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  1. HELLO ALL,has any one ever attempted to recondition a lima motor ,any advise please

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    Good Afternoon All

    After 40 years I have finally started on building my long promised model railway in my retirement. They say you are never too old to start something and I am really enjoying it.

    I have a problem! IS there such a beast around as a Lima track conversion chart or can anybody point me in the direction of same? If I try Miss Google anymore I shall go insane. I know- it all depends on what you type as a question!!!

    All help shall be most gratefully received.

    My thanks to all who can help

    Gerry

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    An new to this!

    Sleaford MRC are building a layout based on Bantry Town C 1950's

    attached are some photos of progress

    Hope they are ok!

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    Hi, I have 300 euro to spend on a controller . I have a choice between the Hornby Elite and the Bachmann Dynamis. I have about ten locos. I would only run about two or three at a time. I would like to change the cv on some. I have read good and bad advice on both. Any advice on which one I should choose.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Controller.

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    Hi Folks!

     

    I have just opened my modern train layout webshop. I would appriciate if You just had a look and if You like something or You have questions let me know :)

    We sell: scenic materials, card and plastic kits, paints, trees, digital accessoires, tools, N, 00 scale.

     

     

    my email is address: gabemodels@gmail.com

     

    webshop: http://www.Gmodelscene.com

     

    Thank You!

  2. David Holman
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    Haven't done a blog for a while, but decided the trip to Cultra was worth it. Have been looking forward to it since I first got the invite over a year ago, though at times I will admit to questioning my own sanity! Nearly 1000 miles of driving, two ferry rides and four nights away - for just a one day show - certainly make you wonder. Equally, it is a chance to bring a properly broad gauge layout to its spiritual homeland, while the chance to exhibit in the truly wonderful venue that is Cultra all make it worth the effort. Am also looking forward to meeting some of the people on this website too & putting faces to names.

    As I've written before, a lot of preparation goes into any exhibition, so Arigna has been given the once over during the last couple of weeks. Tracking cleaning and dusting, plus servicing all the locos and stock. A couple of pick ups needed adjusting on the motive power, while one or two bits of scenery were freshened up as well.

    Whether everything will still be alright when I get there is another matter. By the time it gets unloaded and set up on Friday afternoon, the layout will have spent two nights and close to 500 miles in the back of my car, with the small matter of a couple of hours on the Holyhead - Dublin fast ferry as well. The BBC weather app on my phone has been checked several times daily over the last week - and so far all it has shown is that it is not exactly reliable.

    At first, Friday's crossing was looking fairly smooth, then got progressively rougher until on Tuesday it was showing 40mph gales off Holyhead. Seasickness is not something I usually suffer from, but my experience of fast ferry is that they bang and bounce across the waves, rather than roll - not exactly ideal for a car full of layout. Since then, things have improved a little, though the next problem seemed to be a full on 'soft day' in Belfast. Unloading a layout in pouring rain is not something to be enjoyed, but again [for now at least], the forecast has put the rain back till after 6pm. There are still two days for that to change, so for now, I will just have to cross everything, make sure everything is stowed properly and hope the weather and traffic gods are kind. For the latter, certainly glad I am not travelling today, or would be spending most of the day just getting out of Kent, if the traffic reports are anything to go by.

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    Hobby Build
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    I am presently building a ride on toy bus for my infant grandson and wish to paint it in the current Dublin Bus colours of Yellow, and both shades of Blue. I am looking for any information or advice out there on where to locate the precise shades of the three colours, and also any information regarding the best method to obtain the best paint finish. The material I'm using is almost all 10mm, 3/8" plywood.

     

    Thank you in anticipation!

  3. I had a very interesting weekend well Saturday anyway touring layouts at an informal American Railroaders convention in Auckland. We visited four layouts including our hosts N gauge.

     

    Second: A double and treble deck GNR layout in a converted double garage.

    The government owned NZR was very slow in completing rail links in Northland ferry sailings on Kaipara Harbour ceasing in the late 1940s when Dargaville was finally connected to the national network.

     

    Finally: How many modellers can fit into an isle on a classical multi-level American layout? [attachment=:name] Built on the ground floor of a split level house it almost qualifies as the classical American basement empire, while scenery is reasonably complete in the main area, the layout has extended into an adjoining workshop and into the area underneath a raised deck. Track is mainly handlaid.

     

    Smoothness of running without lurching through pointwork without hesitation or lurching was the most noticeable contrast between the two HO and the NZR layout thanks to matched NMRA track and wheel standards, in contrast to the Peco Universal points and wheels made to different manufacturers standards.

     

    The tour gave me a lot to think about including whether to build an American N gauge or Irish Narrow gauge layout in the garden shed as the space available is tight for a realistic Irish broad gauge layout in 21mm or 00.

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    I started to build my layout last year, It is based in the roof space, and is 10x16 feet in size.and is North /South Irish rail.I have to levels which are both connect by two single road inclines...After seeing all the super layouts and modelling on this great little site...I thought people might like a look at mine... It can be viewed on YouTube by typing in Maryville Junction..Sorry having never up loaded to the forum before I am at a loss on how to share video,s on here...any feed back would be appreciated....Cheers for now Geoff.....

  4. Before the Festivities really begin,I'd like to say thank for the warm welcome to your Talented Group(phenomenal layouts,no detail too small or large to tackle)and I take this opportunity to wish you all equally an incredible Christmas....with nice HO:OO or similar stocking fillers!!!Clive

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    I am having problems with a Belfast Model Shop class 201 decoder/sound card. The speed is fixed at a snails pace and I cannot achieve in increased activity. It's as if the loco is stuck on notch 1. Can anyone help?

    Many thanks

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    Erne Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition and Fair will be held on Saturday 20th September 2014.

     

    Opening time 10.00am to 5.00pm. at Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh.

     

    Lots of Traders attend.

     

    http://ernemrc.weebly.com/exhibition-2014.html

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    Kitchenerg
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    Work has been slow but nearly at the point of more photos. Have been making some old carriages, dromahair station house and intend to run an rpsi special with A class 39 over the route.

  5. A couple of pictures of my progress, I think I am reasonably happy with my progress but how far to take it! when does one say enough! The chimney does not really please me and the camera has shown a few flaws, the gap above the cylinders is the main offender.

    First time I have used my Iwatta airbrush,far to expensive but what a lovely tool to use.

    Credit has to go to Weshty for the buffer beam decals they really are very good.And Narrow Planet for the etched No; plates which are also very good. He has the information on file so if anyone else wishes Great Southern No;plates I am sure he will help and the price is very reasonable. I have no connection with Narrow Planet other than a customer.[attachment=:name]

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    Hi All.

    This is my first post on the Forum and I am new to the group. I am looking for some input. I have a 00 gauge layout in a 20x10 converted container. I am thinking of changing the layout plan as I am now going to model Irish railways. Initally when I put the baseboards down originally I put in a rectangle so the trains could run around in a loop. It isn't prototypical. On one side I have a through Terminus and on the other I have a country station. The other two sides have a mountain and a country scene. The four tracks run around and have slips to join them to each other.

     

    The problem I have is that I think I was too quick in getting track down and running trains for the sake of it. I left no area for a desk or bench to work on models. Although I have a lot of work done on it I wonder am I mad to change even though I know I need to.I didn't care about function or operation. Now that I understand a bit more about the hobby I know I need to change.

     

    I am asking for help in layout design. What works best. End to end or continuous. Are duck unders a good thing? What are the key features for an Irish based layout? I would like to have rises and falls in track and I would like to have the terminus and the country station. I want to have a farm scene and a nice town or village scene as well.

     

    Am I trying to get too much in? What should I be trying to fit in

     

    Any help or advise would be appreciated

     

    Thanks in advance

    Paudie

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    my new model layout with modern concrete bridge form germany as the blanch fly on

    the m50 maynooth sligo line

  6. Further work has been done on the GP40X from a previous blog Mainly detail wise.

     

     

     

     

     

    Next up was adding wipers to the cab. Athearn RTR locos (and some Genesis locos too) don't with wipers. I added some very fine Cannon ones here, which are put beside a hair so you can see how fine they are!

     

     

     

    Comparison with an Atlas loco. It's wipers seem very chunky in comparison. Maybe these Cannon ones could be nice fine replacements for 141s and 071s?

     

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    That's all for now, more detail and repowering to come!

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    Train model
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    Who's counting

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    Forthcoming Exhibition at Carrickfergus Town Hall & Civic Centre

     

    Saturday 25th August 10am to 6pm

     

    Sunday 26th August 1pm to 5 pm

     

    Free Admission

     

     

    themodelshop.ie will be there on Saturday 25th and we'll have some very special offers!!!-WATCH THIS SPACE...........:tumbsup:

     

    I did say watch this space:

     

    MM Class 201 Locomotives Special Offer for 1 day only Sat 25th August

    stg£110.00 each (Cash only-no credit cards)

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    :-bd

    Good afternoon happy modellers,

     

    Here is a simplified version of the GSWR signal,

     

     

     

     

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