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Forum: Track Layout & Design 10-12-2017, 07:34 PM
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Posted By Mike Parkes
Do you have the 009 stock and are the locos...

Do you have the 009 stock and are the locos fitted with a decoder? It may be awkward to fit a decoder and it might in such circumstances be best to keep the 009 on 12v dc.
Forum: Announcements & Notices 10-12-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By Mike Parkes
I have a number of Skaledale and Bachmann...

I have a number of Skaledale and Bachmann Scenecraft items all bought at cheap prices either as sale / clearance stock or second hand, and not necessarily used as intended - the central structure of...
Forum: Announcements & Notices 09-12-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By Mike Parkes
The Hornby catalogue of old was collectable,...

The Hornby catalogue of old was collectable, recent ones have been nothing more than printed out pages made of the same images on-line with little if anything of added info. Complete waste of 10...
Forum: Announcements & Notices 08-12-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By Mike Parkes
or look at www.hornby.com - will save you 9.99

or look at www.hornby.com - will save you 9.99
Forum: DCC 04-12-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By Mike Parkes
Some decoders do not have an analogue mode- for...

Some decoders do not have an analogue mode- for example early versions of Bachmanns 6 pin decoder
Forum: DCC 01-12-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By Mike Parkes
I do not disagree but you can do that with an...

I do not disagree but you can do that with an analogue Cobalt, you do not need a digital one.
Forum: DCC 24-11-2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By Mike Parkes
I honestly struggle with what on earth the...

I honestly struggle with what on earth the benefits are of those Alpha parts. At the end of the day the Cobalt IP will work off your dcc handset so their is no need for any switches to make it work....
Forum: DCC 20-11-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By Mike Parkes
All correct bar the third from the left of the...

All correct bar the third from the left of the photo which is not needed unless you have located it deliberately for some non shorting reason
Forum: DCC 19-11-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By Mike Parkes
One thing I have noted with Cobalts is the...

One thing I have noted with Cobalts is the plastic guide that you move to adjust the extent of movement is not very resistant and consequently once you have got the throw correct its best to put a...
Forum: DCC 18-11-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By Mike Parkes
Also on DCC unless the point motor has a decoder...

Also on DCC unless the point motor has a decoder built in (like the Cobalt IP digital I suggested) you need to factor in the cost of an accessory decoder module. There is a cheaper Cobalt digital but...
Forum: DCC 18-11-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 855
Posted By Mike Parkes
Have to agree with Tinker - Cobalts. You will...

Have to agree with Tinker - Cobalts. You will need to remove the overcentre spring from the points as the Cobalt provides the appropriate force in holding the point in place. Go for the IP Digital...
Forum: Other 12-11-2017, 11:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By Mike Parkes
I take it as you have 4 working then you are...

I take it as you have 4 working then you are connecting the wires correctly. On Peco prewired motors the common is green whereas on Hornbys it is black. Still do not understand how you can get an...
Forum: Other 12-11-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By Mike Parkes
Try testing the point motor directly with two...

Try testing the point motor directly with two wires from a 16v ac supply. Difficult to understand how with one wire connected it can be causing a short.
Forum: DCC 11-11-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Parkes
Is it a Silver definitely?; Lenz decoders tend to...

Is it a Silver definitely?; Lenz decoders tend to look the same.
Forum: DCC 09-11-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Parkes
Paul. I would suggest its worth considering...

Paul. I would suggest its worth considering purchasing a SPROG which will allow you to read back CVs via your computer using JMRIs decoder pro. That software program takes away all the mystery of CVs...
Forum: DCC 07-11-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Parkes
I agree it looks like an early Bachmann decoder -...

I agree it looks like an early Bachmann decoder - has very little in the way of CVs and relatively useless as a result IME
Forum: General Modelling 04-11-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By Mike Parkes
https://www.dapol.co.uk/c017-signal-gantry-546 ...

https://www.dapol.co.uk/c017-signal-gantry-546

However as the toolings are now well over 50 years old Dapol are having to use a relatively soft plastic so if you can get hold of an Airfix kit you...
Forum: General Modelling 03-11-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By Mike Parkes
Train Tech make a colour light signal kit that is...

Train Tech make a colour light signal kit that is non working
"Basic Signal kit with 2, 3, 4 aspect heads
SK1 Plastic kit and post - no LED"...
Forum: DCC 31-10-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 168
Posted By Mike Parkes
Suggest you apply a dc supply direct to the motor...

Suggest you apply a dc supply direct to the motor terminals to check the motor and mechanism works okay
Forum: General Modelling 30-10-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 301
Posted By Mike Parkes
Agreed - looks right now. Might be worth emailing...

Agreed - looks right now. Might be worth emailing the photos to Grimy Times. At worst they will ignore your email:mad:, at best they may offer a partial refund:) so nothing to lose :cool:
Forum: Track Layout & Design 29-10-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By Mike Parkes
Have bought it from WH Smith and Asda in the...

Have bought it from WH Smith and Asda in the past. Not looked for any recently however.
Forum: General Chat 29-10-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 605
Posted By Mike Parkes
At two foot wide you cannot have a continuous run...

At two foot wide you cannot have a continuous run in OO so it will have to end to end - if its largely going to be shunting / fiddle to branch terminus consider O gauge instead. Lots of ready to run...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 29-10-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 295
Posted By Mike Parkes
The loco might get up but hauling a load of...

The loco might get up but hauling a load of wagons may be another matter.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 29-10-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By Mike Parkes
You could try a super glue with rubber in it such...

You could try a super glue with rubber in it such as Loctite Super Glue Ultra

http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/sg_ug_cntrl/overview/Loctite-Super-Glue-ULTRA-Gel-Control.htm
Forum: General Modelling 26-10-2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 383
Posted By Mike Parkes
Bit puzzled why the ventilators on the 122 have...

Bit puzzled why the ventilators on the 122 have darkened areas around them, they are not diesel exhausts.
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