Wolfofbadenoch
Hi
I'm looking to buy Powerbase track plates - DCX-PBB. I've contacted a couple of model shops who have them advertised as out of stock. My initial contact was over 6 months and the shops have not been re-stocked and seem unsure as to when they will be.
I've had a search on your web site today and can not find the product at all. Is it still be manufactured and if so when do you expect it to be available again?

Thanks
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Bunkerbarge
It is showing as in stock here:

https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/powerbase-expansion-pack-ooho-scale/

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Wolfofbadenoch
So it is!

What i thought was the main Powerbase page doesn't have it though
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product-category/track-and-track-making-parts/improving-adhesion-and-pickup/
which is my excuse for not finding it on DCC Concepts page. 😳

is there a reason for the lack of stock with other suppliers?
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Bunkerbarge
I'm just another member here like you so we will have to wait for someone from DCCconcepts to answer that one.
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AHJAY
Yes, we have run out of the plates only pack. We have also run out of the larger value pack but can supply 2x start packs at the same price as one value pack to make up for it.

Ring and talk to Richrd Brighton and we may well have a way round it for you "plate-only" wise.

More will arrive in the first quarter next year. Its slow production and delivery for this one as the plates themselves need to be literally made by the million to keep prices right, so we have to wait until several items are out of stock before production....then its sea not air because of weight.

regards, Ahjay
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Wolfofbadenoch
Thanks for the update and insight.
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MalcT
Hi, at this moment in time (22;00 26/11) TMC have the value pack with the magnets in stock
https://www.themodelcentre.com/dcx-pbbvp-dcc-concepts-powerbase-oo-value-pack-5m-12-magnets

Regards,
MalcT
MalcT
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Wolfofbadenoch
Thanks Malc

I've plenty of magnets and quite a few shops have these sets. I'm really just after the plates now.
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MalcT
Kernow Model Centre have one set in stock
http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/41895/DCDCX-PBB-KIT-DCC-Concepts-POWERBASE-OO-HO-Starter-Kit

Regards,
MalcT
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tynewydd
I wonder whether the performance of the trackbase concept can be even further improved in hidden areas, and especially around curves (visible or not), by the judicious addition of steel check-rails. 

As I understand it, the magnetic force of a magnet drops with the square of the distance, so by positioning a passive magnetic surface much closer (maybe 3 times closer) than a base plate, the down force might be improved by almost an order of magnitude!! The nickel-silver rails code 75 rails we commonly use are not particularly magnetic compared to mild steel, but I wondered about the DCC Concepts stainless steel rails and their magnetic permeability?

On the prototype, curves of the sorts we have on models would usually have at least one checkrail - which are rarely modelled. But if a code 75 rail has a decent enough magnetic permeability to be reactive to the very much closer magnets on steep curves that would be exactly where the additional help is most needed and so by modelling a check rail (or two in hidden areas or on bridges) might the effect of just the plates be improved upon?  

To be clear I have added powerbase plates throughout on my grades, but I have a couple of steeper OO gradients with 36" curves - some out sight, some half in and half out, and I was musing on how much the rails might have to do with the success of the method.  

Adam
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AHJAY
Yes, that would indeed add to the adhesion improvement. I have some all steel bullhead track and the effect is remarkable.

regards, Ahjay
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