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 Posted: Thu Jan 31st, 2008 10:26 pm
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As a result of my comment about adding pickups to a Hornby Pannier in the topic about Mike & his Hornby 08, while I do not have a camera to show you how I added pickups to my loco, I hope I can explain it.

Pickup material like phosphur bronze was available from Mainly Trains but I was given a supply of the bronze springs that are in cassette tapes.
They are about 1" long; 3/32 wide with a square section in the middle which has a felt type pad stuck to it.. remove the pad, bend the ends around 90 degrees , I supa glued the square section to the keeper plate so one end makes contact with the front wheel & the other end to the now tyreless middle wheel. do this for both sides, paint visible areas matt black & all is done. In this case, it works well.
to give additional strength, perhaps Araldite spread over the square section onto the keeper plate would work but so far the supa glue is holding.

Just had a look at a cassette tape & this unit is what gives the tape a bit of pressure, with the tape running over the pad - one per cassette. I may have to go & buy cheap tapes to get some more pickups.

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I didn't even know there were bronze springs in cassette tape holders. :roll: Do even the really cheapo ones have this Ron or do they use a different material?



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ok, try again. the first reply got lost - the internet played up.

Bob, have a look at where the tape goes from one reel to the other - it is the part of the tape that sits against the head - should have a small felt type pad behind it & a spring to keep the tape against the head.

Next time I go shopping, I will see what the tapes costs at the bargain shops.

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i just by a square of the stuff from model spares then
cut strips off as and when,lasts for ages. :lol: :lol: 8)

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Very useful info - Thanks Ron and Owen. I'll find a suitable supplier from your recommendations and give it a go.



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