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by Mike Parkes
Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Hornby
Topic: Hornby and the price increase.
Replies: 72
Views: 1897

Re: Hornby and the price increase.

I suspect that the Hornby stuff that’s seeing big price reductions is being discontinued. I say that, because a couple of websites that I looked at for my coaches flagged them as being discontinued. That could be wrong, of course. It could just be a clearance of slow-selling items, but if that is t...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: Hornby and the price increase.
Replies: 72
Views: 1897

Re: Hornby and the price increase.

Coming back to Sam’s Trains, his latest review that I mentioned earlier did highlight just how poor a couple of recent Bachmann locos. were. Engines that needed a helping hand to get across points, or that were seen spinning their wheels tying to pull three passenger coaches does make me wonder jus...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Hornby
Topic: Hornby and the price increase.
Replies: 72
Views: 1897

Re: Hornby and the price increase.

It was all messy due to Dapol copying toolings so what Hornby got in 1996 was a mixture of former Airfix toolings and Dapols copies along with most of Dapols own models. The conflat and container sold by Hornby is the 1978 Airfix conflat tooling with the container being a Dapol copy ; the 1978 Airfi...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Sale time?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Sale time?

Kernow have a constant bargains page - some of the stuff there has been there for ages. Other retailers have sales at often irregular intervals. Currently ones at https://www.modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk/ and https://www.themodelcentre.com/ and probably others
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show & Tell
Topic: What type of coupling is this please, and where can I find a couple?
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: What type of coupling is this please, and where can I find a couple?

Those will fit the socket - its a Airfix originated socket type which passed to Dapol when they acquired the Airfix toolings in the mid 1980s and to Hornby in the mid 1990s when Dapol sold most of them.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Aug 21, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08

The DP2X-UK is hardly any bigger than the blanking plug - its the one decoder that will fit a Hornby M7 without having to remove any weights although it does need in that case to be put in the wrong way round to get the body to fit back on - not an issue unless lights are also going to be fitted but...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08

The TCS DP2X-UK having rocketed in price in the last few years is now available direct from their new UK outlet at £21 (+ postage) for the basic version
https://uk.tcsdcc.com/dp2x-uk-ka/
by Mike Parkes
Thu Aug 19, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08

The Z360 looks very interesting, especially as it includes stay alive. Only if theres space for the stay alive, think I have only ever managed to fit one and that was not the 08. Not exactly keen on DCC Concepts decoders, the dumbed down instructions are too dumbed down IMO. The TCS DP2X-UK is desp...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08
Replies: 14
Views: 853

Re: Suitable decoder for Bachmann class 08

I have two - one has a TCS M1 in it which will have been hard wired, the other a direct fit DCC Concepts Z360 - I suspect it probably had a TCS DP2X-UK originally and the Z360 was fitted as it was too big for another loco,
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by Mike Parkes
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: airfix 0 4 2 tank
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: airfix 0 4 2 tank

The Airfix 14xx was designed to run with their own early DCC like system so is very easy to break the pick up to motor connection on it. The motor has to be removed and then the brush holders swopped round so that with the long prong that originally descended into the depths of the chassis is now on...