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To resolve the issue of the end doors being set back (i.e. not being flush) due to the thickness of the etched side, I made door “panels” from thin plasticard.

 

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The existing door window apertures were carefully enlarged (the Lima coach plastic is very brittle) to aid with flush glazing and the door panels glued in place.  The coach end wrap around door edge was smoothed in with filler.
 

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Cheers

 

Darius

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Something about the blue stripe in the photos above didn’t look right to me so I removed and re-printed the decals with a deeper stripe.  I think this looks better.

 

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Darius

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Hi Yes the wider stripe matches photos on the Doyle stock book of the era . I guess you ghosted the coach number and used the coach colour underneath - neat but photos show a white stock number, colour shot in Irish Railway Rambler does look white compared to the grey shell and white borders to the blue - which looking at widths of blue must have been ontop of the top and bottom 4" of the blue.    

 

A spot of glazing and a few folk on the seats and job done. 

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14 minutes ago, Robert Shrives said:

Hi Yes the wider stripe matches photos on the Doyle stock book of the era . I guess you ghosted the coach number and used the coach colour underneath - neat but photos show a white stock number, colour shot in Irish Railway Rambler does look white compared to the grey shell and white borders to the blue - which looking at widths of blue must have been ontop of the top and bottom 4" of the blue.    

 

A spot of glazing and a few folk on the seats and job done. 


Hi Robert,
 

The photos that I have also show white numbers but to achieve this I would either have to pre-place a white decal or paint patch where each number was so as to show through the decal if using clear decal sheet or print on white decal sheet.  I find that the white edge always shows through when I print on white decal sheet and the outline of the white patch would show through the clear printed decal.  Ghosting the number seemed the better option.

 

Not having an Alps printer or a screen printing set up leads to such compromises.
 

The art of the possible I guess.

 

Still need to construct an interior and fit the glazing.

 

Cheers

 

Darius

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Jealous !  Got the right hand one , and second version , but not the third, hopefully differing photos however. The trap run off looks like a Triang curve !   Also shows the 071 in delivered US version of the tan compared to the supertrain tan behind.  Locos at first repaint got to be matched, grime later muted all!

 

Just the post painting commodes and door handles and just 6 more to do - good luck ! and brilliant work.

Robert   

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I received the left hand book as a present from Oliver Doyle’s niece when I was working a summer job at Kirk McLure & Morton (Consulting Engineers) in Belfast in 1985.  

 

The Dapol Stanier coaches have arrived so I will be switching attention to the Class 70 power car. 

 

Cheers

 

Darius

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On ‎15‎/‎06‎/‎2020 at 14:27, David Jackson said:

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'.

Ah, sorry, I meant the dining car! 

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Hi chaps,

I've just found this thread, but have been following Hunslet 102s layout for some time. Great work!

I lived in Craigavon for a few years in the 70s and the usual fare was 80 class DEMUs with the odd 70 class.

I do remember, however, my train being formed of a Hunslet and mk2s on the run to Portadown once. I also have a photo, somewhere, of a Hunslet at Lisburn taken either in '81 or '85. I'll try and dig it out.

I've just come home from a holiday in NI and was glad to see a Hunslet in maroon around the turntable in Cultra.

As for the books, I bought the one on the right in 1980 in Donegall Place, and have subsequent issues as well as Platform 5 books which contain several mk2 photos.

 

Thanks,

Steve 

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