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On 4/6/2018 at 12:31 PM, Noel said:

 

Photo below (C) Paul Haywood's flickr

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Just looking at the above in detail, never knew they were fitted with air brakes, or just a through air pipe. Interesting all the same. Wonder what year that mod was installed as there was nothing airbraked till the bogie bulk cements followed by the Mk3s and the Shale wagons.

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Lights added. Its 3:12am and the mail train has stopped for 10 minutes at a cold and wintery Portarlington. This is a battery module, but I think I might change it for DCC pickups on the bogies.  The warm yellow LED light flickers gently mimicking the glo from a stove or lantern.

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2 hours ago, Railer said:

Just looking at the above in detail, never knew they were fitted with air brakes, or just a through air pipe. Interesting all the same. Wonder what year that mod was installed as there was nothing airbraked till the bogie bulk cements followed by the Mk3s and the Shale wagons.

I don't know the year that pipe was added at the sole bar.  I considered adding it, but decoded against for visual appeal with the older coaches.

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There one each side Noel, the hose with the red connection on the left and the yellow on the right. You can see the red valve lever at the top right corner of the left buffer and the yellow level at the bottom right corner of the gangway.

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Air brake pipes were added in the mid eighties to allow them to work with the 60' air braked bogie flat wagons.

It meant that the sundries and night mail trains could be combined

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I also have vague memories of seeing a bogie TPO paired with a mk1 GSV at the head of a mk2 train operating out of Galway which had its own EGV.  Think a photo of same was posted on the forum in the past. 

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Just check with the IIRS journal. The modifications were carried out in 1986. Pipes were added to TPOs 2972-2981 and 8 GSVs

The vacuum braked stock had to be marshalled next to the loco. Mails were carried in 20' containers on the bogie wagons not sundries.

They were used on both the Cork and the Galway mails.

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After the summer pause, finally finished the TPO kit.  Enjoyed working on this kit. The only additions I made were a pair Keen Systems LMS sprung gangways, filled in the apparatus panels as I was doing the later CIE variant, stuck bars behind the window glazing, added Kadee couplings to the Bachmann commonwealth bogies, and lighting. 

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Kit before

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I'm bored now, what's happening next . . . :) 

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Finally got back to B121 project. Jeepers there is an awful lot of wire grab rails on these locos. Nearly done, just glazing, vacuum pipes and some supplementary weathering powders left.

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Bending all those wire grab rails with a basic needle nose pliers was fun.

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On delivery 121s did not have full length walkway rails, just shunters stands and grab rails on the body shell. The full length walkway rails were added some time during the Black'n'Tan livery era. I've gone for the earlier incarnation below with a little poetic license.

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Before painting the grab rails. Fiddle faddle my eyes and fingers are tired. The cab front steps were frustratingly mind bending to form. :) 

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Nearly done.

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6 hours ago, RobertRoche said:

Looks good Noel, do you have a Bill Bedford handrail bending jig? Handy for these jobs.

Cheers. No, fingers, tweezers and a needle nose pliers. Must investigate one of those after all the fiddle, faddle finger fustrratiion. :)

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Handrails, along with brake gear, have long been pet hates. A necessary evil, unfortunately, but overall worth the effort. Doesn't mean I have to like doing them though!

 They set off the 121 very nicely.

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9 hours ago, Noel said:

Finally got back to B121 project. Jeepers there is an awful lot of wire grab rails on these locos. Nearly done, just glazing, vacuum pipes and some supplementary weathering powders left.

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Bending all those wire grab rails with a basic needle nose pliers was fun.

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On delivery 121s did not have full length walkway rails, just shunters stands and grab rails on the body shell. The full length walkway rails were added some time during the Black'n'Tan livery era. I've gone for the earlier incarnation below with a little poetic license.

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Before painting the grab rails. Fiddle faddle my eyes and fingers are tired. The cab front steps were frustratingly mind bending to form. :) 

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Nearly done.

Lovely job on a unique livery.

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B121 is now virtually complete. Glazing, Railings and buffer beam now done. She is a smooth runner being on a 3rd generation Athearn SW1500 chassis which is centre AWD and AWP. Just got the driver and cab interior left to do and then add a sound speaker. Thrilled to have a 121 to run on the layout on its own and in consist with B141.

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B121 ready for service

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The new fuel tank and bogies sides help hide the original Athearn chassis

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Left drivers window open as it was a hot day.

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Before - The donor chassis was an Athearn SW1500 3rd generation 

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In the beginning - Shapeways 121 3D body shell before adjustment

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Lovely piece of work and the chassis is icing on cake..  Now if I work on my resin model as well do you think the model gods will smile on us again with the MM121 ? 

thanks for showing the finished works!

Robert   

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That's a very nice "Yank", Noel. 

I have two white metal ones ; can't even remember if they were MIR or Q kits. 

Those handrails are a distinctive feature of those engines and not easy to get right.

Pur her up on the front of your mail train!

Cheers,

Glover

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11 hours ago, Robert Shrives said:

Lovely piece of work and the chassis is icing on cake..  Now if I work on my resin model as well do you think the model gods will smile on us again with the MM121 ? 

thanks for showing the finished works!

Robert   

Word has it that MM121 will be out at Easter 2018!

 

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44 minutes ago, Irishrailwayman said:

Word has it that MM121 will be out at Easter 2018!

I really hope so, but I’ll only believe it when I’ve actually got one paired up as a double header with B121 above, bonnet to bonnet hauling a rake of CIE era B&T coaches or IRM bubbles through Gort station layout reenacting scenes from ‘Rails through the West’. :) 

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scenes not sciences :) Lexdysia strikes
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I thought B121 was finished but noticed earlier I'd forgotten the windscreen wipers, tablet catchers and horns. banghead.gif Doh!

Every time you look at something like this you see more things you want to tweak but there is a time to call a halt, just be content and enjoy the end result. :)  

I hope this is finally finished at last. hyper.gif Time to play methinks. 

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Really looks great a stunning model, well done.

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The finishing touches with the handrails etc have made all the difference Noel. Very impressive looking model, great job :tumbsup:

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