye on sale offers as well as second hand. Off...
Forum: DCC 27-03-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 227
Posted By Mike Parkes
There is not much to a CDU and if you are adapt...

There is not much to a CDU and if you are adapt at electronic soldering they can be put together for very little cost. I have one fitted in the earthed metal box with the transformers that is around...
Forum: OO Scale 26-03-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,336
Posted By Mike Parkes
There are some pretty shocking locos on Hattons...

There are some pretty shocking locos on Hattons web site fit only for stripping for spares or possibly with another cobbling together a half decent loco from the two.
Worth looking at sale offers,...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 25-03-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By Mike Parkes
Anyrail has Tillig parts. Track...

Anyrail has Tillig parts. Track Libraries>HO>Tillg>HO Tillig Elite if you to want to try the single slip on your plan. Tillig track is also sold by Hattons, Buffers and Conrad but they none of...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 25-03-2018, 01:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By Mike Parkes
Tllig 85396 is similar ...

Tllig 85396 is similar
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/49419/85396-Tillig-Elite-DIY-Single-slip-w-Outside-slip-blades-EKW

(Not sure why Kernow have DIY in the description - Tillig do...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 25-03-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By Mike Parkes
If you want to recreate it and lack the skills to...

If you want to recreate it and lack the skills to make the pointwork yourself it will be available from a maker of custom track such as Marcways who will make in whatever code of rail you prefer. As...
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