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  1. A couple of recently finished tanktainers. Weathering has been kept to a minimum, with some light streaking and rust applied.
    9 points
  2. Progress on The Big Station has been delayed by warped plywood and work, but I've been twiddling about with planning it out. If I can escape chores long enough to get a new sheet of ply, I should be able to crack on with it this week.
    6 points
  3. I've recently invested in some of these little beauties, and I'm so glad I did. I now have the makings of a really decent yard scene here. Have to say, another master stroke by IRM.
    6 points
  4. Work on the scratch build of the Signal Cabin continues, albeit at a very slow pace! The pictures below are the result of many, many hours work. The brick base has had numerous coats of acrylic from rust red to brown to orange to get the correct effect, which I am now happy with. The wooden (removable) floor has been inserted (although not visible in the pictures), ready for the lever frame which I am working on. The back wall will not be inserted until the interior of the cabin is complete. The extension under the steps (not sure if this was a WC or a coal store) has been attached to the base and the steps attached to this. I will not add the rail to attach the steps to the sides of the cabin door until further down the line. The hipped roof has now moved on from cardboard tests to get the shape and angles correct to actual slates, but still have to add leading and guttering, so pictures of that next time. In my last post, I said I reckoned I was one third the way through the cabin build. Now I reckon I am two thirds the way through, so more pictures of further progress later.
    4 points
  5. Just the right amount nothing overdone,perfect..
    4 points
  6. A Saturday afternoon of some passenger train action on Tara junction involving some Cravens, Mk2, Mk2 A/B and Mk3 push pull rolling stock and 071, 201 2x141/181s locomotives. Thanks to a good friend who was in charge of operations as I took the video from a different angle and to our dog who wanted to chase the Mk2 A/B set....
    4 points
  7. Hi Everyone, Just a quick line to introduce myself as I am the person behind CMAC models. I have had a good bit of interest for the C3/4ks since I said I might do it so they have jumped up the slow moving queue and I hope that they will be in the works in the next month or so. There's a fair bit of additional detail that I would like to add before scaling them up and the surfaces need to be checked as well. As things stand, I am likely to only do these by 3D printing - I have investigated resin casting previously but when looking at the investment needed and the amount of interest, it does not look particularly viable. I have found a supplier that can provide me with resin 3d prints at a more reasonable cost than the shapeways 00 prints and whilst there is 1 less bodyshell, due to the additional length on the C3/4K bodyshells, I expect that they would work out around the same price as electrostars. Thanks C
    4 points
  8. I probably went a little trigger happy when ordering, but they're that good. Have to admit if there was another run, I'd definitely invest in some more.
    4 points
  9. So I had been holding off on putting up my track plan because i was fairly sure it wasnt going to stay the same, and since i had to put in an order of track anyway to get some fresh flexi i thought it would be good to spend a few days going over different station designs to come up with somthing that I will like and will suit my needs. laid the track and had a nice bit of an operating session today/night and i do like the layout a lot. was not great craic bending lenghts of flexi down to 18 inches and i ruined the first couple of pieces (although i did fix and reuse one as to save waiting till mid next week for another. overall the sections of flexi are running well but i havent completley pinned them down yet as to allow for slight adjustments, the main issues i am having are coming from using my old stock of track but that should be fixed in the coming week with anything dodgy being replaced. the whole backscene track is made up of old bits of settrack , HO track, and offcuts of flexi etc as i did not think i would need so much straight track and quickly ran out( and like i say i had already murdered my flexi for the job), so the trains arent running amazingly in there and in need of constant attention, but it got me running for the evening and now i will know exactly what to order next week. used the hornby semi flexible track for the first time which is probabaly why i broke the first 2 lenghts of it pretty quickly trying to bend way to quickly. bend the last piece down much more gradually and it was a lot more forgiving. am going to post an overview of the trackplan in the morning. as id like to get some feedback and or suggestions on how it works, however so far im liking how much i have squeezed into the small space. modelling is probabaly going to slow down now somewhat until i get all of my rolling stock projects and track gremlins out of the way now though. and it also gives me some more time to develop the idea and a place to play trains. for now, heres a little proof of concept video showing off the 18 inch curves. which dont look nearly as bad as they sound. worth it to have a compact oo layout behind the couch for me at least. video-1598057829.mp4 a rather oddball pushpull set buckets into the station at an unrealistically fast speed, just to show i dont need to be too careful with the curve. once this is in it clears the line for a 7 car mixed passenger goods to roll out at a nice slow pace, despite being on the exact same chassis i would say that the little cie steamer runs far better than what used to be a class 06 e class conversion at lower speeds. beyond this once i added an eight wagon it was starting to introduce a lot of wheelspin in the bends, although it could be due to a slight deformity in the baseboard surface which has created a slight step in the board cauing the track to incline slightly.still 7 wagons to a small loco in a small layout is still a pretty decent size train 6 vent vans and abrake van behind the little e class would look smashing.
    4 points
  10. Here we go with the slating and a few slating strips cut out and a bit of glue
    3 points
  11. Thanks - I will definitely bear it in mind as it is a notable class - I've a very varied collection covering Irish/British/Swiss/Austrian N gauge so as you can imagine, given the gaps in those ranges in N and 00/HO I have a very long to do list. I would need to track down a copy of the drawings for the 2600 as a starter before saying yes or no.
    3 points
  12. It's too late a era and the wrong area for me but best of luck your venture and if you ever make a 2600 Class in Arrow livery I'll be all over it!
    2 points
  13. A night time scene on Tara junction as retro 071 passes hauling the bogie spoil wagons to Gorey and 0117072 passes hauling the empty bogie timber train to Westport.
    2 points
  14. The later smoke box doors look just like the pattern used on the GNRI and as (I think) they undertook most of the heavier SLNCR repairs etc at Dundalk they would have used or made one of their style. This photo of Sir Henry had me puzzled for a minute or two as it looked as if the curved bit at the bottom of the smoke box next to the footplate was missing until I realised that its actually a hinged plate with a handrail on the front for pulling it out and its open . Think I might be pushing my luck if I ask Alan to re-produce a working replica on the 4mm model.
    2 points
  15. Well look at that! You have it. It was misplaced about 30 years ago by Just. He was the insurance agent, I think from Cork. His full name was Justin Casey.
    2 points
  16. Update regarding barrow street now for the process of slating the church roof with the valley and gutters fitted
    2 points
  17. So, as some of you may know, there is a designer on Shapeways, with the brand CMAC models, who manufactures fine, 3D-printed bodyshells, underframes, bodie sideframes and more. Their range is mainly 2mm scale but I have enquired about the CAF 3000 and 4000 Classes and whether or not they could be reproduced in 4mm scale. However, this would only be done with multiple expressions of interest. Would anyone else here be interested? Many thanks, NIR 450 ‘Castle’ Class https://www.shapeways.com/shops/cmacmodels?section=Northern+Ireland+Railways+C3000+and+C4000&s=0 (Link to the C3K/C4K range - currently in 2mm scale, I have been informed they might be scaled up if sufficient demand is present)
    1 point
  18. Lovely stuff Noel. Don't think I've seen footage taken from that side of the layout before. Station looks class.
    1 point
  19. Ah, jeez! You need to set the brake. There has been the occasional engineer over the years who thought exactly that (with dire consequences in same cases)
    1 point
  20. Agree 100%. That was the first thing that struck me when I accidentally discovered Bachmann/MM locos on sale at Malahide Castle back in 2007. Bought 182 on the spot, brought it home and popped it on the layout which as still DC then. Could not believe the running quality. Was staggered at its precision running. Prototypical driving characteristics are as important to me as the visual look of a model, no use being ultra scale if a model doesn't run at scale speeds and scale acceleration and braking speeds. The 141/181s are fab at simulating heavy trains starting off and also stopping. None of this fisher price toy starting off at scale speeds of 25mph business. Hoping 121 is following in the running tracks of the Bachmann/MM 141/181s and may probable exceed it in a number of areas.
    1 point
  21. And fertiliser bags and keg loads available over on Accurascale. https://accurascale.co.uk/collections/loads
    1 point
  22. Dont really know where to post this so I will stick it here Due to someone dropping out, he is an essential worker and cannot change his shift. Is there anyone interested in a free helicopter flight tomorrow? Must have and bring their passport! Will be leaving at 8.10am from Dublin and first fly direct to Galway Airport where we will have breakfast and enough time for a bit of shopping for the ladies and beer for the blokes . Afterwards we fly to Ballyglunin where we will take photos and measurements of “Castletown Station” as used in the John Wayne and Maureen OHara film, "The Quiet Man". Then up to Cong to take some pics of the pub and to enjoy lunch and a bottle of fine wine or two. Later on in the afternoon we will then fly over to Downpatrick to check out the stock on display and have a personalised tour of the facility. The up to Belfast for an evening dining alfresco before flying back to Dublin and hopefully land around midnight. If you are interested, please comment - preferably only someone with a helicopter, as that is the only thing I'm missing.?
    1 point
  23. Killing some time on a wet August afternoon and I found this letter from the late Kevin Hutchinson He traded as Abbey Models and was one of the first dealers to supply MM/Lima products Kevin used to attend the Clontarf shows back in the day with his lovely wife Catherine Anyway have a look at some of the products that were being advertised at the time, March 2001 And have a look at the prices! L105501 became L105500X5, River Tolka set L105502 never made it out of Italy, unfortunately L149437 made it out, the River Bandon set L149438 No show. L149439 Escaped as L305340(#7403) This number was used on the original Galway set of coaches. L149440 Didn't make it out. Pity a 2 pack of NIR Mk2's including a dining car L204790 The class leader, #201 River Shannon L205018 #217 River Flesk L205019 #206 River Liffey L205021 #208 River Lagan L205022 #208 NIR Blue L205023 #209 NIR Blue
    1 point
  24. Congrats, lads, on spotting an opportunity and excellent value compared with others. I would encourage a rerun, as I don't want to empty my ferts to have some pallets to leave around the goods yard. I'm sure that the GN didn't see too many pallets - a look on the internet suggests they became more visible after WW2 - the US Army made a lot of use of them? A query to keep our JHB puzzling for a while! Delighted to see very positive reviews of the keg wagons in the mags. Leslie
    1 point
  25. It's certainly something being considered among other things. We do have an interesting accessory coming soon that we're nearing production completion on that should be popular. A case of 'watch this space'
    1 point
  26. Hopefully more will appear in time but risk of money tied in stock . Perhaps bogies will also appear and the weed tanks in time. Given froth on 121s IRM bunker will move on to Mk3 pp stock after the GSV/ weed control version and class 80 projects - just saying ! Robert
    1 point
  27. He's been doing some 3D printed Electrostars, think a 4 car set worked out around the £140 mark. Not sure who printed by though
    1 point
  28. With the prices on Shapeways being so high, it would probably be cheaper to print a master and cast it from resin if there is demand. The price for the 4mm version would probably be 3-4 times more expensive than the 2mm version.
    1 point
  29. Port to Port approx 2K these days , add on locals delivery clearance etc.
    1 point
  30. I'l check that tomorrow, only have US Rates to hand right now, a 20ft is about 300 bucks cheaper than a 40ft from the US.
    1 point
  31. Hi Ironroad, You make some points I agree with from experience. I think retooling an all new 141 would be a complete folly, as the current model is indeed excellent. You certainly wouldnt sell thousands of them to justify the tooling outlay. The 201 made sense as the drive and detail was a quantum leap over Lima. But, for every person happy with the new model, plenty are happy and run the old Lima one still and they just want to play trains. The jump forward with a 141 would be much, much shorter in my personal opinion. Why would you sell the current one to buy the new one? 99% wouldnt, and there are other locos to be made in the meantime which make more sense. Regarding detail, your opinion is valid of course, but plenty of people do want that those detail items. When we started this our ethos was to do super detailed quality items, as MM had set the benchmark and these were the models we wanted to create. You may disregard it as "unnecessary" but our ethos to to make accurate scale models (track width aside, nothing we can do about that) so if it's on the real one, it needs to be on our one too. It's not about vanity either, it's about value for money. As production runs are tiny for the Irish market, charging high prices for mediocre models does not offer good value for money. The models would've looked shabby next to existing MM products and customers would dismiss it as "not worth the money". It's about bang for buck. Could robustness be improved? Sure, and we are building that more into future lines, but the detail will remain. These are models, not toys, and that means detail. We want to push things forward, and the reason why Lima, Mainline, Hornby Dublo etc died was because they stood still. The hobby needs to progress, not stand still. Suggestions are always welcome for new models, and we are working on several new tooling models for IRM which we have not announced yet. I am sure MM has stuff up his sleeve too. We will always be honest and say if something doesnt fly, and we have above. We get people really want something, but the needs to be fiscal reality added to the mix too. The market is also tiny and we have had plenty of comments from people saying "slow down, you're bringing too much out" and then on the other side "I want I want I want" We have to balance between the two to keep viable. There are spoil wagons, weedsprays, A Classes, 121s all coming in the next 6 months. That's on top of kegs, bubbles and plough vans and a ballast hopper run and God knows what MM has planned. Where does another new model fit in? Finally, we have no desire to manage a crowdfunding initiative. They take up a huge amount of admin time which we just cant spare right now and we are a self financing company. If someone wishes to commission a model from us, we would gladly do that. We have performed this several times in the UK market and offered these services to JM Design when those ideas for two wagons were scoped out. There has been a very public utter catastrophe regarding crowdfunding in the UK that shows how wrong it can go. a) I really have my doubts tbh based on examples we have experienced and outlined and the lack of stock to run with them currently. You need two plough vans per train, but only one brake van. b) You'd be looking at €60-70 a pop I reckon (rough estimate) but there are many variables. I really do not mean to drag the spirits down, but after 5 years at this we do have the voice of experience at this stage. Cheers! Fran And a very sizable VAT bill when it lands!
    1 point
  32. This is and extremely important topic and there and been a lot of interesting and valid input in which the consensus seems to be that supplying a niche market is problematic and most certainly anything niche within that market is not going to happen. So, it seems to me that if there are things we want “we” (the interested modelers and collectors) need to be more proactive in the process. As already mentioned, gone are the days when producers offered a range of products with little variation or upgrade year after year. In today’s world we need to be very alert to what is developing and on offer and to snap up what we want immediately because when “it’s gone it’s gone”. After that it is down to what might appear on EBAY and that can really determine for us “the price of our desires”. That is why I have been happy to pay upfront when pre-ordering from IRM and was very concerned when they suggested they were discontinuing this practice. I do acknowledge that initially I was a bit uneasy with paying upfront because while this was not crowdfunding, it seemed a little akin to that. Any initial unease has long dissipated Ultimately I’m happy to pay upfront because (a) it gives me peace of mind that I will secure the items I want and (b) I’m happy to help fund the project though I acknowledge this was never suggested by IRM and they committed to projects without real certainty of recouping their outlays. I was astonished when IRM produced the plough vans. While they compliment the ballast wagons, they are nonetheless a very niche item in a niche market and I would imagine it will take some time to shift this stock and this may be a motivating factor in a re-run of the ballast wagons, But at the same time a deterrent to producing a regular brake van (or other one-time items in a rake). However, in considering a re-run of anything, the producer must consider whether demand will be at similar levels as the original and whether upgrades are required or necessary. There is a precedent. The Murphy Models LIMA class 201 release in 2001 was superseded by a vastly improved re-release in 2011 but it seems to me that nine years later the re-release has not sold out whereas the original sold out within two years. So that might suggest there is little chance of a successful re- release of an upgraded Baby GM, at very least it would make the producer very cautious. There is anther question here. How many original buyers of the 201 bought the re-release? How many were simply happy to accept what some would point out as shortcomings in the original given that it was nonetheless a reasonable representation of this locomotive? How much does super detailing cost us and is there a trade off in robustness? Personally I don’t think rotating axle caps are necessary (or add that much) and I get worried when IRM consider it necessary to include 16 spares in each box and to find some already missing when the box is opened for the first time. How many of us have broken detail on our super detailed models? EG the brake wheels on IRM wagons (because of the fineness of the stem) and the roof detail on MM locos? There was time that those who wanted super detailing were happy to add this themselves as part of the fun in the hobby. I would advocate this. If it helps with costs, we should probably row back a little on the fiddly detail (particularly things that cannot be seen) and secondly. we should consider how we might work with producers to make it possible to manufacture items we desire. On this second point I would ask if IRM would be interested in managing crowd funded projects? I acknowledge this route has failed modelers in the UK in the past but with proper ring-fencing of the funds IE escrow accounts it should be possible to make this work. The great advantage is that nothing proceeds without sufficient demand and financial commitment on the part of the purchasers and with IRM hosting there is the benefit of their expertise.
    1 point
  33. I hadn't realised how bad a condition the wheels where in, until I had removed them from the coaches. As you can see, they were absolutely caked in residue from glue that had been used by the previous owner. Not good with general running, let alone when you're relying on pickups to light the coaches. Anyway, I've given them a good clean, which should improve future running.
    1 point
  34. There would be a certain commonality of parts between the 121 and 141/181's, such as bogies, motor etc., so would assume that PM has factored that into any future plans for a new run of 141/181's. Would imagine that this would reduce developement costs a bit for a new 141/181 model. PM did go to great lengths after all to fit the motor and sound chip into the 121, so a similar setup could be used in the 141/181's. I did hear from a reliable source that PM has another project or two lined up after the 121's. Personally, would love to see the 141/181's released with a similar spec and detail level as the 121's and the A Class. 5,000 units would be divided up into about 10 different models, so not beyond the realms of possibility.
    1 point
  35. I would normally think long and hard before parting with sums much bigger than that for a loco, but I would certainly buy a couple and I am certain that many more here would too. But would he sell 5000? That would be the issue. I think irrespective of whether a re-run ever happens or not, PM owes nobody anything! His models so far have been ground-breaking.
    1 point
  36. To me I would accept a new 141/181 reissue as they are. They are still a high quality locomotive. If the moulds are in an acceptable condition there would be no retooling costs. I can happily live without some of the latest super dooper detailing. Anyone who missed out on the 141/181 earlier issue would be only too glad to purchase them as they are. If reissued as they are and if it is not up to the standard you want just don't buy them.
    1 point
  37. Interesting comments to this one, I know when IRM did a couple of runs of their bubbles, it made sense as they have the molds for them, provided that there was interest in the market for them, and I think they sold well for them. I was thinking of them with reference to the 141's and the 181's and asking, which lead to this thread, what would it take for someone to do another re-run of them locomotives. When I am looking at the prices that the 141's are making on ebay lately, I was thinking, it is not something to consider? Definitely not this year, my wallet is taking some hammering at the moment, but there seems to be a demand for them. That is why I was thinking, hmm in the next few years? I can see from what Wrenneire has said now when the quantity of a required run and that is a huge cost 250 to 300 Euro. I do not mean to scare anyone over there but there are locomotives sold over here in the US for approx $300 a pop and they do contain DCC sound in them for that. Not like the Hornby TTS sound but like for example, Athearn have a couple of models I have seen for this price with Tsunami sound decoders in them. People would expect to have all the bells and whistles if they are paying 250 euro for a loco, including I. So with a cost of a run without DCC sound built in, would be hard to swallow for 250 euro. I know there was a period of a few years where the Lima 201's were also making crazy money on ebay at the time, then when Paddy Murphy announced the re-run of them, the prices dropped a lot on them. Even those today look like people are looking for crazy money for those once again today. From comments I have read over the years, the quality of those is nothing compared to the ones that he did the re-run on. They are an example of a re-run done. I know that there are still some new available to purchase which I did not know and I instantly pulled a trigger on a few. Going back to IRM, I can see them release more Liners, Taras, ballast wagons etc in the future.. It makes sense that there is the possibility they can make money from molds that they own. Of course the lads at IRM are the only ones that know what future plans for releases they have in the pipeline, after what they have announced they were going to release.. Well that is my 2 cents on this one.
    1 point
  38. I wouldn't have thought that it would be viable to do a full run several models in 4 liveries for the 141/181, 9000 models as Dave says. I thought when people referred to a rerun, they were talking about maybe one new unweathered number in each livery which might give you 2000 models which is a lot to sell. If modelers wanted more they could renumber or weather to their needs. If the Chinese do not want to do less than 2k units in a run, that would potentially be problematic not just for a MM rerun but also so other niche models like JM designs may wish to do or some of the 1970s wagons such a magnesites or barytes ever seeing the light of day. Does this mean that the Chinese are saturated with injecting enough plastic for the world that they're now able to dictate what's worth their while on a bigger scale and will this bring in another workforce to undercut the Chinese just as this work previously moved to China from Europe and the Americas? EDIT: Forgot to say that then there is buyers expectations and comparisons being drawn with state of the art locos such as the upcoming A if the original tooling was used and available. Many would not want to have to fiddle with tiny switches or have to install aftermarket sugar cube speakers or remove the cab only for it not to fit back perfectly and expectations would lead to comparisons still being drawn between something designed recently and nearly 2 decades ago
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  39. It would be a brave decision to rerun production on these just at present. Although demand may seem high some did sell fairly slowly and they now have a lot of other Irish related products to compete with. It also doesn’t take many people to be looking for one for prices on eBay are through the roof. Very tricky situation
    1 point
  40. .......lies down in a dark room trembling.........
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  41. Cheers Fran. Yep no problem, work away
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  42. Savage stuff Jason, any chance we can put them up on the IRM Facebook page?
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  43. Bloody amazing work. Folk may not realise the amount of time that went into such art work. Patience yielding sublime results. I see you put the kadee's in the NEM pockets.
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  44. Cheers popeye. It's a combination of removing the paint and the powders after applying.Then airbrushing another colour on to build up the layers, and repeating the process. Its quite time consuming. I'm glad to see the back of them to be honest. This shot probably explains it better.
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  45. Wow Jason- looks fantastic. What did you use/ How did you do that? I'm trying to source first, and then recreate something like, the container-lifter like used be in North Wall... Source (Ernie's photos)
    1 point
  46. I picked up this 1:76 scale loader about a year back. The colour was horrendous and needed sorting. So I went to work.
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  47. Came across this little gem from SSM while rummaging through some storage boxes a couple of days ago. I don't know how I managed it, but I noticed I hadn't added the day-glo stripes to the inside of the beams when working on the gates first time round. So, it was out with some paint and a very fine brush this morning. Unfortunately I didn't have the exact colour I used originally, but I think this adds to the look, as these were generally seen with varying shades over the years.
    1 point
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