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  1. Philip, I use the Valejo air range (great paint BTW) and always thin the paint - using straight from the bottle in my experience will not end well. The other thing to note is air pressure - I normally work with 20 -25 psi max with an absolute minimum paint delivery rate. It takes time to paint as the amount of paint is minimal, but you have much more control over the painting proces. This also works well for weathering once painting is complete. Just my experience so use as necesary! Ken
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    Pop, Up to now, I had not considered printing as a venture, but if people are interested in the body only, they would be immediately available for order. I would need to think of a price - something reasonable naturally. The cost is not in the physical printing, but in the origainal design and development. David, If one were to print a single unit at a time it takes 3 hours, but my build plate can take up to 5 wagons at a time - the time is not per unit but the build height, irrespective of the amount of material on the plate (resin SLA printing). Thus I can print 5
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    Thanks for the comment. For OO gauge, it would be possible, however to provide enough strength the thickness of resin would make printing for 21mm difficult, but not impossible. The overall wagon width at the axle location is c. 30 - 31mm whilst the pinpoint axle dimension is 28mm, so it would be rather close. I am a fan of the detail in the brass underframes with cast axleboxes and springs, so made sense for me. Most of my wagons are compensated as I am working to P4 standards, with the exception being the very short DW&WR ballast wagons which have a 6' wheel base.
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    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.
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    As many have noted herein, no heritage Irish train would be complete without the ubiquitous cattle wagons. I wanted to model the DSER version, alas there are very few images of these, however with a few photos and some calculations based on similar wagons, I managed to develop a suitable model. Rather than make these in brass & face the fiddly build of the uprights again & again, I looked at 3D printing them. The model progressed through various versions till we get this First model, bit to thin... Some developement through rev 2 - timber upri
  9. Lovely looking wagon, but then I'm kinda biased!! Key wagon to master in DSER modelling as it formed the basis of many other wagons. Nice one!!
  10. Bloody shite-hawks - they get everywhere!!
  11. Finally got around to doing some work on this layout. Many other projects, including 305mm scale have kept me busy. Got some paint onto the mineral wagons, which still need to be weathered. A little bit of gardening and weatering on the model has helped to tone it down & plant it in the secene. Still some more to do, but it's all part of the process. It should be on display in Bray on Sunday for those who can get about. Ken
  12. The Waverly does get about. Some years ago she operated off the East Coast and was operating tours from Wicklow down towards Arklow. Very nice ship!
  13. Seriously impressive fiddle yard David. Great ideas & some eclectic collections not seen elsewhere. I agree with the sentiment regarding building yourself. The realisation you can build it if you can't buy it, really opens up the older eras of the hobby. Well done & keep up the good work.
  14. Large Eire sign in Dalkey. One of many found around Ireland during the really dry spell back in 2018. Die back of vegetation due to drought highlighted these signs which date back to the "emergency". Their purpose was to provide a guide to flyers who may be "temporarily unaware of their location" particularly returning from atlantic escort duties, or to dissuade errant Luftwaffe bombing missions. Quite impressive from the air & clearly visible (on good days anyway!)
  15. Lovely looking locomotive, that said, I do have a soft spot for the 2-4-2 tanks. Really like the checkrail details on the crossover - very realistic.
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