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About Noel

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    Großadmiral Yachtmaster


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


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    Retired company director

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  1. Noel

    Kingsbridge - workbench

    Bizarre you should mention that @popeye, only about 60 seconds ago I realised I had forgotten to put the brake parcel van in the formation for the video.
  2. Noel

    Kingsbridge - workbench

    TPO running trials prior to finishing. CIE night mail train. Thought it wiser to test run before fitting the small fiddly bits in case any manhandling was needed with bogies, but all went well and CIE bogie TPO 2974 is running well at all speeds in all directions over a variety of track work and points.
  3. Noel

    Clogher Valley Project

    Very nice David. Where did you source the magnets?
  4. Noel

    GSWR 6w Bk3rd from a SSM kit

    Wonderful work looking fabulous. Filled with nostalgia looking at the subjects and the brass workmanship.
  5. Noel

    eBay Watch

    Expensive for a paper weight. Thought they generally go nowadays for between €50-70
  6. Yes wishing IRM/AS well with their first UK product delivery and hope it gets a great reception. When are the HUOs due to arrive with customers? The UK market is in for a pleasant surprise.
  7. Noel

    4 ages - RTR diesel loco evolution

    I remember the shop in Rathfarnham well and especially the Diorama layouts in various gauges. Think he also carried Wrenn stock at one stage. It was the first time I saw Irish model coaches with a CIE livery and I was in awe at them. They looked custom made, were quite short bogie coaches sitting on a top shelf test track around one side of the shop. Wonder if these were part of the 'scratch built and modified rtr rolling stock' you mentioned that he made for CIE. Another time, another era in model retailing.
  8. Noel

    4 ages - RTR diesel loco evolution

    Apologies, yes you are quite right, that's an omission. I never bought one of those. It was just a photo of some of my own 'milestone' models.
  9. Noel

    4 ages - RTR diesel loco evolution

    Sure, that's fair comment, it was I just had those four to hand when tidying up boxes last evening, and they seemed to represent the most significant milestones in RTR change. You could argue the 071 and 201 were incremental evolutions of the 141. Personally the MM/Bachmann 141/181 is the finest model loco I have ever owned and run. The smoothness of the Bachmann chassis seems unparalleled. The BGMs were the first authentic true scale representations and were the first to introduced centre drive chassis with AWD and AWP. One wonders what this pic above might look like in another 20 years time.
  10. Noel

    End of the DFDS liners?

    Did the trains run from Ballina to Kildare and then down to Waterford?
  11. I was tidying up yesterday when I got a chance I put these locos together for a family photograph - a sort of Darwinian map of the evolution of Irish RTR model locomotives showing the four key steps in the RTR evolution (Hornby, Lima, Silverfox and Bachmann/Murphy Models). The C class is the odd one out as it was a kit, but interesting to see where were have come from. No doubt in time the fifth age will be brought to us from the IRM stable. Be it 2019 or 2020 the Fifth age should be well worth waiting for.
  12. Noel

    Kingsbridge - workbench

    CIE bogie TPO kit progress. Decals applied on top of coat of gloss varnish, finished later with a coat of matt varnish to seal and help the weathering effect. Just glazing and hand rails left to apply plus a few tiny little extra bits I want to add from photos. Oh yes and the under frames! Got kadee's fitted which worked really well on track trials due to the sprung Keen gangway. I added a little extra lead weight over each bogie and she is proving a very smooth and reliable runner. I've really enjoyed working on this kit. When finished will post up some pics of her running with CIE GSV 3185.
  13. Noel

    Jason's Workbench

    Class job. Super looking wagons. Precise neat work.
  14. Noel

    Photographic Website Updates

    Great photo Fran. Curiously the first craven coach is ever so slightly 'bowed' in the middle and the fifth leading coach is riding slightly high on the bogie at the loco end. Bowed coaches of that era are not unusual. What speed can that train run at? Presume there is a minimum speed required on certain sections so as not to delay traffic behind.

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