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IRM Cement Bubble wagons arrived on the layout this evening.  They are stunningly sublime.  113.gif.44501f1421534930094635b0082d77b7 Stephen, Richie, Patrick and Fran take a bow.  41.gif.d439d7e9fc7fdab9031e07da364a4457.

 

 

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The detail is up yet another level

 

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Looking forward to 'gently' weathering these

 

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The detail for model wagons is just beyond belief.  Look at the reading on the pressure gauge below.

 

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And the underside . . . words are insufficient.  Well done team IRM - class product. 113.gif.44501f1421534930094635b0082d77b7

 

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PS: There was no cement inside any of mine rolleyes.png.17e615c7d9988631a877cdee07b

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As a relative novice I dared risk a very light weathering of some of the new cement bubble wagons this evening.  I have to admit to being scared witless I might destroy these fabulous wagons, but have tried to keep the weathering minimal.  First some frame dirt on the black chassis and barely a dusting on the bubble just to remove the pristine look, and then some powder.  Will look at it again in the morning in natural day light before deciding what if anything to add.  Perhaps a little greyer on top.

 

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Left two wagons had a light dusting with air spray, the third wagon on right has had a little weathering powder added.  

 

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Ok take 3 - added some grey to the top of the tank and a little power on the top surfaces of the chassis frame

 

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Kind of trying to make them look like their first year or so in that livery with minimal dirt

 

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Note entirely happy but still newish to this weathering malarkey so will probably now do the full rake looking similar to this first pack.  Thank you team IRM for truly superb wagons.  Video clip in due course.

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Is this what you are aiming for Noel?

 

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Hi Kieran

 

Thanks for the 'like' above, but aiming for - No way, but a gentler hybrid look perhaps! :scratchhead:  

 

I know that's prototypical but I hate the look of fifty cement wagons as they looked near the end of their days. You can't even see the lovely two tone blue Irish Cement logo. I'm aiming for light weathering as they might have looked in their first or second year after they got that blue livery, and when they tended to keep them cleaner. Visually I just prefer bright smart looking models with just light weathering even if not absolutely prototypical.  After all they are my toy choo-choo trains! :)

 

All the best

Noel

 

PS: I have used photos like that to try and get the chassis sides and top surfaces dusty and closer to that.

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Bubble heaven. IRM Orange livery cement wagons have arrived on the layout. Sublime detailing and precision moulding.

 

 

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In the new year I hope to weather the IRM wagons similarly to the MIR ones below weathered by Georgeconna, or as close as I can get. Hats off to team IRM.

 

 

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Cement Bubble Amazerballs

 

 

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CIE Cement train with assorted IRM and MIR wagons gets a run to show the new IRM orange cement wagons. There are four MIR ones in the rake built and weathered by Georgeconna.  I will attempt to weather the new IRM orange wagons after Christmas.

 

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Some more Orange Cement Wagons weathered.  I just love this livery and these wagons. IRM have surpassed all expectations.

 

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Before and after contrast

 

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A few more tweaks to do on Tuesday.  The light wasn't great so I'll take some in natural daylight in the next few days.

 

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Great cab ride Noel,that is some size of a layout,certainly going to keep you busy for a while!

 

 

Glad you enjoyed it.  Yes I guess it may be like a never ending project for many years - like gardening, a constant evolution :) But very relaxing, stress free and enjoyable when 'in season' 

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With respect to the cab ride video. A great perspective of your railway! All the long trains standing around give it realism and a busy atmosphere.

It is amazing how photography highlights things that the mind’s eye overlooks. Three things occurred to me right away. One is the amount of sideways hunting as the locomotive moves forward, something I would not have noticed from the outside. This is probably inherent in the geometry of the OO system, even with a high quality proprietary model such as the 141. Also, the corner curves look terrifying as the train approaches them at speed – much tighter than in the station. (The crew must be hiding under their seats here). Again, this is a near-universal and necessary compromise in model railways. Finally, the absence of signalling stands out from this viewpoint which is not as noticeable from the “sky”, but clearly the railway is not finished yet.

None of this is intended as criticism of a very good model railway, but simply to point to the uses of photography as an ongoing check on what we are doing.

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With respect to the cab ride video. A great perspective of your railway! All the long trains standing around give it realism and a busy atmosphere.

It is amazing how photography highlights things that the mind’s eye overlooks. Three things occurred to me right away. One is the amount of sideways hunting as the locomotive moves forward, something I would not have noticed from the outside. This is probably inherent in the geometry of the OO system, even with a high quality proprietary model such as the 141. Also, the corner curves look terrifying as the train approaches them at speed – much tighter than in the station. (The crew must be hiding under their seats here). Again, this is a near-universal and necessary compromise in model railways. Finally, the absence of signalling stands out from this viewpoint which is not as noticeable from the “sky”, but clearly the railway is not finished yet.

None of this is intended as criticism of a very good model railway, but simply to point to the uses of photography as an ongoing check on what we are doing.

 

Thanks.  Yes the sideways movement was a result of the cab being mounted on a short 2 axle wagon with the GoPro mounted behind recording through the cab windows, while being pushed by an actual model 141. There is no way to fit a camera inside a model.

 

Having said that, a former CIE 141 driver having seen the clip claimed the baby GMs did move around a lot like that! :) Most of the curves are 42" radius. Yes I found the low level line side  perspective very revealing and a most enjoyable view. I've taken to occasionally driving some model trains using from another room using iPad for live GoPro cab view and wireless throttle control. The layout is a long term work in progress and will take some years to complete, especially as I keep getting distracted with work bench projects, kit bashing, resprays and weathering, DCC electronics, etc. 

 

This later clip below contains views from a stationary cab of trains passing bye.  One train only had eight 2 axle container wagons but from track level view seems to go on forever.  Also goes to show we often run our models far to fast.  When viewed from inside the trains speeds look entirely different.

 

View 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMW4rx3seG4

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A tale of my scary journey weathering IRM cement wagons. I have enjoyed learning and trying different ways of weathering IRM's lovely cement wagons.  Scary I can tell you especially yesterday (Batch 3 and 5) which I painted Mr Surfacer 500 on the tops of the bubbles to create a sort of caked cement texture.

 

Batch 1 - Ivory - Light weathering

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Batch 2 - Ivory - Moderate weathering

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Batch 3 - Ivory - Moderate weathering plus caked texture on tops of bubbles

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Batch 4 - Orange - Moderate weathering

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Batch 5 - Orange - Moderate weathering plus caked texture on tops of bubbles

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Yesterdays stages

 

Start pristine

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Apply Mr Surfacer 500 grunge on tops of bubbles stippled using short bristle brush.

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What have I done to these lovely wagons? 

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Phew - scary but worth the risk

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Some tidying up left to do but I am relieved and happy with Batches 3 and 5 

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Glad I took the risk and thanks to those who gave me advice.

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Big improvement Noel to their look, you have done a good job on them, what about a heavy 'grunge' on a few or is that a bridge too far....

 

 

Thanks Kieran. I might go back and put a bit of Mr Surfacer texture the tops of early batches 1,2 and 4 but no blotches via Maskol - that would indeed be a bridge too far.  These are my choo-choos and I like them looking pretty not like something that fell out of a wheeley bin with fungus growing on orange peals :)

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Hi,

 

Awaiting my delivery of these superb wagons. I am generally aware of the livery timeframes, but was wondering if it is feasible/realistic to run orange livery 'bubbles' with any IR livery traction? I know the mid 80s might be pushing it a bit for this combo?

 

TIA for any views

 

John

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