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  1. Hi Lads, Thanks for the Comments, Been Beavering away here and have managed to get a few small items done over the past while but the most tedious one has been done and that is the Armoured Deck Plating and punching the Rivets but I have that done Saturday all day and I have now pre shaded with white and Black and then laid the green on the top. I am quite pleased with this as a Flat green Deck would of looked a bit toy like. Took it out in he ambient light to see though what it looked like. Weathering also has been started on the Box, Front Gun and ammo Boxes by the Main cabin. Sunday took the the Knockmealdown mountains for a 13K hike to calm me nerves after slicing the top of my Left hand thumb off with the Scalpel! Parents were not available or supervision for Help at the time
    5 points
  2. Oops, did not notice that the stripes were self adhesive vinyl. Just assumed they were waterslide, just like the ones I got from MIR years ago. The overall width of my 'Bumblebee' stripes is about 4.25mm top to bottom. Below is a screengrab of the end of an NIR coach showing quite clearly the stripes. From this it should be easy to work out the proportional width of each colour.
    4 points
  3. Currently I am going through a huge collection of glass plate negatives of a family farm in Co Offaly over 100 years ago. This is not railway related at all, so no need to post them here - but ONE railway view popped up which is worthy of sharing - my grandfather took this some time about 1910-20. Can anyone assist with the location? The scan doesn't show it, but just barely visible on the left is a stone-based water tower. The stone base is whitewashed. The Dublin contingent of the family used to go by train to either Nenagh or Birr to stay on the farm during the summer holidays. So it is most likely to be somewhere in that general area, even Ballybrophy. But no concrete info.
    3 points
  4. A batch of original slides from 1967 arrived last week. They are mainly of Belfast York Road, with a few at Great Victoria Street and Dundalk. Here are a few : Skegoneill WT51 on 10 spoil wagons + brake van 27 April 1967 and at York Road June 1967. B188 + B192 at Great Victoria Street 29 April 1967
    3 points
  5. Looking great George. Just watch you don’t ‘fowl’ the propellor …
    2 points
  6. I agree. The shed should also be next door if it was Bally, and the main line should be in the background.
    2 points
  7. The terrain in the background at Ballybrophy would be rather less of a 'parkland' aspect.
    2 points
  8. Work has begun on my EGV kit from scale studio models. After cutting away parts on the donor coach which blocked are partly covered the brass overlay windows. The overlays themselves were then glued to the bodyside.
    2 points
  9. A modicum of progress can be reported. The easing of lockdown in the UK has meant days away for work, the opportunity to catch up with relatives along with a holiday (in the UK) has left little time at the workbench. A grotty day today gave the excuse for a few hours at the bench this afternoon so more progress was made with tender. A lot of forming and fettling to fit needs to be done and it was one of those days where everything seemed to need fitting twice, still persistence paid off. Most of the tender body is now complete with only the detailing needed. A bit of cleaning up is needed but it's coming along nicely. The motor will be mounted in the tender so I will need to form an opening in the coal plate for the drive shaft. I'll do that once I have the gears mounted in the loco chassis and the motor fixed in the tender. This will help me get it in the right place. In other news, my appeal for any unbuilt J15 etches turned up another two with one set of casting. This will let me build another J15 in the future, it will built as running in the early 60's hopefully with a superheated boiler so I can run it alongside the C Class diesel. With the etches came a nicely assembled footplate. This should speed up the body construction, which is useful as I really want to crack on to get to my next project. One I'm really looking forward to. John Mayner kindly agreed to reduce a couple of his etched locos to 2mm scale for me so I'm now in proud possession of MGWR K class, I've already bought the wheels, motor and gears but need to resist the temptation to start and just focus on the J15 until it is complete.
    2 points
  10. A first attempt at a colour test of the NIR corporate livery: I paid little attention to the masking hence the bleed in places. I'm happy enough except for the lower grey band. It should be a touch darker than the Vallejo insignia white I've used here. I didn't bother with the bottom black band and I can see the stripes are all a bit too thick. I've ordered alternative masking tapes for this. If anyone knows the actual thickness of the stripes that would be great.
    2 points
  11. A new arrival at the MPD on Ashburton grove…311131 is an essential mixed traffic locomotive and has added more variety to the locomotive fleet at the depot.
    2 points
  12. Some photos of layout named after a combination of my local, Heuston Station (for the passenger stock) & North Wall (for the freight). Era is loosely based around 2005 - 2008 when you could still see Cravens, Mark 3's, 141 & 181 in operation, along side 071 and 201 class locos. I took the photos after l removed the stock to clean the rails- rare to have nothing on it! I don't have the expertise of most on here on the modelling front. l owe a huge amount to so many guys here who helped along the way. It was kinda the dream even getting to this point and there is a long way to go but here's where l am today.
    1 point
  13. Thanks Noel, the shaft has no gland neeed Noel, its an apparently a Sealed Shaft but this will be packed with Silicon RC Grease to stop any leaks as the shaft is below waterline. That worked on the ol fellas puffer that leaked through the shaft, Squeezed some Grease into it and sorted! No leak.
    1 point
  14. I have a 1:43 GSWR F6 2-4-2T for sale, but it’s running on 5’3” track (ie 36.75 mm gauge). Should be straightforward enough to regauge to 32mm if you are interested….
    1 point
  15. Why are reactions turned off and why is there not a 'drool' option??
    1 point
  16. I'm going to try those vinyl stripes anyway. They might work ok with a coat of varnish over the top of everything. I've also ordered a single set of the Railtec ones to see if they are worth the money. I do highly rate the Railtec stuff. The transfers I used up thread on the IR mk2b's are all Railtec. I've also ordered a selection of thin masking tapes from Jammy Dog so I have three possible ways to skin this particular cat. It seems like NIR also modified the corporate livery in some respects. I have pictures of the roofs in a medium gloss grey as well as a matt black. Was there any pattern to this or was it random? I've also seen the window frames unpainted and painted around the outside. Same question. The cantrail is also painted the same light grey as the tumblehome, unless it's a first or diner, in which case it follows the yellow/red convention. Correct? I believe the gutters were painted the same light grey and it wrapped around the end of the coach, unlike the cantrail stripe. Most pics show the gutters very dirty, almost black, but I do believe they were painted grey initially. Could someone confirm? The Lima mk2b coach roof has a little ridge to represent the gutter which could be painted I suppose.
    1 point
  17. I think the electrical incompatibility between the NIR and IE stock may have been related as much to different connectors as load. As you say, similar outcome to the Cravens and Mk.2AC. 1991. Is it really that long ago?
    1 point
  18. I'd guess Roscrea, but not sure. Other local sites don't seem to tally map wise.
    1 point
  19. Ah here now......this is getting a bit sleazy Whens the top comin off...boom boom!
    1 point
  20. Exquisite. Am sure the 5p is getting bigger.
    1 point
  21. Check this out. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114769445134?hash=item1ab8cac10e:g:CDgAAOSw7yxfpbpz Black, white, yellow stripes. These are vinyl stick on type and not transfers.
    1 point
  22. Its possible your grandfather built the locomotive with outside cylinders for practical purposes. There may not have been enough space between the frames to build the model as a working two cylinder inside cylinder cylinder loco with working Stephensons motion, there are some things you cannot scale down.
    1 point
  23. Check this out. Model Irish Railways did a sheet of 'Bumble Bee Stripes' and these appear of Fleabay from time to time. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114769445134?hash=item1ab8cac10e:g:CDgAAOSw7yxfpbpz Much cheaper than the ones from Railtec. I have used them on some of my coaches, along with full paint stripes, and even produced my own on my PC. Hard to tell them apart.
    1 point
  24. A bit modern for an early 1900 layout the GSWR built 14 4w Motor/Fish Vans in 1907 with similar styling to the LNWR 6w CCT https://www.flickr.com/photos/31890193@N08/8901746841/ followed by 19 Fish Vans in 1910. The majority of the Motor/Fish Vans had gone by the late 1940s 4 surviving to the late 50s, most of the Fish Vans survived into the late 50s the last 2 withdrawn in 1961. Its possible that salted or smoked fish was transported in ventilated or ordinary vans (Covered wagons) mainly 14' variety before WW1. IRCH Standard wooden Vans predominate in photos of Valencia Harbour up to the closure in 1960s, with lots of barrels possibly for salted fish on the platform. The Motor/Fish was built to the same basic design without the lower set of louvres and with folding end doors like the LNWR CCT There is a 1950s lineside photo of an F6 hauled Cobh-Cork with what looks like an ex- GSWR Fish Van in the consist I am sure that you can think of a way of adding that "salty fishy" smell at exhibitions.
    1 point
  25. I'm confused, the fan doesn't actually spin? Never mind, someone had one that actually did in an A if I recall about 5 years ago, not sure that it shifted much air through the motor but very cool al the same Wait, they've done coaches for the them? 'Laminates' or PRs?
    1 point
  26. My grandfather (1879-1951) started building this (live steam) model in the 1910s. He never got it finished. Too busy working on boiler drawings in Inchicore Works! I think it was intended to be a 60-class 4.4.0. I believe that at some stage he was working on improvements to these locos. Sound familiar? How many of us never manage to get a model finished!
    1 point
  27. A good tip, but I would try and lift the paint about half an hour after painting and it makes lifting the paint much easier.
    1 point
  28. Professional painter and liner Ian Rathbone shares a great tip in his books on the subject. Wait until the paint has gone half hard (up to 24 hours with enamels), then lightly wet a fine brush with thinners and you can then use it to remove any over painting or blemishes. Fiddly, but works a treat. Pushing the brush against any over painting lifts the paint a little; wipe the brush on a cloth and repeat the process until satisfied. Precision Paints are fine, but beware ordering by post. Delivery cost is eye watering if you only want small amounts.
    1 point
  29. Nice effort on the NIR coach btw. Railtec transfers are excellent quality, so would imagine transfers would be the easier option than trying to mask off the correct width stripes, especially if you are planning quite a few coaches. Phoenix paints used to do the paints for MIR back in the day, but unsure if any of the Irish colours are still available in that range.
    1 point
  30. Back to black The loco has been primed & the top coat added, along with red buffer beams and the numberplates - Blutak for now. It seems to me that Irish locos tended not to wander from shed to shed over their lives, so with Galteemore's F6 being No 42, decided to apply the same number to my earlier version. The idea is that a couple of F6 were tried out on the Belmullet line because of its similarity to the Valencia Harbour route. However, I've never really liked any loco I've built in that first coat of black, it just looks too dense to my eyes. Hopefully, the application of some lining will help, though this brings up the same issues I had with the 101: white/red/white lining appears not readily available. Fox Transfers do straight lines in this combination, but curved corners for some reason are red/white/red! Hopefully a bit of brush and bow pen work will sort it out, thought its not my favourite occupation.
    1 point
  31. A sunny Sunday morning at Lakeview freight yard we see locomotive 082 about to depart with the annual Weedspray train around the layout.
    1 point
  32. A couple of photos of the Traverser fiddle-yard which can fit at either end of the scenic section of the layout. Construction used the same techniques as the main boards except the board was inverted to provide a frame for the moving track board which is supported by three drawer sliders.
    1 point
  33. More challenges It seems to me that, as the basic parts of a kit come together, so do the chances of it not happening as intended. A couple of degrees out of alignment, a millimetre or so the wrong way and [just as everything should be lining nicely], suddenly problems appear. I remember once getting lucky with a 7mm scale white metal kit of a narrow gauge Baldwin 4-6-0T - nothing lined up, but somehow the sum of the parts was greater than the whole and it looked fine. Not so here though, for having made up the boiler and smokebox units, assembling them on the footplate showed all was not well. The boiler was simple enough to make, especially as I still have the club's set of rolling bars, while the smokebox has a neat inner frame to help you along. However, because I am modelling an F6 in near original condition, this has meant making it 'waisted', rather than straight sided, so this has meant making a new front, complete with oven type doors. The biggest problem here was adding the strapping, hinges, handles & so on, which was really fiddly and I ought to have used my RSU instead of a conventional soldering iron. I tried adding rivets using my GW Models press, but this didn't work out well, so they were sanded off & I'll eventually add them using ones from an Archer's transfer sheet. So far, so good, but in assembling the pieces problems arose. At the firebox end, there is a 3mm gap, which is supposed to be filled by bending out saw toothed sections on the firebox, but it didn't look right to me, so instead I've added a short section from curved brass strip and then filed it to be a nice fit. However, both the drawings and photos show the joint should curve down to the boiler from the firebox top, so I used a piece of 2mm brass wire, plus lots of solder to emulate this. As it stands, some filler will be needed though to get the right shape. At the smokebox end, there is a very noticeable drop down to the boiler, which should be in three shorter steps. Had I been thinking ahead, I could have cut two discs from 18 and 15thou brass sheet, which would have had the bonus of closing the gap at the firebox end. Instead, I used 0.9mm brass wire, bend around the join. Once soldered in place, this was carefully filed to a square profile, then a second ring of 0.7mm wire was added on top and given the same treatment. I then needed to add a new front boiler band from thin brass strip and did the same to the front edge of the firebox. Finally, I used a piece of small section L shaped brass, bent round a piece of one inch pipe to make a piece of beading to hide the join between the firebox and cab front. Still with me? Well done, because the work was indeed as tedious as this must read! One correction I now need to do is to grind off the top steps on the coal bunker, as early on their lives, these engines had no upper coal rails, so the steps weren't needed. However, I have a question for the cognoscenti among you - the water filler sits in the coal space, so would it have been originally as tall as it was later, to stand above coal rails? Speaking of corrections, am pretty sure I'll need to turn a new chimney, while the casting for the dome looks decidedly anorexic - compared to the drawing, it should be a scale six inches more in diameter. Life is complicated they say, that's why it is fun. Allegedly....
    1 point
  34. I happened to be in a toy shop yesterday and saw they had the Revell 52 in Aqua Color (that's their water based acrylic range). I decided to just pick it up and see how it behaved with my Vallejo thinners etc. because they are also water based acrylics. It seems to work just fine. I test thinned it about 50:50 and test sprayed a bit to check how close the aqua version is to that deep NIR blue for the mk2 coaches. I think it's definitely close enough.
    1 point
  35. The MGR train has been increased in size by adding two loaded HAA hoppers The driver of the 08 has a busy evening ahead shunting wagons at the factory sidings.
    1 point
  36. Should have gone to see the IL-62 George, banned from EU airspace now! Although the depth charges look spot on so a morning we’ll spent
    1 point
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