Here is a list of all the postings RMA has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Home built trailer|
It may not apply to many (or any) on here, but I know some who take their heavy loco's to rallies and clubs on the Continent with trailers they have made or bought. The law in Spain, and it may well apply in France, is to register your trailer with it's own number plate and have it tested! The fines now are horrendous, but I still see Brits chancing it.
I would suspect that this will eventually happen in the UK, Brexit or not. I've followed trailers being towed at 70 mph or more on two tiddly thin wheels carrying loads that are probably never weighed! I for one would welcome a standardised test for all vehicles.
|Thread: How much is a Chinese made GWR 5” gauge 14xx loco?|
Best to read the actual warranty described in the terms and conditions on the Silvercrest websiite. Station Road Steam have got it wrong.
I advise anyone considering buying a ready to run model to have a chat with someone who actually owns one, that way you'll get an honest appraisal, not just someone's opinion. There are several around the UK at various clubs, in Gauge1 and larger. In my club we have Silver Crest and Bowande models.
I repeat, I have no connection with either suppliers.
I personally wouldn't even try and import direct from China. I have no idea how much a loco of this scale would cost anyway, but if things go wrong it's a long way to send it back or even deal with by email ( language problem as well).
Silvercrest Kingscale models are very good value and you have a full 12 month warranty, they even do a buy back scheme. I'm not sure what the original poster considers expensive, but if you consider the 4MT for instance, which I think was about £8000, just price up a boiler; castings and all other materials including paint and lining. Factor in the probable two year wait for the boiler, and then price up your build time! OK, you won't price up the time it takes you to build it, but you'd have a shock if you used commercial rates. Buying a ready to run model saves a lot of time.
I'm in no way connected to Silver Crest, but I have seen their models in the flesh and running.
|Thread: Another scam|
Unfortunately this is now the world we live in, so best not to get wound up on it. Your details are known by all sorts without your knowledge, even government agencies sell your details. For example, private car parks video your entry and exit and these companies (usually foreign owned) can get all the details from the DVLA!
It is a massive industry selling information gathered silently and covertly. With regard to phone calls, I've just had another silent call, but I guess my Sky Shield put them off.
Protect yourself with a good Bank, a system such as Sky Shield and get on with your life.
|Thread: IC engine tractor conversion query|
See Parcel2Go website and put in what you want moving, and the quotes come rolling in. Saves a lot of time, but give it time for all the quotes to arrive as sometimes the cheaper ones come in last. Good luck.
|Thread: Upgrading to fibre optic broadband|
Absolutely agree. As I said before I got great deal this year......just shop around. I have smart TV's and wireless laptops and I still get around 26mb at my laptop. Seems to be perfectly adequate, no doubt it would be higher if it was hard wired. No need to pay over the top.
That's a lot of money per month these days. I treat these suppliers the same as insurance companies. i.e. shop around just before the contract ends, or when the ISP hikes up their fee and you can escape without paying! I always go onto Topcashback and see where the best offers are and go from there.
I know some will reply to this and mention service. Of course this is something to take into account, but I've experienced poor service from most of the providers I've been with. I currently have a mega deal with NowTV (part of Sky) for broadband and anytime free calls.
Moral is, shop around!
|Thread: Another scam|
I was just reading this and my phone rang........" This is BT and you're phone and line will be disconnected if you don't press 1"....or words to that effect in a strong English accent. I don't have BT either, but I'm curious as to how it got through my Sky Shield. When I've got half a day, I'll phone Sky and ask them. Needless to say I'd hung up before the message ended.
|Thread: Cruise meeting crash|
Yes I agree. Both my son's are in the Police. One is a Sergeant responsible for two large towns and a vast rural area in between. The other night he was the only officer on duty! Most of the time they are working below safety standards, if it was industry they wouldn't be allowed to do it, but with no contract of employment they have no choice other than to go off sick, which a lot are doing.The Government rely on their goodwill, but there is a limit.
From what I'm told, some management decisions are also crazy and you couldn't make them up. They both tell me morale is at an all time low. I doubt the pay rise, if it happens will make any difference.The pension they should be getting was severely pruned by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary.....a real morale booster!
As I said before, it needs people to keep on lobbying their MP, so easy to do with emails nowadays. Pester them enough and something might change.
Quite agree, but I expect they don't want to pay the insurance.
|Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz|
I agree with most of the above with exception of "we have to import 70% of our food". We don't have to! Unfortunately we have got used to seeing so many options of basically the same product on the supermarket shelf. Most of it imported. During the war and for several year's after, we were self sufficient in food production, and yes it was basic foodstuff and seasonal, but it fed the nation. Why on earth do we need all this stuff from around the world, too much choice in my opinion.
A classic example of this is the building of a huge 41m high storage and distribution block in my village. Owned by an Italian company to store and distribute imported Pasta. This is not just a blot on the landscape, but when operational will have a constant stream of trucks in and out 24/7, on inadequate roads I might add. On the emoji thread, someone asked if the world has gone mad........in my opinion YES.
Edited By RMA on 17/07/2019 09:20:18
|Thread: Aircraft radio scanner|
I do agree, diversity of topics is fine with me. I only commented on it as a side issue to the acronym post by Neil, in which I notice he has two versions of USB!
Yes, if we don't know what you're on about Neil, you're an editor and communication is your business. You've failed if your audience doesn't understand you. However, why is this post on a model engineering forum? I have an aircraft scanner but not that interested in how it works, but I saw the title and clicked on it. Surely there's a more appropriate forum.
|Thread: Aldi bargain laser level|
I've just got in and I see this thread has now taken a completely different direction, but I have to respond to a couple of people on here regarding my innocuous request to refrain from using acronyms.
The above quote I find patronising and unnecessary.
Neil makes a comment about my username,,,,why? It's not a posting.
On another thread someone queried what MSM meant and got a two word brusque response from another member, .....Google it'!
Another thread was started called 'Recent threads' and was closed because that was getting out of hand.
I don't understand why some people wish to try and show their 'superior knowledge' to anyone asking a simple question. Maybe they think they're impressing others by knowing something other's don't. I'm afraid it just reminds me of project management meetings we had back in the 70's and 80's when 'managers' would include as many acronyms as possible in a presentation, and if anyone dare ask what they meant, they were totally shown up as being 'ignorant'. Of course we all had a name for these people, and it wasn't an acronym! This behaviour was also picked up by the comedians of the day....too PC for that type of humour these days!
I'm all for a bit of banter.....but rudeness is quite unacceptable. This is a great forum and there's a wealth of knowledge and experience just for the asking. No one knows everything, so for the few that appear to spoil things, please stop. The original poster was pleased to share his experience at Aldi and good luck to him and I hope the final project is a success. It didn't warrant all the opinions on the product.....he didn't ask for that!
I've said my bit and I will refrain from responding to any further negative comments.
Sorry, I don't regard this as language in the true sense, and if you have to resort to looking up these stupid things on Google, I won't bother. It's just laziness if you only include it once, but I can see the advantage if you're having to repeat it several times so long as it's explained at the beginning!
The correct thing to do is to put the meaning in brackets following the acronym so everyone knows what you're on about. Language is all about communication, not research.
Thanks for the pointers folks, but I'm assuming most of us on here are beyond a certain age and don't use trendy 'language' obviously found to be necessary by the younger population. I certainly don't intend to learn it now, I'll just ignore the posts that contain it! There must be better ways to recapture your youth, another topic maybe for the tea room?
Apologies for going off topic.
Yep, I understand OK, but what the hell does FIIK mean?
I wish posters would refrain from including a group of capital letters in their post which mean absolutely nothing to me! Am I the only one that doesn't understand these things. I'm assuming it's 'text speak', but this isn't texting is it?
|Thread: Electric Cars|
Agree. Who says these so-called experts know the answer anyway. It's strange how the world has survived this long having gone through extreme heat and cold over millions of year's, proved by deep core samples, and I don't think cars were on the scene then.
I don't understand how carbon offsetting and green taxes reduce the pollution, it's all about money. I think we have to accept that the roads in Britain are at breaking point, but so are schools, housing, doctor's surgeries, hospitals etc. The common denominator to all our problems is too much demand for everything which equates to too many people around. Looking at it globally, there is not even enough food or water to go around either....too many people!
As soon as the media creates this hysteria about this or anything else, the government has a knee jerk reaction and we all suffer as a result.
Yes I agree, politicians never think things through.....ever! I live not far from the largest container port in the country, and the number of HGV's using the A14 and the A12 to and from the port has become unbearable. The largest ships carry in excess of 18500 containers and the majority travel by road. There is a rail link direct to the dock but it's only one track. There is room for a double, but no one is interested in spending any money (apart from HS2 of course, which will only carry passengers).
When the Orwell bridge is closed for high winds; crashes and breakdowns, all traffic has to go through Ipswich and the whole area for miles around becomes gridlocked for hours. I'm sometimes trapped in my village all day while crash investigations are carried out. Pollution doesn't seem to matter only when it suits them.
Several parishes and business leaders are campaigning for another route around the town, but one of the local MP's (Tory) is opposing it and the land is owned by ex MP's (Tory) and large estates.
Transport in the UK is in a total mess, so I suppose blaming things on the consumer as always creates a diversion from the actual cause of the problem. I shall continue to use my Diesel car, it's the cleanest currently available, gives a fantastic burn rate of fuel and automatically cleans the filter etc. £20 per year road tax as well!
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