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Thought it's time I shared some of the work from a couple of our group members.

 

We started off by selling detailing parts for OO gauge models and soon moved into the world of T gauge. However over the last year or so, we've moved into HO and HOe scale kits for Indian Railway prototypes. Over the last 2 years we've managed to conduct a lot of research and carry many research trips and get scale drawings and other data for over 200 Indian Railway locomotives, coaches and wagons (spanning BG, MG and NG). We won't be stopping there, we'll be moving on Sri Lankan, Malaysian and other railways that have the interest but not the kits or RTR models.

 

To start off with, I'm posting a few pictures...

 

KIT: PegasusDesigns & JBM Indian Railways WDP4 and WDG4 (Sr. No. JBM-BGD-010A)

 

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The kit was designed by group member Jeremiah, I then built and painted the kit and it was given a nice weathering job by Kaustav Chatterjee.

If anyone is interested in modelling the Indian Railways, we release kits on a monthly basis and they're available from our Shapeways store:-
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/pegasusdesigns

 

We've already got a small range of HO (BG) and HOe (NG) kits available and we are adding even more this week.

 

Some of the kits currently available are:-
JBM-NGD-002A Indian Railways NDM6 (DHR)
JBM-NGB-002B Indian Railways NDM6 (NRL)
JBM-NGC-010 DHR AC Coach (Kurduvadi built)
JBM-NGC-011 DHR Guard's Coach (Kurduvadi built)
JBM-BGD-010A Indian Railways WDP4 and WDG4
JBM-BGW-001 Indian Railways BOXN wagon
JBM-BGW-004A Indian Railways BRN wagon
JBM-BGW-004B Indian Railways BRNA wagon
JBM-BGW-009 Indian Railways BVZI Brake Van

 

We have a fairly strong social media presence covering facebook, instagram and youtube, I'm posting links below for those who are interested.

 

Facebook

- PegasusDesigns & JBM
https://www.facebook.com/PegasusDesignsJBM/

 

- Trains & Dioramas by Kaustav Chatterjee
https://www.facebook.com/trainsanddioramas/

 

Facebook group
- Model Trains by PegasusDesigns & JBM

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pegasusdesigns.jbm/

 

Instagram

- PegasusDesigns & JBM
https://www.instagram.com/pegasusdesigns_jbm/

 

- Trains & Dioramas by Kaustav Chatterjee
https://www.instagram.com/trainsanddioramas/

 

Youtube
- PegasusDesigns & JBM

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_G5PjwwJAEzTG4RmcyQPvw

- Trains & Dioramas by Kaustav Chatterjee

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCACuWtuJSOAcPX0KONWFkmQ
 

Cheers!

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And here's a few images of our small diorama, Kaustav built this diorama for us! We'll be using the diorama for photography and short videos. It's loosely based on a random region in southern India. And the diorama has 3 tracks, one NG mainline, one BG mainline with OHE and one small end of a BG siding with OHE as well.

 

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19 hours ago, MGR Hooper! said:

Malaysian

That will be interesting. I might even start one of my might-but-probably-never-will projects, Bukit Timah station in Singapore.

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Very interesting indeed. Assuming these are at 1:87, what is the feasibility of altering these to suit P4 track, which would be much closer to Indian BG at that scale? 

 

Good work on the diorama too - really captures the ambience. 

 

-JS-

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58 minutes ago, yantsank said:

Very interesting indeed. Assuming these are at 1:87, what is the feasibility of altering these to suit P4 track, which would be much closer to Indian BG at that scale? 

 

Good work on the diorama too - really captures the ambience. 

 

-JS-


Hey,

The motorized bogies for all our MG and BG stuff is provided by Mark from "Locos n Stuff". As and when we upload kits for any MG or BG item, we give him dimensions for the bogies. When you place an order, you just have to tell him what kit you have ordered, he will know what bogie it requires.

And the client has a few options:-
- single motorized bogie + single dummy
- dual motorized bogies
- gauge for BG you can choose HO or P4
- bogies wired for DC or DCC.

This way the motorized bogies are a standard one and the customer has an option for gauges and other things.

For BG you can choose 16.5mm gauge or 18.83mm gauge
For MG you can choose 12.0mm gauge or 14.2mm gauge

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Images from one of our clients who has been buying our kits and commissioning various projects from us since late 2016.

 

Presenting Tim Shaw's work.

 

Tim modelling the Indian Railways in 1:76 scale. He uses 22mm guage track for BG and 14.2mm gauge track for MG. His layout is called Jamalsarai and is a fictional town (taken from Jamalpur and Mughalsarai). It based in the 1970s - 80s and location wise it's in the Eastern Railway division of the Indian Railways near Calcutta.

 

Starting off with IR BG stuff...

 

BEML built GS coach (featuring full interiors including the toilets)

 

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BEML built HCPV with MAN-HAL bogies

 

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BRN flat wagon

 

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BVZC brake van

 

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C van (long wheelbase)

 

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C van (short wheelbase)

 

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On 13/05/2020 at 06:43, yantsank said:

Very interesting indeed. Assuming these are at 1:87, what is the feasibility of altering these to suit P4 track, which would be much closer to Indian BG at that scale? 

 

Good work on the diorama too - really captures the ambience. 

 

-JS-

Would not 3mm to the foot (TT scale) 1/100 be better? The indian BG scales out at 16.5mm in that scale.

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38 minutes ago, PhilJ W said:


Would not 3mm to the foot (TT scale) 1/100 be better? The indian BG scales out at 16.5mm in that scale.
 

 

Without trying to hijack replies, we've chosen 1:87 scale or a lot of reasons:-

 

  • HO scale is the most popular scale worldwide (dominated by the North American, European and Aussie markets). Most buyers in India don't have the spending power. So they either invest in only a loco or only rolling stock and use whatever else they have.
  • HO scale track is widely available including the type IR needs (concrete and steel sleepers). Peco make both concrete and steel sleeper tracks that IR used.
  • HO scale spares are widely available (pantographs, couplings etc). HO scale has some of the most accurate and highly detailed spare pantographs and couplings. Many of which match what IR uses.
  • HO scale has the largest options for mechanism, be it custom built or spares from other models/manufacturers. Companies like Locos N Stuff, Hollywood Foundry provide HO scale custom built mechanisms. We have a deal with LnS to supply motorized bogies for our BG anf MG kits, they are listed as the official supplier with details on the product pages. Our NG kits use TomyTec and Kato chassis. Those who have the skill can also go in for spares from the likes of Kato, Atlas and Athearn to build their own mechanism.
  • Custom built TT scale bogies are impossible to get. No one that I know of makes custom built TT scale mechanisms. Those that do (Hollywood Foundry) aren't working full time anymore and cost wise it's out of most people's reach.
  • We spent the best part of 7 years doing our research on what scale and gauge will be the most popular. We believe that we've found the best possible scale and best suppliers who can keep a majority, if not everyone happy. Mark Clark from LnS will do a custom gauge for you. He recently did a 22mm gauge pair of bogies for a client of ours who models the IR in OO scale (see the images further up the thread).
  • In HO scale we can still recreate accurate BG and MG track. You can either build you own track or use P4 gauge to replicate BG. For MG you can build your own or use either 12mm gauge or 14.2mm gauge track.
  • Our kits are versatile and can be adapted to use on different gauges. We've made sure that we've designed the kits such that little or no work is needed to adapt them. The bogie frames simply clip onto the motorbogies from LnS. There's enough room for gauge conversions which Mark from LnS will do for you. 
  • The market is niche and a majority of buyers aren't purists. For those who are our kits can be adapted without any modifications to run on wider gauges.

 

HTH?

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Check out this amazing video by Kaustav Chatterjee... He's done amazing job on this HO scale diorama that we had commissioned him to build for us to display our model trains....

 

Talent and skill like this isn't easy to find in our neck of the woods...show him some love. Please do LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to his channel and check out his amazing work.

 

 

 

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There are a lot of adverts(!), but it's a really interesting video. I watched from start to finish as it's what Sundays are for.

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