Monday, April 27, 2015

Alice Springs buildings

Hi all

Well this weekend, Doug and Roger dropped by for a bit of an inpromptu say g'day.
During this time, Roger worked on the loco fleet getting everything logged into JMRI.
Doug, well seemed to do as he pleased, nothing wrong with that.

i worked on creating the yard roads from 1.5 mm card stock, more on that later.

The next morning i got up and approached the layout, and thought long and hard how i was going to build the buidings on the layout.  I had seen a post by Lance Mindheim using very robust stuctures.  For one large factory he used PVC, the result was impressive, i decided to do a similar approach, but using 6mm MDF.  Bacsicly I endded up with a very robust frame which I will probably cover this evergreen styrene, once i got the design down pat, the actual cutting and assembly did not take that long.

Here is a shot of the yard with sime of the roads put down temporarily.

Enjoy scott

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Barcoola locomotive weathering

Hi All

Its one of those things where you have to be in the mood to do things, well that time has come.

I was sick of GM1 looking way too plastic, so I have started another bulk run of weathering - fading.
Its worth noting that at this point none of the models have been spray painted at this time.  All of this has been accomplished with a brush.

 Here is GM1 and to be GM3, this is a first coat of slightly faded green.
Once this is dried, the corners and rivet lines have had a wash of black to get the detail to 'pop" out!
 The bogies have had a grime wash.
 GM3 roof has had a wash of Humbrol 64 grey, and details "popped" with a wash of black
 The secret to is plausible random paint thickness's, the valance as had a lighter grime wash.

 So with the combination of the three types of weathering, GM1 looks allot closer to what it should be already.
Some of my CLs have also had the same treatment.

 The roof detail has been "popped" with a black wash.
 The sides need to be washed and "popped" already has that "chalky' look.
 BL28 did not suffer as much from fade if at all during my modelling era, BL30 being the most effected.  This is an Austrains BL, the roof has been washed with Humbrol 64 grey, the sides have been "popped' with a wash of black just in certain locations.  The bogies and fuel tank have been washed with grime.

 The airconditioner grilles have been picked out with black.

 Some gentle oil seepage marks.
 The EL and the DL class seem to have been painted with two pak paint which is very fade resistant.

Consequently this requires a slightly different approach,  Gentle washes around the body cab joints and the body panels, brings out the details, and again replicates, with a grime wash, it looks the part.

Anyway lots to do, bit by bit.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Australian Railways illustrated February and April editions and other things

Hi All

I would just like to recommend if you have not already, is to pick up the February and April editions of Australian Railways Illustrated.

The February edition, has a spread of Jon Clark's work, he was always very critical of his own work, its great to see some of his work up in lights as they say.  I was asked to provide one shot, and that was one taken by Doug of Jon, while on Bernie's wedding train.  The rest was a total surprise a great spread, well done Stewie!

the April edition, Bill Arkell and Greg Sweeney have a great article on the Tea and Sugar, perfect for my era of modelling, there is even a shot of GM20, trailing unit, showing the fade. also an ALGX in SAR grey with one Green door and one maroon door!

On Facebook, here is a link to some other shots of Hobsons Bay model railway exhibition 2015.

Some video of Bridgewater, note locomotives with sound.

Some video and pictures of Maryborough

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Trainorama 830 class 847 review by Barcoola.

Hi All

After what seems an eternity, Trainorama have released the SAR 830 class locomotive.
Worth the wait? well yup!
The detail is right up there, for example;

  1. The end handrails are metal, thus are very robust, great step forward, if these were done in plastic it would have looked all wonky.
  2. Chains are real.
  3. the cab side windows slide!
  4. All the grilles including the filters are individual frets, this will make it easy to convert to louvred filters (this was my biggest concern).
  5. Set up for sound out of the box, like the GMs.
  6. Marker lights are operating, and warm headlights.
  7. individual door handles.
  8. individual lift rings.
Below are some photographs of the model, this is a non Shrike model, looks like the easiest to convert to 863.

You will notice that the model is a replication of 847 while on the standard gauge, and has the modifications installed for operations in NSW.
This includes:
  • Handrails to the roof behind the cab.
  • Continuation of the handrail from A end cab access door to the A end handrails, a sort one of the opposite side cab assess door.
  • Tail disk, not installed, again not 100% sure this was installed on all NSW allocated 830 class locomotives.

I can't see the coupler light as installed in the model.  looking a various 830s this one below is 841 is not installed.

Here is 848

1 the airtank stand up.
2 roof handrails.

There is this picture of 847 in ASR livery

Additional detail includes:
1 airhorn four trumpets.
2 lipped exhaust, model and prototype are matched.
3 Handrails removed from behind the cab.
4 Airconditioner and double skin roof.
5 handrail between battery box doors, note it still retains its SRA of NSW added handrail between the cab and the A end aft step well handrail.
6 GPS.

848 same mods

1. re-railer, not on the model.
2. Sinclair antenna, not on the model.
3. plug, not on the model.
4. Destination board holder, not on the model.

847 post return from NSW.

1. Destination board.
2. tail disk, I am guessing added in NSW, not on the model.
3 A end plate, again missing from the model, not the end of the world
4. MU dummy receptacle, not on the model, doubt that this was installed while in NSW?

847 in AN livery

B end destination holder is gone.
The filters now have louvred covers.

847 in AN green 1986

1. Derailer, not on the model
2. double skin roof,
the destination board holder is now gone on the A end.

Removal of the Body:
Its fairly simple.
remove both couplers,
Remove the chain between the bogie and the frame, there is a hook on the frame that can be slipped off.
the body can then be slid off.

There is 10 pins 8 for a normal DCC chip.
The room between the plug and the model roof is tiny, I installed a NCE N14IP, fitted no probs, but I had an issue with performance, turned out to be the chip, and swapped it out, for a tethered chip, this was a tight fit!  but its in there.

operation of the model is smooth, however it was noticed that some of the axles were out of gauge, this again was easy to fix I just prized them out with a screw driver, ever so gently!

The verdict.
out of the box the model is find representation of the prototype, detail is high no major flaws.
The selection of numbers is a little disappointing, as not everyone models NSW!  I would recommend purchasing 858 if you need to model a SAR ANR AN 830 of another number as it seems to have the more appropriate SAR 830 details, different handrails etc.

there is no doubt that there is some attention to detail with this model, however, some detail seems a little confusing.
The installation of the coupler lights at both ends, can't seem to find that on the prototype.
All of the models offered by Trainorama seem to be missing the destination board holders and re-railers and holders.

As I am modelling 863, the missing destination board holders are not an issue.  Adding the re-railers again not a big problem, a simple addition.
The handrails can be modified, again not a difficult job.
I will need to strip and repaint this to match 863, along with double skin roof and air conditioner, etc.
I was tossing up at getting a Powerline 48 and modifying it to 863, as the filters already have louvres, yes it is wrong detail for a NSWGR 48, but the Louvres are too fine for AN.
The grilles being separate inserts are perfect for converting into louvres, so that's a good thing.

Given I had a number of TRAX 830s and built a DA1 from one of them.
The Trainorama model is light years ahead, detail is a step up, even from the GM.
Hose and piping detail is extensive.
Well equipped for sound, especially considering the limited amount of room in the hood.

We all know that Auscision have anounced the 830 class as a model in production,
However this all might go the same way as the Flat top T - P class that Austrains was doing, BRM beat them to the punch, Austrains dropped the flat top T and the P class.  So as of today the Auscision P class is still in production, and unfortunately V/line modellers are still waiting for their P classes!

So my advice..........if you want a 830 class now, get it from Trainorama.