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  1. 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
  2. 3 points
    Nice to see the site running again, i was starting to get withdrawal symptoms.
  3. 3 points
    I was gutted when IRM seemed to have suddenly died..( I even had a quick word with St Patrick as he's also the patron saint of engineers ! ) anyways, whoever fixed it..Top Man.!😁
  4. 3 points
    Back from the dead, thank Christ for that. I was seriously considering giving up and moving to the dark side, which meant joining the masses watching love island. I don't think I could have ever looked at myself in the mirror again if I'd have gone through with it. So thank you IRM, and welcome back online. You've been badly missed for the best part of a week.
  5. 3 points
    Following the good advice earlier, I've been making a cardboard mock up sticking photocopies on to card to cut out etc, it's been interesting, card's a bit less rigid than metal so harder to keep all square, but I'll persevere as it'll be good practice for the real thing..and the big scale is great to work with!... I know it probably looks a bit like a kid has done it tho..!
  6. 3 points
    Guy Williams book "The 4mm Engine a scratchbuilders guide" https://www.abebooks.com/9780906867709/4mm-Engine-Scratchbuilders-Guide-Richard-0906867703/plp or John Ahearn's Miniature Locomotive construction https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30343477715&searchurl=an%3Djohn%2Bahern%26sortby%3D20%26tn%3Dminiature%2Blocomotive%2Bconstruction&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title2 are probably a better general introduction to scratchbuilding locos in the larger scales, than Iain Rice's work which is more suitable for 4mm fine scale work. Guy William's was a highly respected model locomotive builder who built many of the locomotives that regularly operate in the Pendon model railway museum in Oxfordshire and John Ahearn basically pioneered 4mm scenic modelling with the Madder Valley Railway which included a large number of scratchbuilt standard and narrow gauge locos that operated on OO gauge track the layout was restored and also operated at the Pendon museum. https://pendonmuseum.com/
  7. 2 points
    I use an ancient Unimat SL for turning /milling the frame profile and drilling the chassis for my T&D railcar, I used a cheap 100watt soldering iron for soldering up the frames once I was satisfied that everything was square and bolted together, the vertical drill set up is basically the standard for pilot drilling for coupling rod and axle centers. Milling frame blanks Vertical drill drilling out holes in center of frame spacers Finished components waiting assembly. Not bad for a 1st attempt at profile milling.
  8. 2 points
    Sounds good! ....I'll also likely get rid of all the 00 gauge BR stuff I've got left, and go totally 7mm Irish NG with an occasional bit of 'supersize' madness like the subject of this thread..😉
  9. 2 points
    Yes. That’s the plan. I’ve got the maker’s drawings and will have a go, although I have a few loco kits to build too. I sold all my UK outline stuff in February and spent the proceeds buying up brass kits while they were available - can’t always guarantee to get what you want. So I have 3 locos and 3 coaches to build, not to mention drawings for a lot more...
  10. 2 points
    Great stuff. I’m starting out in scratch building a loco fairly soon and so gradually reading around. Simon Bolton’s stuff is very accessible and well illustrated. I use Biblio, Wordery and ABE Books as sources for comparing prices and buying books, also using Amazon as a general tool for seeing what’s out there, reading reviews etc.
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    I've certainly seen the Simon Bolton book when I've been looking around, looks like it'd be good.. I'll do my usual thing and try to find a used bargain copy ! Ok got that now too...!😁 ( the first one that is...) Ps you fellas will be the ruin of me, I've got the other one now too..! Still i guess €25 for both books isn't too bad !
  12. 2 points
    All excellent, but the Ahern book is outdated now with his solid block chassis! but still a good reference and a collectors item, as it was the first comprehensive and detailed book on loco building, there were others but it set a new standard. I used to regularly take this book out of the Dun Laoghaire library many moons ago until I could afford to buy a copy..... Eoin
  13. 2 points
    If you like books, these are also very good...😏
  14. 2 points
    I’d second Walsall Model Engineering, if you find anything workable in their range, PP, having used their wheels myself. Northants Model Railway Supplies is another very helpful sort of bloke http://www.nmrs-models.co.uk/
  15. 2 points
    PP In my view you got to build this to run, if you spend a whole lot of time and money to build this I reckon in the end one would kick themselves if it could not run! Slaters and the like are not the place, one needs to step up to the Model Engineer Suppliers;- Gauge 1 Model Railway Association has a lot of links to traders and do some very helpful books and data sheets;- https://www.g1mra.com/ Walsall Model Industries do 3 foot cast drivers & truck wheels and a whole lot of other useful stuff, their wheels can be purchased as castings or pre machined n insulated;- https://www.walsallmodelindustries.co.uk/ At first the cost of parts seems high compared to the smaller scales but this is another realm! when one builds and runs a large scale loco or train it is very hard to go back!! Take a look at this Gauge 1 Class 800 built by Mr Kelly MRSI;- Eoin
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    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
  17. 2 points
    Spent a very enjoyable week in Colorado in 2016 for me the highlights was not quite getting caught in a snow storm at Trout Lake water tower and trestle while tracing the remains of the Rio Grande Southern between Telluride and Lizard Head Pass. Daughter mainly interested in Thomas & Friends set ups at every museums & railroad depot we visited. Holiday worked out mighty expensive when I replace nearly all my LGB & Bachmann stuff with 1:20.3 after seeing the sheer mass of full size American narrow gauge equipment
  18. 2 points
    Four charged. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-48974301
  19. 2 points
    Just in reply to Mayner, it wasn't just a few laminates that were re -skinned. It was most , if not all the laminate fleet were ' rebuilt' in the late 70's and into the early eighties. They actually became known as Re-builds and never referred to as laminates again. Quiet a lot of work was done on them , not just re - skinning. New cant rails ( top rail ) were fitted along with whole new side frame sections. Then followed along with aluminium panels on the outside and awful plastic veneered panels on the interior. Complete new toilets were fitted too along with equally awful false tile pattern panels. No welding , no plastic , no fibreglass and no fumes. Nice clean work as we used to say.
  20. 2 points
    Its times like this you just want to say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO dont give up on the kits. Take in to consideration the size of the irsh model market and I bet you are doing far better that some of the Smaller British kit manufactures who would have a larger market. In 009 at the moment there is a lot more RTR than there has been for years, yet if Heljan can get it wrong then they are left with models no one wants to buy, but us 00n3 models felt a chill when Backwoods stopped producing his kits due to personal circumstances The upside of this is that some one is now producing the kits again, the downside is they are twice as expensuive due to costs, I did have a budget of £2,000 to buy all the kits I needed from him, now I will be luck to get all the one's I need for about £4,000. Please don't take this the wrong way, But I do understand what is involved in bringing a kit to market, there is a lot more to it than a lot of people know, first you have to make a model to see how it will go together, then you may have to make up a number of prototype just to get one item correct, after that you have the masters to make and you hope that they come out good enough to make the kits in, if it isn;t then you have to start the whole process over again (more time used up). May be after six months or more it may just happen and you get a new kit in production. you then need to price it up so you can recover your cost's, I don't know of one small model railway manufacturer making a living out of this. So what it is worth please make the kits, I might not be the first in the que, but if your kits can run on 21mm gauge track then I will be interested and in line. Regards Colin R
  21. 1 point
    That's a suitably shabby appearance indeed! Postal vehicles rarely seemed to be at the top of the queue when men with paintbrushes were about! I have an old Hornby coach which with a bit of alteration will look like one of the last pair of WLWR brake 3rds. I have painted it a flattish green to make it look like the earlier dark green turning as shabby as yours. The green looks right for this, but I am not sure how to go about adding the "eau-de-nil" lining to match the faded shabbiness - indeed, this lighter shade on a badly-weathered coach seemed to fade even more than the dark green. I had thought of approaching a manufacturer of lining to make a batch of "weathered" lining, but probably too much effort and expense for too little use. I will eventually have no more than two or three vehicles that i would want to look as worn as that.
  22. 1 point
    Well done to all concerned. This is a great site - thanks for getting us back online!
  23. 1 point
    agreed i was worried it wouldn't come back
  24. 1 point
    Jeez.. I was getting worried that the forum had died, I've sure missed it!..seems like ages, ...anyway funny you should put up a pic or two of your unimat, I've been looking around on fleabay etc for small lathes, and just got a slightly battered one of those Peatol /Taig things ( its not arrived yet) , I remember these from back in the 80s, a lot of lads in the states like them and do all kinds of mad stuff on them. It will no doubt need a bit of TLC but should do me for wheels and axles and odd stuff anyway. I haven't done anything on a lathe for donkeys years, I've possibly still got a few tool bits etc hiding somewhere !
  25. 1 point
    I’ve got Guy’s book, too - recommended. You’ll probably pick up ideas from everyone you read - all part of the fun!
  26. 1 point
    Hi fl Its going to be black & orange with white stripe above window. These are now ready for issue to you;- Eoin
  27. 1 point
    The books are different in their approach so well worth having both. I’m thinking of doing an SLNC tank loco but still at early planning stages. Bought the bogie unit and nameplates but that’s it so far. Waiting to purchase a small pillar drill and a few other bits.
  28. 1 point
    You're spendin' all me cash yer divil..! Just got the Ian Rice chassis book off evilbay anyway, 7.50 GBP seemed a reasonable price .....bookshelves?.I've already got railway books piled up high on a table beside me, ( occasionally the dog or the cat, knocks the whole lot on the floor...) I still fancy my chances at wheel making, as there's really nothing I've seen so far that looks the part at all...what's annoying is I just missed a little lathe on ebay that went for about 50 quid !
  29. 1 point
    PP Print out on A4 with some overlap and tape the prints together, the best way to do this is import the pdf into photoshop and then print from there or even better if @Glenderg is watching he could save out his cad drawing in A4 bits to a pdf which you could print and tape together- sorry R.! I've done boats, bikes & cars- never had a go at real railway though..... Tender drive is really only used when one cannot get the mechanics to fit into the loco! At Gauge 1 there is no problem with this- oodles of space. Also it would be better to have the drive on the main driver wheel that runs the valve gear. Again I feel a book reference coming up! Mr Ian Rice did two books 'Locomotive Kit Chassis Construction in 4mm' ISBN 1 874103 10 0 & 'Etched Loco Construction ISBN 0 906867 86 X both Wild Swan Publication. These are a mine of information, not the same scale but the methods can be applied. The chassis book is a must for building your own chassis..... other mandatory reading is anything by Henry Greenly (blame him for OO scale), Martin Evens, Guy Williams & Geoff Holt- The first two did big stuff as well as small. If you follow any of these guys methods the motion and stuff will run. ! you'll need to get a bigger bookshelf ! Eoin
  30. 1 point
    Hi guys, I know there has been lots of useful info on the bubbles but saw the photo below and was wondering what logo would have been under the caked cement? Any suggestions?
  31. 1 point
    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.
  32. 1 point
    Thanks for these last two comments. Colin, almost all of our kits can be made up as 21mm gauge without too much hassle - they're all scale, so are certainly the right width. Thanks, Dart, re the horseboxes. That's six, I'll start counting! You did see them quite often in photos taken "Down South", so maybe it'd better be a GSWR one?
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