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Noel last won the day on November 17

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About Noel

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    Gro├čadmiral Yachtmaster


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    Planes, Trains and Boats (++bicycles, --cars).


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    Marine, Equestrian


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    Retired company director
  1. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Progress on GSV conversion is slow but on going. A bit of work on battery box, diesel tank and steps. Got the B5 bogie kits made up and new bogie swivel mounts made at the correct ride height. Finding this chipping away with plastic quite therapeutic. Holes drilled for wire hand rails at guards door. The lima bogie mount had to be drilled out and new swivel mounts added so the B5 bogies can easily snap fit in place for easy removal.
  2. Went to see this movie yesterday. Despite being warned beforehand by some relatives it wasn't great, we both quite enjoyed it. Forgettable perhaps but great entertainment and stunning cinematography. Stellar cast and in particular Michelle Pfeiffer was superb. The fact the movie was filmed on a choo-choo train was an added bonus.
  3. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Some fabulous photos in your album Ernie. A treasure trove.
  4. WMRC - New member

    I recently joined Wexford model railway club. They seem to have a really friendly and active community down there in the sunny south east, and a fabulous club house right in the centre of Wexford. It's a bit far from me here in Co Wicklow to visit regularly, but hope to get down the odd Saturday. They are very active on the layout building front, have huge space, and build to a high standard. Their Easter layout exhibition is a seriously impressive event. Looking forward to hitching up with folk down there and learning from them.
  5. GSR Class 551 / J26 ECMbuild in 7mm

    Just Amazerballs. Eoin you should be heading up the engineering division of the next SST project. Your engineering talents, design intelligence and resourcefulness know no bounds.
  6. Wanted - A class bogie sides

    Hi Seamus. Eoin @murrayec can supply superbly detailed white metal bogie sides for A class. Noel See here:
  7. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Resent? - Me too Jim. Thanks to Eoin's powers of persuasion @murrayec I have removed the ugly moulded plastic door grab rails, and drilled holes for proper wire ones. Fiddle, faddle, file'n'cut, fettle, fattle, cut'n'file, sand'n'paint, go back to go, do not pass go, be traped here for eternity. Or as Spook once said: "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it" Back working on the roof and under frame tweaks.
  8. GNRi/UTA Coaches in N

    Hi Tony. Are you considering switching to N gauge for the layout?
  9. IRM Cement Bubble Latest News

    Oh yes, we are very much on the same page JB
  10. Very impressive so far Gerry. Will follow with keen interest. Very neat electrics too.
  11. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Hi Paul. Weight isn't a problem, the skeletal wagons run really well and never derail, even when running just the wagons without the containers on board. But your right I may add weight to the containers to make the rake heavier and run with less coupler snatching. The C-Rail container floors are snap fit and pop off easily, so adding a bit of weight is easy. The reason for my original post was to explain how I stopped the containers falling off the flats. Noel C-Rail container floors are snap-fit and come off easily.
  12. Kingsbridge - workbench

    Beat production. In the middle of other concurrent projects I've started on the first half of a rake of single beat wagons. Primed today prior to tweaking, painting and fitting to chassis. Having a few small projects on the go at the same time can be very productive because while you are waiting for bits, or glue, paints to cure, etc, you can swap between projects and keep things moving along. I understand CIE had over 2000 of these wagons in their 'heyday' when they were used as both general purpose open goods wagons as well as for beat traffic. They were also used instead of flats to transport CIE containers as well as transport agri machinery, tractors, cars, cable drums, etc.
  13. That Reg Thing.......

    Well spotted. I remember a few shamrock 747 skippers had number plates with 747 on them back in the old days pre year plates (e.g. wicklow had NI plates, etc)
  14. Blue Cravens coaches

    These are the brass sides I'm using with a Bachmann BCK donor, rather than the Triang-Hornby in the pic (£12 from Mousa). They are for RPSI maroon 3173 GSV. They seem accurate but I'm just disappointed they lack any relief for the window frames, door hinges, handles, etc. I can stick that stuff on with plastic. One clever feature of these sides is they have multiple horizontal channels etched behind tumblehome to make bending into shape easy without need for specialist tools. Des will your sides have separate window frames or will you etch those in relief, etc?
  15. Blue Cravens coaches

    It does indeed. I'm currently converting two Bachmann BCKs, one using brass sides and the other with plastic. Wish I'd knew this before I started. The brass sides I have are rather low on detail (i.e. flat), I suspect yours would be much better with relief for window frames, vent frames, hinges and door handles, etc.

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