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Fixing Märklin C Track Motor Imitations With NOCH Hin & Weg-Kleber

Update: The English name for this product is "Noch Temporary Glue".

Some time ago I did an article on using the motor imitations that come with the point drive from Märklin. It provides a nice little touch and at the same time let's you know that the point is not a manual one.

There is just one problem with these small plastic parts: They fall off. From time to time, and more often than not, they will simply fall off the point when you handle it.

The fix is extremely easy: I use NOCH Hin & Weg-Kleber to attach the motor imitation to the point.

NOCH Hin und Weg-Kleber makes it easy to attach motor imitations temporarily to the C track.

The Hin & Weg-Kleber (NOCH #61120) is a special kind of glue that you can use to attach figures, cars and whatever scenic accents you have on your layout, but do not want to attach permanently.

The glue basically becomes a sticky surface, that you can attach several times. This means that you can move your scenic accents around, or take them off for transport of your layout. This is can be very helpfull if you have a modular layout.

If you cannot find the NOCH Hin & Weg-Kleber, you can use Woodland Scenics Accents Glue (Woodland Scenics #A198), which is the exact same product.

Tip: You can also use the glue to attach passengers in coaches. I do not like the idea of permanently gluing people in my coaches. With the NOCH Hin & Weg-Kleber I do not need to worry about ruining the coach. I can always take the passengers out if I do not like the way it looks.

Update: As mentioned in the comments, the motor imitations are only available when you buy a Märklin point motor. Many people use different point motors (e.g. the Viessmann motor). If you do that, you will not get the accessories mentioned in the article. They are, however, available as spare parts.

The spare part numbers are:
Märklin/Trix C track motor immitation: E521790 (a bag of five)
Märklin/Trix C track manual throw ("Handhebel"): E520980 (a bag of ten)

Happy modelling!

Outside In The Sun

Normally model trains are not happy about the UV light coming from the Sun, but for a quick photo shoot outside they should be just fine. This weekend the weather was fine, so I took my brand new diorama outside and took some photos of it. I am always amazed how everything blends together when there is real life nature in the background.

These pictures are from the garden, I guess if I took the models to some field somewhere it could look even more realistic.

Happy modelling!

The scenery materials from Woodland Scenics really blend nicely with the real thing.

Trix model of a BR 185.2 (Trix #22639) with container tank wagons. Makes you wish you had thought about catenary...

...and from another angle (I know the rail paint job is not a top one, but that is fixed now).

...oh and btw. the track is Trix C track. ;-)