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  1. Excellent........Christmas Present arrived early. Looking forward to putting these together!! Many thanks John. Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Hello Snapper, As noted by Eoin above, it is a hold & fold tool with the top inverted to act as a backstop to hold a round bar to allow bending. The version I have is the RP Toolz Etch Bending Tool "Hold n Fold" - 18cm long. Cost me £33.50 via e-bay but it is an excellent tool and much needed when working in brass. Hope that helps, Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    Latest Loco alluded to above, is the GSR 670 Class 0-6-2T These locomotives 670 - 674 were built by the GSR for the ex DSER line to handle commuter traffic between Greystones and Dublin. From all accounts they were complex machines with inclined valves and limited access for maintenance and repairs. Photo courtesy of the "Good Book" (Clements & Mc Mahon) Constructed in 1933 with Z-type boilers and mainly of welded construction resulting in smoother lines. Drawing was developed again from sketches generously provided by IIRS and developed into a cut drawing for the CNC Mill. Parts cut out and construction commenced on the cab area first as this is of great interest due to all the curves. The split level footplate led to a different approach - rather than a single footplate with a hole cut out, profiled tabs were cut which were then fixed to the frames. This allowed both the split levels, but also to retain the distinctive high frames at the smokebox area. Compensated chassis again with fixed rear axle for motor and gearbox, with middle and front axles in high level hornblocks. Compensated beam between font and middle axle. Trailing bogey is carried in a pony truck cut on the mill and bent into shape. Chassis and footplate constructed to get to here: Add the body shown before and we get: What is nice about these locos is the smoke box; large with a curved front plate dropping down between the high frames. Smoke box formers were created, curved, drilled and fixed. Boiler barrel is 18mm pipe with a captive bolt to thread into the smoke box. This brings us to here: Belpaire section of the boiler was formed and soldered to the cab - still need to fix boiler barrel to belpaire section, however that may be a simple tapered slip connection which will facilitate dismantling for painting and maintenance. Put it all together & we get: What is interesting is the relative size of locomotives. Not having actual prototypes available to compare we are left with comparing statistic in books, however, you can read as many books as you like, but when you see locos on the track you start to get an idea. What is noticeable is how big the 670 locos really were - they really fill out all available space on the footplate. Compare 670 class vs the 458 class: More as time permits! Ken
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    Class I3 Tank GSR Gauge O Upgrades

    Eoin, PM sent re drawings. Ken
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    Class I3 Tank GSR Gauge O Upgrades

    Eoin, This is looking good - coupling rods look excellent. I'm currently working on one of these in 4mm & have drawings, so could have helped with the research!! Difficult loco to build due to the different levels in footplate, wrap over cab roof, curve in the smokebox front, and very interesting bunker area. Quite a challenge and a very enjoyable build. Some small problems with drawings which need some amendment to fix some issues. The position of the front curve in the footplate is in the wrong position on the drawing which has impacted on the front splashers, pushing them too far forward - should be relative easy enough fix though. What is nice to learn is the relative size of locos. Read as many books as you like, but when you see locos on the track you get the true scale. What is noticeable is how big the 670 locos really were - they really fill out all available space on the footplate. Probably a bit late to offer assistance, however if there is any more info I can provide, please do get in touch. Ken
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    7mm scale 101 - a tribute to Richard Chown

    David, I have the Poppy;s loco box for 4mm which is excellent for construction of chassis - it does give plenty of space around the frames for soldering. My understanding of the pin with the coupling rods is that it's a simple rivet - you have to take care not to peen to tightly? For the 0-6-2T I'm working on a the moment, I ended up using a track rivet as the rivet to hold the coupling rods together which worked rather well. NIce looking chassis BTW! Ken
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    Bantry Town Station 1950's

    George Dent's books are excellent. I bought both volumes on weathering which are superb and provide an in depth look at various weathering methods which I am looking forward to trying. Ken
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    barrow street

    Welcome to the world of brass, where all things are possible!!!!
  9. Excellent. They should help finish off some locomotives. I would be interested in taking a horse box and meat van from you if I can. Do you want to send over an invoice for Paypal & I'll organise payment. Ken
  10. John, These are fantastic with incredible detail - well done. I gotta get me some of these!! Two quick questions: Are these available immediately (ie to put in with some castings????) Are they suitable for 21mm Ken
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    KMCE's Workbench

    A little teaser for the next loco on the bench. 0-6-2T DSER loco with distinctive rear tanks and bunker. More soon....
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    KMCE's Workbench

    OK - so progress. Quite a bit since i updated this page. Tanks were formed with the curves front and rear. Tops added and excess trimmed off. Given the size of the tanks the cab front was trimmed to meet the top of the tanks rather than cutting into the tanks. Tanks are rather large on this locomotive and fill out fully to the sides of the footplate. A trim detail at the bottom of the tank finishes them nicely to the footplate. The difference in cab width and the tanks is quite pronounced. The boiler and smokebox were then formed and mated up to the body. Some fettling needed to get the tanks and boiler to co-ordinate together. A trim plate over the boiler at the cab front is needed to close the joint - it is quite distinctive. Roof will be need to re-done as it's a fraction too small. Fixing points are located at rear holding the bunker and cab, front holding down the smoke box, and front sides of the tanks. Generally holds things in place and allows access for maintenance.
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    Heritage Irish Stock

    Hello Colin, My contact is Anthony Mc Donald - both his details and Richards are as per the attached image. I elected for the digital download which, for me are a bit more flexible - you can zoom in and out rather than using a magnifier! Hope that helps. Ken
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    Heritage Irish Stock

    I bought the "MGWR Compendium of NPCS & Goods Vehicle Drawings" at the Raheny show. Very nice images and good information. Some of the originals were very faded so some dimensions can be difficult to read but these are the exception rather than the rule. One of the images is of a Passenger, Luggage and Brake Van - Branch line, which I'm drafting up at the moment. It is 30' six wheeler with raised central brake compartment. Hopefully the drawing will provide enough information to build a model. What is coming out rather nicely is the brake detail: These compilations are really nice and detail is good; I can recommend.
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    IRM at the Raheny Show this weekend

    Alas, the RTR version was not to be, however I can fully understand the reluctance to work on a model of this complexity. So it looks like I will have to scratch build one myself after all! I've made a start, but I think there will be considerable time required to complete this model to the highest standards. The finish is a bit stark, however I'm hoping with suitable weathering it will blend down to a more pleasing finish. More as time permits!!

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