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Fine Tuning and Maintaining 00 Gauge Models – Nigel Burkin

Do you get frustrated when things don’t run quite the way they should. Locomotives stall, wagons derail, and a great running session gets quickly ruined. The answer is clean wheels and track, rails that are well aligned, and keeping on top of basic maintenance. In fine tuning and maintaining 00 gauge models, Nigel Burkin shows you exactly what to do to overcome all these basic issues.

Locomotive and layout maintenance is a very important part of railway modelling, and Nigel Burkin shares his extensive experience in a subject that is little understood by many modellers.Those new to the hobby or returning after a long absence will find Fine Tuning and Maintaining 00 Gauge Models extremely useful. Nigel Burkin shows you all of the techniques required to introduce new models to your layout, run them in, fit all of the parts supplied with them and undertake repairs where necessary. It includes advice on how to carry out routine maintenance, shows the reader techniques for fine-tuning performance and discusses the important issues surrounding conversion to the finer scales.

Fine Tuning and Maintaining 00 Gauge Models has chapters that cover:

  • Running-in new models
  • Fitting factory supplied parts
  • Locomotive wheels
  • Mechanical enhancements
  • Simple enhancements
  • Keeping the layout running smoothly
  • On going maintenance and repairs

This is extremely comprehensive, well thought out, highly readable and copiously illustrated. The text gives background on why and how to perform the various tasks which are then demonstrated in sequences of photographs, the labelling of which is particularly well executed. In order to be comprehensive nothing is assumed and all aspects of tuning and running are featured. The sections on re-wheeling locomotives to finer wheel standards is a particular high spot.

Some books are bought to sit on a bookshelf; this book deserves a place on your workbench. Like the best cookbooks it should reveal its usage by becoming well thumbed and suitably grubby.

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About The Author


A DCC and computer control enthusiast and a modeller of things in the English Borders ECML and Waverley Route. He models in OO LNER and N gauge BR blue diesels.

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