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  1. Phil, you keep mentioning a two greys on the bottom half of the side. I am assuming that the 'dark grey' you refer to is the band along the bottom edge. This band is in fact black, although road dirt can make it appear greyish in many photos. I studied the 'Bumblebee' livery quite closely when it first appeared, which is when I discovered, after numerous swatches, that Revell 52 was the closest match for the blue, and Murphy Models confirmed this some twenty years or so later.
  2. I watched and listened to the video clip with interest. Some time ago I too fitted a Class 205 "thumper" sound decoder to my 80 Class DEMU as being better than nothing. I was totally disappointed with the sound. It just did not sound like an 80 Class, it was just noisy and the horns were nothing like an 80 Class. In the end I got the decoder reblown with a different loco sound, and gave up with 80 Class sound. More recently I got a spare decoder reblown with Wheeltappers 80 Class sound, and what a difference. Engine noise is excellent, and a selection of horns that actually sound like 80 Class horns. I am sorry to have to say that the sounds in the video clip remind me of my own experience with Class 205 sounds, and do not do justice to what is otherwise an excellent model. Following my experience with the Class 205 sound, I did some research into Class 205s, and found that although the Class 205 and 80 Class share the same technology, they really don't sound the same. Coupled with the fact that the two classes seem to be driven using different driving techniques, the sounds are just chalk and cheese.
  3. I found the Revell 52 when I was living in Portrush just when the Bumble Bee livery was starting to appear. I started to build a rake of coaches in that livery, the coach behind the loco in the picture was the first of them. I tried a number of different blues, and compared them with the real thing at Portrush station. The 52 was a perfect match so I went for it. Imagine my surprise when some 25 years later Murphy Models produced the 111 and 201 in a blue that was a dead ringer for the 52. I have to say that the body of the loco in the picture looks slightly darker that the cabs, but it is just the light. The walkway also looks lighter that the body, but it was never repainted and is original MM blue same as the body.
  4. Can I ask what you are going to use for the door opening chains. The chain supplied with the MIR kit is way way overscale and looks horrendous. My wagon build has been on hold for months while I tried to get some finer chain, but all I could get was some N gauge chain, which, although better is still very much overscale. The chain fitted to the real wagons is very small, as can be seen in your picture over on IRM. I even tried using plain wire, which looks OK, based on the 2 ft rule, and will probably look even better once painted to look rusty instead of the natural silver colour of the wire. The jury is still out on that one.
  5. Found this picture of 111. Only the cabs have been resprayed with Revell 52. The rest is original MM blue.
  6. Revell paint No 52 is a dead ringer for MM 111 & 201 NIR dark blue. A while back I changed MM 8113 to 111 by simply respraying the cabs with Revell 52, which matched the rest of the loco perfectly.
  7. I would suggest that the railcar directly behind the AEC is the rear end of railcar C1. Looking at the window arrangement, the railcar to the right looks like either railcar F or G.
  8. I think you are outnumbered on that one JHB. Hexagon789 has a picture in a book of a four coach set with the Micro Buffet in it, and there is a picture of a five coach set with the Micro Buffet arriving in Derry in the book '35 Years of NIR'.
  9. In the early 1980s after the Hunslets had been displaced from Belfast - Dublin services, Mk 2 coaches with Hunslet haulage were trialled on Derry/Londonderry services, but this was short lived, 80 Class sets becoming the norm. The Mk 2 push/pull set used was comprised of five coaches, including 548, the mini buffet.
  10. Some coaches were renumbered over time following various conversions. Old numbers are in brackets. Some coaches were converted for use as 80 Class trailers. The information below is as printed in various publications. NUMBER NEW Ex BR TYPE COACH TYPE BR No. REMARKS 546 1982 Mk 2F Grill/Bar/Dining Car 5970 Air Conditioned 547 1969 Mk 2B Grill/Bar/Dining Car 548 (821) 1969 Mk 2B Buffet Standard Push/Pull Fitted 811 1969 Mk 2B Driving Brake Standard Conv to 80 Class 1988 824 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 826 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 827 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 828 1969 Mk 2B Open Standard Conv to 80 Class 1984 901 (801) 1969 Mk 2B Open First Push/Pull Fitted 902 1981 Mk 2B Corridor First 13509 903 1983 Mk 2C Open First 3166 904 1988 Mk 2F Open First 3367 Air Conditioned 911 1981 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14104 Open Plan Seats 1988 912 1981 Mk 2B Brake First Gen Van 14108 Open Plan Seats 1989 913 1981 Mk 2B Brake Exec Gen Van 14111 Executive Veh 1989 914 1983 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14110 Open Plan Seats 1988 915 1983 Mk 2B Brake Std Gen Van 14106 Open Plan Seats 1989 916 (812) Mk 2B Driving Brake Standard Push/Pull Fitted 917 (813) 1969 Mk 2C Driving Brake First Push/Pull Fitted 921** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13490 Ex BR Corridor First 922** 1981 Mk 2B Corridor Standard 13495 Ex BR Corridor First 923** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13496 Ex BR Corridor First 924** 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13508 Ex BR Corridor First 925 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13503 Ex BR Corridor First 926 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard * 13498 Ex BR Corridor First 927 1981 Mk 2B Open Standard* 13506 Ex BR Corridor First 928 1981 Mk 2B Corridor Standard 13510 Ex BR Corridor First 930 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5573 931 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5531 932 (825) 1969 Mk 2C Open Standard Push/Pull Fitted 933 (929) 1981 Mk 2C Open Standard 5577 934 (822) 1969 Mk 2B Standard Push/Pull Fitted 935 (823) 1969 Mk 2B Standard Push/Pull Fitted * Converted to open plan seating 1988-89. ** Push/Pull Fitted.
  11. NIR did not have any pure Brake coaches. Any Brake coaches would either be Brake Generator coaches or Driving Trailers. Easy to identify each type. Brake Generators had only three large windows on each side, whereas the Driving Trailers had four. If you can see the roof, the Brake Generators had exhaust silencers above the generator compartment, the Driving Trailers had nothing above the Brake compartment. Driving Trailers were only used with the Hunslet locos, although they did occasionally appear on 111 Class hauled trains, but not as Driving Trailers as the 111 Class were not push/pull fitted. There were three of them originally, but one was converted to an 80 Class Driving Trailer after the 111 Class took over the Enterprise services. Brake Generators were not required on Hunslet powered push/pull trains as the Hunslets were fitted with generators for train heating and lighting. The 111 Class were not fitted with generators, hence the need for generator coaches for train heating and lighting. NIR had three catering vehicles. Two were full catering vehicles which would have been used on Enterprise services, and the third was a Miniature Buffet with one compartment converted for that purpose. I will dig out a list of all NIR Mk 2 loco hauled stock and post it, unless someone else does it first.
  12. Robert, the new doors were made from 1.5mm plasticard cut to size to fit the hole left when the old doors were cut out. Lengths of 1.5mm X 0.5mm microstrip were then stuck on, suitably spaced to give the 'ribs'. A strip of 0.75mm X 0.25mm microstrip was stuck on to the middle rib to cover the 'joint' between the top and bottom doors. A piece of 2mm X 0.5mm microstrip was stuck vertically at each end to hide the joint between the new doors and the ends of the body. Below is a diagram of how the chains should fit. On the prototype the top and bottom doors are linked together via the medium sized pulley. When the large pulley is turned, the medium pulley at each end moves the door chains which pull the top door up and lower the bottom door. The weight of the doors counterbalances each other. The chain operating the large pulley is pulled by hand, and is secured near the buffer on that side when not in use, just like a roller shutter door in a warehouse or workshop.
  13. Fifteen months later, and after much research, end detail has been added to the curtain sided wagons, including scratch built renditions of the restraining mechanism on one end. Handwheels are from Studio Scale Models, except for one of the curtain siders which utilises the four spoke handles from a drop sider kit. The drop sided wagons suffer the same lack of end detail as the curtain sided ones, although they do come with a few whitemetal bits representing the restraining mechanism. I decided to ditch the bits supplied as they were not very good, and to fit my own scratch built version to match the curtain sided wagons. It was when I had assembled the drop sided wagons that I made the horrifying discovery that they were much too tall compared to the curtain siders and, in my opinion, looked ridiculous when both types were marshalled together. Consultation of photos of the real thing confirmed my suspicions that both types should be the same height. What to do? I decided I would have to cut down the height. According to a drawing, the supplied stanchions carrying the pulleys were the correct height, so they were carefully removed from the assembled wagons and set aside. Luckily, my scratch built restraining mechanism had been installed at the same height as the curtain siders, and I was able to leave that in situ. The top of the wagon body was carefully cut off and cleaned up for reuse. Vertical angled cuts were made at each corner and the sides carefully removed without damaging the ends or the underframe. The ends were then reduced in height so that with the addition of the top, the overall height would be correct. The top was then glued to the top of the ends. New sides were made up using plasticard and microstrip and then fitted. Due to the thickness of the resin ends, it was easier to make an angled join rather than butt joining the new sides with the ends. The pulley stanchions were then refitted, and new end detail added at the plain end of the wagon. The end with the restraining mechanism only required minor repairs to one or two vertical struts. Representative operating mechanisms for the restraint system were fabricated from bits and pieces, and fitted to each wagon. Difference in height between curtain sider and unmodified drop sider. Roof and sides removed. Modified drop sider with new sides, next to curtain sider. Modified drop sider next to unmodified drop sider. Completed modified drop siders. Pulley chains to be added after painting. I have just discovered that I have run out of Halfords grey primer, so painting is on hold for now until grey primer can be obtained.
  14. Here is a link to a video clip of a nine car set at speed at Killagan.
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