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  1. IRM 2018 Launch, Saturday March 3rd, Ryan's Bar, Dublin.

    Not this year Robbie.
  2. Well everyone, you told us that you would like to find out the 2018 IRM range in advance, so make sure you join us on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 in Ryan's Bar, Store Street where we will announce the models coming in 2018 as well answer your questions and host a social event for Irish railway modellers. Ryan's is a special place for IRM, as it's where we held our very first meeting way back in 2015, so it seems only right we have our launch there. We kick off at 4pm and food will be provided. If you want to come along, it is essential you RSVP by 6pm on Wednesday, Feb 28th to info@irishrailwaymodels.com as we need to know for catering requirements. All are welcome and we hope to see you there on the day! Now, feel free to speculate what we may announce!
  3. 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
  4. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Hi everyone, I'm pleased to announce that we can finally bring you an update regarding the Irish Railway Models Cement Bubble! As previously stated, production of this iconic wagon is now underway at our factory in China. Since we took over full control of producing the wagons ourselves, we had aimed to have these on your layouts and in your collections by the end of summer. However, the more we looked at the pre-production tooling sample, the more we were unhappy with the first rendition of the model. Changes we had requested with our previous agent were not implemented and as a result, there were a number of errors that we found unacceptable. It was our goal to make the definitive version of the most iconic wagon on Irish rails, so we took the tough decision to junk a lot of the tooling and retool a number of parts of the wagon. This was expensive, but we felt it was necessary, despite the expense. As a result, the hatch lid, the underframe detail below the tank and the tank itself have been retooled and corrected. The walkways and ladders are now etched nickel silver and as a result are not only much more sturdy, but finer too. Taking on feedback from customers and magazine reviews, we have also reduced the thickness of the W irons on the chassis to create a more prototypical appearance. Below are some pics of the results in our deco sample. We hope you like it and agree that the changes are worthwhile. The arrival of the bubbles will coincide with the October show, which will involve flying them in from China. We apologise for the delay, but we hope you understand the circumstances behind this decision. (Also, please excuse the quality of photography, I need to work on my lighting and other areas more! )
  5. LIMA Murphy Models

    the snack cars never ran in CIE livery Noel.
  6. Behind the scenes at IRM

    We’ve just had additional shelving installed in IRM towers in preparation for all the additional models we will have in stock this year for both IRM and Accurascale. The IRM stock alone that we are announcing on March 3rd will take up a healthy portion of space!
  7. Tara Junction.

    Looks like someone is going to end up wearing a roadstone overcoat for their swim in the liffey on the 3rd. Maybe this gathering isn't the best idea we've had! I do like those slate grey bubbles it has to be said. Looking smashing as ever Mr. Enright!
  8. Model Rail Model of the Year 2017

    Hi everyone, Do you think our ballast wagons were the best wagons Model Rail magazine reviewed in 2017? Were we your model manufacturer of the year? If so, please vote for us in the 2017 Model Rail awards! https://www.model-rail.co.uk/moty2017/ We'd really appreciate any votes we get! (the bubbles were not reviewed until the Jan 2018 issue so they will be in next years awards!) Thanks, Fran
  9. 42ft Container flat - 3D FUD

    You are correct Noel, Tara is project three, bubbles was two. and ..... is four. And dont get me started on 5 and 6! Must admit I get confused the odd time myself!
  10. Absolutely! Thankfully the issues are minor!
  11. Hi folks, Well, since the cat is out of the bag in one of the magazines, we've decided to bring the first Accurascale announcement forward to, err, now! Our first model for the British market will be the 24.5-ton coal hopper wagon, which later received the TOPs code ‘HUO’. A total of 5,263 wagons were built by BR from 1954 for transporting coal and coke throughout Britain until their withdrawal in the 1980s, with many entering private use at collieries upon retirement by British Rail. The model, which is of the 1/148, lot 2069 pattern, has just finished tooling and an engineering sample is currently en route from our factory in China. The surviving prototypes were surveyed at the Tanfield Railway, near Stanley, County Durham in mid-October 2017. Following the survey, highly detailed CAD was produced locally and reviewed by wagon experts who had first-hand operational and survey experience of the prototypes when in service. We would like to thank the Tanfield Railway for the assistance we received and have made a donation to the railway to help with preservation of railway heritage for future generations. Flows which utilised HUOs include coke from East London to Wellingborough, Kirkby- Staythorpe, Killingworth to Stella, Kincardine, Stella North / Stella South / Dunston / Blyth, Thorpe Marsh Tunstead Works - Smaledale Works and Hessle Quarry to Hull Wilmington. They were also synonymous with coke flows from South Wales coking plants to Barry Docks. Our rendition of the HUO will feature the correct offset brake hanger arrangement and the following high level of specification, enjoyed by the customers of sister company IRM, whose Irish outline models are the most highly detailed on the market: · Sprung buffers with spindle, self contained and Oleo types all being catered for, depending on prototype · NEM coupling housing · RP25.110 darkened profile wheel sets · Factory-fitted wire handrails · Extra fine factory-fitted detail plastic parts · Individual lettering and markings from real wagons for authenticity · Built to scale tolerances to allow easy conversion to EM and P4 standards The HUO will go on sale in Q2 2018 in packs of three, with pre-TOPs, TOPs and private owner packs arriving on a staggered release basis throughout 2018 in a variety of liveries, such as BR freight grey and private owner wagons. They will also feature individual markings and detail faithful to research of the real wagons. The first release will see four different packs of three individually numbered wagons in BR grey with pre-TOPs markings so the modeller can build a 12-wagon train without duplication. Prices will be £59.95 for each pack of three wagons. In addition to the HUO, the various buffers used by the wagons throughout their lives will also be offered as separate detail parts for the detail-minded modeller. This will be sold in packs of eight for £2.95. This will be the first in a series of detail part packs offered by Accurascale for modellers. Both the HUO and the buffer detail packs are available to buy exclusively on the Accurascale website direct or from the Accurascale stand at various UK exhibitions from the second half of 2018. Orders will commence on February 1st.
  12. Hi everyone, I'm delighted to report that we have now received the first production samples of our HUO from the factory in China. Here are some pics, but before you have a good look, please remember the following caveats: 1. I'm terrible, I mean truly terrible at photography! 2. There are revisions that are needed to tooling. Now, despite previous reports you may have seen elsewhere, this does not cost the earth at this stage, and is easily done. The brake gear does indeed need amending, with the shoes slightly too small and the assembly itself being slightly too large. This revision has already been sent to our factory to sort out. The self-contained buffers are receiving further refinement too. 3. The bling wheels will of course, be toned down for production 4. It is a hastily hand assembled, made on a Friday afternoon before Chinese New Year, so the fit and finish is not A1, but it will be on the finished model. 5. The slight warping of the chassis parts are down to haste too, these will be rectified on the finished model. 6. The NEM Pockets are well off and are being dropped to correct NEM height for production. Cheers! Fran
  13. Valentine's Day.

    And here was me thinking of doing an IRM marketing campaign; "Get a bunch of bubbles for the wagon in your life this Valentines Day" For some reason the lads stopped me...
  14. IRM 2018 Range Launch and Social

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    We'll put your +1 on the list so!
  15. IRM 2018 Range Launch and Social

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    Join us on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 in Ryan's Bar, Store Street where we will announce the models coming in 2018 as well answer your questions and host a social event for Irish railway modellers. Ryan's is a special place for IRM, as it's where we held our very first meeting way back in 2015, so it seems only right we have our launch there. We kick off at 4pm and food will be provided. If you want to come along, it is essential you RSVP by 6pm on Wednesday, Feb 28th to info@irishrailwaymodels.com as we need to know for catering requirements. All are welcome and we hope to see you there on the day!
  16. Daimler APC and Leyland fire engine.

    They’re a lovely wee set I have to say!
  17. IRM 2018 Launch, Saturday March 3rd, Ryan's Bar, Dublin.

    Is that based on Bracken's post? This is turning into quite the party!
  18. Daimler APC and Leyland fire engine.

    They look excellent, think I'll be picking a set up!
  19. A first look at the production sample....
  20. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Luckily I've been to Kennedy space centre, have sent the files to ESU. All good!
  21. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Well, that's project 4 out of the bag...
  22. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Must see if I can get a pack of bubbles on board the next one...
  23. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Marketing.
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