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by HansvdL
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Japanese Micros
Replies: 17
Views: 2917

Thanks for sharing this, great find, particularly the DHR layout. I finally understand why people call the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway a "Toy train". :D Wonder how the loco got all the way to the top without a crew, and in particular without the two sanders up front. :wink: I think I reco...
by HansvdL
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Simulating wind on a layout
Replies: 10
Views: 3574

I like the idea of modelling the effects of wind on a layout, but I have serious doubts about using actual airflow to make it happen. Scaled down versions of everyday objects tend to move much faster in an airflow than the full sized object would. That would take away most of the realism. To obtain ...
by HansvdL
Sun May 01, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Birkenheuvel
Replies: 14
Views: 8188

Looks good Rob. Are you planning to "hide" the sector plate, or will it remain visible? I'm asking because I've got a (still very rudimentary) micro layout lying around that never got past the bare-track-on-bare-baseboard stage because I can't figure out how to hide my sector plate... I li...
by HansvdL
Sat May 22, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fleischmann Magic Train 2250 Dieselloco "LOLO"
Replies: 5
Views: 13866

Bottom motor bearing can be loose on Magic Train Lolo

When I removed the motor from my Magic Train Lolo during the DCC conversion, I noticed that the bottom bearing had come loose from the motor housing, and had dropped down onto the worm gear. This means that the motor shaft is only supported on one end. I don't know whether this has a noticeable infl...
by HansvdL
Sat May 22, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fleischmann Magic Train 2250 Dieselloco "LOLO"
Replies: 5
Views: 13866

I've just fitted an N scale DCC decoder to my second Magic Train Lolo diesel engine. Not surprisingly, it works well. :) I've mounted it in the small space between the ballast weight and the motor retaining clip. It's stuck to the side of the ballast weight with double sided adhesive tape. I've put ...
by HansvdL
Sat May 22, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Layout - green house Aalsmeer
Replies: 95
Views: 51935

Hi Erik, Your green house layout looks good. I hope to see it at a narrow gauge model railway exhibition here in The Netherlands, some time soon. Maybe at the Nederlandse Smalspoormodeldagen at the Nationaal Smalspoormuseum in Valkenburg (near Leiden), on 11 & 12 September 2010? By the way, wher...
by HansvdL
Thu May 13, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fleischmann Magic Train 2250 Dieselloco "LOLO"
Replies: 5
Views: 13866

Nice to hear that my DCC conversion info is considered useful. When I test fitted a new decoder for the second loco, I found that decoder dimensions are critical if, like me, you want to put the decoder in the head light compartment at the front. The compartment is less than 25 mm wide, and my new d...
by HansvdL
Tue May 11, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fleischmann Magic Train 2250 Dieselloco "LOLO"
Replies: 5
Views: 13866

Magic Train diesel loco DCC conversion

Here are some pictures to (hopefully) illustrate my description of converting a Magic Train Lolo diesel loco to DCC. Here are two locos with the body shell taken off. The one on the left is the DCC conversion, the one on the right an unmodified original Lolo. http://my.gn15.info/lolo_dcc_1.jpg The D...
by HansvdL
Tue May 11, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fleischmann Magic Train 2250 Dieselloco "LOLO"
Replies: 5
Views: 13866

I'll try to describe my DCC conversion in words first, and try to take pictures and post them later. It's probably wise to use a separate thread too, but let's see if I can give a quick guide here... Of course, you should start by removing the body (unscrew the centre screw on the bottom). Then remo...
by HansvdL
Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Microlite in the Lineside Shed
Replies: 21
Views: 9596

Have you thought about 1:24 or 1:25 cardmodel kits of aircrafts? I noticed that there are quite a few (e.g. I had a look on http://www.moduni.com ). Perhaps an early biplane might fit your space. The 1:24 plastic kits seem to be mostly WW II warbirds, with probably too much wing span. Hans
by HansvdL
Sat Jul 26, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Static Grass
Replies: 4
Views: 6766

I've also recently built such a DIY electrostatic grass applicator from a cheap (2 euro) electronic fly swatter and a tea strainer (probably similar to what Will Vale wrote earlier in one of the other threads on this subject). Luckily the electronics in my fly swatter were very similar to the DIY in...
by HansvdL
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?
Replies: 13
Views: 6708

I have just contacted Otto Schouwstra via e-mail to ask about his sound systems and articles. In his reply he says that his old articles in the NG&IMR are very much out of date, because his current systems are so much better than the ones back then. He also points out that his new website www.os...
by HansvdL
Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?
Replies: 13
Views: 6708

Thanks for the tip Dave. I've just had a look at the Narrow Gauge & Industrial magazine index (it's on the NG&I website ), to find out which magazine issues to look for. Otto Schouwstra's articles are in issues 8 - 12. Only issue 8 is still available from the publisher (according to the webs...
by HansvdL
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?
Replies: 13
Views: 6708

Simon, Where can I find details about that MTK sound decoder? I don't think I've ever heard of it. This German company LE-Elektronik that I mentioned also have sounds for road vehicles, and you can find a sound sample of a Lanz Bulldog tractor on this page (the "Sound Beispiel MP3" link). ...
by HansvdL
Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?
Replies: 13
Views: 6708

Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?

I know there have been several discussions on this forum about using sound on layouts (e.g. threads like these: this one or this one ), and using sound on layouts is not always appreciated by all, especially if it's (too) loud when used on exhibitions. Despite that, I'd like to add (diesel engine) s...
by HansvdL
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Turnouts
Replies: 50
Views: 22489

turnouts - single blade - sprung?

Marc, you mentioned that you've built turnouts with phosphor bronze point ends (or so I understood). One of your turnout pictures on http://www.gn15.info (see here ) seems to show one of those, is that right? The November Small Layout Scrapbook of Carl Arendt, with its article about the Bekonscot ra...
by HansvdL
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Modelling clay roof tiles
Replies: 2
Views: 4049

(F) Modelling clay roof tiles

I would like to ask your advice/hints/tips on how to model roof tiles (the interlocking ones, made of clay, typically red or blue) in approx. 1:24 scale. In other threads on this forum I came across the Plastruct profile (PS-116, called Spanish Tile) and the "Dachplatte" (roof sheet) from ...

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