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by Mike Parkes
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: Should you remove the TV suppression capacitor?
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Should you remove the TV suppression capacitor?

Have noted on some Bachmann models which have a number attached to the motor they act to retain the motor from physically turning within the body. Also on the Hornby Sentinels the capacitor is buried under the motor meaning a complete strip down of the model is necessary to remove it.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Model railway constructor magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 252

Re: Model railway constructor magazine

The one thing to watch with magazines they are often put together to a tight schedule and not everything in them is 100% accurate, I stopped buying Hornby Magazine due to the near continuous number of errors in prototypical articles by one particular author. MRCs last editor was Chris Leigh who now ...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Layout Track & Design
Topic: Hornby Track Plans
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Hornby Track Plans

Have to agree with comments made earlier re the overlarge number of points and lack of adequate siding length, bear in mind a R601 (Peco ST201) directly off a point is only sensibly going accommodate the equivalent of a single coach. Its as if its designed for someone merely using 0-4-0s and 4 wheel...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: DCC chips and their pin configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: DCC chips and their pin configuration

Its sometimes almost simpler to hardwire - take the Hornby M7 for example, you can make space for a decoder in it as per the instructions by removing a weight which the loco really benefits from retaining. Otherwise using the socket a TCS DP2X-UK (a 8 pin direct fit decoder) will fit okay but needs ...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: The Real Thing
Topic: Thompson Class A2/3 on the Great Central
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Thompson Class A2/3 on the Great Central

Unlikely I would think apart from 500 at Marylebone for naming . As an alternative a couple of Peppercorn A1s crop up in The Last Years of the GC Mainline Robert Robotham Ian Allen 1986 ISBN 0 7110 1613 5; 60123 HA Ivatt with 3 coaches captioned as being the 1753 Sheffield Victoria-Leicester Central...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Announcements & Notices
Topic: Bachmann new releases
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Bachmann new releases

I have theory over Bachmanns pricing; they set the prices high but retailers typically knock 15% off whilst on Hornby new items 10% seems typical. Some always want the new release and will pay whatever so the smaller model shops benefit from high price sales with the greater mark up on the trade pri...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Heljan 00 Class 33 bits sought
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Heljan 00 Class 33 bits sought

Heljan have just changed their spare parts dealership to Gaugemaster but their will be a delay while they get everything sorted out before anything can be ordered.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Announcements & Notices
Topic: Bachmann new releases
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Bachmann new releases

Wow - competition must be running scared with this line-up........ I generally like Bachmann products, but in danger of losing ground with this complete non event. Bachmann have only announcing what they will release this Spring; they are going to make further announcements in due course for Summer...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Announcements & Notices
Topic: Bachmann new releases
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Bachmann new releases

They also confirmed the release this Spring of a number of previously announced models 2 x Earl 4-4-0s 31-086A 9018 BR Black and 31-090DS DCC Sound 3206 Earl of Plymouth GWR Green 2 x Director 4-4-0s 31-146A 62667 Somme BR lined black and 31-147DS DCC Sound GCR lined green 502 Zeebrugge 2x Class 24/...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Announcements & Notices
Topic: Bachmann new releases
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Bachmann new releases

?? There was an event today attended by a number of retailers etc and they have announced some previously unannounced reliveries and a new range of Bluebell Railway buildings https://www.bachmann.co.uk/hierarchy/ar ... uncements/