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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    P4 LNER branch/mainlines
    O scale Midland Railway circa 1903
    HO scale Victorian Railways 1955-1965
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  1. Some more progress recently. The etching sheet for the M&SRC George England 2-4-0T arrived earlier this week, I'm very pleased with how they've turned out. The first chassis sides and spacers were soldered together; and next I'll be placing orders for the wheels, motor and gearbox so that the remaining parts can be assembled, and a first model assembled. An increase in motivation over the past day and a half has seen my pile of unbuilt kits reduced, having assembled (all Steam Era Models kits) a VR UP bogie louvre van, in late 1950s condition wi
  2. Following on from yesterday I thought I'd show some progress on the L class. With only a couple more details left; the safety valve cover, sandboxes next to the smokebox, buffers, and smokebox front details, this covers the first variant: As Built - American funnel, open cab, horizontal smokebox door, elaborate safety valve cover, round builders plate, type 1 tank wrapper, suitable for locomotive numbers 14-20 (evens only). As noted in my earlier post, far more items are etched brass, including the splashers (which I forgot to include in the list), tank wrapper, cab
  3. Thanks, it's always good to hear that other people benefit from posting about it! The etchings for the M&SRC 2-4-0T have been ordered, there's currently a 6 week wait time from PPD Ltd, so in the meantime I'll be placing orders for wheels and crankpins from Scale Link, and motors and gearboxes from High Level. I've also started development work on another loco, the L class 2-4-0ST; the only saddle tank ever used by the VR. Over their lifetimes there were no less than 9 different variants as best as I can tell, including assortments of 3 different tank types, 3 different cabs, 3
  4. Having had no motivation lately due to recent events (our family dog of 12 years sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, and Melbourne has been put back into a lockdown, with masks now mandatory) I decided to throw myself back into modelling and designing, with something a bit different and far more complex than what I've done in the past, for various reasons, the least of which was choosing to design an etched chassis for it (rather than going with a 3D printed or kitbashed one) The decision was made to design the George England 2-4-0Ts built in 1860 for the Melbourne and Suburban Railw
  5. It's often been stated by my railway friends that I can be somewhat of a rivet counter sometimes - considering current circumstances it would seem they were correct There are some 1,605 rivets in the model, as they're all separate entities within the model no physical counting was involved in the final count, though the positioning of them was almost entirely by eye, unfortunately following the spacings specified in the diagram resulted in too few rivets spaced too far apart when compared to photographs. Each rivet measures approximately 0.23mm in diameter and 0.12mm in heigh
  6. My latest project has been the start of something which will be much bigger eventually. I recently got a set of General Arrangement drawings for a VR DD steam loco (first built 1902), which happens to fit my EM gauge era nicely. So, I started with the tender. The design itself was incredibly complex to do, the tender includes a flare with beading, which is (in my opinion) easily the hardest shape/design aspect to design using SketchUp. The base design of the tender took about 5 hours, drawing it to 1:1 scale using feet and inches. The flare and beading took another 15 hours. It's not my neates
  7. Thanks Mark. As Nile posted, I use the Sketchup STL extension when exporting all of my models. It's very convenient too as it gives you the option to only export parts of a model instead of the whole thing (unless you want to export the whole thing). Peter
  8. It's been a very long two weeks, both personally and on a modelling front, so I thought I should post what I've been up to. One of the things I enjoy the most about modelling is that it makes for a very good distraction from real life on both a personal front and worldwide front, so I've very much dived head-first into it since the last update. The update I intended to post on the evening of the 21st concerns a new carriage, and some wagon painting. As referenced in an earlier update, I repainted the EM gauge wooden U van into the as-built livery of white with a black underframe. I
  9. Thank you very much for your kind words. I know of two other modellers who have done pre-1920 VR, however both in other scales. Frank Kelly's incredible 4mm collection covered most of the locos built by the VR pre-1900, and some built after, and there's a modeller who has a small O scale shunting layout set around 1900 with a two-tone green M class. The layout goes out to exhibitions here in Victoria. As for EM to represent broad gauge, I believe there's a layout currently in England based on Broadford in the 1970s and 80s? which uses EM for the broad gauge, and HO for
  10. Some 16ish hours after I started the 3D design work, the 4 wheel coach was complete, minus transfers and glazing. In the end, the double-skin roof was actually from another kit, an SEM Victorian Railways U van, as the kit sprues come with two roofs there's always one spare. The roof was cut to size, and superglued to the stretchers. The two photos below show the differences between a GY chassis as-built, and the modified chassis: The axleboxes on the modified set of axleboxes and side channel have been filed flat, and had some of their height reduced, and the side
  11. A rolling stock and brief M class update this time. Having designed a very basic chassis block for it, I printed out V3. This time I managed to get the cab roof off the build plate without snapping it! The hornblock slots are to fit Alan Gibson hornblocks, as I have a spare set from a MR 700 class kit in P4 that I bought for spares (missing some frame pieces and the instructions). When I went to get the hornblocks out of the box, I made a very happy discovery - the tender wheelsets are almost the exact diameter as the wheels for the loco. They're obviously only i
  12. For a while now I've just been posting all my kitbuilds, scratchbuilds and 3D prints in the layout thread of whichever layout the model suited, so I thought I'd start a fresh thread. I considered putting this in the 3D designing/printing section, but thought it would be better to have a single thread to cover both 3D models and standard kitbuilds/scratchbuilds, which I currently do more than 3D printing.At present my Australian modelling covers a reasonable variety of prototypes and gauges - at this precise moment in time I have layouts under construction for both HO and HOn3.5, and models und
  13. Finally some more real progress on the layout. This will most likely be the last for some time, as once some materials arrive Borderton will be dismantled so I have the space to continue working on a layout I'm building on commission for someone. The first item on the agenda was to test whether the sidings made available in the last track plan change would be suitable for carriage storage. These are two of the three sidings that formed the diesel depot on the original plan, the third of which will become the cattle race, which gives the excuse for the wider than normal gap between roads
  14. Merry Christmas to all those who view this thread! As I'm currently nearly 2 weeks into our 5 week holiday, writing this from my hotel room in Helsinki, there has been no progress on the layout recently. However, on a personal note, I got accepted into my first preference for university - a double degree in Business and Accounting at Monash University, close to where I live. At this point my uni timetable looks likely to be completely clear on Mondays, which may well get set aside for railway purposes, either volunteering at one of the heritage railways I volunteer at or for work o
  15. Just come across this thread, looks quite interesting. For DCC, you'll need 6 isolating rail joiners at the points marked below by the red lines, basically at every joint coming off a turnout frog. Good luck with the project! Peter
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