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    Live Steam Train from China

    Has anyone ever bought from alibaba.

    Live steam loco here that would look lovely in the garden.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mode...62c7076b&tpp=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16miller View Post
    I'd prefer a Mamod!
    What scale are those Mamods? G? The one above is HO.

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    Interesting looking yoke...... With a bit of imagination, a drop-on tender body, running boards and a much amended cab could make it look vaguely Irish....
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    Well lads, before you buy anything, you should know Ali express has a rep for selling rip off crappy stuff,like Nike and Canterburys. I know they aren't loco companies..but still
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    Some good advice here on shopping on Ali Express and how to avoid the pitfalls:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/safe-shop-aliexpress/

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    Ali express has lots of train accessories but no locos really. I wonder why. They have plenty of HO static models that are fairly inexpensive. I order one just to see what the whole aliexpress experience is like. 20 dollars.

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    I've used Ali-express to buy 200 empty vallejo type paint bottles for $20, free postage. Great idea at the time, until a bin bag full of the things arrived a month later. Just check on the Bay first or Amazon, just make sure you are getting a bargain. R.
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    Small scale live steam is completely unlike operating electric or battery powered models. The main draw back is that small scale models (anything below 7"1/2 gauge) are almost impossible to control and are too hot to handle while operating. Detailing of the 0-6-0 would have to be in metal & heat resistant paint otherwise you will end up with scorched paintwork and melted plastic.

    Even in LGB or Gauge1 live steam is difficult to control which is the main reason I have kept to battery RC and DCC control

    For the money involved a Gauge O or Gauge 1 Mamod https://www.mamod.co.uk/ or basic Roundhouse http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/models.htm#basic or Accucraft "Ruby" http://www.accucraft.com/modelc/AC77-010-C.htm would be a far safer investment than something on line from China. For modellers with deep pockets John Armstrong has produced custom models of a number of 3' gauge classes

    The garden railway suppliers in the UK will provide essential after sales service, but forget about anything looking like a scale model of an Irish standard gauge loco unless you have several thousand Eu to invest.
    Last edited by Mayner; 19-02-2017 at 06:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayner View Post
    Small scale live steam is completely unlike operating electric or battery powered models. The main draw back is that small scale models (anything below 7"1/2 gauge) are almost impossible to control and are too hot to handle while operating. Detailing of the 0-6-0 would have to be in metal & heat resistant paint otherwise you will end up with scorched paintwork and melted plastic.

    Even in LGB or Gauge1 live steam is difficult to control which is the main reason I have kept to battery RC and DCC control

    For the money involved a Gauge O or Gauge 1 Mamod https://www.mamod.co.uk/ or basic Roundhouse http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/models.htm#basic or Accucraft "Ruby" http://www.accucraft.com/modelc/AC77-010-C.htm would be a far safer investment than something on line from China. For modellers with deep pockets John Armstrong has produced custom models of a number of 3' gauge classes

    The garden railway suppliers in the UK will provide essential after sales service, but forget about anything looking like a scale model of an Irish standard gauge loco unless you have several thousand Eu to invest.
    Cheers for that. Love the idea of live steam stinking out the house!

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