PJ Knight
Hi guys

I've just constructed two Parkside O gauge wagon kits, a cattle truck & brake van, before I stick the roofs on has anybody got any suggestions or tips on how to weight hem down.

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Hi, Buy some fishing weights, the small round ones, which squeeze onto the line and pour in as many as you want, for the weight you require.  These are no longer lead, so are safer to use and won't oxidise, so won't expand.  Just add some CA glue and allow it to soak through the weights.  Put slightly less than you think might be needed, at first, then you can add more if needed.

The idea has been used for decades in model R/C planes and has the advantage that they can be poured  into any shape you like.

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Ruffnut Thorston
Also, there are non-lead wheel balancing weights.

We have some which come as strips of two different weights.

They are self adhesive...peel off the backing paper.

We used some in some wagon kits...these were OO gauge...


Best wishes,

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Robin Sundt Echini

I bought a small roll of roofing lead 3mm thick and have been using that in thin strips to add weight to lighter engines such as the Hornby Collectors Club 0-4-0 and the Terriers. They run much better with some weight in them. Long strips of lead in the bottom of carriages or trucks makes them much less skittish. The Hornby Pullman carriages in particular are so very light that they tend to rock from side to side, which is cured by putting some weight in them. 



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Robins roofing lead is the best option easy to work and cut to size required and to obscure if needed fine for 0 and 00 gauge for N gauge if you are a brave man raid the wifes jewellery box for gold rings and chains better weight for a smaller gauge😂😂

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I use 1.5mm sheet off the internet, cutting a false floor and scribing planking into it, l work in 4mm.
You pays your money and makes your choice.
If it's too heavy in your scale, then fold lead sheet to look like a tarpaulin and use a smaller amount.
l also have wheel weights, okay in closed vans, but unless fully-loaded, difficult to diguise.
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In your experience what sort of weight do you find works best? I read somewhere that NRMA recommend about 80gm for a 4-wheel wagon in OO/HO. I use KD’s on OO stock and find that they need some weight to work properly. What about coaches?


Andy J
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The most important thing is relatively consistent weight. Many find 80 grammes a little heavy, especially if there are gradients, so experiment and decide what's best for your layout.

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It's not as easy as that, there is a simple formula relating to length and mass, also the same for coaches.

There is plenty of advice on RMWeb as well.

Personally my small wagon stock is ballasted to around 50 grammes, never have a missed decouple, but l do not use Kadee magnets, too crude for my shunting purposes. Also it does not do a magnetic shuffle, but positioning is critical.
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