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  2. Clogher Valley Project

    Super skills well done
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  4. How to get the bogies of a Craven

    So I presume you have to get in touch with MM to get the magic fix?
  5. Clogher Valley Project

    Thanks for the positive comments, folks - much appreciated, as always. In answer to some of Paddy's questions, below are some of the things I do to try and make my layouts seem bigger [& especially] deeper. The latter is a real issue in 7mm scale, as there is often very little space outside the tracks, so you have to resort to low relief modelling and painted back scenes to create depth. First of all, another of my 'Bibles'. John Ahern's book on model railway buildings first came out nearly 70 years ago, but still has enormous value today and should be available second hand. The chapters on low relief and painted backgrounds are invaluable & I have adapted that street scene on pretty much every layout I've built [and am now into double figures]. Check out the photos of both Fintonagh and Arigna & am sure you will be able to spot where I've done this. The first picture of Fintonagh shows that Forbes Bar is only about 2cm deep. However, along with the store on its right, it is tucked into the corner of the layout, so the viewer can only see it from one direction. Hence the painted houses to the left of the bar can follow a road which also goes left into the back scene & the view is then cut off by the bicycle repair shop opposite Forbes. The next picture, taken from the other side of the Bicycle Shop shows how that road has gone behind it & we now see the rear of the buildings. These then disappear behind painted and low relief trees, until we meet the next view blocker, which is the Tram Inn. This building is removable, as it hides most of the baseboard joint in the back scene. The church spire covers the rest and a lighting bracket will act as an alignment clip to keep the edges of both boards parallel. In this picture, you can see a pronounced gap, but when both boards are closed up, there will just be a line that will look like one of the angles on the spire. The other side of the Tram Inn is the Temperance Hotel, just across the road. This road is part of the painted back scene, with a row of shops at the end, supposedly on the same road that branched off at Forbes Bar. As this is a very narrow view [only about 15cm], I have just painted the front of the shops with just a hint of a second side on the chimney stacks. The second face of the Temperance is only about 2cm deep, so I have tried to suggest it is deeper by painting a narrow strip on the back scene. Because the view down the street is so narrow, I can just about get away with this, though I may well disguise it further with a lamppost on the street corner. Further down the street to the left, we have the other back corner of the baseboards & here is a bit of the John Ahern trickery again. Before then, both the Fintonagh Metalworkers and Coakham's shop are also only a couple of cm deep, so in an effort to give the roofs some depth, part of this aspect is just painted on the back scene. A Mansard roof line helps with the shop & I really like to try and avoid having a gable end just appearing as a 'flat'. However, to make sure viewers will only be able to see this scene from one angle, the large warehouse at the front of the layout hides the hole in the sky, while a large tree will be put to the right of this to ensure the perspective can only be seen from one angle too. In the picture below, the shop roof is just painted on the back scene from a line level with the base of the chimney stack. Mix your paint carefully and the joint is hardly noticeable from a couple of feet away. Note that this aspect still needs a bit of tidying up. Other pictures below show the same effects on Arigna. Depending on the angle of the camera, they may well look wrong, but from the viewing angle I want you to have of the layout at shows, hopefully, they look ok and add to the depth of the scene - which is where I came in.
  6. Robert's Workbench

    That's a handy piece of kit Robbie, like it alot.
  7. IRM 2018 Launch, Saturday March 3rd, Ryan's Bar, Dublin.

    Not this year Robbie.
  8. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Hi everyone, Just a quick note to say that we are now running quite low on pack B of the cement bubbles. They might have not shifted as quickly as the pack A, but still quite fast! https://irishrailwaymodels.com/shop/freight-stock/two-axle-cement-wagon-multi-pack-b/ Cheers! Fran
  9. Murphy Models Craven coaches white stripes

    Hi Wrenneire, Thanks for that info. Must keep an eye out, in case they ever come on the market, at a reasonable price. Controller.
  10. Photographic Website Updates

    Evening all, A bit of a PWD update this evening with pictures of 088 arriving at Portlaoise with a rail train from North Wall. Later on I stumbled upon it shunting the CWR train at Portlaoise PWD Yard. Earlier today 073 brought the Sperry Train from Mallow to Portlaoise. In other photos, Monday starts off with 222 hauling failed MKIV set 4001 past Portlaoise and a few MKIV sets passing Rosskelton today. Click http://smu.gs/2ooGZth to view.
  11. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    Well, I did remember to call at the shop, but it's Wednesday here and he seems to be one of the few remaining adherents to the old "half-day Wednesday" rule. Corrugated metal sheeting is now almost always to a 3"/76mm pitch - some plastic and reinforced cement sheets are to different pitches at times. In the past, pitches from 1 to 5 inches were used - the shorter pitches were used more often on vertical (wall) panels, and the larger pitches on flat/sloping (roof) panels. The 7mm scale sheet could be used for 5" sheeting? On the Big Island, one will still come across the odd surviving Nissen hut, with its curved sheets..
  12. LIMA Murphy Models

    Yea that makes sense. I must have misunderstood when chatting with Paddy Murphy at the SDMRC trade show about the livery of the new coach.
  13. LIMA Murphy Models

    the snack cars never ran in CIE livery Noel.
  14. LIMA Murphy Models

    Nice but I thought this coach was due to be CIE livery (i.e. single white stripe), to match with 1504, 1515 and 1149. Bogie problem is easy to fix with a DIY plastic shim or wait for MM parts due soon.
  15. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    Thanks, Ernie, i've just ordered some! With the assistance of Vol. 1 of Patrick O'Sullivan's history of the Valentia line, in which he has drawings (to what looks like 2mm scale) of Cahirciveen and Mountain Stage stations, I'm doing a drawing at the moment of something roughly in between the two in size. Mine will have what will look like a felt-surfaced roof, as some such buildings had. While many corrugated iron buildings had (have) roofs of the same material, I just thought it would look a bit like overkill on the model. There will be corrugated-sided goods shed also!
  16. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    I've done some more digging! well actually I took the dogs and a tape measure up to the Haltwhistle allotments to measure some prototype corrugated iron as I was a bit concerned that the earlier photo actually showed the Slaters 7mm scale plasticard rather than the 4mm. Information gleaned from the allotment visit is that corrugations are 3" wide or 4 to the foot (Plus if you are planting potato's in horse manure you should mature the manure for a year before useing it!) Back to the plasticard, it thus follows that there should be 4 corrugations per 4mm, my earlier photo has 4 per 7mm so it is O Scale. Digging through the plasticard I found a 4mm sheet, this is the one on the right of the new photo. They are both definitely Slaters the 4mm one is ref 0436 Ernie
  17. LIMA Murphy Models

    Knew she'd be late livery Dave. She was modified a bit after '87. Shame about the bogie issues again.
  18. LIMA Murphy Models

    Once again I managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory MM1509 is a Late Liveried Snack, not an Early one as I have previously mentioned Shims need to be affixed
  19. Murphy Models Craven coaches white stripes

    Just for your info Controller there are 2 more single striped Cravens, MM1504 & MM I515 both standards Generally a bit harder to pick up than the later liveried ones as there were not the same amounts of them manufactured Some pics of them on Page 7 of the Lima Murphy thread on this forum
  20. Murphy Models Craven coaches white stripes

    I didn't know any were as late as 1985...... anyway, it amplifies the point that I made that with a "1" on the door and antimacassars, original livery only. In a spirit of helpfulness to a young modeller, I recently gave him my copy of Doyle & Hirsch, the Bible for such things. (Do I have to be politically correct and say koran as well?)..... Now im regretting it! I'll have to get another copy......
  21. Clogher Valley Project

    Superbly ingenious! When my latest effort is complete, it will be viewable from all sides, so a backscene wont be needed, but in its semi-permanent home I may put something like that on the wall it's against. Inspiring stuff - thanks!
  22. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    The early wrought iron sheets were much thicker than the modern steel stuff and sheets do 'look' thicker as they corrode and attract algae and moss
  23. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    Ernie - is that light 4mm stuff Slaters too? I wonder what reference number it is? That's exactly what I'm looking for.
  24. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    That looks much better, especially if there are going to be overlaps necessary.
  25. Robert's Workbench

    Good luck, Robbie58.
  26. Clogher Valley Project

    The simple answer is John Ahern's book Model Railway Buildings, Paddy. First printed in the 1950s when cow gum was the norm and 'Seccotine' was high tech adhesive! There are excellent chapters of low relief work and backscene which I have copied for years. The main problem is disguising the false perspectives and ensuring the viewer can only see from one direction, otherwise things like chimney pots would have three sides on view. Putting in view blockers mostly does the trick and a large tree will be planted to do that on Fintonagh. Will take some more pictures and hopefully explain a bit more.
  27. 00 scale corrugated iron sheeting

    That doesn't look like the my corrugated sheet, I have great piles of Slaters plasticard unfortunately without numbers! The one on the left is the 4mm corrugated, that on the right is probably actually planking and corresponds with the one that Broithe has uploaded. The corrugated sheeting isn't flat on the back and I always used it with plasticard support i.e. built the building shell in the same material so that it could be glued together with mekpak to stop the corrugated sheet warping when painted Ernie
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