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by Mike Parkes
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: Hornby face mask!
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Hornby face mask!

Commercialism making money at any opportunity - my local bus company is selling reuseable face coverings for almost a quarter of the price with the profits going to NHS charities.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Freesat. Box
Replies: 35
Views: 539

Re: Freesat. Box

Latest freesat boxes (not Humax) https://www.freesat.co.uk/get-freesat
by Mike Parkes
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: Any DCC decoders to avoid?
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Any DCC decoders to avoid?

To answer the question any nearly all by Hornby as they are too basic for the price charged and their have been compatibility issues in the past. The Sapphire is fine but far too expensive unless you find it seriously reduced. The 4 pin is unique to Hornby and the solution is either is wire a differ...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Rails of Sheffield
Replies: 22
Views: 1620

Re: Rails of Sheffield

Derails have posted out a newsletter saying they will be upping their Hornby orders. I do not really get the pre-order system unless its for an item that is really limited in supply, particularly on a new model that is of unknown accuracy etc.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Damaged transfers on locos
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Damaged transfers on locos

You need a modelling varnish, enamel or acrylic, sold by the likes of Humbrol. Matts can be awkward and dry with white shades. Enamels need the appropriate thinners possibly for thinning but certainly for cleaning brushes. Acrylics can dry too quickly but brushes can be cleaned with water. Do you ha...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Damaged transfers on locos
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Damaged transfers on locos

Older than that, made 1976-1978. Suspect possibly a satin varnish would be the best match if you want to protect the transfers. Alternatively given the number was carried only between 1942 and 1946 a gloss coat on the numbers alone would represent that bit of the loco has having been cleaned to show...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Damaged transfers on locos
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Damaged transfers on locos

Hornby locos of that age were coloured plastic with a clear lacquer applied to them so t cutting may not be the best thing. Equally most water slide transfers applied will show a carrier film around them - you need a gloss finish ideally and then seal the transfer in place with further varnish(es) w...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Manufacturers Wish List
Topic: Manufacturer "drawings"
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Manufacturer "drawings"

The only variation in UK set track radii was its description changed from imperial to metric but the actual track pieces remained unaltered.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Which loco do I buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: Which loco do I buy?

Alternative locos in terms of industrial locos would be a) Hattons Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST https://hattons.co.uk/stocklist/siteresults.aspx?searchfield=barclay b) Hornby Peckett B2 0-6-0ST (R3693-R3695, new versions to come R3576,R3577) c) Hornby Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel (current model R3577 Oxfordshire...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Which loco do I buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: Which loco do I buy?

Is your "tiny Peckett" the 0-4-0SST or the 0-6-0ST - 0-4-0s and dead/insulfrog points do not really go well together, even if it runs okay initially the plastic frog on Peco points which I assume you are using does have a habit over time of rising up slightly. I would spend any monies you have at th...