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  1. I can still remember the sunday evening when I stumbled upon 141 Class no.156, while rummaging through my dad's collection back in 2012. Straight away, it reignited my childhood interest in irish railways, and I haven't looked back since. To see a model so finely detailed, just blew me away at the time, and it has continued since then.

    The man is a legend, and without doubt has inspired what we see today from IRM. He has topped it off with 121 class, which might be his last, or maybe not. Thank you Mr Murphy. 


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  2. On 9/8/2020 at 8:38 PM, David Holman said:

    Finally managed to finish the two wagons. Has taken around 24 hours modelling time for the pair, so not too bad I guess, given the number of pieces and amount of work. Most of the final stuff was making the louvres and then it was a case of fitting the roof. A small moment of inspiration here came from a photo of a converted turf coach, where internal boarding resulted in thicker than usual sides. Seemed to me this idea would be useful to help fix the roof better, so added 100 x 40 thou strip all round, then filed this to the profile of the roof. Hence got a good area for the D-Lemonine to do its welding.

     This solvent really has been useful. It may take longer than MEK or similar solvents, but the evaporation is much slower, allowing plenty of time to position the roof, whereas MEK evaporates like mad, so much so that if you left the lid off the bottle I suspect most of it would be gone in an hour. Anyway, an all round scrub with the glass fibre pencil, then a wash in warm water & they were ready for priming. Actual painting and lettering must wait until I've done the two GSWR vans first though.




    Love it. Always enjoy watching a master at work. 

  3. 5 hours ago, DJ Dangerous said:

    For me, it'll be another thirty years before I retire from work and start weathering, and that's quite a long time to be looking at shiny stock, thinking "Ah sure only another 29 years and 350 days and I'll start weathering this" ...

    That's why I think that light factory weathering of some models is a nice option. Those who wan't super-detailed can always weather it much more.

    After running 073 and 085, the other 071's are just missing something, in comparison.

    Strangely enough, 073 and 085 were the first 071 class models I bought when the IR/IE liveries were released. Both are now gone, they were moved on for unweatherd versions, which i hope to tackle myself eventually. Something just never looked right about them to me, but that's just my opinion.  

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  4. I have to reluctantly admit, that I am a full blown 'rivet counter' (which I receive weekly counselling sessions for). Even so, I think the handrails look fine. Looking at the photos, I think it's more to do with the yellow against the grey which gives the impression they look slightly oversized. Very impressive model overall, roll on the IR IE versions :x  

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  5. 21 minutes ago, Colin R said:

    Hi Guys is it just me but I can't reach the SSM website as i just wanted to check what kits he had on there.



    Colin R

    Definitely seems to be some sort of problem with it Colin. I've been trying since early last week, with no joy.  


  6. Another batch of wagons have joined the ever growing queue awaiting weathering on the bench.  

    First up, are my fourteen IRM 42' flats with BELL containers. 



    And along with them, are my ten Tara's.  


    Thought I'd ease myself in. So I've began by painting the green detailing on the bogies, just to dull things down a little.  


    Expected completion date for both projects, September 2025 :)   




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  7. 12 hours ago, Edo said:

    After a very efficient visit to IKEA ( in and out in an 1 hour!- Jason - be there at 9.30am on a thursday! - no sleeping bag required!!!)

    I'm not buying it Edo, you've obviously been gotten too, or bribed in some way (it's normally chocolate hobnobs with me). Really like the thinking behind this, nice work.  

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  8. This is brilliant to see, and I'm sure will be another winner guys. Irish vehicles have always been hard to come across, with very few produced. Oxford have released some lovely stuff over the last few years, at very affordable prices. With a bit of work you can get some decent looking Irish models from their vehicles, but again, its decals, paint and time to get you there. I'm hoping this takes off, this is a great start, it would be fantastic to see a proper selection of Irish vehicles to choose from in the future.   

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  9. 19 minutes ago, Edo said:

    She's talking about going up again ( we're in Limerick) in 2 weeks time for her bi-annual fix - Why I have to go too - its for the whole day - I don't know..

    Bring a couple of sleeping bags Edo. You're in for a very long day. 

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  10. I've spent the last number of weeks working away on this signal box, in between my current projects sitting on the bench. 


    The balcony and steps combo wasn't my cup of tea, so some chopping, sanding and gluing was required.  



    Along with that, I also added lighting and various bits and bobs to the interior. 




    Then, some painting and weathering to finish. 




    Job done. 



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  11. You don't need to be an expert on all things CIE. If something continues to let you down, you look elsewhere. GM had a reputation for reliability, so they took a chance and it worked. The relationship went on from there, the rest is history. Reliability will always save you money long term.   

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