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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 01:04 am
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A bit of pressure on this one, this was the last ever hunslet kit made by Model Irish Railways so here we go.....

Although i don t model the NIR normally i just had to build this one,

Got all this for €50!!!
The main body is resin so i first needed to clean up as some of the windows and other holes needed opening up which in this case led to quite a bit of cursing as the resin varied in depth.
All the main grills and roof details are brass some of which needed to be rolled to match the radius of the roof, for the rolling i used tissues and a felt tip pen tube, its mainly trial and error to get it right but it is quite rewarding when they eventually match up.
My major gripe with the instructions is that the grill locations are not easy to get right, even a few measurements wouldn t go astray. After about 3 hours work i ve managed to get them all on


Behind the Hunslet is a 201 class MIR kit which i built a no of years back it will soon  be replaced with a new murphy 201 which should be here by next friday:cheers

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 02:04 am
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Do you use super glue to hold the brass to the resin?



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Marty wrote: Do you use super glue to hold the brass to the resin?
Hi Marty,
Superglue, i normally gently sand the inside of the brass to give the glue something to work with, on the curved bits i gave the resin a gentle sand(i wear a mask while i m doing this as resin particles aren t the healthiest!!!) as well and it appears to have worked.

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Clever stuff, carry on! Watching with interest.



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:thumbsThats an interesting kit you have there Tom and it looks like you have it well in hand!

Neat job on those brass bits, Maybe seeing its an Ulster loco you could say it was on loan for a trial on your Munster rails ;-)

All the best,

Derek

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That looks to be a nice kit Tom, I will be watching this build with great interest.  It's such a shame that MIR have ceased production of their kits.

Let us know what you think of the 201 when it arrives.

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Many thanks for the comments,
Its sad that MIR are discontinuing their range, i discovered them fairly late as i was afraid of kit building, well not so much the building but the painting as i didn t think id be able for it. That said i m after building a 071, 3 x 201, Barrier wagon and IFI ammonia wagon from the range and i think the jury is still out whether or not i can finish the kits properly:mutley. Best of luck to Ian Mc Nally whos finally getting time to finish his layout!!!!

Back to the task at hand,

After drilling out the various holes for the drawgear i painted the bufferbeam, buffers and bufferplate as well as the various pipes
i spent an age trying to find out about the drawbar area especially the couplings, i decided to go with the buckeye option. A quick search of my spares box revealed a pair of buckeye couplings. The other option was to use the hooks provided but i felt they were too big.
Now for the part i dread, after careful masking its time for the undercoat, this is basic halfords white primer spray which for once when t on fairly well, after checking for imperfections it was time for the base coat of phoenix matt NIR blue, now i know i should use an air brush but i prefer to hand paint with thinned paint building up the layers slowly. After the third coat of blue i painted the underframe matt black using three coats.

Now for the fourth coat of blue!!!

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Thanks for the pics., Tom.

Maybe take them from over three feet away if you have no macro facility on the camera.
It helps with the focus.

Look forwards to seeing the finished project.



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After reading Ben Jones review of the kit in Model Rail jan 2005, i was dreading the glazing, with the kit came clear plastic sheet which was way to thick, Ben used a glazing product that i ve an intense dislike too, so i raided the local shop for some clear packaging.
To apply the glazing to the frames i used some johnson clear which doesn t discolour the glazing like most glues do.

Now for the chassis, the instructions for the kit recommend using a lima class 20 chassis which i think is rather aged at this stage although it is probably one of the better lima offerings. I went with the bachmann class 20 chassis for a few reasons
1. All my locos bar one use bachmann chassis the 201 class use 66's and i find them easy to work with.
2. Its dcc ready
3. the wheel profile is better suited to code 75 rails
4. I got my hands on one for cheap!!!

Didn t realise the picture quality was so bad:thud

To prepare the chassis for the body involved a lot of cursing,
5mm needed to be cut of each end so i had to dismantle the whole chassis so i could avoid getting metal filings into the gears and motor area thankfully i m quite used to doing this so it when t off without a hitch.
After reassembling the chassis, i struggled to get the chassis into the body, but after careful carving around the base of the body its now a nice snug fit.
After cleaning the body again, i sprayed it with johnsons clear. After allowing it to dry for 24 hours its time for the decals!!!!
I ve never been a fan of MIR decals as there either really good or really poor and this set was true to form the main Northern Irish Railways logo refused point blank to come of its backing so with some quick action i managed to save it by cutting it off its backing with a scalpel and lots of micro sol, the rest of the decals when t on like a dream.

All thats left to do is to do a bit of paint touch ups, fit the handrails + the wipers and to fit the markers lights. Not forgetting to sell the cl 20 body!!!!

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