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  1. 6 points
    Hi lads, working on this now over the past few months, got most of the wood work done need to re done the far end curve as the wood somehow warped which is a pain. Plan is for 3 rai southern 1950/1960's so I can run Steam, Electric and Diesel together. I have one point motor installed, a cobalt digital job, Pretty simple enough. Just need to pony up for another 13 Dying to get onto the Scenery aspect of it now but need to sort the Track out first, the Yard is a bit too compressed but I will have to live with it. Where the O Gauge track / APT is will be a 6 road fiddle yard. the double portal bridge was bought around 10 years ago, Came in the post broken so I will need to re scribe the brickwork to blend it in with the other stone work. Wish I got the 40ft Portacabin now Amazing how much therapy watching the trains go by is...
  2. 5 points
    Hi IRM Very disappointed with you guys that Mr musk got there before you! I know he has loads more money then you but your rocket would not be as big as his and it could be made out of lightweight materials- though I do recommend using metal near the engines just in case - plastic might melt with the heat.... 'Space Bubble' Eoin
  3. 5 points
    Also started some months ago (1 wagon about 6 years ago) are these there pallet cement wagons. With help from the upper echelon of Railway knowledge here I hope I have the Chain arrangement correct. I did not get enough chain to do each wagon so a trip to H Samuels is due to obtain suitable additional chain. (without the missus of course)
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    Been beavering away on these yokes for about 2 months now, Thought they would take a week or two. The Shed is pretty cold these nights so difficult to leave the fire to glue some stuff together. It has heaters but it add on about 50 notes a month which is nuts. These are the MIR Curtain Sided Cement Wagons. Gave them a test run and they look pretty sweet behind the 141. just waiting for the Varnish now to cure and harden which should be 2020 with this cold and then a tad bit of weathering
  6. 3 points
    Yip and the central stage ran out of 'propellant' and crashed into the sea at 300mph missing its landing on the barge (range anxiety huh). A bit like BEVs, a lot of promises but not quite there yet. But boy the synchronised landing of the two outer stages was mega impressive, the most impressive 'space' thing I've seen since Armstrong stepped of the LM onto the surface of the moon in 1969. Not much has happened since then in terms of space technology. We've gone backwards, space shuttle gone, supersonic concord gone, HSS ferry gone, SR-71 gone, harcourt street line closed, mk3s replaced by yoyo roller-skate luas'y things.
  7. 3 points
    Looks good lads I am sure it will be a huge success and big seller. It's nice to see the sample with different buffers also. I have no doubt that when a sample arrives at HQ it will be inspected from top to bottom until everyone is happy as with the IRM wagons. Rich,
  8. 3 points
    Yep, Just paid for the Bulleid Diesel. I choose a Green one with sound coming. The Black looks awesome too though. I really have too many locos at this stage. nuts really. The Granddad used to drive the on the Southern Steam before Nationlisation from Barnstaple and then with BR from Tonbridge on the Electrics in the latter day. Never got to know him as he was a bit Cantankerous at best. Pity really. Still have his cap and a signed picture by Bulleid himself on the day the Fist MN left Waterloo. My Nans house was in Tunbridge Wells right next to the Tunbridge well to Tonbridge Tunnel portal (see circled house below). When we stayed on holidays I used to Love hearing the Trains go past and we used to go to the Park to watch the units go by and visit the 4 Model shops in the town (yes 4 model shops!!!) . A plus back then the Airliners inbound to Gatwick used to pass overhead, Tristars, DC-10s, Tridents, Happy days indeed so I feel a good choice for myself.
  9. 3 points
    Well, that's project 4 out of the bag...
  10. 3 points
    Hi Lads, Mentioned some time back I was looking at O gauge, Managed to give some track and a building a good home and came across this on Ellis Clark Trains for £165.00. when the box was popped open underneath the loco was DCC Sound instructions. Yeah!! Put some track Together to give it a test run and by gum does she look good. Going to look at some Connoisseur coaches no to go with it. They are generic but look the part. It is a lovely scale to handle, Feels the part, looks the part, Puts the OO stuff dare I say into 'Toy' Category. She is on about a Patio now so how to incorporate a Branch line outside now is the truck into one is the trick!
  11. 3 points
    Great stuff Noel. Would you consider adding grafitti to the heavily weathered bubbles?
  12. 2 points
    Noel An incredible amount has happened since the Giant Leap For Mankind! the Hubble telescope, Huygens, Cassini, James Web telescope, the comet lander, all the Mars Landers, the gravitational wave telescopes, and all the other land based visual & IR telescopes, the Space Station, the satellite systems, the China moon lander last year - the list is endless....man! Eoin
  13. 2 points
    Well now, Thats a bit embarrassing! Lucky he chose a Mars Test Dummy to send, and its only a car and not a space probe as I was suggesting above- phew! Tell Fran that it might be best to hold off on that pack of bubbles until Mr Musk takes a few more swings at it- sure if he does it enough times one will land on the putting green!! I'll bring me soda rocket to the Stillorgan car park on Sunday, if Fran brings the pack, we can see what we can do! Eoin
  14. 2 points
    Oh very nice lads. Cat amongst the pigeons, methinks. It's a pity you don't release it as a kit, great fun glueing that together!
  15. 2 points
    Nice, thank goodness they didn't run in Ireland or we would need to rob a bank!!!😂😀
  16. 2 points
    Yes Got a call yesterday to say they had arrived and should be available by the weekend
  17. 2 points
    While my trees are drying, here are a few photos of Llanuwchllyn with some detail added. I also am working on the signals at present.
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    First 2 candidates just been selected
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    Most of the layouts that I build the track goes straight onto the baseboard. Most people don't mind the noise. They method of construction of my boards help reduce noise over ply and softwood boards. A trick if the noise is too much is to glue blocks of 18mm MDF to the underside of the layout. They absorb the sound really well. I use PU foam over cork and I stay away from the Peco open cell foam as it can degrade over time. The PU foam (closed cell) is good and for clients that want a quiet layout I cover the whole baseboard in it. Then glue the track onto it then ballast, this way there is an insulating layer between the baseboard and the track. However the ballast becoming one hard piece will be noisy.
  20. 2 points
    Particularly for your sort of product, there is nothing like actually seeing one in front of you. Many people will consider buying one for years, even decades, and just keep putting it off, but seeing the reality in front of them can easily be the tipping point.
  21. 2 points
    I believe their looking for candidates who can handle high speed vehicles, and on/off switches for blue flashing lights Eoin
  22. 2 points
    A lot of companies get complacent and think they have made it then pull back from the public eye. I have worked in sales and marketing for years and seen this time and time again. Promoting a business can be expensive but well worth it, some of the shows I do here can be quiet and product sales can be slow. But when someone picks up a leaflet you could get a call months later for a layout or baseboards.
  23. 2 points
    Finally he 2 RAF one were finished late November last.
  24. 2 points
    Weathered 6 more cement wagons today. Added some texture to the tops using 'Mr Surfacer 500'. Then weathered over it. I've a little more to do to the grey chassis on the orange wagons. Orange wagons with some texture on top. Ivory wagons with some grunge on top. Orange livery cement wagons moderately weathered Ivory livery cement wagons moderately weathered
  25. 2 points
    Thanks Chaps, it does seem that the baseboard manufacturers don't do many shows anymore. Maybe it's a case of they feel they have their name out there and don't need to be at the shows anymore. It's just going to take a bit of time to get established with the club's. Many thanks for all your input. Keep the ideas coming!
  26. 2 points
    Thanks everyone, here's a look at the chassis and some of the details going on the wagon. There are 74 separate components going into each wagon! We will have some factory samples in the coming days and will have at least the 3D print on show at the Stillorgan fair this Sunday.
  27. 1 point
    So SpaceX just launched a Tesla Roadster into space and live streamed it. What was more amazing was landing two of the boosters vertically back at the launch site at Cape Canaveral. The end of this video from a youtuber shows the boosters landing - recommended watching:
  28. 1 point
    Another addition to the 071 fleet-0117083 fresh from its bodywork overhaul is seen here hauling a HOBS set through platform 2 where it will discharge ballast along the track, The loco has been fitted with replacement wipers to improve appearance and with thanks to Steve at Railtec who provided the waterslide transfers for 083.
  29. 1 point
    Two more buildings The half relief back scene is creeping towards the left hand end of the layout with two more structures. The first is just a plain, rendered house, deliberately scruffy looking, while the second is a shop selling old books and paintings, with an art studio on the floors above. The first few photos show how the 'rendered' walls are simply watercolour paper stuck on to the foam board walls, over the window and door apertures, which are then cut through with a scalpel and folded back on the inside. There is also a picture showing how I make guttering, by filing a rounded edge on a strip of plasticard. From most angles [apart from below], the ruse is not noticeable. Another picture shows the roof slates, made from overlapping strips of the same watercolour paper. Both the art shop and the house are inspired by pictures of buildings in MRJ's 'Inkerman Street' layout by the incomparable late Bob Barlow. For me, they perfectly captured the scene in the 1940s. The window displays are just printouts available from the CG textures website, which also gave me the curtains and venetian blinds in the windows. The latter are made up from micro strip on perspex sheet - tedious to fabricate, but it gives a decent impression of the depth with sash windows. In several places, I have tried to blend the low relief into the painted back scene, while eventually a largish tree will hopefully hide some of the issues with perspective. More 'snake oil' than 'trompe l'oeil' though! Just one more building to go on the back scene now & then I can start working outwards towards the front.
  30. 1 point
    They must have been hanging around too long in some sidings unsupervised alright. These are a set of rub-on transfers I got a few years ago.
  31. 1 point
    Yes they all look pretty sweet.
  32. 1 point
    A very nice rake of wagons. Since coming back to the hobby I have spent that time absorbing all things British regarding stock on the railways. It is very refreshing to follow progress of many of the modellers on here with the Irish stock and none more than wagons such as these. Paul
  33. 1 point
    George, only seeing what you've been up to now, I most say that's craftsmanship at its utmost, you take modelling to another level, very well done, btb
  34. 1 point
    I understand the car is slightly off-course, too..
  35. 1 point
    We have no shortage of doom here, no need to go off looking for it.
  36. 1 point
    Noel Sure its all there for you curtsy of Mr Musk- stick the rocket together and then throw it into the microwave until slightly brown on the edges...... Eoin
  37. 1 point
    Oh no, I'm a learner - I don't know how to weather rockets!!! And where in the world does one get the correct DCC sound chip for one?
  38. 1 point
    "establish viable human colonies", We done such a good job here in the last 100 years I pity any Planet we visit and will call home. Remarkable tech to do this though.
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  40. 1 point
    One word - "Fab-U-lous"
  41. 1 point
    A scary tale of weathering IRM cement wagons. I have enjoyed learning and trying different ways of weathering IRM's lovely cement wagons. Scary I can tell you especially yesterday (Batch 3 and 5) which I painted Mr Surfacer 500 on the tops of the bubbles to create a sort of caked cement texture. This is the journey so far starting with batch one the night after the SDMRC show. Batch 1 - Ivory - Light weathering Batch 2 - Ivory - Moderate weathering Batch 3 - Ivory - Moderate weathering plus caked texture on tops of bubbles Batch 4 - Orange - Moderate weathering Batch 5 - Orange - Moderate weathering plus caked texture on tops of bubbles Yesterdays stages: 1. Start pristine 2. Apply Mr Surfacer 500 grunge on tops of bubbles stippled using short bristle brush. 3. What have I done to these lovely wagons? 4. Phew - scary but worth the risk 5. Some tidying up left to do but I am relieved and happy with Batches 3 and 5 I can tell you my heart was in my mouth after I applied the grey texture material to the tops of these and thought I had destroyed them.
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    Yes pretty cool technology, it is a great development for getting into space and keeping costs down- such a pity that their first test lift flight was a car, something that's totally useless in space! Would have been far better to have programmed the test lift with a necessary space exploration probe- many are been worked on and need to get into space, but hay that's American Candy Shop Corporation buzz! At least SpaceX have changed their idea about sending people to Mars and leaving them totally stranded with no escape, they are now talking about bringing them back- this may be to do with NASA refusing to hire out the launch facility to send people to their doom... Mr Musk gave a number of talks last year about their plans for the Mars missions, its like a Fantasy Film- I read in the Geographic last year SpaceX had 25,000 applications to go to Mars after the release of 'The Martian' He claims that their system will move 1 million people 100 at a time every two years to Mars in about 40 to 100 years, and Mars would be terra-formed by the time the 1 million are there! He doesn't seem to be able to do the maths- one spaceship will move 5,000 people in 100 years!, he will need 200 spaceships in the proposed time scale. Also previous estimates in terra-forming Mars are 500 to anywhere near 1,000 years and there is a big doubt that it can be done- one theory on the Mars atmosphere is that it was once like Earth and the atmosphere leaked out- whats to stop that happening while terra-forming it again, its all guess work at the moment. He also talks about building a city on Mars for the 1 million Martians, a surface city, but says absolutely nothing about the radiation problem that exists outside our severely protected Earth. A large solar flare without Earth protection is instant death- one of the main reasons astronomers/cosmologists believe Mars is dead. The people working on the radiation problem while going to, and staying on Mars, recommend living 20m under the surface, under solid rock- cant do that in a spaceship. They could bring a radiation protection vessel on board the ship, but that would take up all the flight payload- though they could use it on the surface to live in until they dig the mine..... Mr Musk mentions none of this! He also says that an initial flight ticket will cost 250,000 dollars and may reduce to less than 100,000 later on. When he was asked about who they would choose to go on the first human flight, his first words were 'if your prepared to die you can go'... 'it's going to be pretty risky at first'.... 'but hay you got to live it up'.... He also said that the first flight would be in 2022! In the same Geographic article mentioned above it said;- after SpaceX achieved the first booster return and landing in 2016 Mr Musk announced that they would be sending people to Mars in the next couple of years- NASA said 'Not from here mate' Its interesting stuff but....... Eoin
  44. 1 point
    Nearly finished. PS: JB the chassis are not black
  45. 1 point
    Oh yummie. Great scenes as ever.
  46. 1 point
    I agree.Plenty to see and lots of action.Great layout.
  47. 1 point
    And the progress continues......... Goods Yard (Top Right) - sidings (centre) - mainline out to fiddle yard (bottom) - station area (Top right) - single line circuit (coming off Y-point, bottom - this will allow trains to cross the flap across the entrance to shed. Can the experience men advise me if my point arrangements are ok and if they see and trouble ahead? In the foreground of this view I may make changes to the track arrangement so the inner circuit is clear of the shunting pointwork.
  48. 1 point
    the pictures tell a thousand stories!! this is a masterpiece, bueses trains and scenics.....
  49. 1 point
    Sorry Cant seem to Edit the previous posts. Heres some more KC and a Van Hool Now out to the Shed with some Frank and Walters for company :)
  50. 1 point
    Next up is another Shapeways, The is the E class, Again rough ol sandpaper finish so Mr Surfacer and some Brass Etch from Mr Mayner. New Step is another coat of Varnish and then the Windows.
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