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Old 18-12-2017, 05:19 PM   #1
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Hi All,
I'm modelling the London Underground, and as such I'm using mostly kits. Having done some electrical testing I also found that the trains have a tendency to become derailed quite easily. (I'm using hand built kits and converted EFE stock). As all the track is laid flat and in pretty good shape I think its the fact that the stock is all quite light.
Does anybody know the best thing to use for weights and where to get it?
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Old 18-12-2017, 05:48 PM   #2
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A few things can be used depending on size and shape it needs to fit into.
Liquid lead is little lead balls which will roll into place on the model, hence the name. It is usually used with model yachts and boats so this is the cheapest place it can normally be found.
Blue tack or plasticine or even playdough can be used, so can offcuts of rail etc. Blue tack does have a decent weight to it.
Lead wheel weights have also been used.
Basically anything heavy.
If using a material like liquid lead or lead in general, never use PVA glue as over time the glue and lead reacts and expands, and ten years down the line the locos body will start to bulge or miss shape.
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Ive use old car wheel balance weights cut to suitable sizes. Got mine free from a local tyre retailer/repairer.
Lead can also be obtained (not from the church roof though!) especially if you know a roofer or builder. .
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Thanks guys.
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You could also try lead curtain weights - plenty available on Ebay.
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Or fishing weights, they're pretty small I think.
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