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I’d love to add tail lamps to some of my wag­ons and brake vans, but I don’t want to fix them per­ma­nently. Is there a way of fix­ing them neatly, but tem­po­rar­ily, so I can re-mar­shal trains and ex­hibit the lamps ac­cord­ing to the BR rule book? E. Daw­son, Ken­dal

Ge­orge says: There are a num­ber of op­tions for il­lu­mi­nated lamps. Train-tech and Ex­press Mod­els of­fer a va­ri­ety of ex­cel­lent, easy-to-fit pack­ages for tra­di­tional oil lamps and modern flash­ing lamps, taking power from the rails or via small but­ton-cell bat­ter­ies. The Train-tech units also fea­ture mo­tion sen­sors to au­to­mat­i­cally switch the lights on and off. How­ever, these in­vari­ably de­mand a per­ma­nent (or at least semi-per­ma­nent) fit­ting, with a bat­tery pack and cir­cuit board be­ing ac­com­mo­dated within or be­low the ve­hi­cle in ques­tion. There’s also bound to be a need to drill holes into the body for the lamp’s leads to pass through. Al­ter­na­tively, non-work­ing lamps with coloured ‘jewel’ lenses can also be at­trac­tive, as they catch and re­flect am­bi­ent light ef­fec­tively. Spring­side Mod­els of­fers a choice of lamp pat­terns – to suit dif­fer­ent rail­way com­pany and pe­riod styles – and colours, with red or white lenses for tail or head lamps re­spec­tively. They can be bonded tem­po­rar­ily with a tiny blob of Tacky Wax from Deluxe Ma­te­ri­als. This non-stain­ing ad­he­sive pro­vides a bond strong enough for ev­ery­day lay­out op­er­a­tion, but al­lows for easy repo­si­tion­ing (while the ve­hi­cle or lo­co­mo­tive re­mains on the track) with­out dam­ag­ing the paint­work. Any traces of the wax can be wiped away with a cot­ton swab dipped in hot, soapy wa­ter.

Web: www.springside­mod­els.com www.train-tech.com www.ex­press­mod­els.co.uk www.gauge­mas­ter.com

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