One of the members of the local club designed it. He built bespoke engines for years as his job and once established would only do models of real locos so he knows a thing or two about designing anything he wants. He did design one beginner's loco which was published in our national mag, one of which you can see in the background of some of these photos. I didn't build it, I bought it in bits and made what was missing as my introduction to model engineering.
He decided to make a model of the NSW 24 class for himself, and asked another club member if he'd like to make one too as a follow up to his first effort. Word got around and about six of us asked to sign on. So he has supplied all the drawings and some words and off we go. I've been translating anything that makes sense into CAD for water or laser cutting, but that's really only the frames, hornguides, running boards, cab, and smokebox front and back. Me and another club member are pretty close in progress - he's working on his valves. Another club member almost has the wheels in the frames, but he's just taken over a model engineering supply business as well as having his day job so he's had to give it a rest. I don't think any of the others have really got into it, and they all live at least a few hours away, and in one cast interstate so don't have the advantage us locals have.
We all had to build the tender first to prove we could get that far.
The design won't be published as the designer has retired and doesn't want the mountain of questions etc that putting it out for general consumption would generate.
Having the designer and initial model only 10 mins drive away is an enormous help, obviously. I'm quite worried about running out of steam, but the encouragement of club members is keeping me going. It's scary seeing so many locos get to the rolling chassis or running on air stage. I've been at this one 4 or 5 years now and there is still a few to go. I don't work fast as I often don't know what has to be made really well and what doesn't matter, and have to stop after a few hours due to getting stressed about making a mistake or breaking something. Anxiety is not a good attribute when doing something that takes 1000s of hours of careful work! I don't particularly enjoy the process unless I'm pretty confident I can make the part OK, but I like the results when things go together.