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  1. The BR.78 is one of Marklin's best IMO. I have the earlier Wurttemburg version which I bought "as seen" for £30 years ago. Turned out to have a 6090 digital decoder with load regulation fitted, and after a good clean and some fine tuning it runs superbly. Look up videos of one on Youtube running Niebull-Dagebull plandampf services.
  2. I kind of like the 120 in the TEE red/beige. Have a Marklin HO one which is a smooth if slow runner with an ESU Lokpilot kit (multi protocol decoder and permanent magnet to replace the field coil). It may say something however that I only have the one 120 Vs two blue/beige and one S Bahn 111s. Talking of which I've seen photos of those S Bahn 111s running with all sorts of stock. Four axle umbauwagen (may have been a special service in connection with an open day, but still), a pair of silberlinge and a pre-war luggage van... Mine has a three car S Bahn set or a six car doppelstock set to play with.
  3. Welshbloke

    How did you improve your rolling stock?

    I use Deluxe Materials Glue 'n Glaze for windows, it's also good for train headboard disks and detailing parts which won't stay on. I'm 99% certain that it's actually a very pure form of PVA glue as it behaves in exactly the same fashion but dries clear.
  4. Welshbloke

    Bashing two Kato engine sheds together

    Thought my attempt at a longer shed might be of interest. I started by cutting the end clips off what would become the middle of the side panels, and gluing them together. This then gave me the length to trim from the baseplates: Next I bought some 1.5mm plywood and cut a suitably sized rectangle. The track and baseplates were glued to it with PVA and weighted until set: The centre joint on the side panels was hidden with plastic strip and U section (to replicate the other columns on the sides), after which they received a coat of Tamiya light grey. Sides and ends were assembled according to the instructions and the roof mouldings trimmed to fit before a coat of Tamiya dark green. Glazing was glued in and the roof fitted. Finally the supplied stickers were applied: I may well do some more micro modules, the idea here was to use it as part of a tabletop layout hence the thinnest ply base I could lay hands on. Quite like the look of the servicing platforms or train washing plant that GreenMax offer, one or both would make a good extra module to link to this...
  5. Welshbloke

    Spirited Away?

    I've often felt some Ghibli-inspired buildings and figures would sell well in N. Everything from giant Totoros in the woods to an otherwise scale layout featuring Piccolo and Porco Rosso on a park bench discussing aircraft.
  6. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I'm somewhat committed to the Cassiopeia next anyway, ordered the motorised KaYa 27-500 for it last week. Waiting for a dispatch email from Plaza Japan, presumably they're waiting for the Tomix parts I ordered at the same time.
  7. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    And the ED79 arrived. Interestingly it didn't include a Twilight Express headboard but does have a Cassiopeia one.
  8. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Should be ok now? The embedding code glitched so I edited the post and pasted it in again, working this end.
  9. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    The rest of the Twilight Express arrived along with the first DD51. Hopefully next week I can order the other one and the first two packs of the Cassiopeia...
  10. Welshbloke

    Tomix case with a loco slot?

    Think I may have a solution: Casco cases have various chunks of removable foam to handle different length cars. Which should also cover locos! At the moment it's two locos and five sleepers, as I've yet to find the right vintage of Ohane 25-0 and 25-100 to match my existing models.
  11. Welshbloke

    Bogie mounted Tomix TN couplers?

    I've been digging through my handful of older Tomix locos and coaches of late, adding headboards and working out how to rid them of the Rapidos. Obviously the 0391 pack is right for the coaches (bogie mounted knuckle couplers) but I've also found 0392, described as "magnetic". Are these to replace loco couplers which swing upwards when over an uncoupling magnet? They look very similar but I can't find a fitting guide.
  12. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Think I've finally managed to get hold of the missing spring drive for an old Tomix EF64 1000 I've had hanging around for ages. Replaced the motor at the time but one of the springs bent beyond repair during removal, and it doesn't run terribly well on one bogie drive. Oh, and the KaYa 27-500 for a Cassiopeia set. Was going to wait until after completing the Twilight Express but it was cheap and I didn't want to pay £5 post for a £1.20 pair of spring drives alone...
  13. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    Add on pack B arrived: Hopefully A and the first DD51 aren't far behind. There were no instructions or numbers in the box so I'm guessing those come with pack A?
  14. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    It looks like a straight piece of sprue with a moulded cup on each end. A round one for one fitting and a rectangular one for the other. Comes on the same sprue as the aerials and looks like it may be common to multiple Tomix locos.
  15. Welshbloke

    What did you order or the post deliver?

    I can only really run the full length trains on an oval on the dining table or the elevated oval on the floor, but I still find myself buying the complete set. Not necessarily in the order the manufacturer might intend, as you've probably noticed!