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  1. G2 has seen a good bit more work, overall easy to assemble, clear instructions and an enjoyable build, credit to JM. Everything else to be done when the likes of wheels actually arrive! While I think the grey is overall a tad too dark, the grey was rarely clean anyway and dulled to an almost black, perhaps with the assistance of the odd oily rag. Seems to be several shades of grey due to the lighting... The darker colour is a bit clearer next to the J15.
  2. And now for something a bit different. the G2 class were a regular at Mullingar and indeed some members of the class lingered on until the end of steam. The G2 class have returned it seems, mass produced from New Zealand! Having made landfall yesterday, I set to work. Chassis is a straightforward job, fold up and make sure it's square. Some prefabrication greatly speeded up the construction of the body! Dry fitting shows what needs to be tidied and squared!
  3. We've a selection of chocolate digestives and Maryland cookies to choose between.. Signal box has been started, with a mockup dry fitted to see what she'll look like and if anything else needs to be done. Plenty of card around, might as well use it! The planking for the signal box is guaranteed to be an interesting ordeal..
  4. I recently came across a photo of King Tutankhamen sitting just outside the refreshment room...had drawn somewhat of a crowd too! A biscuit to anyone who knows why a pharaoh was so far from Egypt...
  5. Throughout the construction of the layout I've faced two major issues. The down side of the stations rear facade is completely overgrown, and there's no photographs to my knowledge of it that are of use. The other is the roadside facade of the railway terrace, which while more visible, is in many ways a mess of windows, porches and lots of swearing regarding said windows and porches. The answer therefore is simple, basically flip the layout so that both of these troubling facades are facing a wall and out of view. This also opens up more room both for the station and the yard, and so I ha
  6. Few more pics today, some more progress on the station building too. Obviously there's still much to be done, the last picture shows that quite clearly! The curved roof of the station is proving to be an...interesting...task and the rear facade for the Galway side building is non existent as I've no idea what it'd have looked like! Quite the conundrum.. What else is to be done, finishing up the engine shed and railway terrace, at least two of the three signal boxes, water tank, water tower....
  7. As dusk approaches, one of the J15s, no.162, brings goods from the Galway direction through the station towards Dublin.
  8. The station is within 5k of myself so easy access. The Sligo side won't be modeled, don't have the space for it. G2 will hopefully arrive from NZ once international shipping is back on the regular, the idea is generally realistic running, moguls, J15s, cattle engines, G2s along with some of the D's but 800 and 402 weren't built to not be run! I'm well aware of the murder of Thomas Anketell, and the reasons behind it.. No plan on the track layer Currently have two boards 10x2 foot, nothing is set in stone yet but overall idea is a somewhat simplified track plan for the
  9. Mullingar is one of the more unusual stations in Ireland, and offers plenty of modelling opportunity, a junction station at the heart of the MGWR, with a large cattle bank, goods shed, engine shed, a large gantry, the list is long to say the least. My focus is on the Athlone side, although both sides of the station have a lot to offer, the engine shed, goods shed and cattle sidings were all on the Athlone side of the station. Progress has been slow, but it's finally starting to have a vague resemblance. Maedbh makes a visit to Mullingar en route to Galway. The Civil Engineer
  10. Seconded re resin here. There's a company currently trying to make a game for Titanic, Titanic Honour & Glory with a completely accurate interior and exterior 3D model for said game. I've followed with much interest, and they've released model 3D printed liners in 1/1000. They are currently using the more conventional version, but are now experimenting with resin printing, and well the results speak for themselves.
  11. Does anyone have any pictures of Dunlavin pre closure? Some excellent photos on Eiretrains of the present day buildings, but I'm looking for it in its "heyday" although it seemingly never had much regular traffic. Any help greatly appreciated
  12. Jinty would be far too large, as said a P class is probably the best bet. Terrier would be closer to a J26, coincidentally I've been meaning to get a terrier so comparisons between the two can be made in proper and decent order!
  13. GSR 800


    Had their own livery too, maroon and white for E428, with cream for the coaches.
  14. GSR 800


    Didn't they have a few rather...lopsided carriages?
  15. The Tom Ferris videos surely would have some audio, not the best quality perhaps but I digress.
  16. Some test runs done today, front bogie kept derailing so it was replaced with something a bit heavier. Seemed to do the trick Thanks for looking
  17. Wee update. Frames added, dome modified and buffer beam fixed. she looks very foreign with the smoke deflectors anyway, somewhat bizarre what the GSR was doing at the time.
  18. Hi Mike, Firebox had been made from a piece of brass. So got to it a few hours ago Firebox Reformed She'll need to be painted soon! Onto the more general subject of conversions, I think southern locomotives are as close a donor for irish locos. The likes of the S and H classes would be close enough to a 500. The larger southern 4-4-0s are close to the V and VS class. The T9 class could probably be a donor for a multitude of Irish mid and small 4-4-0s Even the Lord Nelson has some features of the 800s that the Jubilees and Scots lack (na
  19. Finished up on the tender today along with some other work. I doubt the tank tops are the same but that might be for another time. Firebox looked a bit too log so it was a cut and shut job. Still a good bit to do but starting to look like a 400 methinks. Bogies wheels need to be painted you can barely see them!
  20. Hi lads, thanks for the replies Popeye, tis indeed a pretty big job, especially compared to something like 309, that I didn't do much work on. Nonetheless I hope the end product will be decent looking David it can be very satisfying (if it actually works!) And of course dead accuracy isn't usually achieved but if it looks pretty close to it, close to same proportions, looks and certain features then I'm happy. Paint often covers a multitude of issues! Pretty much everything par the J15 is either built or kitbashed. Bit more work was done today. My original plan had been, sim
  21. I was about halfway through this project when I saw Eoins excellent thread on repairing an O gauge 400 (hopefully I'lt get somewhat close to what that model looks like) that reminded me I should probably take some bloody photos. Anyway. About three years ago I embarked on an attempt to kitbash a 400 from a hornby sir dinaden, the inspiration having been Scots Macs conversions. My modelling skills were slightly worse back then, hopefully havin improved since then. You'll note a lack of any chassis, it is merely the body of the locomotive. This will be a bit of a theme in this se
  22. Speaking of dicks, the father of a family friend was known as Richard Taite, but better known as Dick taite. He was apparently quite an unpleasant man to be around which certainly didn't help matters and allowed the jokes to fester One can only imagine some parents were definitely having a laugh when they named their kids.
  23. So in conclusion it has the same function as one of these. It all makes sense now.
  24. Some more work done today on no.309, which was painted, numbered and then rapidly made to look filthy Other things going on at the works included Macha getting lined. A slow and painful process for myself, tea was needed! body removed As few things need to be done to finish Macha, cabut windows and a bit of paint along the running plate. I seriously wonder how the hell people do this in N gauge. Feck it, rest will be done by tomorrow!
  25. I was wondering if anyone had old pictures of Mullingar station, mainly the athlone side, the yard and locomotive shed. I've looked online and found a few pics on Eiretrains, O'dea collection etc but there seems to be very little at all from the 50s and 60s. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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