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    • Beautiful. Reminder to self to visit this section more often!
    • A fine piece of work, Ken. Highlights too the issues with 3D printing. At a meeting last night, was looking at a 7mm scale open wagon, done complete. From three feet away, it looked impressive, but any closer and the layered effect soon became apparent. Likewise a printed coach, where not sure any amount of sanding and polishing would give a smooth surface and retain the panelling.   Apparently, the wagon took six hours to print and many days to get the CAD right. Fine if you enjoy that sort of thing, but not for me just yet, not least because I can produce masters for resin castings in a few hours and once the moulds are set, churn out sides and ends every half hour or so.  While I'm here, total respect for the outside cylinder work. I've done  St Mologa in 7mm scale, using the Tyrconnel kit. Small engines and outside cylinders make for fag paper clearances around the cross heads. Add in broad gauge and it gets tighter still. Like you, had to move the cylinders out slightly, plus bore the piston rod holes slightly off centre to make it fit. Pretty engine though, so worth the effort.
    • 25 years ago tonight 21/01/1994 and into the early hours of the following day-the final mail trains operated in Ireland, The Galway liner mail departed from Connolly station behind locomotive 073 at 21:30 and arrived into Galway shortly before 02:00,ending over one hundred years of mail by rail, Here we see the liner mail arriving into Tara junction station where the P&T vans await its arrival, The formation of the train is as follows; Locomotive 073 ,TPOs 2974.2975,GSV 3189TLA and three bogie 62'9'' air braked wagons-30501,30510 and 30540.      
    • Richie @Glenderg gave me good advice some years ago on airbrush equipment which as a novice I followed.  A good tip was that there was no need for the very expensive top end airbrushes such as Iwata (£70-£130) or Harder and Steenbeck(£240), as there were some keenly priced mid range gear that was as good. Back then it was the Veda range of Airbrushes (£16-£35) since replace by BartSharp's own range of airbrushes with similar build quality and performance to the Veda (Iwata look-a-like).  Which ever model you go for chose one where spares are inexpensive and readily available (eg replacement nozzles and needles, O-rings, etc) as you will at some stage need to replace them due to ordinary wear and tear and handling. Don't take short cuts on a choice of compressor, one with an air reservoir gives to more consistent flow and most importantly its quiet. Don't forget air hose and quick release valves, water trap, etc. Richie introduced me to BartSharp in UK (Alison) where I sourced my first airbrush and subsequent spare parts.
    • Its like every powertool in Lidl or Aldi. Ideal for very occasional use but frequent use will reveal its shortcomings rather quickly Better to go for a Iwata or Badger along with the compressor from Marks
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