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  2. Mayner

    Availability of transfers for CIE green coaches

    Blackham Transfers http://www.blackhamtransfers.com/ have produced custom transfers including green & yellow snails, solid and stencil wagon numbers. Provincial Wagons are on their list of Blackham Transfers current customers. Blackham transfers are rub-on similar to Letraset and have the advantage of no carrier film, I am still working from a stash I bought about 20 years ago😄 Both Blackham & SSM will produce custom transfers which is a lot handier than applying individual letters/numbers for things like wagon & coach numbers, tare and load lettering.
  3. popeye

    Availability of transfers for CIE green coaches

    This was discussed in another thread a while back. I used the Railtec snaills and numbers cat no 5635 and the green was not correct. Unless this has been revised i would ask Steve about this before ordering any.
  4. warb

    barrow street

    Grand canal dock station footbridge near completion with fine mesh fitted to over bridge
  5. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    I'm very impressed by the colour matching and scientific approach to paint composition and so on, as practiced by the likes of Precision Paints (or Phoenix) and others. In terms of acrylic equivalents, I would contact them probably - certainly, I would be well out of my depth in trying advise on this. I've just been onto Phoenix / Precision with a string of queries, and while I await their reply, I know that I have been very satisfied with their service in the past. Incidentally, if anyone wants that bit of plastic I show above in a photo of the old O gauge tender, you're welcome to have it - I can post it. Or maybe I'll bring it to the bank holiday weekend show in Raheny and leave it with one of the gentlemen at the ECM Trains or IRM stand.
  6. jhb171achill

    Availability of transfers for CIE green coaches

    Problem solved! Thanks! I've ordered roundels from SSM. Next, Railtec for the carriages!
  7. KMCE

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    My preference is for the Acrylics also, specifically Vallejo Model Air Humbrol 27 - Vallejo Model Air 71.047 Grey Revell 78 - Vallejo Model Air 71.048 Engine Grey I am proposing to use Vallejo Model Air 71.110 Dark Grey as a base with drops of white mixed in for highlights for my locos. Hope that helps Ken
  8. Noel

    Availability of transfers for CIE green coaches

    Railtec seem to have some Irish flying snail era transfers in eau-de-nil colour http://www.railtec-models.com/showitem.php?id=1014 http://www.railtec-models.com/catalog.php?&type=5&gauge=4mm&region=2&livery=203
  9. Noel

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    Nice find. Wonder what the equivalent Acrylic colour is. Enamels being solvent/cellulose based are a no-no for me airbrushing in a domestic environment.
  10. RobertRoche

    Derry Road Runabout

    You can solder both sides as long as you don't get a blob of solder interfering with the wheels of a train as it crosses the join. It will probably be a stronger joint too.
  11. Folks Somewhere in the back of what little still passes for grey matter, I seem to recall that someone was proposing to make the correct light green (eau-de-nil) lining, "flying snails" and numerals (both "1" and "2" for doors, plus vehicle numbers). All manner of yellow, white, gold and other colours are available (many never carried on anything!) but is there anywhere that very pale green bits and pieces can be had? While I'm at it, I see that SSM now have the roundel used on palvans and H vans from the late sixties until the "brown" era for wagons started in the early seventies, as well as the all-white ones used earlier. And - what about a font in the old gaelic script for the old bilingual enamel GSR station signs?
  12. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    I happen to have a small tin of Revell 78 in front of me right now, which is close enough too. The weathering, of course, shows greys up darker; I have a SSM J15 which is (deliberately) heavily weathered. It looks almost black, though it has to be said that the initial grey used was too dark,
  13. GNRi1959

    Derry Road Runabout

    I have formed the opening flap for the shed now and am using 4 x 25mm brass screws to solder my rails to make the break. I've tinned the underside of the rails that will cross the screw heads and I have liquid flux at the ready too. Is it best to solder the outside of the rails only or can I solder inside also?
  14. Andy Cundick

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    Looks like Humbrol 27 to me,all my GSR locos use it with degrees of weathering.Andy.
  15. David Holman

    Clogher Valley Project

    Saturday 10th November.
  16. jhb171achill

    CIE Locomotive Grey specification

    Roderick of 00 Works tells me that Precision Paints now sell correct loco grey, but be careful: what they call locomotive grey is, I believe, the (light) shade used on 071s these days. For steam loco standard grey, ask them for the more long-winded "GSWR / GSR / CIE Locomotive Grey".
  17. jhb171achill

    Class 458 Build

    I'm posting this message in several places where relevant; Roderick of 00 Works informs me that Precision Paints now have the correct loco grey. They ALREADY have "loco grey"; I assume this is the lighter shade used today on 071s. So the correct one to ask for is "GSWR / GSR / CIE Locomotive Grey", mouthful though that is.... This model has got to be one of the best scratchbuilds I've ever seen. Very well done!
  18. jhb171achill

    Clogher Valley Project

    When is that on?
  19. David Holman

    Clogher Valley Project

    Those of you on the other side of the water need to get to Cultra this year, where Andy is showing Castlederg. Super layout, accurately portraying a delightful prototype.
  20. Mike 84C

    Off to Bantry

    And a very good show it was.I took a selection of models and had a couple of locos just shuffling about on a photo plank ,with a folder of info and photos plus Erine Shepards book. bantree sent his Bantry station models to display and there was a lot of interest. I think a lot of people thought why Ireland and why Bantry but my reply is why not? I now understand why shows in Ireland do not generally pay expenses, 900 miles by the time I got home. Bantry goes to Bantry would be a wonderful thing to do when the layout is showable but the cost?hmmm! For me one of the most watchable displays was a R/C forage harvester which picked up loose static grass and blew it into a trailer pulled by a R/C tractor. Brilliant
  21. Andy Cundick

    Clogher Valley Project

    Defiantly echo Davids comments on the Uckfield Show,i've had Valencia and Castlederg there and throughly enjoyed it.There again this year with Llanfair Caereinion.Andy.
  22. David Holman

    Clogher Valley Project

    Fettling and finishing touches It is now less than a week to Fintonagh's exhibition debut at Uckfield next weekend. Not the largest show in the country, but definitely one of the finest in terms of layout quality. Manager Adrian Colenutt has become a past-master at fitting a lot in the space available, while the hospitality is very good too. However, this means the layout has to not just look right, but it must run well too, hence the last few weeks being spent in trying to iron out all the faults! I've written elsewhere that this is very much a problem with hand built stuff - or at least it is for me, for I am no expert, but I do work at things in the hope of getting them right, while experience helps too and I have approaching 100 shows under my belt now. Fettling essentially involves running the operating sequence over and over again, making notes of where things go wrong, then investigating the cause in the hope of putting things right. Faults manifest themselves in various ways: Derailments - mostly these are down to back to backs on the wheels. I use 4mm fine scale standards, which means 19.3mm b2b and not much leeway either. Less than 0.5mm out and wagons in particular derail on either the point blades or the crossing vee. Easily solved with a vernier gauge, thankfully Hesitant running - mostly cured by compensated/rocking axles on locos, plus pick ups on all wheels. Couplings - I'm using Kadee No 5s and though they are fairly reliable, they do need careful setting up, especially as I'm also using small 'rare earth' magnets for uncoupling. Practice also important too, stopping trains within a 5mm space requires a degree of concentration. On top of the above, one also has to create a sequence that works simply and effectively, for as well as running the layout, it is always enjoyable talking to visitors and they have paid to come in, so you owe it to them to put on a decent show. In addition to the above, there is of course Sod's Law, which can strike at any time - usually when there is a video camera operating! When [not if, note], this happens, then you just have to grin and bear it, though it is just as well visitors can't hear what I'm thinking! At them moment, the layout is running at about 95% efficiency. Derailments are now only operator error and the locos [as long as track and wheels are clean] are running nicely - even Blackwater, which has had large amounts of lead added to enable it to pull a short coach and two wagons [!]. The problem is it has 30:1 gears as opposed to the 40:1 in sister Erne and it makes quite a difference. Blackwater has caused further headaches, by repeatedly suffering from a loose wheel nut [hopefully now cured with some gloss varnish in the threads] and a broken lead on the motor. The first class bogie coach has caused much head scratching and many rude words, because in one direction, it was derailing on the point entering the station. No amount of wheel checks could sort it, but eventually cured it, by reversing the bogie, so the troublesome wheels were in the inside, not the outside. Fingers crossed now ok. The photos show some of the small details that I've been adding: A small [dummy] ground frame on the platform to operate the points A small section of point rodding [along the platform] and boarding elsewhere to cover the rest, which I really don't want to do! Figures, including a rakish fellow outside Forbes Bar, a flagman guarding the exit from the station and a lady promoting the Temperance Movement outside the tea rooms. Road vehicles are mainly from Arigna, including donkey cart, small lorry and Austin 7 saloon, plus the Model T Ford truck seen earlier. In addition, there has been organising packing and transport, with new stock boxes and trial fitting in the car. Talking to Christopher Payne [also at Uckfield with Pyn Valley Railway [in latest RM], he opined that a layout probably shouldn't be exhibited until it has done at least three shows, to iron out the faults that only ever occur away from home. Difficult, but I know what he means! Wish me luck, or better still, come along and say hello. Uckfield really is a great show.
  23. RobertRoche

    MM 071 Battleship Grey

    Thank you!
  24. DB JOE

    MM 071 Battleship Grey

    Humbrol number 27 Revell number 77 or Tamiya xf24 I think are the nearest
  25. Apologies if my question has caused confusion. For information I attach an extract from a now out of print Graham Farish Handbook (scale OO gauge) and the 2008 August issue of Model Rail which illustrates the British version of what I was trying to find relative to Irish practice. I am researching the topic and will share my work if anyone is interested but what I am trying to establish is if the work has already been done by others.
  26. RobertRoche

    MM 071 Battleship Grey

    Would anyone be able to advise on an appropriate paint colour match for the Murphy Models 071 battleship grey? Also the yellow for the front panel please?
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