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Signature: software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

Bio: Inter-war Southern Region powered by Rail Master and Elite with DCC Concepts tech the layout is here http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2276-notes-from-the-loft/

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R3677 "Duchess of Hamilton" arrived today. It could be more scarlet and less maroon and I think a shinier finish would have been good to give credibility to the "as preserved" description.  Having said that she is lovely, and where others on this thread may value a vintage Hornby for me it's all about the precision in slow speed performance and detailing of these magnificent engines

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

Hey thanks walkingthedog, but it would be nice to be told that somewhere and whihc one is which - I am guessing the more "accurate" bogey is the spare as for the flanged wheels for the pony truck?

Manuals would be nice to help with this rather than relying on experts like you and the other great guys on here

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

My Duchess of Hamilton arrived today and she is lovely, but I am puzzled by  two things -

1. Why is the extra front bogey supplied?

2. Can I fit the detailing pipes around the front bogey given my layout has a minimum radius of 850mm (2' 10" in old money)?

 

I guess better manuals would answer this as it seems odd to ask this sort of stuff on a forum about a brand new design.

My final question is given that the railroad stripey coaches are unlikely to be re-tooled to match can someone tell me what else this lovely loco would have actually pulled when not in the USA?

thx

 

Thanks 

 

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

I have a Duchess of Hamilton R3099(?), and now there is new re-tooled one to much grumbling at our local club. However I can see there is much more detailing on the new one e.g. iconic engine lamps with little wings on like in the NMR. However I wonder how shiny it will be, I am hoping quite a lot as the preserved example is way glossier than it would ever have been. Anyway the old one has been sold the new one is on order, so I guess I am the fool this is aimed at but I do like the details and my layout maybe more at eye level than other contributors plus I have no offspring to drop the incredibly detailed stuff Hornby are producing now. 

Finally beauty is more than skin deep e.g. the slow speed  and quitness of the newer locos is also impressive. for example the old Terrier from Dapol is really noisy and I am sure this will be much better too

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

I would also love "proper" red and gold coaches as well detailed as the new duchesses.  I would say the same for the silver jubilee A4's (but of course that would mean articualted sets, and so on). However the fact that Hornby have dusted off the old railroad coaches in blue silver red gold does not bode well.  I guess it's down to who they want to please and how many they expect to sell. 

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

OK so that's a no then, thanks for setting me straight.  

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

I would liove to haul some interwar wagon LITS behind my 00 Sir Francis Drake like the 2018 brochure cover, and i think these are only in HO so I may be mixing and matching, hwo awful would that look? 

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

I'd pick up on the substitution them by downloading a free  evaluation of the Bigbear train control software and configure that to work with your Elite etc. on the same com port with baud rate of 115200.  Then you can tell if it's the DCC controller or RailMaster that's not working without having 2 x DCC controllers

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

Raf96 I can do this all day but I am not sure my ideas would be listened to:

  • My biggest ask would be for a programable TTS decoder where we can add our own sounds which should cheap to make (think raspberry pi and arduino boards ) and be great business for Hornby.
  • extend the freight wagon ide and have a TTS decoder around a brake van, and a luggage van for steam. 
  • I'd also borrow the idea of static TTS decoders from Gaugemaster for Skaledale buildings e.g.signal boxes, stations and farm houses and integradte would be unique.
  • For the Coronation Scott I'd license the Coronation Scot music played at Euston when she used to depart.
  •  For locos anything steamy and Southern as it's my focus plus there is only the S15 and Merchant Navy just nown(with hopefully Lord Nelson to come). For example  I have loksound in my Adams radial, Wainwright and Schools already and will likely add one to my Q1 as I am 58 already and may die before there is TTS decoder for this quirky but beautifully detailed Hornby model 

  

 

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

Ciao Pietrarsa,

The annoying pop-up is because of the way RailMaster and its drivers were written for XP.  It raises this annying message because you have to run it as an Administrator (my shortcut does this for me).  If I use the other software to control my layout with the Elite it just works (I still prefer RailMaster design though). 

You can disable User Account Control but if you search on how to do this you won't find anything from Microsoft as this feature is trying to make your PC secure.  I do have it turned off but I am super careful about what I install and where I get software from. 

On a seperate not I have moved RailMaster and the Pro pack between several win 10 machines with no issue - and I now have a 23" touch screen all in one PC specifically to control my loft layout.     

software development engineer by day, model engineer by night

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