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  1. Feel free to froth men, but I will throw a few logs on the fire... 1. We are working on several new tool projects at the moment, but we wont do one big announcement like project 42. Instead we will announce one at a time. 2. We will only announce when we have a tooling sample to display. We are doing the same for Accurascale. 3. We should have news on re-issues of other projects dotted throughout the year too, but this will be based on receiving samples too to show off. We will have one or two small re-issue announcements in the next couple of weeks, but I think (dont quo
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  2. Hi guys I have just weathered one of my 121s as I find the IRs are very bright in my eyes and I think it's a big difference and brings a model to life.6 months ago if you had said that I would be weathering a new model I would have laughed at you but I'd encourage anyone to give it a go. Thank god I had no issues with damage etc in transit. They are a fantastic model and we have a lot to be thankful for as modelers. Stay safe and hopefully we can get to some shows next year. Enda
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  3. Some more work done over the past week. The goods shed is, in reality quite a wide building, and the platform canopy extends past the goods shed. There also seems to have been a small structure on the platform adjacent to the goods shed siding but I lack better photos of it. no.309 heads a passenger working through to Dublin. Columns have been added to the Galway platform canopy. Seen from the Sligo platforms, J15 no. 162 shunts in the goods yard. 400 class no.402 slows to a stop at Mullingar. She will take water before continuing on to Ga
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  4. Just to confirm that the JM Design CIE 20T goods brake will be produced as a rtr model starting with the 1950s-early 60s flying snail version our printer has successfully re-located his business to a new premises. There are a number of traditional loose coupled wagons in the pipeline based on the Standard IRCH 9'6" steel underframe which will be announced once we have completed the CAD work or a pre-production sample.
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  5. Some of you might remember my older son Adam who did attempt most of the show for the last 9 years, since he was 6 months old. As he got his first train set, he decided to build his first layout. Some first jobs done
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  6. From the loft at 98
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  7. A glimpse of our next traditional Irish goods wagon. Pre-production renderings of the GSR Bulk Grain wagon. We expect to have a pre-production sample ready by March 2021. These wagons were quite an advanced design by the standards of the 1930s. Our 20T Brake Van has been a test of what could practically be achieved in terms of detail and standard of finish with 3D printing and we are taking this a step further with the ladder and modelling the discharge gear. The company and private owner versions of the grain wagons operated from the mid 1930s until CIE phased
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  8. Window frames done and re-roofed. Lots more still to do, fascias, gutters, brick chimney, steps, ridge tiles, painting, weathering, etc. There is also the option of the white lean-to at the north end of the box.
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  9. Perhaps, these may help? 458 Class DSER 13'6" Covered Wagon Armoured Train DSER Goods Brake Latest to the Yard - DW&WR Ballast Wagon Happy New Year to you all.
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  10. Bit more work has been done over the Christmas break,mainly around station frontage along with small bits of hidden scenery here and there. One may notice the yard is somewhat compressed. This is mainly down to the space available. Maedbh starts a train towards Galway. She won't be going very far, as the bridge hasn't been started! In reality the line curves slightly before reaching the yard. Mullingar was awash with water towers, two on the Galway and Dublin platform and one at the sheds. A mock up of the latter can be seen. There was also a signal box just
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  11. Working on something different to run on barrow street
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  12. Quite a sense of deja vu about this post! Despite the re-lay the curved section between the loco shed and roadside section continued to give trouble, the C&L 4-4-0T locos would not operate reliably around the curve, while the Tillig points in the fiddle yard were a regular source of de-railments. I used Bemo (Shinohara) track and points on most of the layout with Tillig points and plain track in the fiddle yard as I was unable to source enough Bemo track to complete the layout. The Bemo flexible track is quite fragile and a problem recently developed with 4w wagons dropping dow
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  13. The basics are starting to come together. Hopefully will be able to test run some stock in a few weeks (ie as an electrics check pre-ballasting) Need to get the structure of the station ticket office building done now.
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  14. A small bit added to the main panel of barrow street with the fitting of DCC Concepts Alpha Meter to each power district.
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  15. The cork Waterford through goods crosses the local shunting at Glen More.
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  16. Finished weathering by small rake of tanker wagons. This was another project that took a couple of years! All 6 were weathered in one batch but I tried for a distinctive look for each one.
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  17. Back to railways! Finally finished my scratch built brake van. After applying Des’s excellent decals and a bit of weathering she’s ready for the layout. Seen here with a lone tanker wagon and loco 182.
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  18. Another supply of Guinness arrived at the Lakeview freight yard tonight, 134+124 were the locomotives in charge...
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  19. Well the Christmas project has commenced, and progressed rather nicely. There are some problems with small elements of the detail which became apparent as I built; nothing major, but if I order another etch, I will make some changes. First up, axle holes were reamed out to take waisted point bearings for the axles. Rivets were punched through using the holes as guides. Then began the fold up of the side of the chassis which is where the first gotcha showed up. I didn't allow for the final wrap aound on the chassis ends to close the box - not a
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  20. HI All And yes i do need a hair cut !!!!! Regards Arran
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  21. First try at a cement bubble. Any thoughts?
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  22. 21 mm got me back in the vaults having a root! A long abandoned project but I put it on hold in case we resurrected our 21mm Loughrea layout Pics were rushed, sorry David Andrews of the Scalefour Society, any info on him, might be worth a call?
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  23. Just to say it was sent across to Gerry Kennedy from MM in Dublin, who not only repaired the original fault but sorted out the lights and broken guard rails for a very reasonable price, and I got it back in time before any B**x*t related restrictions on the post. Delighted with the work done.
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  24. Finally have this 80 class running, The wheels on the coaches are not suitable for my code 75 as the flanges are too big but it runs. I can only run it on the inside as the bogie frames on the motor coach rub on my 3rd rail. MVI_5592.MOV
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  25. More details Not much in the way of distractions over Christmas round here. Tier 4 severely limits who you can meet, and as for the TV, unless you like soaps, reality nonsense or cookery, there's not much to tempt me away from the workshop before food and wine take over! So a tour round the loco reveals the following: Cab beading was made using 10thou nickel silver strip - am learning from Geoff Holt's books and made a basic former from thin timber. After tinning with solder it was fairly simple to sweat into place Cab hand rails next, from 0.8mm brass wire, plus what I gue
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  26. This is my first post on this forum so, firstly, many thanks for adding me. Thank you to Robert for the mention. I have been doing some improvements to the Mk3 coaches since that picture was taken - please see the attachments. The Inter-City logo has been beefed up with the orange darkened slightly. Not having seen these coaches in the flesh, so to speak, I am reliant on pictures but this feels right. The air-conditioned Mk2s are also on the drawing board in Inter-City and Galway colours. I have made a few tweaks to the artwork for the composite coach to fit the Airfix/Hornby Mk2D.
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  27. A few more packages received, crowning off what was a very expensive but very successful year! Only missing two 141's for the collection, B188 and 171, so if anybody has either BNIB and wishes to part with them, drop me a line. Again, feeling lucky as Hell with this lot. Many thanks to @murphaphand @WRENNEIREfor their work and their help with this haul! A 29000 and some grey 071's on the way, too, courtesy of Chris Dyer!
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  28. In between bits n bobs got the Silver Fox Van kit so working on this now. Need to put that bar across the doors on too, Is that on both sides? Also sperate hand rails and Lamp Irons will be on plus I might out the console inside too. Started the Roof Weathering base on Brian Solomons Pictures.
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  29. While the run up to Chrstmas saw very little modelling due to work commitments, January has seen some spare time to resume modelling. Two conversions of RTR stock on the go atm, a J15 and a 800 (idenity TBC) in various stages of testing colour mixes as well as finishing off a second shunter for the CSÉ
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  30. Work continues on Mullingar with the green and cream paint scheme making an appearance. Some scenery done just ahead of the platforms, a large frame is not prototypical. Some progress has been done on the Galway platforms, and a comparison with the real thing Columns still need to be added to the Galway platforms and the signalbox has yet to advance from a mockup Real picture is from Tom Ferris Second Glance At the other end of the platform the water tower and fencing has been added Looking across the platform reveals a hanging pi
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  31. Slow progress on the D16, as is often the case with detailing. Many thanks to those who have provided help with info on the tender, especially Leslie [of the Syndicate] and Mayner. I think I've got the general idea for the front, though it still needs the timber cladding to be added. The overall shape is quite complex, so much faffing about has gone on with various shapes cut from thin brass and nickel silver. Other tender detailing has included the axles boxes and springs. The former came from butchered white metal wagon W irons, while the latter came from the scrapbox. Neither are perf
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  32. Locomotive 126 has arrived on a local service at Tara junction and is uncoupled,it then operated to the turntable where it is turned ready to work the evening
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  33. Cheers Patrick. Taking a break from the signal box for a while. The water tower is almost complete.
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  34. Few photos around Ballyercall this morning!
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  35. Is a face beginning to emerge?
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  36. Well a bit of progress. After umpteen fill and sand cycles now painted in a gloss light grey. I could perhaps add some archer rivets along the top of windows but most pictures they can be barely seen. The join between cab end and door looks better in flesh and will have had rails over. Quite a bit more to do but to me seemed a good leap / stumble forward.
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  37. Hi everyone, First day back after the Christmas holiday coupled with lockdown blues? Well, we do have some small bit of news to cheer you all up.... Our A Class is officially in production! We commenced production after official sign off a number of weeks ago. Chinese New Year does occur halfway though production, but the process is under way and these beauties are due in stock in May of this year. With the locomotives now in production we advise you get your pre-order in ASAP. Here's why.... Now that production is underway, we have confirmed final production q
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  38. Bit of work re scenics done at the mouth of the road bridge out to what is now the industrial estate but what was then a field, the road running along the wall back to the railway terraces. Rough shape cut out Walls plus grass added This bridge, fraudulent in nature is nearly a mock up, but I am happy with the overall look. The wall next to the hut's rickety appearance exposes the surely relatable problem of running out of glue. To be finished tomorrow.
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  39. Friday 01/01/21 Riverside permanent way depot, With the gates to the depot closed for the holidays ,a skeleton staff were on duty earlier to shunt some locomotives around the yard, 082,074,161 and 183 were all started up and checked out by the resident fitter before being shutdown again.
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  40. Happy Birthday, Young Man! I hope that you get as many nice birthday presents as you have helped provide to us all on this Forum! Leslie
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  41. Things continue to move slowly on, but the list of stuff to do is getting shorter. Made the tender buffers today, so first up are a few photos of the lathe, with a piece of 6mm brass rod in place. At the risk of sounding like I know what I'm doing [hardly!], here's what I've discovered so far, so feel free to correct if you know better, I won't be offended. The right hand end is called the tailstock. On this mini lathe it amounts to a steel cone, with a pin point tip, which is set in a ball bearing. A wheel/handle at the right hand side moves this up to the piece of metal you are turning
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  42. 2nd Coat of Varnish on and the Decals went on with no issues and bedded down nicely, They a Fragile though and some have the carrier film across the logo so need slitting with a sharp scalpel, I used a Point logo from a spare sheet I had as the S/Fox on was just solid plain black with no yellow. Just notice now the door Hand rails should be one piece and not 2 as depicted on the Resin Casting. Balls. Need to seal the de al next, Leave to dry for a few days and a tad of weathering.
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  43. Quite! Ala the Limerick Junction Shuffle
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  44. It actually works! Interestingly 8L has swapped a C&L brake composite for a pair of exT&D coaches on the return working. Its possible Pat Whitehouse, Ivo Peters, Robin Clements & P J Flannigan have been chasing trains on the roadside section
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  45. Tendering The loco is currently about as far as I can take it at the moment. No sign of the motor/gearbox I've ordered, while am still investigating things like chimney, dome, buffers etc. A bit more detailing has gone in - the sanding operating rods and filler caps, plus the reversing wheel and seats in the cab. So, made a start on the tender - first remembering to read what Geoff Kent says in his books and making a couple more drawings. Thus far have made the chassis/inside frames. Used 28thou nickel silver strip, with two pieces soldered together, then drilled/sawn for the axles
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  46. First works of 2021..... The casings and other parts were masked up for the sandblasting, this casing had the screw cutting gear chart riveted to the inside so it was covered up. Other parts with bearing surfaces were covered up with electrical tape- it last better in the blasting than masking tape and I don't plan to blast the inside of this casing- the outside will do. Blasted. The black paint was pretty tough on these parts so I cut it short when the paint was smoothed out and when these parts are re-painted one will never notice. First saw cuts on shorteni
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  47. Track laid, after its alignment had been dry tested with pins. Tested with rolling stock for lengths, shunting and uncoupling sites. Trackbed 3mm dense closed cell foam (self adhesive) on top of base board completly covered in a layer of 3mm dense closed cell foam. Hopefully this will reduce noise and perform as well as the old peco foam underlay. The double layers should ensure PVA ballast glue should never come into contact with the baseboard plywood surface, avoiding a sound bridge. Now have some more wiring to do underneath the base board especially for frog polarity switching at each poin
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  48. Final post of 2020! Started on the curves. Splashers done - eventually. I spent a long time matching them up to the chassis ensuring that the front drivers could run freely without rubbing. It’s still a tight fit! It was really tempting to crack on with more interesting work but I have tried to hard to keep the rolling chassis free rolling as the build progresses / will hopefully reduce the final fettling. Boiler rolled - eventually. Belpaire firebox made and fitted - after a few goes!! Had made it too long initially, as I’d forgotten to deduct the 1’1” of firebox that projects into the
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  49. 125 on the Cork Waterford goods. 20201228_122826.mp4
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  50. Very good idea. For context the €1 coin is the same diameter as a £1 Coin. Hopefully this puts it in perspective? Ken
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