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  1. 21 points
    Needs no further introduction really! Please note, this is a first sample and yes, we know there are corrections to be made! But, well, yum yum!!! Pre-ordering will be open soon. You have been warned! Cheers! Fran
  2. 16 points
    Again girls you didn't get these from me And if anyone mentions the wrong shade of grey............ Buffers are extra
  3. 16 points
    Messin around with a new phone camera with barrow street warb
  4. 12 points
    At IRM Towers, many gems could be seen when I made a business call. The choccy bikkies were good too..... 9D376EAB-D0F9-4ADC-AEDF-E3E2F5888F3A.MOV 28C5614A-0336-4873-B395-FC37BE6E7407.MOV
  5. 11 points
    Some basic steps in station building...usual modus operandi - Alphagraphix kit as the inspiration. This time using single storey Florencecourt card kit as a source for two storey Dromahair .... you’ll notice the back wall is completely featureless. That’s because it will be invisible on the layout - a John Ahern idea I think..no point modelling it if you can’t see it
  6. 11 points
    So back to the 121's men I have been asked to tell no one so I am asking you guys to do the same 121 & 135 grey livery and 124, 129, 134 in IE are due in Oct. 125 & 131 CIE Black and 126 & 132 CIE S/train should arrive in time for Christmas With 127, 130 & 133 IR following in the New Year. Dont think he is doing the usual 504 run of each so numbers will be tight No price yet but not a lot of change from €200 I believe
  7. 10 points
    Sods law when you start something you never have enough styrene strip to finish the glazing bars on the roof of the station on barrow street
  8. 10 points
    Updated photos of the roof on pearse station on barrow street with new glazing and roofing.Now for the long process of fitting approx 420 glazing bars to one side.
  9. 9 points
    Coaling up the Flying Scotsman's tender....... Two pieces of cardboard were cut out to close off the coal chute and the top of the tender, painted black and stuck in with impact adhesive. Dilute Mod Podge was used to glue the coal in. The coal that came with the kit was a bit chunky- almost the size of a man! So with the 'modellers magic wand' I reduced the size a bit- small coal for in the chute and bigger in the tender, the fireman will have to use the lump hammer as the big stuff comes to the chute. All done. Tender body now on its chassis. Port hole window glued on and buffers installed. I then started getting the chassis ready for the fitting of the footplate, cab & boiler. First was to install the valve reversing rod and gear- oops! had not looked at the chassis for a while and realised the reversing rod support bracket required modification, the kit provided the incorrect bracket, but they did follow up with a mod part which I butchered and soldered onto the installed bracket- needs a bit of paint now. I installed a switch to turn off the power to the motor so that the loco can be displayed static with the fire running. Another item missing in the kit was the whistle, so I made up my version of one with .7mm brass wire and styrene- needs painting now. The display plinth and track is complete, cut from mdf, with a bit of a moulded edge and painted brown to give a dark hardwood look. Wheel sanding piping was made up from .7mm brass wire and will be epoxied on when the paint is dry- these, the wheel centre lining and fitting the body tomorrow....... Almost there! Eoin
  10. 9 points
    Next up is the iconic Tara mines bogie wagon, After developing a brake problem which caused wheel flats the Tara wagon was worked at slow speed to the wheel lathe shop for attention ....
  11. 8 points
  12. 8 points
    A selection of photos of the stores oil tanker transfer to the West end stabling point on Tara junction complete with 23674 CIE brake van professionally built by hidden-agenda.... 161 arrives at the signal and awaits clearance to the up mainline before propelling the wagons to the oil road siding for discharging to commence. Over at the new wheel lathe CIE 071 class locomotive 088 gets its wheels turned....
  13. 8 points
    Hi Guys , just to clarify that we have various different ways of taking preorders for the upcoming Murphy Models CL121 locomotives. You can contact any of our shops either in person or by phone where they can take your contact details, and we will be in touch when they arrive . Alternatively please follow the link below to our website and fill in your details on the notify me link for each loco required. Sorry still no prices, anybody quoting a price is picking a number out of the air. https://www.marksmodels.com/?cid=51
  14. 8 points
    Hunslet primed and head lights temp fitted, temp wired selecting the correct resistor, positioned and tested for light bleed, working perfect happy days
  15. 8 points
    The Flying Scotsman crew inspecting the cab of their new command before it goes onto the footplate. Eoin
  16. 8 points
    Started back working on barrow street and the overall roof for pearse station which the main roof is 6ft long and the making of transport boxes for same.The main roof is made of 1.5mm birch plywood.
  17. 7 points
    Here's a preview of the deco of the pallets! As explained above, they pallets were wrapped in plastic with branding on them, and that's what our model will replicate! Cheers! Fran
  18. 7 points
    Also, here is the deco for the 4 packs Cheers! Fran
  19. 7 points
    The Flying Scotsman kit build is complete. It was touch and go assemble it- as its a hard beast to handle without damaging the finishes with screwdrivers, files and the like doing final adjustments. I'm pretty happy with the way it has turned out. I'll post up a few more photos later when I get it out into the daylight. I should have it on display this coming Sunday at the Train & Model Fair in Bray if anyone would like to see it for real. Eoin
  20. 7 points
    A little more progress on the layout. Think I have the point rodding sorted - albeit after a few "doh" moments; angle cranks the wrong way around! Short siding catch point picked up. All connections brought back to the signal box. Added a few rods and cranks for the points on the North end of the station which adds a little interest. Detail of the rodding back to the platform ope where the signal box will be including the completed platform bridge. Made a start on signal wheels at the signal box end. May leave the signal end until I get some signals installed. Next up will be platforms & then ballasting, Starting to take shape! More later. Ken
  21. 7 points
    So, Corrected the problem with stopping short with the rods, they now run to the end. A floor added and back section connected. The DSER bridges have an interesting support which runs clear of the underside and then turn up at an angle to the top rail. Adds a nice touch. Trial positioning with some timber blocks for now. I haven't detailed the back cut - a few lines on the backscene will probably suffice. Back scene for this area will be prototype photos (hopefully). Got to work on the footbridge at the other end. This is the same structure as the platform bridge, so I'm not going to go through the construction details. A quick shot with 495 and a few wagons to set the scene!!
  22. 7 points
    Going postal....my first ever scratch built coach. I should really have gone for something simple. But no - it had to be a TPO for some reason. In fairness, the drawing did look simple. But then I saw a pic in Des Coakham’s book - and my prototype still had all the TPO bag and bracket gubbins which would have to be cobbled together .....😫Almost done now - just lower footboards to fabricate from brass, and I can prime her. Built from Alphagraphix drawing using David Jenkinson’s principles from ‘carriage building made easy’. More pics when the painting’s done....
  23. 7 points
    A few pictures showing the progress thus far on the hunslet, moulded side and roof grills bored out, removed and new brass one in their place. I have also removed the hand rails hopefully fitting replacement brass ones tomorrow, on both cab fronts and doors. Head lights have been bored out and tapered from inside to outside to accept LED lights. I’m still wondering about fitting marker lights, I’ll sleep on it tonight. TDR
  24. 7 points
    As mentioned in the layout section for Wicklow South, I intend to use the two footbridges to enclose the scene. The main footbridge over the platforms and a smaller one spanning the single line further south from the station. DSER constructed very similar footbridges along their network and for quite a few they were integrated with the signal box - meant only one stairs rather than two, so a certain element of fiscal efficiency. Prototype take recently. Rather that make the sides by soldering individual pieces together, I decided to draw up a plan for the base side in CAD & use the mill to cut out. It also made it easier to drill the uprights for the horizontal rods which will be much more accurate using CNC than by hand. The sides were cleaned up and t-section added top and bottom which soldered joints on the inside. Front side was kept clean with some rivets added. The uprights were a little fiddlier as threading through 6 no. 0.5mm brass rods took a some time being sure not to deform the uprights. It was worth the effort, as when uprights were soldered into position top & bottom, we ended up with this, which is starting to look good. Alas, I stopped too short with the rods as I was thinking the last section tucks into the signal box - it doesn't, so I'll have to amend that bit before ti gets to the model. More as time permits. Ken
  25. 7 points
    Flying Scotsman lining is complete, I'm glad that's done..... I set to do the boiler band lining thinking this would be the hardest, but no- it was the easiest? The spraying stand gives a great handle to hold the boiler without touching the paintwork. Complete, the satin varnish finish will bring the shine down. Brass couplers just about to be chemical blackened, and the window glazing cut to size- spectacles at top left, cab side below, with internal frame feature stuck on- top n bottom, and the round one is the port-hole type window on the rear tender to light the inside of the crew corridor, it's a brass frame. Detail parts been fitted- buffer shanks, blackened coupler & vacuum pipe to the fotplate front , a little bit of black touch-up to be done on the buffer beam edge. Makers plates and smoke box door handle stuck on, I used Humbrol Clear for the plates and epoxy on most other bits. Footplate has the brass oiler gear and nameplates stuck on with epoxy. A few more detail parts to be done and then ready for a clean down and few coats of satin varnish. Eoin
  26. 6 points
    Late this month, early August depending on customs and shipping.
  27. 6 points
    A few sneak peeks through the windows of the TPO interior before the roof goes on and all goes dark - toilet compartment and sorting rack....the daggers on the window bars are of course mail bag hooks...
  28. 6 points
    Another thing I remembered to do on the Flying Scotsman- a motor flywheel. A bit of brass from the scrap box, its going to be 22mm dia with a few holes like spokes and a recess cut to get the weight on the outside for maximum flywheeling! Turned on the lathe and now transferred to the mill rotary table to drill the holes and mill the slot. Done and Loctited on. A quick test run to check all systems are OK before the body goes on. And now the best bit! Just about to get stuck in and guests arrived........ Eoin
  29. 6 points
    Fantastic looking bogie wagon, well done yet again gentlemen, really looking forward to these wagons Here is a photo of a recently refurbished 42' bogie wagon 30183...
  30. 6 points
    Personally I've probably got more than enough in the 10 that I currently have, which is a split between the IR/IE liveries. Though it never stops me from keeping my eye out for them still. Interestingly, I did notice a couple of comments with regards to the livery that wasn't included in the original run. That being the IR logo without the white band. Here's one of my Dad's 141's which I carried out a little work on. The Catchers should have been removed for it to be prototypically correct, but you get the idea. Have to admit there's something I quite like about it.
  31. 5 points
    Rescue operations on the laminate coach build;- the body and chassis were primed and under-coated at the same time I was doing the Flying Scotsman, if you read that thread you'd know the problem- dusty under coat due to a faulty gun! I had also painted the inside of the body silver which will require masking. Both the body and chassis needed recovery, I used my home made blast cabinet to cut back the messy undercoat. Low pressure and fine grit cut back the paint almost to the brass and left a beautiful surface to undercoat again. Because I silvered the interior a bit early, masking was required to the inside before painting commenced. and recovered. The chassis is undergoing the same treatment and now nearly back to finalising the paintwork. Eoin
  32. 5 points
    Castle Kerry has had a bit of a rejig. I wasn't happy that I had installed the track direct to the baseboard - it began to look increasingly wrong that there was no ballast profile. Without a ballast shoulder, there could be no cess, and it forms part of the scenery so I had to rip it up anyway to install a trackbed, so why not take the opportunity to address a couple of other concerns. I wasn't happy with the fictitious track plan, as I wanted to be able to incorporate correct signalling. So I've rebuilt it to use the trackplan from New Brighton on the Wirral - I know, it's still not an Irish prototype! At least this way I can install the correct signalling and know that I am not making up the track layout. It's also suggested a change from branch terminus to more of a suburban feel, so perhaps it's moving closer to Dublin and the coast... that will explain the arrival of the Mk3 push pull set that's on its way any day now. Anyway, a couple of views of progress so far. Lots still to do... and I've made a start on the staging yard, although some track and trackbed is needed to finish it off. I have some leave coming up, so should get the track finished and operational in the next month or so. Then some basic scenery and the signals in. It's always good to have a project on the go.
  33. 5 points
    If you know the IRM model well, you will know that we are fans on of of the aforementioned locos, and it would be very much in our thoughts eventually, when other locos are produced. It's a case of 'patience, my sweet' if you wish to wait for a top class RTR shunter, but it is on the medium term radar. Cheers! Fran
  34. 5 points
    Some samples should be on show this evening in the MRSI Clubrooms, Dorset St From 8.30 ish, all welcome P Murphy should be in attendance if he can make it up the stairs!
  35. 5 points
    Managed 2nd radius with ease. Very well designed.
  36. 5 points
    Met up with my good friend Joe McGrew today and walked him home. He joined the GNR(i) at the age of 15yrs as a boy porter and worked himself up to shunter before closure. He celebrated his 90th birthday a few months back. Today he was still able to talk in great detail of his days on the railway.
  37. 5 points
    Not a lot of progress of late trying to decide whether to finish detailing the locos or assemble the tender and adjusting to winter arriving in June after a long Indian summer. The tender assembly is relatively straightforward with slot and tab assembly for the main components. I used copperclad sleeper strip to keep the outside framing vertical before soldering in place, I also moved the rear fixing bolt backwards to clear the rear axle and act as a fixing point for the coupler. Tender superstructure, after three locos I think I finally figured out how the tender coal chute assembly is supposed to fit together. Still some cleaning up on the soldered joints, maybe its time to buy a resistance soldering unit! View of the top of the tender, I need to fabricate a tank filler and a (removable?)tank top/coal plate. Backplate with firehole doors added, I will add some basic plumbing and a regulator handle. Test fit backplate, cab splashers narrowed to suit a 21mm gauge model, splasher sides incorporate an representation of the main frames. Body securing bolt to be cut off flush with (wooden) cab floor, excess solder to be removed from inside cab before final detailing, (reversing wheel, backplate detail, handrails, boiler fittings. Next job is to assemble the tender underframe and loco & tender brake gear sub-assemblies.
  38. 5 points
    625 32mm gauge one of a batch built by the late Harry Connaghton a Dublin based professional model maker in the late 1970s Harry batch built models of GNR & ex-Midland locos and stock mainly in 7mm some models in OO including a GNR Compound, and JT 2-4-2T tank. The OO gauge JT was priced around £30 when the Britannia pacific the most expensive loco in the Triang Hornby range was priced £5---------£5-s10-0 range. The JM Design J5 will be to a similar or higher standard to Harry Connaughton's models.
  39. 5 points
    More Wiring Trials Spent the last week faffing about with point control wiring. I've invested a fair wedge of my hard earned on a Megapoints control system. This has included: A custom made control panel, complete with Belmullet lettering and mimic diagram A master control board, switches and LEDs to go in the panel and which work all the points and signals via a single network cable. Three Servo Driver boards, each controlling four points or signals, which go under the baseboards. The Megapoints stuff also requires its own 5 amp, 12v supply, plus several network cables to join the Servo Drivers together. Hence the under baseboard wiring has grown a bit, to say the least. However, the servos only cost £1.80 each [about a tenth of the price of Tortoise point motors and associated switching], while the entire system is pretty much 'plug and play', requiring the minimum of soldering. It is expensive though. So, what I now have is as follows: A mimic control panel with a lot of spaghetti inside. This comprises leads from the push button switches and LED indicators [green/green for point routing and red/green for signals], which go to terminals on the main processor. A 12v supply goes in from the transformer, with just a three strand network cable going to the layout, instead of around 30= wires if I had used ordinary point motors and toggle switches Baseboard 'C' [nearest the fiddle yard] will have the mimic panel fixed to it with a couple of quick mount plates. A single servo driver has four leads going from it to the three arm signal as seen on Arigna Town, plus the main turnout on entry to the station. There is then another three strand network lead going to the middle scenic board 'B'. Baseboard 'B' has two servo drivers. The first one has two leads to the double slip, with the other two going to what will be two new starter signals at the platform end. The second servo driver covers the point to the loco shed on Baseboard B, then two more network leads go to Baseboard 'A' to work the loco release crossover and the point to the end loading dock off the bay. On the one hand, much of it is fairly straightforward, but with my aforementioned ability to get things back to front, there has been a fair amount of bad language and a lot of head scratching to get it all set up. The system is quite clever, because it enables you to reverse the switches to ensure the lights on the mimic panel are going the right way, while the signal controls allow you to have them bounce and do the 'double pull' as seen on the real thing. In addition, the range of movement on the servos is controllable too - handy for ensuring points close properly. The downside appears to be that the servos, while cheap, may not be all that reliable, so I have ordered some spares already! It may well be prudent to protect the servo drivers with some sort of cover too, eventually. The photos may, or may not make the above clearer...
  40. 5 points
    There are two issues with the buffers fitted to the IFM rebuilt Dutch van. Firstly, as has been pointed out, they are much too high. I think this is due to the buffer beam not protruding below the body lower edge. The second issue is that the buffers as seen in the picture are of a totally incorrect type. They should be of the retractable type, so that when coupled to Mk2 coaches with buckeye couplings, they can be retracted as the Pullman type gangway does the buffing. When coupled to a locomotive, the buffers are extended as so far as I know, no Irish locomotives are fitted with buckeye couplings. The only exception to this were the NIR Hunslets which were fitted with buckeye couplings and buffing plates from new. For my scratchbuilt rebuilt Dutch van, I used MJT 2934 BR Mk1 Coach Retracted Buffers. As can be seen from the following picture, they are a totally different profile to the IFM buffers. The second picture shows the real thing. Note also the extension of the chassis below the bodyline at each end, for the lower buffer beam. This appears to be missing on the IFM model.
  41. 5 points
    Lads would you stop😀 just buy two! "Their going to be great" Eoin
  42. 5 points
    Two are used for transporting the Donelli relaying gantries-and are fitted for both air and vacuum duel brake working-now there is a challenge for you Richie...hint hint..no pressure....😋
  43. 5 points
    When the Rolling Stones christened their album "Sticky Fingers" I don't think they were talking about gluing sleepers down...... It might not be very rock 'n' roll but I've finished the sleepers (and cleaned the glue off my fingers....) It should be ready for some rail once the holes for the droppers and point control are drilled.
  44. 5 points
    With the ever increasing locomotive fleet and the forthcoming models of the 121 and 001 class locomotives the new wheel lathe was installed over the weekend at the MPD on Tara junction, Here we see locomotive 0117072 become the first locomotive to use the facility, The CME observes proceedings as they prepare to move 072 onto the lathe, Here are a few photos of the operation.
  45. 5 points
    Hi everyone, Thanks for the feedback! Here it is with some of the forthcoming containers to give you a flavour of what to expect! We should have a sample of the CIE 20ft container in the coming weeks to see what it looks like too! Cheers! Fran
  46. 4 points
    ABS plastic, most likely...
  47. 4 points
    I wish you would take your time with the wagons, all me communion money is nearly gone!
  48. 4 points
    Further progress on the hunslett today, new brass hand and step rails fitted to door sides and cab fronts. I removed the remaining side grills and fitted brass etches, they provide a better finish. Marker lights also bored out, some test running beside my other hunslett, a few pictures and a short video Project_hunslett_2.mp4
  49. 4 points
    In pairs is the only way to buy these things. Anybody who says different is kidding themselves!
  50. 4 points
    Hopefully but a good bit away,still to much to do. warb
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