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  1. that looks absolutely superb David! The plates finish it off nicely.
  2. Hi David, Allen already does these in other scales, I have a couple of 2mm scale ones under way, albeit not touched them for 6 months or so. I've also built some of his non-Irish coaches and loco bodies. If you you email him he will produce them, if you are lucky and he is preparing stuff for the next batch for the etchers turn around can be quite quick. As you've noted the kits are scratch aids and only contain the basics for the body but do save a lot of work if you were stating from a blank of brass or plastic.
  3. One thing you might want to consider are solder balls https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tin-Material-BGA-Solder-Ball-Repair-Tools-leaded-for-ICchip-Reballing-Balls/363225899211?hash=item5491f360cb:g:l4IAAOSwViVf3QJK They can be found relatively cheaply and 25,000 would last a while..... (there are local stockist on ebay who can deliver in short timescales if need be but you have to pay a bit more.) These are widely used by those us us working in 2mm scale, I find one 0.6mm ball per joint works well. For 4mm use one 0.6 ball either side of the joint. The advantage is control over the amount of solder used, this gives a consistent appearance once complete. The technique is easy after bit of practise, lay out the sleepers, apply a small amount of flux to the areas under the rails to be soldered. Lay the rails in place. Tip some of the balls into a saucer and by using a toothpick with the end dipped in a bit of water you can pick up individual balls and place the balls into the flux on the sleeper. The balls will stick to flux. If the rail is held in place then all you need to do is apply the iron so it heats both the sleeper and the rail and the balls will flash forming a joint. You can systematically work along the track applying flux to a section, following through the balls before finally soldering the lot in a batch process. Oh, and by the way, be careful with Powerflux, it is good stuff but needs careful cleaning. If not washed thoroughly everything will turn a nice shade of green if left. Personally I use a less aggressive water based flux that seems easier to clean up. that said, as with all things, it comes down to personal preference.
  4. Much better and well worth the effort, however I'm glad I didn't have to start the butchery. Committing to the first cut must have been hard?
  5. Same here but it's three weeks for me. I ordered via Book Depository as they offered a 10% discount but have email a few times to say they are struggling to get stock. I guess that's the disadvantage of Scottish and Yorkshire genetics......... Still, I'm sure it'll be worth the wait.
  6. That's really taking shape now David. I'm enjoying seeing it develop.
  7. Thanks for posting these Irishswissernie, there a couple of views of Dromahair I haven't seen before.
  8. I quite fancy building one of these in 2mm from a Worsley works etch. I've never been able to find the wheelbase of these machines, can anyone point me in the direction of a drawing? Thanks
  9. Fantastic work on the buffer beam there Galteemore. Just out of interest how are you planning to fit them to the frames?
  10. Hi David, 4mm sale drawings for the D16s were printed in the April 1976 edition of Model Railways magazine as part of the Irish Miscellany series. I tracked down a copy a while ago as a 2mm scale D16 is on my to do list. I've PMed you a copy. Whilst being a long way from a works GA drawing I hope they might be of some use, I've not checked the accuracy of the drawings mind. Looking forward to seeing this train develop. Angus
  11. Actually it was only just over a decade ago. March 2009 is the edition, a nice 3mm scale drawing with detailed drawings of the winch and a few other items plus a potted history of the vessels.
  12. There were plans for a puffer published in an edition of the Railway Modeller 20 years or so ago. I have the edition somewhere, I'll dig out and let you know what month and year. I do love the puffers but they are a bit ubiquitous in the model railway world appearing in all sorts of inappropriate places! I would guess a trip across the Irish sea in one would not be a trip to relish unless calm. They were really designed for near shore coastal waters around the Clyde and West Coast of Scotland.
  13. Hi Brian, There is some commentary about them on my Dromahair topic starting on May 21st, albeit in 2mm scale. Out of the box they are disappointing but can be made presentable with effort.
  14. Wrong scale for me but the build results looks superb, I hope it's a success for you, it deserves to be!
  15. Hi JHB, They did appear in my Dromahair topic in the Irish Model Layout section That was back in May, and embarrassingly I'm no further applying with applying planking to the blank side panels on the van or getting them painted.
  16. Hi David, Not yet, my copy is still winging its way from the Titfield Thunderbolt as no local shops stock it any more. I've deployed the sentry to advise me of its arrival.
  17. Ah! well, if we're including "ongoing thingy stuff" in the mix then does my 2mm scale version of Dromahair qualify? 2 ft long and 10.5mm gauge. Hopefully the start of something bigger. Apologies for the poor photo, the layout is currently residing in an unlit corner.
  18. Hi JHB, I had an email exchange with Steve back in May and all seemed ok. I'll PM you his email address.
  19. Hi Galteemore, great progress there! I find it is always good to have a connection with the loco you are building, it feels more personal then. I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop. Angus
  20. Hi David, If not already seen it Archers do a video tutorial on how to apply their rivets. The technique is not earth shatteringly novel but using it makes applying the rivets much simpler.
  21. Looks good Galteemore, certainly captured the look of the carriage. Just out of interest what drawing did you use as a starting point?
  22. That's looking good Galteemore, No 4 is on my to do list also, a quintessential SLNCR carriage!
  23. Angus

    KMCE's Workbench

    Hi Ken, As I've said over on my Sligo thread it is very much appreciated that you've shared your work with us. Thanks Angus
  24. Thanks Ken, That is much appreciated, although the Sligo tank is somewhat different it is always useful to have some comparable dimensions to compare to. Angus
  25. Hi David, I've just sent you a PM, I am suspicious of the plan dimensions for the smokebox and boiler. As modelled they look about right (which is the aim of the game is it not?). I suspect if you had made the smokebox 6" wider it would have looked very wrong. I agree with Murryrec that there is something off with the sandboxes though when compared to the photo( did these vary across the prototype?). The sandboxes on the drawing I sent also seem to more like the model than the the photo
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