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  1. Not necessarily, the trick is to push them down into the baseboard. I have successfully done this, I drill through the baseboard and then push the magnets in. I then adjust by pushing them in further until they work perfectly!
  2. Hi Noel, If you use more magnets to create a bigger magnetic field they work better than the kadee magnet. I use 3mm dia neodymium magnets and they sit nicely between the sleepers. I find 6 or 8 in a row works well.
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    Torri Laser

    Nice find Paul, they do some nice stuff
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    Layout without a hinged section

    A lift up section is well worth doing. Yes it's a bit of a pain soldering track but once it's done you will be happy you did it. Most of the layouts I do that go around a room have a hinged lift up section. I wouldn't use copper clad sleepers, they can come away from the baseboard over time. I use brass screws, once soldered I trim them down to the width of the rail with a dremel then fill in the gap with sleepers. The best thing about using screws is once they are soldered to the rail they can't unscrew and come back out. Iv'e seen people use nails but they just come back out with expansion and contraction. Here's some pics of how I solder track across a baseboard joint, same principal applies for a lift up section. (There is a joint there, it's perfectly joined together!)
  5. Hi Guys, I have now developed a range of birch ply baseboards. They are incredibly strong and won't twist warp or sag. Ideal for exhibition use. The frame is 12mm and the cross braces are 9mm with a 6mm top. They are much more expensive than the standard MDF boards due to the cost of the birch ply and the additional time that goes into making them. I found that they are slightly heavier than the MDF boards, as birch ply is quite heavy!
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    The Fry Model Railway

    Hi Guys, I have been working on the Fry Model Railway with Fingal county council. As part of the museum they would like information and photos of the Fry Model Railway. They would like to hear personal stories and possibly use these with photos to tell the story of the Fry Model Railway. So if you don't mind sharing your memories and pictures please comment below!
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    RIP Eamon Kerney

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    Voltage too high?

    You can't read DCC on a multimeter. DCC is DC with a modified Bi Polar square wave alternating. It will give you a false reading. The only accurate way is an oscilloscope. It would be unusual for the prodigy to put that voltage out, it's factory set to 14.5 volts. Have you had problems with any other decoders? Hornby can be problematic. Are you sure the LED's were wired correctly and is the decoder able to cope with the additional load?
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    It amazes me they go to the trouble to fabricate steel to protect people from falling roof tiles rather than fix the roof! Iv'e seen this on a number of buildings around Offaly. They still won't stop roof tiles in high wind from hitting someone.
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    barrow street

    Absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is amazing. This layout was the talk of the show at Bangor over the weekend. Beautifully crafted, well done. Have you any plans to exhibit it?
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    North Down Model Show

    Model Rail Baseboards will be there. Drop by and say hello!
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    Track Cutting Razor Saw

    The best method is a dremel with a flexidrive and a thin cutting disc. I use an Aldi one and have had it in use for the last 6 years! I nearly splashed out on a new Dremel with all the bells and whistles but can't justify the cost against the cheap one. I use mine at least twice a week for nearly a day at a time building layouts.
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    Please vote for IRM!!

    Well done, an incredible achievement.
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    New Irish Lines

    I had a subscription but only got one copy
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    AddressPal - New Home Delivery option

    I use it too! I get most of my bits from the UK through it. Saves a fortune on postage.

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