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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #915 on: January 04, 2018, 10:08:22 am »
Hi John, yes the detailing is great, though apropos another thread here recently, I doubt I'll be fitting the myriad collection of teeny weeny detail parts included in each wagon box. Hoses, handles, etc, and with no schematic to show where they fit. Even with a magnifier my jittery hands will fail me, and anyway, they'll all fall off in time, especially when I re-box them.

Yes Mike. It's quite some time since I got mine so I had forgotten about the extra detailing items.
When they don't hinder operation I normally do fit them but in this case I obviously thought the same as you. There is plenty of detail on the vans without adding more.

Having some running problems, with one wagon squeaking from one of its axle boxes, and despite microdot of oil it's a little less than freewheeling even though there is free play. I figure it will run in.

In similar situations I find that a little dab of dry graphite in the axle box seems to do the trick. I bought a tube of the Woodland Scenics Hob-e-lube dry graphite some time ago and it has cured many a squeak. It has also very much improved the running qualities of some of my early Hobbytrain coaches which were very stiff.

Spreading Christmas trees aside, the SBB Muldenkippen derailed once or twice which seems to be due to a stiff rear bogie pivot. Running it in reverse shows no problems. I think it sticks on a bend so when the track straightens the coupling jams a little, thus a derail. Still checking it out.
Looking at mine I see that the bogie is attached with a push-fit plastic peg. Have you tried easing it out a little with a finger nail to give a bit more movement?
It's a pity that the wagons don't tilt like the real thing but I think they are still nice models especially now the price is a lot more sensible.
To further improve their looks (IMO) I made some removable rubble loads for my BLS wagons and ballast loads for the SBB ones.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #916 on: January 04, 2018, 12:24:43 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions John.  I'd forgotten about using graphite powder for the axle.(I forget when I forgot  ??? ) Oil clogs with dust easily, so I'll get the axle cleaned and use some graphite.

On the tipper, I'd noted the bogie mounting and thought it was push fitted over a pin mounted on the chassis, but of course a push in peg it is. I'll see if I can ease it out a tad - though I might have to wait a week or so til my nerve-chewed nails grow a bit! :D

I agree the wagons need loads. I'm thinking of simulated scrap metal in one, and maybe rubble in the other. (I already have ballast loads planned for some Liliput ballast wagons).

As you mention, the price is much more reasonable now, with MSL putting them out at Ä29.99, though the red Holcim version is still high priced. If I can swing it past the Chief Financial Officer  ;) I may end up with a short rake of them, though there are way too many new releases of both SBB and RhB items pending that might have to take precedence.

Now, where's that Lottery win when I need it? :hmmm:

 :beers:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #917 on: January 04, 2018, 03:27:14 pm »
As you mention, the price is much more reasonable now, with MSL putting them out at Ä29.99, though the red Holcim version is still high priced. If I can swing it past the Chief Financial Officer  ;) I may end up with a short rake of them, though there are way too many new releases of both SBB and RhB items pending that might have to take precedence.

Now, where's that Lottery win when I need it? :hmmm:

 :beers:

I have just been looking back through my records and when I bought the BLS set of 4 in December 2014 they were the equivalent of £123 from Menzels.
When they started selling them individually, as you say, they were 66 Euros or roughly twice the price!! I know that you often get a discount for buying more than one but that difference is ridiculous. :confused2:
I didn't buy the SBB wagons as a set and there was no way that I was going to pay 66 Euros so needless to say mine have been purchased at the much reduced current price. :)
John

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #918 on: January 06, 2018, 01:00:10 am »

On the tipper, I'd noted the bogie mounting and thought it was push fitted over a pin mounted on the chassis, but of course a push in peg it is. I'll see if I can ease it out a tad -

I eased mine out with a small amount of pressure no problem.

I bought one of the Blue RTS ones early in the piece as I had wanted one of the type for years, but I really wanted the grey SBB version, as a classic sight on Swiss lines.

I too have now got a rake of 4 due to the lowered price. I should never have bought the blue one really as it is out of place and was very poor VFM.

Worth remembering that the SBB grey ones can be used in small numbers (including as one segment of a general wagonload freight) so you don't need a huge rake.


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #919 on: January 06, 2018, 07:44:41 am »
That's good to know Gordon, thanks.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #920 on: January 08, 2018, 10:36:30 pm »
Just got back from a cracking Christmas holiday spent in the Rheintal - based at Koblenz.

For Christmas, my good lady wife managed to track down a set of coaches that, along with the OBB 4010/6010 Transalpin set, has long been on my wish-list.  Now, thanks to Arnold, I have the first 3 in a future rake of OBB Schlieren coaches!!!! And little beauties they are too!!!!  :heart2: :heart2:











Whilst in Koblenz, we came across a cracking model railway shop.  Had to restrain myself from buying rolling stock but succumbed to temptation by a few magazines...........



And on arrival back home this morning, this little loco was waiting on the door mat.....





Now to hunt down some more Schlierens......... I think a few more green and a rake of 6 Jaffa should just about do it!!!!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Carl - one happy modeller  :bounce:

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #921 on: February 17, 2018, 12:05:14 pm »
Nothing too exciting but I ran into them on sale at good price in the middle of Tokyo:


Arnold BR194 (2230) by Rail Squid, on Flickr


Roco BR144 (N23394) by Rail Squid, on Flickr

I am sure there are more recent models available, but the prototypes are way out of my preferred area (Berlin) so very much "Rule 1" purchases and (particularly in the case of the Arnold one) I'm quite fond of these old models which keep slugging away decade after decade.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #922 on: February 17, 2018, 12:20:19 pm »
The 'Thanks' button has been clicked to death again. So to @carlmt  @railsquid   :thankyousign: :greatpicturessign: :jealous:
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #923 on: February 17, 2018, 12:46:08 pm »
Two lots of thanks in the absence of the "Thanks" button.  I'd swear it gets taken down the pawn shop during difficult times ;)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #924 on: February 17, 2018, 09:06:42 pm »
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #925 on: February 17, 2018, 09:47:49 pm »
Nothing too exciting but I ran into them on sale at good price in the middle of Tokyo:

I am sure there are more recent models available, but the prototypes are way out of my preferred area (Berlin) so very much "Rule 1" purchases and (particularly in the case of the Arnold one) I'm quite fond of these old models which keep slugging away decade after decade.

Nice clean examples  - well found!

Just to note that the Roco loco is specifically a Br144.5 (very different body to the standard Br144 (Minitrix)

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« Reply #926 on: February 17, 2018, 09:52:36 pm »
Nothing too exciting but I ran into them on sale at good price in the middle of Tokyo:

I am sure there are more recent models available, but the prototypes are way out of my preferred area (Berlin) so very much "Rule 1" purchases and (particularly in the case of the Arnold one) I'm quite fond of these old models which keep slugging away decade after decade.

Nice clean examples  - well found!

Just to note that the Roco loco is specifically a Br144.5 (very different body to the standard Br144 (Minitrix)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #927 on: February 17, 2018, 10:01:42 pm »
So why canít we find similar models in UK??

Do the Japanese change models as often as their cars?.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #928 on: February 17, 2018, 10:32:52 pm »
So why canít we find similar models in UK??

Do the Japanese change models as often as their cars?.

It helps that the N gauge market is big enough to e.g. support a nationwide chain of shops selling only 2nd hand N gauge... German and US appear to be the most popular overseas countries modelled, most of my German stock has been acquired locally. British stuff is comparatively unusual, though I suspect a container of Lima N gauge washed up here about 1978 and its contents have been haunting the 2nd hand market ever since.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #929 on: February 18, 2018, 06:23:15 pm »
So why canít we find similar models in UK??


I see examples of these two models quite frequently on 2nd hand stalls in Britain.

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