Yes, I'm managing to hold back for yet another post. This ones a bit late today but I though I would let discussion from the previous post run its course. Thanks to all those who replied for keeping the debate positive, hopefully the Guild will take some of the comments on board.
Tonight's ramble is on a currently vexing problem, wheels. More accurately axles. The main problem is one of length. Back whenever Peco made its first N scale wagons, some rocket scientist made one of those typically British decisions similar to those that have systematically destroyed every sensible scale/gauge relationship they have been involved in. Namely deciding that 15mm axles were a good idea regardless of the actual scale implications (for all you S scale readers, this scales to a 28mm axle) . To get round the overly long axle lengths the pin point bearing bits were buried way out in the axleboxes.
The unhappy sequel to all is that our merry band of modelers who are now looking to make underframes and bogies of a more scale appearance face having to do something similar with brass pin point bearings, which is a pain in the ass. Thus the search is on to find a replacement source of wheels. So far Markits (no answer) and Parkside Dundas ('how many do you want, we need to make then specially', which is a small production run killer ) have been tried, but if you only want 2 dozen wheelsets to check if your idea will actually work, you're 9maybe should read we're) screwed.
I'm now mulling over the pros and cons of actually joining the 2mm association just to get my hands on some wagon wheels (regauged) that are sort of correct, and the possibly trackwork implications that finescale wheels entail. The alternative is to try to locate someone locally who would turn axles up locally, and just import the wheel disc. North Yard is out, primarily because we are to small a market, but I'd be interested to hear of any others.