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by Mike Parkes
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: mainline/bachmann manor class dcc conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: mainline/bachmann manor class dcc conversion

IIRC the Mainline Manor has a white plastic pod mounted motor with metal contact strips across it from a bolt to the metal casing of the brush holder. You need to break those contacts, possibly the easiest would be piece of plastic card on the brush end of the metal strips with further metal strips ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

The Hattons ones look far better than Hornbys IMO. I doubt such coaches would have been teak finished and more likely painted brown by the LNER; indeed Hattons are intending to offer their LNER ones in brown. Hornby have changed the Transport for Wales Mk4s so the catalogue is already incorrect, The...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

And the small Tillig double slip can fit into a Hornby/Peco Setrack plan using R610s and ST203s to fill in plus a length of Tillig pieces in this examples. There is a slight overwide distance between the rails caused by the R610s on either side of the double slip and again the better, cheaper soluti...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

The Tillig 85391 is longer overall ; 276mm along the straight routes and the curve is 1050mm radius; the Peco one is 249mm overall and the curve is 610mm radius. They do make a smaller 85390 which is 228mm along the straight routes and the curve is 484mm radius which is roughly midway between UK 2nd...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

A setrack double slip is not that easy to design as each of the four tracks need to be straight and then the diverging route curve away. I bought a HO one that was advertised as having a radii roughly equivalent to Hornby/Peco 2nd radius but that was taken overall and the curved parts are akin to 1s...
by Mike Parkes
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

Would expect the HD MN is the diecast body on the existing Hornby MN chassis - the tender is plastic so no doubt the existing MN tender or a variation of it. Due June apparently.
by Mike Parkes
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

yelrow wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:20 pm BB, agree it will be 2 rail, but it appears to have the 3 rail body, as again, they appear to still have the tooling.
Its a new tooling.
by Mike Parkes
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: 2021 Releases
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: 2021 Releases

Passenger trains often were rarely uniform so a rake assembled from both Hattons & Hornby 4/6 wheelers would be perfectly reflective of what actually occurred (assuming same liveries are available).
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: budget decoders
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: budget decoders

If they are older locos it will be important to find out the stall current and ensure whatever decoder you fit has a max current rating in excess.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: budget decoders
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: budget decoders

Lenz standards are a good 8 pin decoder from around £18.50 and have a 10 year warranty. TCS offer a one year goof proof warranty (i.e no matter how stupid you have been they will replace it) Zimo have a two year warranty.