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  1. The smaller details going onto the Seapoint Martello Tower diorama;- Card templates were cut on the Cameo Silhouette for cutting the steps, the shed, and the bathing shelter. The foam is cut to applicable sizes and the card templates are pinned on, some of the templates are glued on to give strength and to guide the hot wire cutter on items like the steps which are cut vertically! And cut. Starting to glue on the bits. The bathing shelter coming together. Shelter roof on with the tower in place. Walls, fo
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  2. Greetings all, It's been a good long time since I posted anything on this forum, but time flies - my main vaguely Northern Irish based layout is "The Ballycrochan Line" it's on RMweb's Irish group., if any of you aren't aware of it, and fancy a look.. My first serious efforts into modelling Irish, was back into the early 1970s when I decided to try and build something from a Belfast &County Down railway ; the result was a modified Tri-ang LMS 3F 0-6-0 into a representation of No 4 on the BCDR. I didn't even line it as I hadn't the skill, or nerve, to "have a go". The photo
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  3. Platform walls decorated, weathered a little and varnished. Ready for fixing to the west platform. Moderately pleased with the way they turned out
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  4. And this evening I figured out how to get Gaelic fonts working on Mac
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  5. Some Sellers on Amazon won't post to Ireland and have never done, It was not about saving a few pennies on delivery, It was a case if you needed some stuff on the UK then the Proxy address was useful and needed.
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  6. Sorry, I didn't want to dismiss you in anyway.. It's just the old JIT seems to have crept out of somewhere to become a reason why rail freight can't be done.. When in fact, true JIT is used by very few companies, and in Ireland would mostly rely on air freight and involve very small quantities of freight(less than 1% of total tonnage) To give an anecdote on why it's irrelevant, in a past job on of my accounts was to handle the sea freight imports for a large US owned pharma company in the west of Ireland.. One of the products we imported was vacuum salt from the US mid west to the we
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  7. That's where it gets interesting, and what I was wondering about. Surely, for the different scales, certain items woulf either have to be omitted, modified or re-scaled, as there's always going to be a trade-off between realism and practicality. Is there a raw CAD base which is 100% accurate, which in turn is modified to suit each scale, maybe? The interiors would be wrong on the O Gauge coaches, though, no? And, weren't there only six Mk2A's? So we'd still need some Mk2C's and Mk2B restaurants to complete the rake, plus a box-shouldered modified Dutch van? And an infinite bank ac
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  8. The loss of cement Cement traffic was lost mainly due to Irish Cement loosing its monopoly position and the opening of the N50 Liffey Toll Bridge rather than strikes. Irish Cement lost market share in the North West, Midlands and East from the late 1980s with the opening of the Quinn Cement Plant in Derrylin and the Lagan Cement Kinegad. Competition from Quinn Cement lead to IEs loss of bulk cement traffic to Sligo. CIE closed the Cabra Bank Cement depot following the opening of the first phase of the M50 in the late 90s as it was simpler to supply bulk cement to the concrete plants
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  9. Correct - scaling is a very simple matter in AutoCad. Generating a file for printing would take slightly longer. Printhing time would be longer, but not excessively when compared with scratchbuilding. As per my workbench post, I commissioned an etch for the DWWR ballast wagons which cost for photo etch, metal (330 x 230mm), and shipping c. € 75 (4 wagons). A reprint of the same etch was € 27. So 8 wagons cost € 102. Add to that wheels, axle boxes, springs, and buffers to complete. Still not a bad price €12.75 per wagon etch? Ken
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  10. The Union Pacific Railroad sued MTH (A high end American O Gauge manufacturer) in 2005 when the railroad attempted to enforce a licensing agreement for the commercial use of UP trademark material including "fallen flag" companies. At the time it looked like the railroad saw the model manufacturers as a potential source of royalty income, rather than free advertising. MTH negotiated a royalty free licensing agreement for all model manufacturers that applies in perpetuity for both UP and "fallen flag" companies. https://mrr.trains.com/news-reviews/new-products/2006/11/mth-negot
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  11. Which fonts? I found one which looks OK, called "Bunchlo". Of your two, the top one looks most accurate, and of course the English-language name would all be in capitals.
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  12. Absolutely fantastic presentation Leslie, the quality of the photos was excellent, particular the Donegal railway in stunning sunny weather, loading sugar beet in the wilds of West Cork was very interesting, it's a great photographic record, Lance king seeming didn't just go on rail tours but recorded ordinary daily events on the railway, a great night to be had in these times. Regards hg
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  13. You can feel the art deco (if that's what it is!) off it already. Lovely.
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  14. Hattons are the only UK shop I order off and for one reason: their trunk service. Saves a fortune on postage costs.
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  15. My comment about the impact of Brexit on postal deliveries was intended to be purely factual, not to convey an opinion about it either way. I do have my own feelings about it but this is the only forum I contribute to where the matter hasn't become highly divisive and I am glad about that and I'd like it to stay that way It's impossible not to discuss the practicalities of it however as we are all used to ordering stuff from all over. I have a parcel waiting for my down the (German) post office with vat to pay and I have a bad feeling it's from Hattons. I know about another guy in Germa
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  16. I'm off to Google that... ...and I'll be blaming you...
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  17. I'd say that we need to give things time to settle. BrExit is new, we don't know where we're going with it, we don't know if there'll be any political spats between the UK and European countries in the future to make things worse, or will they both sit down at a table and agree that it's ridiculous dividing rather than uniting, and agree on some common tax and import / export policies which make things better. What is that phrase, hope for the best and prepare for the worst? With that in mind, assume that you'll pay 20% or so on top of everything you spend in Britain, and if you don'
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  18. Indeed; makes ye wonder what's going in there instead! The "A" class first...................
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  19. There is a fairly widely available beer on the Big Island called 'Lancaster Bomber', when I first came across it, I was rather surprised to see that the roundel that they used to adorn the product and its associated peripheral items, beer-mats, etc, had the RAF colours reversed. This, of course, turned it into a French roundel - and France did have the odd Lancaster after the war, though mostly (perhaps all?) were naval aircraft, featuring an anchor superimposed on the roundel. I approached the brewery about why they had done this - a series of rather odd emails passed between us, before
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  20. Well, the idea that it IS to do with Brexit is exactly what I would have thought; it was suggested elsewhere that it wasn't, so i was simply wondering if it isn't to do with that, then what IS it to do with! Personally, I can get around it by having UK-origin stuff delivered to a relative in Liverpool, or a relative in Wales, and they can bring it when they're coming. Ferry prices to and from Wales, incidentally, are horrific, and you can't fly to Cardiff without changing flights in Singapore, Johannesburg or San Diego..... Thanks for clarifying; I will continue to trawl mainland Eur
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  21. I have a Jinty if you are interested. Never ran. BNIB. Not My area of interest 32-255Z No .18 €110 notes posted if that suits in Ireland. EDIT Jinty is out the gap now.
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  22. The EU changes to vat on parcels from outside the union were delayed until mid 2021 because if Brexit. The UK decided to go ahead with these changes in January already as originally planned when a member state but these changes currently only affect those in the UK, not anyone in Ireland (unless selling into the UK below £150 in value) The negative effects we are currently experiencing on postal deliveries to Ireland are purely down to the UK leaving the single market and customs union in January.
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  23. Of course it's to do with BrExit. The whole goal of BrExit was to limit freedom of movement of people, goods and services, in other words, to "take back control". The double taxation will happen if the seller does not properly declare that tax has already been paid, OR if you use a third party mail forwarding service like AddressPal. In using a third-party service like that, you are doing as @NIR says, and having a product delivered to the UK, then subsequently exported to Ireland, almost like it's being sold a second time. There is no friction at all when in one EU countr
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  24. I've seen that on RMweb, Colm, and it is absolutely amazing. It is also very timely here, as recent posts on this forum in the last week have enquired (on another modeller's behalf) about the correct BCDR green for locos - you have it - and the types of carriages which ran on the line. I have a few questions - in the second colour picture, that brake third - is that one of those Ratio long wheelbase 4-wheel GWR types on a (prototypical) 6-wheel chassis? The carriages you have are fascinating. Dare one ask that when you've time you might post some info on how they were made, adap
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  25. Sorry, I 'phoned them this morning and snagged the last Jinty.
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  26. Missed out on a Jinty also.. but could be worse, could have paid £170 plus P&P for one on fleabay https://www.ebay.ie/itm/202221216889?ViewItem=&item=202221216889
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  27. One of the buzzwords of the 1980s, from the Japanese Kanban organisational system. It's something that you really need to be "Japanese" to do properly, it was trendy in the UK to pretend to be doing it, but it mostly led to even more chaos. We normally referred to it as JTL, rather than JIT - Just Too Late, not Just In Time. This was a win-win situation, as the boss's initials were JTL, so it also annoyed him slightly more. It's one of those things that can be done, but only if you actually do it.
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  28. JIT is all about small shipments made regularly, something that road haulage deals with better than rail freight.
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  29. Ah, yes, I've heard that term before! Makes perfect sense.
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  30. Pretty good summary of it.. Started in the automotive industry, and has moved to some similar industries(Aerospace etc) but is still fairly niche..
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  31. Probably stands for "Just In Time". Means never having anything in stock and never planning for a rainy day.
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  32. In all reality, perhaps as involved as scratch building, and massively more expensive?
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  33. Well The Bro in Law ordered Firesticks from Amazon through addresspal, Vat levied on both sides so ended up being 20% odd extra cost than buying in here from an Irish retailer say. Beware if using Addresspal. It is really a defunct service now as the UK Vat charge cannot be backed out as the seller thinks it is a UK transaction so it really pointless.
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  34. Might be an easy respray depending on how easy it is to temporarily remove the glazing. Masking those windows effectively is nigh impossible. Might be of interest to some at WMRC for their fantastic vast O gauge layout, but they still don’t yet have any Irish O gauge diesel locos.
    1 point
  35. I guess there's a little bit more to it than just scaling up the 00 tooling cad work as presumably some of the smallest parts are slightly overscale in 00 due to manufacturing limitations whereas they could be scale in 0 gauge. But I could be talking nonsense.
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  36. For what it's worth, the registration number on the model is TZI 205 (Dublin 1966). I doubt that was picked out of the air.
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  37. I wonder will we ever see an 071 with a Bio Natural Gas tank behind it like in the USofA
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  38. I still have me slide rule, I dont think I was in school the day they did Auto Cad But I passed Latin......
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  39. I know a couple of people who do this stuff and seem to remember that the cost of starting a 3D print is around £800 - £1200, though I guess it very much depends on how much you want to charge per hour. What I know about CAD can be written on the back of a postage stamp with room to spare, but would think that once a file has been created, then rescaling is a simple matter. As to the cost of actually producing either an etched kit or a 3D, the former is down to the cost of the metal and the etching process and I believe is not that high, probably under £100 per unit. As to 3D printing, m
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  40. Great news - then I'll know exactly when I need to start blocking calls from my bank manager.
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  42. Yes, need to do a small repaint on my three Sligo locos! The photos of the railcar and railbus were stunning too - was amazed how smart the paintwork was. Equally, one of my favourite pictures was of the cattle fair, with all those folk in long brown overcoats. For me it is stuff like this which can help us bring our modelling scenes to life. As another aside, I must put in an early vote for these meetings to continue on Zoom, once things get back to normal. For me, it would be a three hour round trip to get to the London venue and the others would require an overnight stay! The qua
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  43. Same problem with Hattons A3 and A4. £750 is a decent price for RTR Pacific in 0 gauge, but eight coaches for it to haul will cost a couple of grand. That said, if you have ever made a coach, either kit or scratch, then you know how much work is involved, so £200 for a brass coach is actually good value.
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  44. Ordered this book from the book depository a week or so ago for €13.80 which is a steal it's the price of a couple of magazines . The book arrived today appropriately enough by An Post !. It's a wonderful book from one of the great photographers of the Irish scene covering mid 1980's to the present day with about 200 illustrations and detailed captions covering all classes of locomotives on passenger ,freight and PWD . This book is a must for anyone wanting to model the Irish scene over the past 30 years . Just checked online the book depository is now showing out of stock I imagine it's
    1 point
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