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  1. 4 points
    Can, fire me a pm if still interested. In other news... Colours used. Rock salt method used. Bit of downward action with wire wool before it dried. Onto powders, Mig Ammo are appallingly bad for railway stuff. It's powdered chalk dust, and doesn't stick. Back to AK Interactive. Should have left it at that, but was determined to get those powders to behave. It's sitting on makeshift 21mm track. I'm "idir eatherthu" about the finish, and I've probably given Wrenneire a hernia seeing a collectible in this way!! 😆 R.
  2. 4 points
    Love 25195 myself. It's my poster wagon I show off when someone asks to see them. Managed to get another Pack A from Marks today. I just knew you guys would sell out last night before I got paid. I like to keep a 1 boxed set and a running set of everything I have. My OCD with this hobby.
  3. 3 points
    I know most of you would have by now seen the film 'The Seige of Jadotville', where 155 men of A company , 35 Batallion of the Irish Army under the command of Comdt Pat Quinlan defended Jadotville against a force of over 3,000 Katangese for 6 days, killing over 300 with 1000+ casualties without a single fatality to his troops. I will not talk about the shameful way these men were ignored and branded cowards on return to Ireland by their own units and by the Government, instead I would like to share with you a true story. I had the privilege of meeting a few of the survivors of the seige in Mullingar some time ago and apart from feeling so proud , I gained nothing but the highest respect for them. On to the story....... one told of when they were in captivity, they were allowed play the ould bit of hurling. After witnessing a fierce clash on the pitch, one of the guards asked what they were playing. On being told it was 'hurling' the Irish national game, the guard smiled and said 'If we knew you played a game like this - we never would have attacked you in the first placce!!
  4. 3 points
    The movements of incoming deliveries can now be plotted accurately.
  5. 3 points
    I replied to that one - a very rare oddity, and possibly - if not probably - a one-off. They started painting buses in the new livery about the end of 1961 / early 1962, at which time the snail was still in bogie. For maybe some weeks, snails were applied to both red and cream "country" buses and navy and cream city ones. Thus, snails on new livery buses, while not at all common, were indeed to be seen. And they were white, not gold-lined "eau-de-nil" light green. Therefore, the above represents a one-off attempt by somebody in a bus garage to apply the new badge to an old bus. Possibly it received a scratch along the side at some stage after the new logo had come in, and rather than give the bus it's overdue new livery repaint, they touched up the area in green and stuck the new logo on. It is therefore possible that the other side had a snail. Another likely reason is that it's maybe 1963 or 4, and they run out of right-hand facing snails, which adorned buses on this side, steam loco tenders, and nothing else. If so, it's understandable they've none left as (a) steam is finished, and (b) bus repaints have the new logo anyway! This type of thing is not unusual at a time of livery change. Immediately after the GNR was taken over by CIE in September 1958, locos about to be outshopped from Dundalk emerged in full lined blue (passenger) or unlined black (everything else) but without the GNR crest or lettering "G N" or "G N R". Around 1987-90, a few diesels appeared with old CIE "Supertrain" livery, as yet un-repainted with "tippex" white stripes - but with the new IE "set of points" logo. One engine at least had then on the sides, but CIE "roundels" still on the ends. Today, we can see an occasional ICR with no less than three variations from the normal IE coloured "flag" logo. A very small number of ICR vehicles have the wording but no flag, all-white logo and wording, or all-black wording and logo. In steam days, the RPSIs No. 4 carried a UTA crest on one side, and a new NIR logo on the other for a while. On CIE, while some tenders had eau-de-nil snails on their tenders, others had plain tenders. (None had yellow, cream or white snails!). Locos which still retained numberplates usually had the raised edges and numerals picked out in light yellow, but in some cases this applied only to the numbers. In GSR days, plates were very occasionally just painted over. At the very end of steam on CIE, one J15 based in Cork, one Bandon Tank, and one ex-MGWR G2, had black smokeboxes but the rest grey, instead of a grey smokebox as usual. Currently, several Isle of Man coaches have neither crests nor even numbers due to being needed in traffic before they were ready! There are always interesting variations. On David Holman's truly excellent Arigna Road, we have a superb model of the dark red locomotive that the CVR had - the others were green! And look at NIR's three 071s. I reckon that no two repaints of any of the trio have a yellow patch the same size and shape! In latter days, IE started using a different font for loco numerals. Those on 146 at Downpatrick (which are IE originals) are of this later non standard font, not applied to all that many locos.
  6. 2 points
    Following a couple of conversations I had, it was suggested to me that I delve into the Catacombs to list colours of "flying snails" here and there. So here goes. UNLINED WHITE Railway wagons, PW equipment. Note to modellers: weather instantly! One trip in use made them off white very rapidly - same with white anything on a railway. Pristine A4 paper white will always look unrealistic on a layout for that reason. Never any locos. YELLOW, LINED New 121 class locos and grey / yellow buses. Never locos. PALE GREEN, UNLINED Pre-1955-ish - some wagons, often horse boxes, cattle trucks and old vans. Not more modern goods stock - these were white. After 1955, while wagons are gaining white snails, once the lighter green carriage livery came in, unlined eau-de-nil (and even lighter green) appears on carriage sides. In addition, older lined ones are used - see next: PALE GREEN, OR "EAU-DE-NIL", LINED IN GOLD Carriages in 1945-55 darker ("bus / loco") green. After the lighter green appeared in 1955, some older stock like six-wheelers had the lighter green, but lined snails. All buses carried this lined light green version 1945* to 1962, as did any steam loco tenders which carried a snail at all, which was most of them. A right-handed version was available too, which was applied to the offside of buses (i.e. driver's side) and tenders, only. This lined version was also on road freight vehicles. They never carried the unlined ones, so beloved of model lorry and bus manufacturers - nor did buses! All steam locos, whether lined green, normal grey, or black. Tank engines never had logos - they were only applied to tenders, and even at that, quite a few tenders didn't have them. That's all I can think of for now - I hope it's of interest!
  7. 2 points
    A few more pictures of Richie’s filthy bubble. Tis a stunner!
  8. 2 points
    Another exciting day in IRM Towers as we received the baseboards for our test track from Model Rail Baseboards. Dave has done a lovely job on it too!
  9. 2 points
    Matchsticks soaked in grey / brown cheap watercolour paint for wooden fence posts.
  10. 2 points
    Can't wait to get the knock on the door Fran. I was looking at some footage last night of a pair of babies hauling a rake of 12. Also watched a train of 36 wagons heading north through Thomastown. You could also see rakes of various numbers in between and sometimes less than 12. If you have the space run as long a rake as you can, they were an impressive sight. Rich,
  11. 2 points
    Glad you got sorted Railer. The other bubbles aren't that far behind the Irish Cement ones in selling out. We've been blown away by demand! The rest of the bubbles leave the factory this coming Friday, so lots of packing and shipping to come for us over the next few weeks. After the factory ship on Friday, they're straight into production of the orange bubbles
  12. 1 point
    Just when you think you had seen them all, pic gleaned from a FB group. Photographer unknown.
  13. 1 point
    Yes, long stalled, but am awaiting a much improved chassis from Jeremy which I asked about when I saw him at Blackrock so once I secure that I’ll be on the home stretch
  14. 1 point
    I'm off for a stiff drink after that. Can't tell the difference between the durty hoors I crawled over in LK and something the size of a kinder egg. Outstanding Richie. An fhearr faoin spear sa gort fein.
  15. 1 point
    Decals on the chassis and wheels was next, another handy use for the chassis jig- sticking on decals! The red lines were a nightmare, I finally figured it out- cut them up and stick each line on separate, if you try to say stick on those 'L' shapes they twist and stick to themselves and then break as one tries to untie them. Wheels were next, same nightmare and even worse- two of the bogie wheel transfers had been sliced up in the packet by metal parts they were in with, one was in about 10 pieces and they were floating around in the water- 'Decal Fishing' All done, just a coat of satin varnish to hide the decal-fix and seal them, then the chassis is ready to go back together. Is that the cab all test fitted up? Yes it is, first test burn of the boiler! Two flickering LEDs from Baseboard Dave- red n orange, mounted behind the backhead with fire door open and a bit of tracing paper with black marker on as a diffuser and coal look...... Eoin
  16. 1 point
    A good day's work? One of the advantages of being a serial layout builder is that I frequently go where the muse takes me. A bit of a butterfly mind one would say & maybe a dustbin one too... Anyway, after tidying up the workbench following recent efforts with Fintonagh's baseboards & infrastructure, I decided to have a go at something new. Actually, not quite true, as I'm always plotting what might be the best way to move my projects forward & CVR Railcar No1 has been working its way up my mental list for some time. Indeed, I'd hoped to buy a set of etchings from Worsley Works at Expo Narrow Gauge a week or so ago, but sadly the redoubtable Alan Doherty seemed to have everything but, while the website suggests it may not be available for a while. So, a scratch build then. Not too much of a problem [hopefully!], as I've built several of the beasts over the years, starting with a 4mm scale Taurgem kit of a pair of Colonel Stephens railcars & then going through various 7mm narrow gauge versions including a 'rail-lorry' made from a Corgi Lipton's tea van, then a Waggon & Mashcinbau BR railbus [just before the Heljan one came out], before finally doing the SLNCR railbus and Walker railcar for Arigna. I've got the 7mmNG Society drawing, a range of photos in books and ones I took myself at Cultra, plus the Alphagraphix card kit and even some bits left over from the CVR 'Unit' I made from Worsley etches earlier this year. On the latter, knowing I was going to do the Railcar at some point, I made my own castings for the roof and bonnet sections, so I've got a fair bit to get me started. The plan is that the chassis of the tractor unit will be in nickel silver, while most of the rest will be plasticard, with seats cast from resin. So, this morning, I delved into my 'nickel silver' box [there's a brass one too], to see what bits were available. There was [just] enough 30 thou sheet for the frame sides, while frets I'd kept from the two SLNCR 'small tank' kits yielded material for frame spacers and coupling rods. I follow what I believe is the standard practice for making a simple chassis. Two pairs of 'blanks' were cut, one for frame sides, the other for the coupling rods. I'll confess to being a bit of a heathen here, preferring to use a reinforced slitting disc in the Dremel to a coping saw any day.Each pair was soldered together, then the rods were clamped & soldered to the frame sides, so I could drill for the rods and axle holes through all four pieces. This then means the axles and coupling rods line up perfectly - not always a gimme where kits are concerned, I've found - though newer ones [probably drawn on computer] are much more accurate these days. Once drilled, each pair of rods and frame sides were separated & filed to shape. Finally, all four pieces were separated, then I cut for frame spacers so I could assemble the frames, using one eighth stainless steel rod through the bearings to ensure everything was nice and square. Finally, for today, I added small brass washers to the rods to beef up the bosses, plus some fluted brass strip to make them thicker and the correct profile. All this took getting on for five hours and the pictures below don't seem to amount to much, but [fingers crossed], once the wheels arrive, I should have a working chassis in fairly good time after. Watch this space!
  17. 1 point
    I may be interested, John. Equally in the D16. I suppose that come the day it would depend on the price, though I know it would be WELL worth it.
  18. 1 point
    Thanks, Wrenn, very interesting. A disgraceful, disgusting way for the state to treat these men. I'm sure they wondered what sort of country they were wearing the uniforms of.
  19. 1 point
    The fact that they had to surrender because of lack of supplies and ammunition was seen by the Irish Government as embarrassing and an excuse not to honour these brave men because of political and strategic errors by the UN at the time Indeed the term Jadotville Jack was used later in the Irish Army to describe anyone who neglected to do his duty. Great film by the way, check it out if you have not seen it, its on Netflicks.
  20. 1 point
    That is a truly superb story. While I know it's probably not the stuff of a model railway website, I was unaware of how (and now wonder why) these men were so treated on their return. Did the state ever apologise? If not it seems long overdue.
  21. 1 point
    Same, love the bigger roundel and the font style (which isn't a font download either - every letter had to be drawn ) would loved the justification for 2 more in a pack, but shur.... R
  22. 1 point
    I came across this recently - a very good watch. Stephen
  23. 1 point
    I got 11 wagons primed today. There are 16 to paint brown next and then all 20 for decals.
  24. 1 point
    Just a quick snap of a weathered set of ballasts, chap wants DIV 42, despite being on a different running number. First project of the rebuilt and relocated "workbench"! Weathering powders and hand applied highlights only. R.
  25. 1 point
    Righto, after a hiatus of a little over 500 days, I thought it best to ease myself back into things, and by ease I mean "getting repeatedly whacked over the noggin with a well worn garda baton" type of eased. It's actually surprising how many tricks and tips can be forgotten when it's not the be all and end all of your days. I'm I have build photos somewhere of these, but I'll add them another time. Just a quick glimpse of some almost finished Ammonia Tankers and Barrier Wagons from the Studio Scale Stable. More soon....a lot lot more.... Richie.

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