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  1. 13 points
    Wow, just looked at the date of my last post on this one - neraly two years ago. Well, its been sitting on the shelf looking at me, so I decided I would make a concerted effort to get it finished. In fairness, the loco was broadly complete and just needed some finishing details. Got around to over the last few days and a few quick photos before it goes to paint. Now begins the painting & fettling,, and hopefully I will have it with me on Sunday in Bray. Ken
  2. 11 points
    Back to modelling at last After what seemed like an age doing various household chores, along with a refresh of the workshop, I was rather hoping that the MGWR 'hearse' van might have improved in my absence. Sometimes this can work - you put aside a model you're not happy with, but when you look at it again several days/weeks/months later, it turns out to be not so bad. Unfortunately in this case it was more like how wrong can you be. Indeed, when I dug the van out again, the weathering job I'd done on it looked truly 'orrible. So, what to do. First thought was to buy some paint stripper and start again, but then I remembered one of Martyn Welch's techniques for using T-cut. This automotive paint restorer has many uses and last time I got it out was to work on cleaning up Richard Chown's 'Shannon'. This time, it came in very useful in removing the 'muck spreader' effect I'd used when being way too heavy handed with the weathering. The process is fairly simple and actually quite therapeutic. Dip a cotton bud in the T-cut and then gently work away at the paint surface. Depending on how much needs removing, this may need several goes, but one aspect of rubbing away the grime is that deposits are left in all the nooks and crannies, along any beading etc - just as would happen in the carriage cleaning crew had a go at it. Fingers crossed, it now looks like an old and well worn van, where the under frame hasn't had a clean in decades, but the body panels have had a bit of a rub down from time to time, albeit none too enthusiastically. I can recommend T-cut for other paint jobs too. For example it can get rid of the 'orange peel' effect from being over enthusiastic with the airbrush and can also help reduce/remove paint 'sagging' too. Well worth keeping a bottle handy, plus plenty of cotton buds too!
  3. 9 points
    Update on the work making of the roof/roofline of st andrews church westland row
  4. 9 points
    Heart in mouth time, before the big reveal when masking tape is removed to find out if it all worked ok. As Fr Maguire might say "Careful now" Which is it to be CIE Supertrain, or IR/IE Tippex livery - one more step will reveal Ted to Dougal "Even more Careful now" Phew! Just a spray of varnish and decals, then the window masking comes off Not perfect but passes the duck test.
  5. 8 points
    Suppose I can include my modest little 5’3” effort ...scenic area is only 4 x 2!
  6. 8 points
    We have received a basic sample for review from the factory in China. This sample show the basic colour of the locomotive and is far from a complete sample of a finished model. We are very happy with how the locomotive looks and the finished product will be even better. Sales of the model continue to come in and less than a third of the stock remains available. To secure your model follow the link https://irishrailwaymodels.com/products/b134-class-121-locomotive-rpsi-grey-yellow There will be just one production run of these locomotives so don’t miss out and at the same time you will be supporting the RPSI. Thank you
  7. 7 points
    3D printed 40 foot beet wagons complete My rake of these wagons is now finished. I think the technology works well for a wagon body such as this, which I would say is well within the 'two foot rule'; particularly when weathered and combined with the detail of the IRM flat wagon. The layering and slightly soft edges are less noticeable in person. Each wagon takes about 6.5 hours to print. There was a small amount of clean up and sanding required before painting. Matching the colour was difficult and initially I wasn't happy with it - I have used the weathering to depict the rake as it might have been later in the season. As there is only a single door for unloading, I have noticed that the wagons were positioned so that the door is on the 'north' side of the tracks (east of Limerick Junction anyway).
  8. 7 points
    I've finished the scenic part of the layout.
  9. 6 points
    A bundle of joy arrived at Tara junction.....thank you IRM......
  10. 6 points
    Been reading a lot about US donors for prime mover sounds on this and other threads, but it's not that simple really. The 567, 645 and 710 have a number of different cylinder configurations. For instance, I heard a custom done 071 sound project a while ago, and it didnt sound right. The sound for the turbo 645 was likely from an SD40-2, which has 16 cylinders, whereas the 071 only has 12. It's a slight difference but it is different. are the sounds taking from a 645 E3? F3? etc. 567s are the same, the 121 and 141 are 8 cylinder, but very few (if any other than an SW900!) American locos had prime movers that small. An F unit has 16, and therefore there is subtle differences in the sound. I understand that this may not matter to some, but why go to all the trouble to make something that is wrong, rather than off the shelf that is right and put together by ESU themselves? I would just go for the bespoke chips for these and will be for my 121s I do fit sound to. 201s too. a 12 cylinder 710 as in a 201 sounds quite different to a 20 cylinder 710 in an SD80MAC. Of course the EMD fitted A Class sounds like nothing else due to its exhaust silencing, which is totally different to any other EMD engine'ed loco. This is why we went to such efforts to create the sound project for this. Anyway, just my tuppance worth on the issue. It's your model train at the end of the day! Cheers! Fran
  11. 6 points
    Well then, I guess my layout (project?, ongoing thingy?) Wicklow South could also be included. Ken
  12. 6 points
    The rail order arrived today, so I was able to make a bit more progress on the test track this evening. Hopefully one more session should see all the remaining rails installed
  13. 6 points
    To be honest I think the thread had wandered quite a bit anyway, as they always do Looks like your main attention should be towards modelling weeds not track That is 1990, with a mixture of just about all manner of different track, not to mention the sheer quantity of track to model!! This topic is turning into a useful reference for anyone building track, so I see no problem with keeping things going like it is for the time being. I was going to start a separate topic for the layout proper, and for any stock I do in detail in any case.
  14. 6 points
    It's been a while, but the workshop makeover is getting there at last. Decided to repaint the walls and ceilings, so it was a real Chinese puzzle to move the various elements around without [much] stuff invading living area of the house. Though not a great deal has changed, hopefully what has been done will make life easier: Shelving has been tidied up and now is mostly at the same height around the whole workshop Lighting has been changed to LEDs - both on the layout and the workbench, so in future I'll be painting under the same light as I display/exhibit What's on the shelves has been moved round, to improve access, while all the bits and pieces, tools etc have been likewise re-organised for the same purpose. Electrics for Belmullet have similarly been improved, with the control panel now on the shelf above and track/magnet/lighting transformers grouped at one end. There is now a better back scene to Belmullet, with 'skyboards' added, behind the land and sea back scene. Fintonagh has swapped places with the magazines/book shelves, so the latter are all together for reference purposes Still some more tidying up to do, not least getting the layout running again, but hopefully can get back to some modelling again soon. Hopefully the photos will enable changes to be seen - but no prizes for spotting anything I've not mentioned!
  15. 6 points
    The brake van is designed to run on OO or 21mm gauge track. We are looking at a number of options for manufacture including 3D printing and vacuum castings locally (NZ) or the Far East, at this stage we are unable to confirm whether the model will be produced as an un-decorated kit or a decorated model.
  16. 5 points
    So the reason i had been keeping an eye on the wagon chassis size is because i am considering container traffic on my layout and have ordered some oo guage 20 foot containers as I think they should fit just nicely on a large hornby wagon chassis if my measurements are correct. Unable to wait I found some HO guage containers that i could print out and make up on card, unfortunately i am limited to grayscale printing on blue card so they dont look amazing but give me an idea what to expect when the plastic ones get here. much to my surprise these fit really well onto the smaller chassis with just a little overlap, if it was scaled down just a tiny bit it would fit onto this flat perfectly and look great.(and of course printed on proper card in colour) unfortunately the container is a bit too short for the larger chassis but according to my measurements the oo containers should make up the extra cm and fill the bed, I think it would also be possible to take a lot of the underside plastic off this chassis with an exacto knife so it looks more like a proper container skeleton as well so it will be interesting to see how these progress next week. they do look half good being pulled out of the yard in a rake though. the great thing about working with either of these wagon chassis is that hornby sell a 3 pack of them for 20 pounds on their website and there are a lot of used wagons on ebay etc which would suit for these types of conversions.
  17. 5 points
    Finally after waiting since my order was dispatched on June 17th timeframe, they finally arrived today. I actually thought I was not getting them.
  18. 5 points
    Sometimes that happens with mine. Not on purpose of course.
  19. 5 points
    The ply an rivet method is another option not mentioned much thus far. Quite straight forward and plenty of supplies from Scalefour shop. Sleeper lenghts are scaled 9" with pre-drilled holes for rivets. Have to confess, adding the rivets can be a bit of a pain but once done track laying progress rather quickly. There are no pre-made sleepering for 21mm points, so you have to cut & drill your own sleepers which does take a little time, however you do get to build your own points in a more protobypical way as @RichL noted above. Accessories for this system do make building a little easier. Sleepers & rivets top & left. Rail droppers bottom are used to provide power to the track. The rivet goes throug the eylet & through the sleeper which means electrical connections are kept very low and are not soldered to the rail. The brass fittings are designed for points to support the switchrail - they slip over the rivet & track is soldered over them, a la below. Track power connections using the rail droppers are just visilbe 4th full sleeper in from the left. I have become a fan of the rivet method as the rivet does lift the track up off the sleeper giving the illusion of a chair. It's just an illusion, but as per the 2ft rule, it look fine. Some people go for splitting plastic chairs and fitting them either side of the rail which sounds simple, but a lot of the chair needs to be removed to avoid the rivet. Tried it - life is just too short for that!!. I'm sure all track building methods have their pros & cons, however they do have one thing in common - it takes time. I find you get a lot quicker with practice, however I did get the jigs for filing vees & switch rails which did improve accuracy. One bit I do find tricky, (and there's not a lot of information out there) is switchblade stretchers and ensuring the switch rail sets firmly to the stock rail. Any tips on this element would be most appreciated. Ken.
  20. 5 points
    Many thanks for the complement! Handmade track is certainly not cheap any more. The cost of PCB sleepers and timbers has risen dramatically over the years, though quality is a lot higher than the early products. The main benefit for me of using handmade track is to do things that are not possible with RTR track. In combination with Templot, it is possible to design and build complex formations or even just smoother formations that look nicer than the rigid geometry of RTR track allows. Not forgetting the fact that you can build to any gauge/standards you like. There are only 3 more insulation gaps on my diamond than on a simple diamond, as the far 3ft gauge rail merely repeats the far 21mm rail in the above photo, so shares the same polarity changes.
  21. 5 points
    Very impressive! Don't know how the comparison works in 4mm scale, but in 7mm, handmade track is certainly no cheaper than ready made, as the cost of materials is high. Substituting card or ply sleepers helps though. At the risk of digressing, scratch building per se is not necessarily a cheap option either. Take, for example a 7mm scale wagon. Wheels around £10, cast buffers £5, W irons, couplings and brake gear the same. Hence £25 on bits before you even start on the body. Given Dapol RTR wagons start at as little as £30, it can make you wonder - but then as someone said earlier, for those of us who enjoy making things, that is the whole point of the exercise. The photo above says it all. Break a project down into small steps and suddenly it is not so complicated, though suspect there might be a bit of brain ache in working out where all the insulation gaps go!
  22. 5 points
  23. 5 points
    A new designated timber loading area was marked out at the west end of the Lakeview rail freight yard, Here are a selection of photos of the gradual stockpiling of logs to the stack When the timber train has been 'loaded' the area can be moved out of the way-its a movable diorama.....!!!! The timber contractor has recently taken delivery of a brand new 202 registered Scania tractor unit which is well fit to haul the heavy timber log loads
  24. 5 points
    Another productive day yesterday at Maam cross, An articulated truck load of railway equipment arrived at the site and was promptly unloaded, With the assistance of two machines we put into position a base for the crane on the goods loading bank,this crane originated in Barrack street goods yard in Dundalk, A new pit had been previously excavated and this was lined with timber sleepers-but not finished yet,it will be used for under frame examinations of visiting locomotives Level crossing gates were given another coat of paint,they will be put into position in a few weeks time. The lever frame and a ground frame was moved to safe storage this lever frame was formally located in Carlow signal cabin A buffer stop was moved into position at the Galway end of the goods loading bank,this can been seen in the sixth photo Finally we ''planted'' a telegraph pole near to where the West signal cabin will be located-this in time will have working phone and ETS lines attached to it and others,it was previously located between Broadstone and Liffey junction.. A selection of photos from yesterday....
  25. 4 points
    In all my years of playing with model trains I have never built any of my own items of rolling stock, but as I am trying to add more CIE stuff to my collection(on a budget!) I thought it would be a great time to start. I havent modelled anything except for badly put together airfix kits when i was younger so I am modelling from a complete beginners perspective on this one! This body shell comes from a toy HO guage set I had years ago, has been knocking around in my model box for years as i had always thought about trying to turn it into a 121 "one day", however of course that day never came, in the past couple of weeks I have been looking at photos of a lot of old stock to see what i could repaint or remodel into cie vehicles and so the E class popped up. I had been comparing this to my Hornby class 06 but thought there was too many differences for me to be able to do a convicing conversion when i came accross this old bodyshell and noticed that it shared a lot of details with the E class, big square opening near the front with a round opening on top, and louvred doors running back along to the cab, I thought great ill mate the body to the cab of the class o6 and that will be an ok first conversion, I will use some artistic license to make it into an 0-4-0 loco and it will look great on my new layout. On closer inspection I decided that the cab on the HO Loco had a closer window arrangement and although it had no door i would either cut one in later with the dremel or just leave that detail out, however now that im feeling a little more confidecent i may end up using the sides from the 06 cab to detail more when im done. So after undressing 06 and hacking away at the bodyshell for around half an hour with a blunt instrument I was left with this, notice how I have also dug out a spare set of loco wheels from my spares box ;) the plastic card is just a random bit of plastic card i found in the house. now time to start trying to turn it back into a locomotive! So a little while later this is what i have ended up with. the back of the loco has been built back up with plastic card and now needs to be trimmed down to shape, the 06 footplate got its buffers removed and a spraying of black paint, the engine section has had its chimney filled in as well as the headlight hole on the front, I did sand the front flush to look more like the E class however the blob of filler has meant i need to do it again. finally starting to look like how its supposed to, the body will be able to slide forward a few mm on the footplate when i trim off the bottom of the plastic card which will improve the overall look, im really looking forward to getting the 2 body pieces mated together and looking nice so i can put a cover of black paint on.
  26. 4 points
    Some photos of the assembled test build of the 52 Class, I am currently finalising a number of amendments to the design before I release the production version at some stage in late 2020 early 2021. The kit will be supplied with brass and whitemetal castings, but will exclude wheels gears and motor and couplings. There is more detail on the assembly of the loco in my Tales from the Carriage Shops thread in the Workbench section of this newsgroup.
  27. 4 points
    Forklifts LV1 & LV2 are busy at the Lakeview railfreight yard....
  28. 4 points
    So as I havent painted a straight line by hand in over 100 years I decided to do the first paint job without any sanding or filling as i knew it would be an absolute horror show either way, and well i wasnt wrong so theres little need to share this example 😛 experimented with adding the third wheel, which the chassis could successfully take however once the footplate was installed back on it was locking up the new wheel so I will need to revisit this later with a dremel when it goes back in for another paint job after ive had some more practice with a brush however for now I am very happy with what I was able to pull together in just a few evenings with mostly scrap and a chassis to run it on. back on duty breaking up the incoming tanker train. waiting for passenger services to leave in order to move test freshly converted load around the network.
  29. 4 points
    Short piece on Irelands SLIP operations about 3/4 of the way through the video
  30. 4 points
    Building Track / Ian Rice...... You have to have a copy of this;- ISBN 1874103003 Eoin
  31. 4 points
    Point and crossing work assembled usually assembled using standard switch and crossing components with the rails between the switch and crossing tailored to form a particular formation, in practice 1:6, 1:8 & 1:10 crossing should be adequate for most applications. The EM Gauge Society members received a detailed manual https://www.emgs.org/wp-content/uploads/MANUAL_1_2_3_1_pages_all.pdf on prototype and model track construction including information on the different systems and assembly techniques including switch and crossing filing and assembly jigs. TOM Trackwork Standards can be easily extrapolated from the EMGS Standard and EMGS track, point and crossing jigs can be blown up to 21mm gauge on a printer or photocopier if you are not too worried about a marginally wider sleeper spacing. As Rick L suggested the best option is probably to build a small test track or a shunting plank with a couple of points and possibly a crossing as a test bed before committing to building a layout. Going back to prototype trackwork, yard and siding trackage on the CIE/IE system was generally laid in relatively light flatbottom rail on base plates or spiked directly to the sleepers, with bullhead restricted mainly to running lines and passing loops. The photo of the south end of Limerick Junction is a good example, the headshunt from the Waterford Bay with passenger train is laid in bullhead material, while the sidings between headshunt and the Cork Main Line appear to be laid in light flatbottom rail. Peco Code 60 Rail https://peco-uk.com/products/code-60-flat-bottom-rail for sidings, Code 75 or Code 82 for running lines if you want to re-create the contrast between 80, 85, 90 and 95 lb British Standard rails used up to the introduction of metric Standard BS/EN and UIC standard rails by CIE from the 1970s onwards. I got to learn perhaps too much about trackwork volunteering on a UK heritage railway including assembling full size 60cm gauge pointwork. Loco and stock on Peco Code 60 rail soldered to copper clad sleepers, Code 82 rail on lines in foreground. The layout was not a success I made the mistake of not allowing enough space in the 6' between parallel lines as they entered the curve and problems getting the double slip points to function correctly.
  32. 4 points
    I was shifting some hazardous material today and I had a bit of a mishap. Luckily the clean up team were not far away. The wife has me quarantined in the shed
  33. 4 points
    Doubtful. The wife is a vintage item and there is not much interest in her.
  34. 3 points
    This edition edited by Jerry Clifford, so no surprise that there is a 2mm scale bias. All very interesting of course, but highlight has to be an article by Mick Rawlings (of Ballyconnell Road). Titled Kitchen Table Modelling, he takes us through how he built his 3mmFS U class 4-4-0, complete with working inside valve gear. Had the great pleasure of operating BR last year with Mick and while he insists his locos are essentially quite simple, like all such things, they are actually on a higher plane, both in looks and operation. MRJ rarely ventures outside Great Britain, so good to see Mick's work included. And quite right too.
  35. 3 points
    Once again, many thanks for the kind remarks - they are much appreciated. Yes, I will bring it along, however it will be in brass as there is not enough time to paint it before Sunday. I have to give credit to the excellent book by Mike Sharman - Flexichas for that work. He breaks down the principles and concepts into easily understood mechanics. The tricky bit is getting the weight distribution and height right; I will need to add more weight to the body to help adhesion. The other thing I need to make is a railer, because these are a bugger to get on the track with all wheels articulating. Anyway - hope to see people on Sunday at the fair. Ken
  36. 3 points
    As they say ''Rome wasn't built in a day'',thanks for the kind donation Kevin, Jim is fortunate in that he has a reliable volunteer base from various backgrounds including railway operations, engineers,accountants,fitters etc who are all keen and driven to see this come to fruition
  37. 3 points
    A heads up for the narrow gauge men and lovers of the BCDR. See: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Narrow-Gauge-Railways-of-Ireland-H-Fayle/224098609297?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225113%26meid%3D2d887cf6f6784630abda9ead1509fcb3%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dsb%26sd%3D224098738895%26itm%3D224098609297%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 This is an original Fayle published 74 years ago, NOT the reprint done in the 1960s. Mac Arnold's writing is not everyone's cup of tea, but his book on the everyday Co. Down Railway was a good read and I learned a lot from it. See: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-County-Down-Irish-Steam-Scene-R-M-Arnold/224098738895?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225113%26meid%3D26cf76def1fd4fe6a8f79f9166c34517%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D233667443544%26itm%3D224098738895%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042 originally published by GALTEEMORE'S Dad to raise funds for the RPSI. Quite few good Irish Railway books on eBay at present - including the Sligo Leitrim book by Neil Sprinks. Leslie
  38. 3 points
    Just received some new waterslide transfers from Old Time Workshop. Met proprietor Simon Thomas in an earlier era [ie at a model show] & he was keen to broaden his range to include CVR wagon decals. Each pack costs £6.40 and in that you get enough for six wagons. Does 4mm scale, 00n3 too, including West Clare. Haven't applied them yet, but they certainly seem very nice.
  39. 3 points
    I think mine is the bunscoil version for basic track work - yours is the finescale colaiste one Eoin!
  40. 3 points
    @Galteemore yes, the book I referenced covers ply sleepers only, I had seen a copy of your book and wondered what's the difference- I'd say a lot of the info is the same except for the rail to sleeper fixing and finishing the ply.... Eoin
  41. 3 points
    Here’s my copy of the PCB one and title page. I think Eoin’s one also covers ply track etc
  42. 3 points
    Unfortunately, most published advice on track construction relates to Bullhead - something of an obsession in the UK - to the point that some people happily build or lay bullhead even when F/B is appropriate. In Ireland the balance between bullhead and f/b was far more skewed to f/b, as I understand it. Even then, early and modern f/b are quite a lot different, especially when it comes to pointwork. This affects the way such things are modelled. With my own project, I decided to go for a small test track first mainly because I want to build up an eclectic collection of stock. This will take a long time. I have made the mistake in the past of concentrating too much on the layout and almost forgetting about the stock. With OO and RTR stock, this is not so much of a problem as the chequebook or credit card deals with the latter fairly quickly if you have the funds. With 21mm gauge though, even RTR needs regaugeing, This takes far more time and willpower than might initially be thought. It is easy to grossly underestimate just how much time and effort it takes. I found in the past that I reached a state of mental and willpower exhaustion long before I got to the stock.
  43. 3 points
    Received my spoil rake before the weekend. Another winner, really like these wagons probably as they are currently operating on the network, thanks to DJ Dangerous for posting the video on page one , really nice to see the real wagons in action.Really Lovely wagon thanks again lads.
  44. 3 points
    Edenderry Power Station (R401 Edenderry-Rathangan Rd, West Offaly Powerstation (Shannon Bridge)R357 Shannonbridge-Tullamore Rd & Lanesborough Power station should be good places to observe BNM Energy Divisions rail operations. I griced BNM operations in Kildare and Offaly in the 90s and the newly opened Edenderry Station about 15 years ago. West Offaly Rail operations were readily visible from both the R357 & R436 including a loco stabling depot near Ferbane and Blackwater Works. There are/were a number of smaller isolated systems mainly in Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath these tend to be smaller in scale and have more in common with the Peat Railways in the UK, than the systems serving the peat fired power stations. BNM Energy Division rail operations are/were a basically scaled down 3' gauge 365-24/7 "Merry-Go-Round" train operation with fixed formation trains of (15) tippler wagons transporting milled peat rather than coal from stock piles to the power station. The "Clonmacnoise and West Offaly" tourist railway and museum of the early 1990s originated as a Fás scheme for redundant BNM Blackwater staff and appears to have developed into a successful tourist operation catering mainly for coach tours. Blackwater tourist train operations appear to have been discontinued because the tourist train operation was disrupting the flow of peat to the new West Offaly Power Station . The whole business of de-commissioning three recently built relatively low emission power stations rather than conversion to burn home grown bio-mass reminds me of the Greencore saga with the closure of the Irish sugar industry and seems to have very little to do with reducing Irelands overall greenhouse emissions while leaving the coal burning Moneypoint power station on line. Operation at Edenderry Power Station was/is interesting as trains from the West had to reverse direction in order to enter the power station. Train 1 passing under R401 underbridge arriving from Mount Lucas direction. This section of line is double tracked. Train 2 has coupled on to Train1. Loco Train 1 has uncoupled and is running forward on second running line. Loco of Train 2 pulls Train 1 & 2 clear of crossover as former loco of Train 1 prepares to couple on to Train 2. Track is typical BNM 'Main Line" with evidence of heavy sanding to keep trains moving. De-railed or defective stock was simply pushed to one side to minimise disruption to operations. Train 2 approaching Edenderry Power Station. Train 1 crossing over from "Main Line" to power station reception roads. Trains 1 & 2 approaching tippler building as an empty train departs on the balloon loop.
  45. 3 points
    Forgot to add that the full details of the solder I am currently using is as follows: Rapid Solder Wire 60/40 22SWG 0.7mm 500g Reel Order Code: 85-0595 It has slightly different characteristics to the last make I used, now unavailable, but now I am getting used to it I find that works very nicely. One reel should last many, many years even if you are building layouts like Limerick Junction For F/B track I tend to tin the bottom of the rail by using flux and applying a very thin coat of solder via the soldering iron tip, using the tip like a brush. Then I solder the rail to the sleepers by applying the soldering iron and the solder wire to the rail/sleeper joint together, no extra flux. Very little solder is required for each joint as this solder flows very nicely.
  46. 3 points
    Soak your fibreglass brush refills in dilute PVA and allow to dry. Minimises the amount of horrible fibres flying around....
  47. 3 points
    Great to see so many people coming to 5'3. Not that long ago, Andy was the only person doing 4mm/21mm gauge, so with Ballyconnel Road in 3mm and Arigna Town in 7mm, that was about it for exhibition layouts especially following Richard Chown's sad demise and Paul Green's S layout no longer on the circuit either. If we ever get back to having exhibitions again, a whole show of correct 5'3 and 3' gauge layouts could well be possible. now there's a nice thought!
  48. 3 points
    Personally all my layouts which use handbuilt track (3 out of the 7 at the moment) are all built directly onto the baseboard that way once its drawn out you can better visualise what you are getting as well as especially with curves using a mark one eyeball you should be able to get much smoother flowing curves.One tip when making point vees/frogs keep the tails as long as possible that way you avoid the inevitable slight kink the curved part of the point.(theres a bit in one of the recent New Irish Lines on a simple foolproof way of doing the frogs).For gauges the Scalefour Society do them but they can be made up with some washers bolted together as can a back to back gauge.Incidently i always use EM standards which at least give you a fighting chance.Andy
  49. 3 points
    My experience is limited to 1 small layout but hopefully you’ll get more answers! I’m modelling a tertiary line with short rail lengths so can easily build straight panels on the bench. For curves, I build one rail on the bench then set the pieces on the layout and solder in rail no 2 when happy with the curve.
  50. 3 points
    A little more progress and another project
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