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  1. Getting closer and closer... Look out for more pics in the coming days... Cheers! Fran
    18 points
  2. So I've fired up my airbrush for the first time ever. What can I say....I need more practice but I'm hopeful this is the way to go. Having read a bit online beforehand I knew I wanted to go straight to a double action brush and that I wanted to use acrylics, despite them being trickier according to some accounts I've read. Thankfully I seem to have avoided most all of the technical problems that seem to beset many people trying acrylics, especially Vallejo ones. I am using the air range but I still have to thin it. The end result of the first colour spray is just ok and I'm sure
    13 points
  3. We achieved a milestone today with the first batch of Brake Vans primed and ready for painting and final assembly. Its planned to release the vans in 3 livery variations and we welcome feedback on prospective customer preferences. Link to our survey on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7596LJW 1. 23543 Dark Grey snail logo stencil lettering 1950s onwards 2. 23580 CIE wheel logo post 1963 light grey with warning stripes 3. 23583 CIE wheel logo post 1970? red oxide with warning stripes. The colours are approximate.
    11 points
  4. I've had my grey 121 for quite a while, but didn't trust myself to put the sound chip in (shakey hand after breaking my arm). So, I took a trip to Kernow's in Guildford (they've got 'em on sale there) and the senior assistant put the chip in there and then. Having done that he said - "Have you got a bit of time, I'd like to have a closer look...." He had a jolly good play and pronounced it just brilliant. When I got it home, I was delighted with my 70th Birthday Present (in time for my 75th, but what the heck - well worth waiting for). So, indeed, thanks, Paddy, just unbelievab
    11 points
  5. @Warbonnet - Yesterday you said; Look out for more pics in the coming days... [sic] - is today not one of those days? PS. Not being impatient or anything like that but I am in the twilight years of my life and I've little else to get up for.
    7 points
  6. A little more progress on the 'P' Van. Reverse side completed and glued in, doors attached, bogies partially complete and more paint experiments! After much experimenting with various browns, have finally decided on this brown/red which is Humbrol 160 German Camouflage Red/Brown. Still to complete windows, vents, valence over doors, bogies, couplings, buffers, vacumn pipes, brake wheel, numbering, mail bags piled at open door and probably much more, so probably just over half way there! A glimpse of the end game, being shunted to a siding at Larne Harbour for unloa
    7 points
  7. Operating to the suburban rail timetable of 1995/1996 we see 121 class locomotives working Mk3 push pull trains and the Arrow railcar 2601+2602 working a Kildare local service IR 130 arrives at Tara junction with a six piece Mk3 push pull set with control car 6101 at the rear. IE 129 propels another push pull set away from the platform with control car 6104 leading.
    7 points
  8. American outline is probably a better option than British if you start modelling in N very large range of relatively inexpensive locos, stock and buildings from a large number of manufacturers including Atlas, Kato, Walthers, Intermountain and Micro trains, most DC locos are supplied DCC ready if you want to convert to DCC at a later stage. The scale gauge ratio is correct and perhaps most importantly the majority of American N Gauge locos and stock are fitted with knuckle couplers suitable for magnetic uncoupling. I found that I could get an American layout up and running very quickly, b
    7 points
  9. We have successfully printed wagons chassis suitable for OO & 21mm gauge, though a rigid brass or compensated chassis with metal detail castings is likely to be a better option using S4 or EMF wheel standards. A brass chassis is likely to be freer running and more dimensionally stable than a 3D printed chassis. The main risk in printing a chassis is part breakage as many of the SLA resins are very brittle, particularly in cold weather. We originally considered resin casting for production version of the CIE Brake Van but settled on 3D printing as we were unable to find a business
    7 points
  10. After the challenges of the main bodywork, the chassis has proved relatively straightforward. My order from Premier Components arrived on Monday, containing their excellent machined gearbox, but now fitted with a Canon 1833 motor instead of the previous Mashima, which is no longer available. I'd also ordered some more axle bushes/top hat bearings and various bits and pieces recommended by the Alphagraphix kit. I've used Slater's bushes in the past, but the etched holes in the frames require significantly more reaming out to make them fit. The frames follow the usual Alphagraphix practice
    6 points
  11. AH 1 makes its debut on the high street at Tara junction.
    6 points
  12. BREAKING NEWS eBay support have responded to me that they believe my assertion is correct and are escalating the issue to their technical team. They will get back to me once they have a further update. Let's see where this goes now.
    6 points
  13. I'm kind of jumping between things but here's the latest on my Lima mk2b -> mk2c conversion "proof of concept" lol. The concept I'm trying to prove is whether or not I have the skills rather than whether or not the conversion is possible, which it surely is After a lot of filling and sanding I ended up cutting the right hand toilet window back out and binning it. It just looked crap really. I then installed the cut n shut window I'd made, taking more time not to botch the filler part. In fact I did not use filler, having read that normal super glue applied to cracks can act as a good
    6 points
  14. Given the success of the cattle wagon, I had drawings from HMRS for the DWWR Convertible wagon, which was quite easy to translate to CAD (particuarly for a model build). With the experience and methodology used for the cattle wagon, it was possible to develop a basic model in 3D for one of these wagons. Again run through the printer we get: There is a some tidying up needed on these models. The model is supported on the build plate by an network of thin supports (see below) - this is to ensure that each layer, particulary new layers are lifted of the
    6 points
  15. So the big airbrush experiment has ended and I declare it a success lol. The first unit would actually be ok in a layout I reckon. There's a bit of wonky masking around the vent which in hindsight shouldn't be so chunky, but rather flush with the body. The door bumpers are in the right place relative to the door hinges I swear but sadly something is off on the model so they almost touch the lower tippex stripe. In reality there was a few inches between them. I masked off the bumpers and the door stops along with the window band. The overall result is much finer than with the rattle cans (
    5 points
  16. The purpose of this post and survey is to establish the potential level of demand for each 'era"/style. The responses to the survey and this post indicate that there is a similar level of interest in the 1950s & 1970s version of the model (neck & neck) with the 1960s version trailing slightly (2 lengths) behind. Its possible that demand is fairly evenly split between "collector's" who want one of each type and between steam/transition era modellers who may have a OO Works J15 or ordered a Crossley A Class and post 1970s modellers who may have black and tan and Supertrain di
    5 points
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  18. I've started preparing the next coach to be a mk2c with the oblong sealed toilet windows. I believe most of the IR ones were of this type. The plan is to cut out the glazing bars and vent, then cut the upper third of the frame out before filing the sides down and refitting, thus producing a shorter but still oblong window where the lower edge of the top of the frame lines up with the upper edge of the door droplight. The gap at the top being filled with plasticard (a little proud, so I can file it flush with top edge when it's all set)
    5 points
  19. It's funny you should say that! The theory of this railway is that the Ouse Valley Railway (belonging to the LBSCR), instead of being built in standard gauge and contributors going bankrupt before it was finished, it was built in narrow gauge. This engine, I thought, had a slightly Billington-esque cab and so I painted it up as the railway's goods loco. I also designed, as you say, a mini O2! I thought that these would be built post-grouping for passenger working where the big loco wasn't economical to run. Here's a CAD picture as I'm yet to paint my print: For rolling sto
    5 points
  20. Little bit of progress. Wagon lightly sandblasted prior to a dusting of paint to get a feel for how the detail will work. Coming up rather nicely.
    5 points
  21. A view not normally seen by the public
    5 points
  22. Some progress on the convertible wagon. Very pleased with how these are turning out - some light sand blasting followed by a coat of paint should help.
    4 points
  23. The Class 50 prepares to be coupled to the inspection saloon having previously worked a freight train to the factory sidings. Meanwhile-2x20s have charge of a summer Sunday special to the seaside.
    4 points
  24. I stuck the chassis together this evening. A bit of riveting to the frames first. The fire box sides have been soldered to the inside of the frames, the frame spacers folded, soldered, and nutted- 12BA nuts to hold the pick-up system on the underside. Also the laminated compensation beam was soldered, two 1.2mm ID aluminium tubes cut, which will be used to centre the beam on the 1.2mm brass pin soldered accross the frames. The back and front frame spacers are soldered onto the alternative frames, these have tab n recess fitting which will keep the frames square
    4 points
  25. The one good thing about my Lima 'A' class is that you can drop kick it from here to eternity and none of the separately applied parts will fall off.
    4 points
  26. Some minor tweaks to the 3D model to Rev 4 to include changes to the lower straps on the uprights to more prototypical detail. Also the holes for the bars were opened up to ease the installation of same. And the advantage of printers is the ability to gerenate a train quickly. I'm planning to use brass compensated chassis for these, so there is still some work to do, but not having to do all the uprights and rivet detail on the bodies is quite a relief. Will need to add weight to the wagons bring them up to the weight of the other wagons already made.
    4 points
  27. Yeah I usually stick my rattle cans in a saucepan of warm water for a couple of minutes before shaking the bejayus of them and spraying. Never had any spalts or peels since using that prep technique.
    3 points
  28. Thx David. I tried them in the thread above and the results are really quite good I think and there is no clean up but they are expensive over time and I end up wasting most of the paint in overspray as if I get anywhere close to the model the paint will run (maybe my technique is just poor and with practice I could have less waste), even with the low pressure caps I fitted. I was also going to have a guilty conscience about all those empty rattle cans when I already had a workshop compressor sitting there. It's a decent enough 50L model so I can prime the air tank then shut the compressor off
    3 points
  29. Looks like a brake van at each end to simplify reversing a Drogheda-Cabra or possibly Cork bulk cement train at the Boston Yard. Bulk Cement trains ran to the Boston Yard to change direction on weekends & public holidays when Church Rd cabin and the North Wall Yards were closed. CIE unions quickly agreed to guards riding on the loco on Liner Trains, it would not have been too pleasant being bumped around at 50mph in a 4w van in a cloud of cement dust. The 30T vans were all steel construction without insulation or sound deadening, the older 20T vans would have been quieter and bet
    3 points
  30. To help my pal John out, even the Ivory-liveried Cement Bubbles ran with a brake van - NOT John's one, but one of the steel ones - but at a distance........ This one has a Wheel and stripey lookout, so his Version 2 is nearest. Maybe I need two? (that is V1 and V2)? B163 on Cement train at Connolly on Sunday 29 September 1968 when Lance King was in Ireland for an IRRS Special to Kilkenny using the RPSI's No.186 Copyright IRRS Lance King Collection
    3 points
  31. Online purchases have probably killed off most of the model shops. Post Brexit I think there is a renewed opportunity for model shops, particularly for UK models from the likes of Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol as well as the Irish stuff and the raft of scenery and supporting items. IRM are hosing up a lot of the Irish online purchases of course and will surely grow their Accurascale sales over time for UK models. When you consider the hassle of dealing with returns to the UK now being able to walk down to your local model shop is a far more appealing option. The relationships between the likes of
    3 points
  32. Hi everyone, Just closing in on 25% sold mark. Once again thank you to everyone who has ordered! Both liveries have been quite popular across the board! Cheers, Fran
    3 points
  33. Morning all, So keeping on with the american stuff (In the British section of the forum ) Here is a flat car that i weathered up
    3 points
  34. Hello, So its been a while since I last posted. Not much has happened to be honest as with having all the show bookings cancelled/postponed there hasn't been a reason to set the layout up. So here are a couple of photos taken at the 2016 Derby show, I think I am working my way though the pile of stock kits for the layout as old converted RTR stock is phased out. I will post up some photos of the kits as im building them if people are intrested?
    3 points
  35. Much appreciated but I appear to have stumbled across the info I need for now: http://www.barrowmoremrg.co.uk/BRBDocuments/CS/Book_No_200_EK_web.pdf The dimensions are absent but it's clear to see what the vents line up with and as long as I am consistent in my own fleet that's all that matters. While poking about in there I realised that my mk2d style AC windows are the wrong shape, d'oh! They weren't square in reality on the mk2c. I had no perfectly side on pics and always assumed they had used the square AC window that became standard in the subsequent mk2 models. This w
    3 points
  36. No 224, No its usual six yearly general overhaul.
    3 points
  37. Thanks all of you for the warm rwception and the great insight! Ive had a great time reading and im astounded by the knowledge and photos you all have. Ill answer i few questions; -I run dc at the moment but i have the option of dcc -Unfortunatly i wont be selling my irish stock -In the future i will probably move the layout, right now im planning a baseboard overhaul in my shed to accomodate more hobbies i have. So the space could change or get smaller. -If I plan to start modelling N gauge, a fictional irish/english and english/european layout is on the table
    3 points
  38. While this isn't Irish modelling per se, it might be of interest to some : This design draws heavily on the Donegal Class 5 but I've painted it up for use in my Southern narrow gauge project and I'm incredibly happy with it! Thanks
    3 points
  39. This was the “last” IWT liner to operate to Ballina-yesterday Good to hear its resuming next week Having been out of traffic for over a year locomotive 232 is seen here arriving into Ballina freight yard yesterday afternoon.
    3 points
  40. I don’t think the QC on the 121’s is any worse than any other modern detailed locomotive. . I have 7 and the only problem I have had is delivery with the cab end vacuum pipe broken on 3, which obviously occurred due to the packaging. I would say that I found product support for replacement parts for the broken parts to be nonexistent. Contact with Murphy and I received an email to say that they don’t deal directly with the purchaser, see your retailer. The retailer couldn’t get any spares either. Disappointing. Another area that could be improved is the internal packaging. I
    3 points
  41. Well, if the bodywork was a bit of a challenge, the cab roof was a decided pain in the fundament. It is a single etching, which needs forming over the outline of the front, side and rear of the cab. Easier said than done - not because there was anything wrong with the etch, rather that no matter how accurate it was, errors in construction easily result in gaps or short comings. In my case, I can only think that the tabs and slots used for the bodywork didn't quite line up because there was a bit of leeway in their fitting - hence the one piece cab front/roof/end didn't sit right and not
    3 points
  42. As I wasn't able to get out today for the final (in its current form) IWT Liner, I made an effort to get out yesterday for the penultimate IWT Liner from Dublin Port to Ballina and managed to picture it at Cloncoher, Co. Offaly between Geashill and Tullamore. Plans to get the last up working from Ballina to Dublin were scuppered by other issues cropping up sadly. Click https://bit.ly/3gpUq7g to view all the images.
    3 points
  43. The most significant "take away" from the Irish Times article is that the Dublin Port Company no longer want trains running into the port. Talk of a potential road transfer from East Wall Yard is a significant reversal in policy since the Port Company paid for the spur to the Ocean Pier and proposed extending the Alexandra Road Tramway into the Ro Ro Terminal. The article indicates that the Port Company even suggested that "cargo for the West could instead be shipped through Waterford, which also has a direct port link to Ballina". In a way keeping trains out of the Port helps the G
    2 points
  44. So Iarnrod Eireann should properly develop Rosslare Port and use the waterford link for access to rest of country and leave Dublin port to its congestion.....
    2 points
  45. I completed an eBay sale to a modeler in the North on Friday night and noted on the Paypal invoice that eBay had charged a 20% "Sales Tax" on the item. Now am I imagining things or are eBay out of line here? I have emailed both eBay and the Revenue Commissioners on the matter for clarification but if eBay are entitled to do this it makes a mockery of any Good Friday agreement and any Northern Ireland Protocol and my next emails will be to some politicians. Any one else with similar experiences? Brexit has been a nightmare for modelers. This is close to the last straw for me
    2 points
  46. My Bachmann MK2A FK has 14 roof vents and looking at any pictures of MK2B FK's they also have 14 roof vents so pretty much the same .
    2 points
  47. Most likely problems on the ground within the Port slower turn-round of container through the port as a result of a combination of Covid and Customs examination of freight arriving from the UK. Loading and unloading a 36 TEU train takes time and a lot of space, while trucks can queue outside the deport and depart immediately they are loaded. Its possible that the decision to temporary suspend the IWT service was in response to pressure from the Health and Safety Authority, there were problems with 'congestion" in Alexandra Basin in the early 2000s separating cruise ship passengers from th
    2 points
  48. Personally I prefer sellers in the UK to deduct the vat (if they are vat registered) and ship it with a handwritten label. I've found stuff will often sneak through customs here if it's a smaller, lighter package especially. The volumes of parcels are so huge still that a lot gets waved through.
    2 points
  49. A couple of thoughts to get the ball rolling although I'm sure you'll get a lot of insight from other modelers here. Bigger things to decide on might be what is your preferred gauge in the longer term. You're young now but in a few years you'll likely be employed with an improved income to expand your collection/layout, resite your layout or expand your shed. Will you be in your present location or likely to move a lot for work i.e. will portability of the layout be important to you? Do you prefer to scratch build everything or prefer mostly ready to run? Do/will you ha
    2 points
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